EMS expects the heterogeneous development for the different markets to continue. Positive economic development may persist, although somewhat more slowly, in Asia and North America. In Western Europe on the other hand, no indications of an improvement in the economic situation can yet be seen. High unemployment rates and structural problems of competitiveness will continue to affect consumer behaviour and the investment mood. Increasing dependency on central banks and state regulation is unsettling investors and consumers worldwide and may create instability.
EMS will continue consistently to exploit globally existing market potential. The successful strategy of concentration on specialty products in the area of High Performance Polymers will be pushed forward. Market positions will be strengthened and in particular, growth markets outside of Western Europe expanded.
The growth programme announced at the start of February 2013, with sales and application development significantly strengthened by additional human resources, has been initiated successfully.
Overall for 2013, EMS continues to expect net sales and net operating income (EBIT) slightly above those of the previous year.