In 2013, EMS is expecting the different economic development of the individual geographical markets to continue. Following a slowing down in the 4th quarter of 2012, growth in North America and Asia may accelerate again. In Western Europe, however, a continuation of the economic downturn must be expected. Here, increasing unemployment figures and structural problems of competitiveness will dampen consumer behaviour and the investment mood.
EMS will continue its successful strategy of growth with speciality products in the area of High Performance Polymers. In order to push medium-term growth even more consistently, EMS will launch a sales and development offensive throughout the world. Human resources in sales and application development will be significantly expanded in order to make use of existing growth potential in a rapid and determined way.
In order to satisfy the strongly growing demand in the emerging countries, EMS will invest in capacity increases worldwide and in additional sites in Asia and Eastern Europe.
For 2013, EMS expects net sales and net operating income (EBIT) to be slightly above those of the previous year.