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Gurit’s net sales for the first three months of the year increased by 54.9% against the prior-year period. This represents an organic growth of 23.6% versus Q1/2018. Composite Materials achieved net sales of 53.5 million CHF for the first quarter of 2019. This represents an increase of 6.5% compared to net sales of 50.2 million CHF in the first quarter of 2018. The Wind business grew by 13.1% across all core material categories and in particular in PET and Balsa.
Gurit saw a strong market demand in Q1/2019 which is expected to continue throughout 2019. The Business Unit strongly increased its intra-company sales to the Kitting business unit, so that the overall operations output grew significantly more than the third-party sales growth of 13.1%.
Kitting recorded solid sales of 34.4 million CHF in Q1/2019. As the business is reporting results only as of Q4/2018 within Gurit (28.9 million CHF for Q4/2018), there is no comparison to the first quarter of 2018.
Tooling delivered another strong quarter with a net sales growth of 45.9% to 36.1 million CHF. The project-based Tooling business saw yet again very strong demand at operated capacity limits in Q1/2019 and performed even stronger than in Q4/2018. Current business visibility suggests a continued good pace for the first half year 2019.
Composite Components reports a 12.4% growth to 4.5 million CHF. The Components business saw double digit growth as the new customer programs are running now at full pace and the existing longer term volume program resumed demand at lower levels but with an extended delivery horizon into the out years thus still reaching the full contracted lifetime volumes.
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