The order intake of 52.2 million euros achieved in the 2022 financial year is divided roughly equally between ystral's home market of Germany, the rest of Europe and North America, and the Asian countries. With the increase of 13 %, ystral was able to continue the strong growth of the previous year. "Against the backdrop of a geopolitically and economically difficult environment, we are very satisfied with the course of the past financial year," says Karl Prem, Managing Director Operation & Finance at ystral.
One of the most important developments for ystral in the past financial year was the start of cooperation with the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Battery Cell Production FFB in Münster. ystral is supporting the battery cell research project with a mixing and dispersing system in the "FFB PreFab", which is currently under construction and will enable industrial companies along the entire value chain of battery cell production to test selected process steps or complete production processes and optimise them for their purposes. A start of the test operation on the ystral facility is planned for the end of this year. "Estimates predict a growth in demand for storage batteries by a factor of 30 in the coming years," says Dominik Seeger, Director Strategic Sales at ystral. "In view of this, this cooperation represents a milestone in the development of our Company."
Compared to a sales forecast from last September, the machine and plant engineering company has recently raised its forecast for the 2023 financial year somewhat. "Due to the still unclear economic and political framework conditions, the further business development is currently difficult for us to assess," says ystral managing director Prem. "However, signals from the market indicate that the supply chain situation could ease somewhat in the second half of the year. In addition, there are currently improved economic data and the end of the strict zero-covid policy in China. These developments make us cautiously optimistic for the 2023 financial year."