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Robert-Linnemann-Str. 17, 48336 Sassenberg
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Telephone +49 2583 3011000
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Sandra Kraft

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20 Apr 2021

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16:50 - 17:10

Lecture in the thematic block "Circular Economy

Efficient thermal management: The key to more sustainability

In this presentation we would like to introduce you to three aspects in particular: The technotrans brand, our energy-efficient technology for offset and digital printing, and our service expertise in producing more environmentally friendly production processes. Why these three topics? Quite simply: at technotrans, everything meshes together to form a strong unit with innovative solutions. We take a holistic approach to sustainability and energy and resource efficiency. This starts with our corporate philosophy and extends to our service. For this reason, we are continuously developing and setting ourselves ambitious goals - both entrepreneurially and technologically.

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  premedia / multichannel
  • 02.03  Online Service
  • 02.03.055  Monitoring and Analytics

Monitoring and Analytics

  • 02  premedia / multichannel
  • 02.03  Online Service
  • 02.03.095  Remote Services
  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.115  Predictive maintenance
  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.095  Colour measurement and control systems

Colour measurement and control systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.100  Ink formulating systems

Ink formulating systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.105  Ink supply systems

Ink supply systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.110  Fountain solution management devices / Inking system temperature control systems
  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.115  Dampening systems, spray dampening systems

Dampening systems, spray dampening systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.165  Coating module
  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.175  Coating supply and coating preparation systems

Coating supply and coating preparation systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.02  Measuring and testing engineering
  • 06.02.015  Alcohol measuring instruments, IPA measuring instruments

Alcohol measuring instruments, IPA measuring instruments

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.19  Infrastructure
  • 06.19.030  Heat recovery
  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.19  Infrastructure
  • 06.19.035  Fresh water treatment plants for printing houses

Fresh water treatment plants for printing houses

Our products

Product category: Remote Services

24/7 – worldwide: Our Service for you.

We take care of your operational safety.

technotrans supports you reliably and quickly in your daily operations. The close-knit service network ensures that we can help you in the shortest possible time. Both on site and via remote diagnosis.

Remote Support App
The technotrans Support App puts you in touch with us quickly. All services can be accessed via the app - intuitively and intelligently.

Due to ongoing travel and contact regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not always possible to provide in-person, on-site support.

To ensure the smooth operation of your equipment, we stay in touch and provide the usual high-quality support from afar. To the usual communication channels, we add another contact point for the remote fault detection.

Start your virtual support with us.

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Product category: Fountain solution management devices / Inking system temperature control systems

Customised high-performance cooling concepts

ECOtec.chiller for uncompromising cooling solutions

The new modular cooling system ECOtec.chiller is an example of customised cooling and sustainable energy efficiency. The wide-ranging cooling system consumes less power at a consistently high power density - and thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the system users.

One system, two series
In order to meet the growing demand for modularity and flexibility, technotrans has developed the new ECOtec.chiller, a platform for the configuration of customised cooling systems based on standardised modules and assemblies.

Two versions of the system are available: pure is the cost-optimised and compact standard version while xtend can be individually adapted to the customer‘s requirements by adding numerous options.

  • Efficient
    Reduced energy and operating costs thanks to power-controlled drives for compressors, pumps and fans as well as the smart use of waste heat, for example, all play an important role.
  • Sustainable
    Our customers and the climate benefit from a sustainable, resourcesaving operating concept. Efficient cooling and temperature solutions reduce the operating costs and protect the environment.
  • Reliable
    High process and operational reliability coupled with proven technology ensure high quality, availability and reproducibility - for example, extremely precise temperature control ensures stable processes.
  • Innovative
    High-performance cooling systems ensure performance and service life - low-vibration, smoothrunning and efficient cooling solutions tailored to the application with a low footprint.
Modular system control
All units of the pure and xtend.line are equipped with a user-friendly modular control system. The adaptive operating concept with user-friendly application, for efficient system control.

