For the business year 2017, EMS expects an overall positive but slower global economy. Political changes will lead to instability in global economic development. Short-term oriented political actions may cause turbulence in market segments. Higher oil prices are also driving inflation expectations and will push raw material and sales prices up. Fluctuation in demand with shortages or surpluses may result.
EMS however, is quite confident with regard to development of its own business. The successful strategy of worldwide growth with specialty products in the area of high-performance polymers will be continued. Focus will be put on exploiting global market potential with new, innovative products and applications as well as on strengthening market positions. Sales price increases will safeguard result, even with strongly increasing raw material prices.
For 2017, EMS expects net sales and net operating income (EBIT) slightly above the previous year.