6. WINTERHALTER LIMITED

Premium warewashing brand Winterhalter has seen its unit volumes increase year-on-year in the UK market, culminating in sales of £29.5m in 2016, a 2% increase on the previous year in what was a challenging market environment.

Like a lot of brands that import a significant proportion of their product range from group companies in Europe, Winterhalter has been exposed to fluctuations in the sterling-euro exchange rate, but it manages its foreign currency requirements and exposure on an ongoing basis, and uses a range of financial instruments, such as currency bank accounts, to minimise risk exposure, it said in its accounts.

From a profitability point of view, the manufacturer posted an operating profit of £378,000 last year, marking a major turnaround on the £617,000 operating loss that it suffered the year before.Winterhalter Turnover 2016

Directors of the firm said in their strategic report that they were pleased with the brand’s performance in the current economic climate, citing an improvement in gross margin as a particularly encouraging sign.

“The improvement in gross profit is a direct result of the directors’ decision to replace low margin business with a new opportunity yielding better margins,” they said, adding that it provides the foundation for future top and bottom line growth.Winterhalter Operating profit 2016

This year has seen the company continue to push the boundaries in terms of equipment connectivity by introducing systems that can be remotely monitored over the internet.

2016 Vital Statistics

Turnover: £29.52m (+2%)
Operating profit: £378,453 (loss stated for previous year)
Employees: 132
Ownership: The ultimate parent company is Karl Winterhalter GmbH & Co. KG, incorporated in Germany
Financial year end: 31 December

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