  • Multitouch functions
    The logotherm display unit can be controlled with the same finger gestures known from using smartphones and tablets. Intuitive gestures, such as zooming, dragging and swiping, facilitate the orientation and analysis, especially when viewing trends.
  • Facts and figures
    The interface, which was developed with web technology, responsively adapts to the monitor size of the device that is used. The information units adaptively react to the available space in terms of their number and shape. As a result, the modular layout can be used in and scaled from compact devices up to system control panels.
  • Easy management
    Process-specific parameters can be stored and retrieved as a recipe together with user-specific comments. The comfortable on-screen keyboard considerably facilitates data input compared to standard device displays.

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Product category: Monitoring and Analytics

remote.support - Remote diagnosis

If necessary, a system check can be carried out online in an uncomplicated manner via technotrans remote diagnostics. After customer approval, logs can be read out on site or via remote diagnostics over the Internet. For the fastest possible response, a technotrans specialist can access the system via the Internet and read out and analyze the faults together with an employee on site.

The availability of the systems is significantly increased - remote monitoring can be carried out without interfering with ongoing operations. In the event of a malfunction, the remote diagnostics enable a short-term and exact analysis of the entire system status.

Remote diagnostics is based on a network connection established via a secure VPN connection (end to end). This connection of the devices can be switched on permanently or on demand. Optionally, several devices can be connected to one router.

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Product category: Predictive maintenance

Maintenance - stable production and optimum plant condition

Regular service guarantees reliability and value retention

Become our regular maintenance customer, increase your machine availability and get attractive price advantages on spare and wear parts!

Maintenance agreements are individually tailored to your equipment and your operation. You thus receive comprehensive and at the same time needs-based service from our in-house service technicians.

Your machinery always remains optimally configured and you have maximum planning security.

Advantages at a glance
  • increased plant availability
  • full cost control through fixed price
  • 7 days, 24 hours free telephone support
  • price advantage on spare and wear parts
  • spare parts dispatch during emergency service
  • advice on plant condition and fault prevention
  • maintenance during regular production operation
  • demonstrably fewer high-pressure faults in summer
  • individual appointment coordination and reminder
  • service directly from the manufacturer
  • detailed documentation of all maintenance work

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Product category: Colour measurement and control systems

ink.line fully automatic ink feed

This fully automatic traversing ink supply system ensures minimal filling levels in the ink ducts by the use of 2kg ink cartridges.

Ink is only added where it is actually required. This ensures quick ink changes and reduces ink loss.

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Product category: Colour measurement and control systems

ink.trac

The patented ink.trac has been developed as a highly integrated solution for the central, fully automated filling of ink ducts on sheetfed offset presses.

The compact device integrates all components of the ink level control:
the control system with display and control panel, the sensor, the ink valve and the ink distributor pipe with special low-drip ink outlets are directly at the unit. Therefore the installation is very easy. Only the supply lines for electricity, compressed air and ink need to be connected to the ink.trac.

This is a genuine plug & play concept of modern design, for discerning users. If you require an individual solution, then we will develop it with you

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Product category: Ink supply systems

Ink supply with system

technotrans ink supply systems help printshops to save a considerable amount of time.
Depending on the configuration level, starting with printing from 2 kg ink cartridges for offset printing, up to the central supply from large containers of up to 20.000 litres for newspaper printing, this work becomes a minor matter in the daily work routine.
The continuous printing process is supported, the print hall is in order and the printers have time for important issues.
With over 25 years of experience, technotrans is a world leader in the supply and maufacture of central ink supply systems for offset printing presses.

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Product category: Fountain solution management devices / Inking system temperature control systems

beta.c blue - energy-efficient combination unit for dampening solution and ink temperature control

The energy efficient variant of the combination unit beta.c fully meets requirements for a cost-efficient, stable and process-optimised production in modern offset printing.

  • for great saving potential
  • helps preserve resources
  • reduces emission of CO2
With the blue series of combination units from the beta.line, printing companies benefit from a number of special advantages.

The main goal is to lower operating costs, something that can be achieved primarily by using the significant potential that reducing power consumption offers. At the same time, precise dosing, accurate measuring and control technology and high-quality filtration also play a major role.

The combination of all functions of this system reduces fixed costs by at least fifty percent. Environmentally-friendly printing and conservation of resources are conclusive arguments for your future-driven investment into saving potential.

