Outlook

The Mikron Automation business segment started 2021 with a solid order backlog and is anticipating further encouraging developments in the pharmaceutical and medtech sectors.

In the Mikron Machining Solutions business segment, the restructuring in the machining division is essentially complete, with capacity reduced and concentrated on one site. The new platform is proving its worth with new customers. New digital services and products have already proved successful in practice. Concrete signs of recovery in demand for tools and services were noted at the end of 2020.

However, it is difficult to estimate how quickly demand will recover in the machine business. The unpredictable further development of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible impact on customers’ investment decisions do not allow any concrete forecasts to be made at present. Mikron is facing the current challenges in a stronger position and with a significantly improved cost structure compared to the beginning of 2020. For the entire Group, we expect a slight increase in sales and a return to profitability in the 2021 financial year.