According to the preliminary annual financial statements, the company generated sales of EUR 17.1 billion (2020: EUR 14.4 billion) corresponding to an increase of 18.5%, or 19.0% adjusted for currency effects. In, Germany, the Wurth group’s sales grew by 14.1 % to EUR 6.9 billion (2020: EUR 6.1 billion). With EUR 10.2 billion (2020: EUR 8.3 billion) the Wurth Companies abroad achieved even more successful results.
In Southern and Western Europe, the Group companies reported above-average growth rates, which were partly due to the very high sales slumps in 2020 in countries like Spain, Italy, and France caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Adolf Wurth GmbH & Co. KG (AW KG), the parent company and the largest individual company in the Wurth Group, generated external sales of EUR 2.1billion (+11.3 %).
As per the preliminary annual financial statements, the operating result of the Wurth Group is clearly up on the previous year with EUR 1.2 billion (2020: EUR 775 million). Strong sales growth and higher productivity contributed significantly to the positive result, and in addition due to the pandemic, costs for travel, trade fairs, and conferences did not incur in 2021.
The number of pick-up shops worldwide has more than doubled to 2,497 in the past ten years. In the business year 2021, the e-business unit generated sales of EUR 3.4 billion, which corresponds to a new record with 19.9% of the Group’s total sales.
The group’s own production plants in Germany and Europe ensure certain independence from global supply chains. “This means that we do not depend on Chinese steel imports. Today, already 80 %of our goods originate in Europe,” says Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Central Management Board.
In the third quarter of 2022, the new innovation center in Kunzelsau-Gaisbach will be opened with the aim of streamlining innovation cycles, bringing new and further developments to market more quickly, and offering customers even more solutions of added value.
Wurth Lanka – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wurth International, was able to contribute to the above achievement by reaching up to a sales growth of 44% compared to the year 2021 through various sales strategies performed such as “Shop in shop concept”, “Weekend Wurth promotions” and “Corporate and non-Corporate sponsorship programs” etc.
Wurth Lanka began operations with a single employee in 1988 and now employs over 120 employees in various capacities including sales, services, and support. Wurth Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of Wurth International, AG and belongs to Adolf Wurth GmbH, Germany-the parent company of the Wurth Group. Wurth is a Euro 14 billion Company and one of the largest international trading companies with more than 400 subsidiaries in 83 countries. With 89,183 employees worldwide, Wurth has the largest direct sales force – 33,000 around the world – to be closer to their customers.
Amana Takaful Insurance and CBC Finance forge partnership for insurance coverage
In a significant move to enhance insurance services for vehicle owners, Amana Takaful Insurance PLC and CBC Finance Limited have inked a special Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This strategic alliance positions Amana Takaful Insurance as the preferred insurance partner for CBC Finance, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC.
The signing of this exclusive agreement signifies Amana Takaful Insurance’s commitment to providing tailored insurance solutions to the customers of CBC Finance. It opens up a range of benefits for vehicle owners, including three-wheelers and motorcycles, ensuring affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage and seamless services. The MOU will facilitate widespread collaboration between Amana Takaful Insurance and CBC Finance, on an Islandwide basis, thereby strengthening customer relationships. Furthermore, the agreement introduces tailor-made insurance products crafted specifically to cater to the needs and preferences of CBC Finance customers.
Hassan Kassim, Managing Director at Amana Takaful Insurance expressed his enthusiasm about this new exclusive partnership saying, “We’re excited to join hands with CBC Finance to provide comprehensive insurance solutions to their valued customers. This strategic alliance aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering exceptional value to customers across Sri Lanka.”
Managing Director/CEO at CBC Finance, Upul Dissanayake noted, “This partnership marks a significant step forward in ensuring robust insurance coverage for vehicles across Sri Lanka. Amana Takaful Insurance’s strong financial position and exceptional product offering, combined with CBC’s extensive reach, will empower customers with top-notch insurance solutions and unparalleled convenience.”