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Product category: Dampening systems, spray dampening systems

deltaspray - modular spray dampening systems

deltaspray.line - innovative technology for maximum productivity

As an integral part of newspaper web offset printing presses, spray dampening systems considerably influence the quality of the printed result.
With the modular spray dampening systems of the deltaspray.line printshops achieve a consistent print quality coupled with high process stablity, thanks to the innovative and reliable technology. Individual activation of each spray nozzle and automatic shutters allow great flexiblitiy with regard to system configuration and ensure full control over spray pattern and dampening – independent of web widths.

Th unique nozzle cleaning concept does not require an external power supply and reliably protects all nozzles from clogging up. This maximises machine availability and reduces repairs and maintenance.

Together with a specially designed dampening solution circulator you have a complete system that optimizes the function of the dampening units:

Durable, precise and service-friendly!

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Product category: Coating supply and coating preparation systems

alpha.v - efficient coating preparation

Coating units in printing presses are often supplied without a suitable coating circulation system. Standard coating units are simply equipped with pumps and do not meet today’s demands for professional finishing.

Using our experience in coating preparation, and with input from a number of users, technotrans has developed the alpha.v unit, a cost-effective coating circulator supplying coating units with dispersion and UV coatings. With this system it does not matter whether the coating unit is equipped with a chamber doctor blade or rollers.

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Product category: Coating module

zeta.v - lacquer heating module

Few coating circulators connected to printing presses possess an independent temperature control system. The efficient and reliable zeta.v lacquer heating module is the perfect solution. 

Advantages at a glance:
  • universal lacquer heating module
  • very operator-friendly
  • easy to retrofit
Due to its modular and flexible design, the zeta.v can be easily retrofitted to existent machines and coating circulator units.
Although the unit is integrated into an existing system, it works independently.
If you require an individual solution, then we will develop it with you

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Product category: Alcohol measuring instruments, IPA measuring instruments

alcosmart AZR opt

Successful IPA-reduced printing requires accuracy, selective measuring technique and precise control. With the alcosmart AZR technotrans meets these requirements with only a single device. Since this device measures in the gas phase, the results are unaffected by impurities, salt, air bubbles or foam in the dampening solution.

The high reliability and measurement precision along with its ease of operation and fully automatic zero point calibration have proven themselves over and over. In addition, the alcosmart AZR has established itself as the standard for IPA-reduced printing. It eliminates sources of error and thanks to its fully automatic zero point calibration not only eliminates time consuming manual setting, but also the associated potential for faults.

The alcosmart AZR combines a measurement process unaffected by outside influences with superb accuracy, functionality and operational reliability.

Advantages at a glance:
  • measuring result not affected by contamination or additives
  • highly precise IPA control ensures constant dampening solution quality and process stabiliy
  • highly reliable
  • practically maintenance-free due to fully automated zero point calibration
  • full integration of the control into the dampening solution circulator system via CANopen
  • supports IPA reduction
  • quick and easy to retrofit

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Product category: Alcohol measuring instruments, IPA measuring instruments

alcocontrol

alcocontrol - proven measuring technology with intelligent process control

The alcocontrol combines proven measuring technology with intelligent process control for the optimum dosing of alcohol.

Advantages at a glance:
  • density measurement via float system
  • inductive sensors continuously detect the measurement value
  • fully automated IPA dosing incl. empty signal
  • intuitive operation
  • low maintenance requirements
  • excellent access to all components enables easy cleaning
  • easy retrofit

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Product category: Heat recovery

CENTRAL.COOLING - Central cooling systems

The productivity in the print hall is continually increasing. Modern printing presses achieve speeds of 18,000 sheets an hour. This also affects the demands made on peripheral units. Dampening solution preparation, ink unit temperature control, the supply of blow and suction air yield a higher performance, but also produce considerably more waste air.  

Air-cooled units normally just unload this heat to the surrounding area. This releases energy, that is not only not used, but that actually makes it more difficult to maintain stable production conditions.  

A central water cooling unit efficiency counters such effects. It channels all energy and heat. The ambient conditions in the print room remain unaffected and support the process stability.

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Product category: Fresh water treatment plants for printing houses

basic.r - water preparation system

The compact soution for water preparation. In many industrial liquid processes, the use of treated water eliminates many problems. 

Advantages at a glance:
  • stabilized water quality at a reasonable price
  • easy installation, operation and control
  • 100% process water, no drain required
  • functional cabinet
  • combined pre-filtration with activated carbon
  • conductivity measurement with display
  • optional rehardening doser, type fluidos
The compact water treatment unit basic.r is ideal for many applications, not only for use with dampening solution in offset printing processes. When washing blanket cylinders, rehardened process water prevents depositions and corrosion. Therefore blankets can be used longer. In the pre-press stage DI water can also increase the stability during printing plate exposure.

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Product category: Fresh water treatment plants for printing houses

alpha.r - Reverse osmosis system

Professional printing companies know that the quality of the water used has a significant impact on the final printed result. 

Advantages at a glance:
  • various water preparation models with performance levels to meet any requirement
  • modularer design for maximum flexibility in configuration
  • preparation of 1,000 (alpha.r 10) to 6,000 (alpha.r 60) litres of water daily, depending on configuration
  • full control over the water quality ensures perfect print quality
  • reduction of alcohol and additives requirement
  • customized, proven configuration options
Only consistently high-quality water can ensure that the dampening solution is the best for printing. It also enables printers to reduce the use of additives and alcohol. With the technotrans reverse osmosis unit alpha.r, printing companies throughout the world use a powerful water preparation system and considerably optimise their processes. The capacity and size of this unique system can easily be configured to meet the special requirements of each individual user.

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Product category: Heat recovery

technotrans heat recovery

Increasing energy costs and no end in sight?
With water cooling you can use the waste heat from the machine for heating purposes, as the heated cooling water can easily be pumped to the required area of the building. In this way air pre-heaters or low-temperature heaters can be operated.

Utillize the heat
Either just once or many times!
Basically you have two options. Either the heat is used directly to heat production halls or storage areas or it can be integrated into the existing heat distribution system.

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Company news

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15 Apr 2021

Higher energy efficiency for printing applications: technotrans showcases new solutions at the drupa trade fair

  • New modular cooling system for all types of printing applications
  • Evolution of the combination unit for sheet-fed offset printing
  • Digital transformation of the customer service for a higher level of efficiency and sustainability
At this year's virtual drupa trade fair from 20 April to 23 April, technotrans SE strongly focuses on sustainability as an important issue for the future. The company will present new and enhanced products that stand out due to their high level of process reliability and operational efficiency. Among them is the new modular ECOtec.chiller cooling system as well as the beta.c blue combination unit for dampening solution circulation and ink unit temperature control. In addition, the company will present its new Service app which enables a particularly efficient customer service thanks to augmented reality and other features. During its online presentation "Efficient thermal management", technotrans will provide detailed insights into the technological background of the units and customer service on 20 April, which is the first day of the trade fair.

The printing industry is perfectly aware of the fact that an environmentally friendly production is a must. An increasing number of printing equipment manufacturers and printing companies want to benefit from resource- and energy-saving concepts, which is why they heavily invest in efficient technologies covering the entire printing process. "Sustainability has always been a top priority for technotrans. In recent years, we have focused on the development of resource-saving product solutions that also offer a high power density," explains Peter Böcker, head of sales of technotrans SE.

One of the highlights of the virtual trade fair stand of technotrans is the modular ECOtec.chiller. This new cooling unit is suitable for nearly all types of printing applications – from digital and flexographic printing up to offset printing. Its cooling capacity ranges from 1.5 to 370 kW. Customised cooling systems can also be provided in a particularly fast manner thanks to the extensive modularisation of the most important components. Among its other advantages are its high power density and energy efficiency as well as its small carbon footprint. "With the ECOtec.chiller, users can reduce their energy costs by up to 30% and their refrigerant consumption by up to 60%," explains Böcker. The chiller is available in two variants: as the standard "pure" line and as the customisable "xtend" line.