The collaboration between these two leaders in the financial services space exemplifies their dedication to supporting the business community and the general public by offering innovative and customer-centric insurance products. Amidst a challenging market environment, this partnership underscores Amana Takaful Insurance’s resilience and commitment to providing reliable insurance coverage, making it the preferred choice for individuals and businesses alike
From Thread to Tree: MAS Holdings’ Fabric Park redefines sustainable manufacturing
In an era where environmental sustainability is transitioning from choice to necessity, MAS Fabric Park (MFP) stands out as a revolutionary force in Sri Lanka’s apparel industry. Nestled in the tranquil environs of Thulhiriya in the Kegalle District in Sri Lanka, this 165-acre privately owned apparel-intensive free trade zone is not just a manufacturing hub; it’s the result of the MAS Group’s unwavering vision for sustainability, a testament to the Group’s dedication and a shining example of business harmonizing with the environment.
A Vision for Positive Change
MAS Holdings, the parent company of Fabric Park, has long embraced a vision of sustainable growth and positive transformation within the Company’s ethos, which is seen throughout the organization and its initiatives. The belief is that sustainability goes beyond profit; it’s about fostering positive change in the world, making a difference for the communities around the locality, and leaving a lighter footprint on our planet.
MAS Fabric Park’s CEO Murad Rajudin explained that MFP provides partner plants with centralized utility services including treated water, raw effluent treatment for factory-discharged water, energy in the form of electricity distribution from the main grid, steam, and thermic heat, based on the location of the plant. “MFP plays a pivotal role in the intricate supply chain of MAS Holdings.
Firstly, it is a strategic hub for fabric development and value addition, contributing significantly to the vertical integration of the MAS supply chain. This integration is crucial in a global industry where speed, efficiency, and reducing carbon footprint have become paramount. By offering state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities for fabric manufacturing right within Sri Lanka, MFP not only streamlines operations but also aligns with the global demand for responsible and sustainable manufacturing practices.”
Comprehensive Water Management, Waste Reduction, and Value enhancement
Sustainability is deeply ingrained in every facet of MAS Fabric Park’s operations, notably in its approach to IPZ’s overall water footprint management, centralized effluent treatment, and waste management operations. The Park introduced a uniquely designed centralized raw wastewater collection and combined treatment system, which strictly adheres to global-level Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) standards with respect to the fully treated discharges of the zone.
MFP General Manager (Hydro & Sustainability) Harsha Deraniyagala says, “MFP is leading the way in centralized water management systems, and centralized effluent treatment operations whilst meeting global standards with a present capacity of 9000 cubic meters per day. These innovative systems, operating at such high capacity, eliminate the need for redundant in-house treatment plants for partner facilities, effectively optimizing resources and curbing environmental impact within the zone.”
In addition, MAS Fabric Park has pioneered the sustainable management of textile “sludge”, which is a globally concerned area related to the industry. Through sustainable solar and thermal drying-based reductions, and dried sludge co-processing for energy recovery leading to final eco-brick production, it has significantly reduced the waste footprint of the zone whilst ensuring circularity within the entity.
Even the ultimate byproduct of textile wastewater treatment sludge finds purpose in products like the Eco Brick, used in constructing the chalets at MAS Athena and also across other construction needs of the entity, whilst biological waste is being diverted for composting for nurturing plants, aligning seamlessly with the concept of waste-to-energy and waste-to-value.
These initiatives contribute for the significant reductions of respective Carbon Footprints usually linked with the water, wastewater, and resultant large-scale environmental engineering operations. The fully equipped, ISO IEC 17025 accredited water quality laboratory and the research center support the related quality assurance and compliance aspects throughout the respective value streams.
Inspiring children’s storytelling workshops
The Gratiaen Trust, in association with the John Keells Foundation, and with the support of the British Council, continues its mandate of fostering creativity and literary excellence in Sri Lanka with an exciting series of storytelling workshops in celebration of Children’s Day.
Workshops targeting young storytellers have been a regular feature on the Gratiaen Trust’s annual calendar. This year the Trust has expanded the scope of these workshops significantly to include events for teachers of English Literature and ‘A’ level students in Galle, a workshop for teenagers, and a Masterclass for authors of children’s literature in Colombo. The resource person at these workshops will be renowned British author and storyteller, Sita Brahmachari. Furthermore, in October, the Trust will also be hosting its second session of the Gratiaen Trust Young Writers Club.
Neloufer de Mel, Chairperson of the Gratiaen Trust, stated, “Our mission at the Gratiaen Trust is to unlock the imaginative potential of young writers and artists. We are delighted to have someone like Sita Brahmachari, a renowned UK-based author of children’s literature, to facilitate our Children’s Day programme’’.
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