With the beta.c blue combination unit, technotrans presents another sustainable product for the printing industry which can be used for dampening solution circulation and ink unit temperature control tasks. Thanks to a special refrigeration concept with two separate refrigeration circuits and a power-controlling compressor, the unit reaches a high level of energy efficiency with a 25% lower current consumption than its predecessor. The system is highly resource-efficient thanks to its precise measuring and dosing equipment. In addition, technotrans uses the climate-friendly R513A refrigerant for the beta.c blue system.
 

Holistic approach to sustainability

For technotrans, sustainability does not stop with the company's product solutions. Instead, the company also relies on the efficient use of energy and resources when it comes to the customer service. In the course of its digital transformation initiative, the group has developed a remote service app which is particularly useful during these times of travel restrictions and the need to limit contact with other people to an absolute minimum. The software includes support for smart glasses, virtual meeting rooms and a chat feature with automatic translation. The service technicians use the app to determine the need for maintenance, instruct the customers and provide training. This concept saves a lot of time and costs for both sides and it also protects the climate as service calls are ideally no longer necessary.

Trade fair visitors who are interested in this and other technotrans topics can join the technotrans presentation "Efficient thermal management – the key to a higher level of sustainability". The presentation will be held on 20 April at 4:50 pm.

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29 Mar 2021

Universal cooling solution: technotrans launches its modular ECOtec.chiller

  • Chiller for use in nearly all types of industries thanks to its modularity
  • High energy efficiency, power density and operational reliability
  • Launch planned for April 1, 2021

From the printing industry to plastics processing and medical technology to laser applications: With its new ECOtec.chiller, technotrans SE presents a completely modular cooling unit for nearly all types of industries and applications. The combined modularity and high level of standardisation of the components enables the extremely fast realisation of customised solutions. The new solution is characterised by a constantly high power density, energy efficiency and a low carbon footprint. In addition, the refrigerant consumption is reduced by up to 60 percent. Users save up to 30 percent of energy costs - in addition, the required use of refrigerant is reduced by up to 60 percent. The ECOtec.chiller, which can be used across all industries, is available as a standard product and as an individual version. The cooling capacity ranges from 1.5 KW to 370 KW.

Cooling solutions made by the technotrans group are used in a multitude of industries so that the range of applications is correspondingly large. "Every industry and customer have their own specific requirements. Our new cross-industry ECOtec.chiller is a cooling system that can easily be adapted to even the most demanding needs thanks to its modularity," explains Peter Böcker, head of sales at technotrans. Because every industry needs this: "Users are looking for reliable, precise and energy-efficient solutions – which is precisely what the ECOtec.chiller embodies."

With its new cooling solution, technotrans leverages its long-standing technological expertise gained in multiple well-established core industries like the laser, printing and plastics sector, thereby creating a universal system for accessing numerous new areas of application. "The chiller is the best of all worlds," says Böcker.

Cooling system with a high level of modularity
The modularity of the ECOtec.chiller leads to maximum flexibility. Different sizes and power ranges between 1.5 kW and 370 kW and a wide range of pump capacities, tank sizes and connection voltages as well as the adaptation to a large variety of climatic conditions are just a few of the options that users can choose from. The high level of standardisation ensures a fast turnaround and excellent availability of the various devices. "Time is a crucial factor for us and our customers. This is why we need to be able to fulfil orders according to the just-in-time principle," explains Böcker. The control system of the chiller is modular as well. technotrans developed an adaptive operating concept in the form of a user-friendly, intuitive user interface and large multi-touch displays that can be easily surveyed from afar.

An additional key factor of the ECOtec.chiller in addition to its modular design is its high level of efficiency and sustainability. Despite its constantly high power density, the carbon footprint of the chiller, which is characterised by a resource-saving operating concept, is low. This is ensured, among other things, by power-controlled components and drives to reduce the energy costs. In addition, the integrated microchannel condenser reduces the refrigerant consumption by up to 60%.

Standardised yet customised
Two versions of the ECOtec.chiller are available: "pure" is the compact standard version while "xtend" can be customised by adding numerous extras. The xtend version has a particularly high level of energy efficiency thanks to the inverter technology used for the pumps, compressors and fans. Compared to traditional devices, users can save up to 30% of their energy costs. In addition, the xtend variant fulfils the requirements of the Ecodesign directive and all the other relevant EU regulations.

Both series are stand-alone units that have been thoroughly tested in different process environments prior to the launch of the series. The results have convinced the users and technotrans alike. The cross-industry and cross-group concept of the new cooling solution is reflected in the production concept. technotrans produces the ECOtec.chiller at a total of three locations within the group: Meinerzhagen, Baden-Baden and Bad Doberan. This speeds up production and delivery times. "Our subsidiaries offer optimum conditions as well as the necessary set of skills for the production of our new ECOtec.chiller," explains Böcker. The market launch of the modular chiller will take place on 1 April 2021.

For further information, please visit www.technotrans.com

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09 Mar 2021

Financial year 2020: technotrans exceeds expectations, adjusted EBIT margin above previous year's level

  • Group revenue of € 190.5 million only 8.4 percent below previous year's level
  • Group operating profit (EBIT) of € 6.8 million realised
  • Adjusted EBIT margin of 4.9 percent exceeds previous year's figure of 4.7 percent
  • Board of Management and Supervisory Board propose dividend of € 0.36 per share to the Annual General Meeting
  • Election of two new Supervisory Board members at this year's Annual General Meeting

technotrans SE has successfully completed the 2020 financial year, which was impacted by an unprecedented pandemic-related slump in the global economy. Thanks to an increasing diversification of markets and a stable business development in the fourth quarter, the company achieved group revenue of € 190.5 million. The decline of 8.4 percent compared to the previous year was moderate. With a group operating profit (EBIT) of € 6.8 million, the thermal management specialist remained profitable and achieved an EBIT margin of 3.6 percent (previous year: 4.0 percent). With the exception of consolidated revenue, technotrans even achieved its original annual forecast of April 2020, which was withdrawn due to corona. The expectations last communicated in autumn were exceeded.

"technotrans has achieved a respectable performance in the 2020 financial year under the difficult framework conditions. The Board of Management is therefore satisfied with the overall business performance despite lower revenue and operating result compared to the previous year," said Michael Finger, Spokesman of the Board of Management of technotrans SE, at the presentation of the Annual Report 2020.

Adjusted for one-time charges totalling € 2.6 million, the group generated an EBIT margin of 4.9 percent, which was above the previous year's figure of 4.7 percent. The consolidated net profit of € 5 million led to earnings per share (EPS) of € 0.72 (previous year: € 0.88).

The Board of Management consistently pursued measures to optimise the group even in an environment burdened by the pandemic. Under the guiding principle "Future Ready 2025", it set the strategic course for profitable growth in the coming years. The goals include revenue growth through a stronger focus on four selected target markets as well as a uniform group-wide appearance through the creation of the umbrella brand technotrans in order to strengthen the economic and technological clout of the entire group.

Robust segment results despite significant constraints
The Technology segment accounted for € 137.7 million of group revenue - 72 percent of the total. Despite the corona-related 7.2 percent decline in turnover compared to the previous year, a nearly balanced result was achieved. Before one-off effects (€ 2 million), the segment achieved an EBIT of € 1.8 million. This corresponds to an adjusted segment return of 1.3 percent.

The corona pandemic triggered significant travel and visitor restrictions. These had a particularly strong impact on the Services segment. With a decline of around 11 percent, segment revenue of € 52.8 million in the reporting period was significantly below the previous year. The profitability of the segment was robust, as expected, with a decline in the EBIT margin from 13.9 to 13.3 percent. Thus, a segment result (EBIT) of € 7.0 million was realised (previous year: € 8.3 million). Adjusted for one-time effects proportionately attributable to the Services business, the segment achieved a result of € 7.6 million with an earnings margin of 14.4 percent.

Strategic target markets stabilised in the course of the year
After the corona-related slump in the global economy in the first quarter, business in the newly defined strategic target markets of Plastics, Energy Management (including electromobility and data centres), Healthcare & Analytics and Print gradually stabilised over the course of the financial year. Promising contracts with a medium-term character were achieved in particular in the area of electromobility "rail". Here, technotrans substantially expanded its market position. As expected, business in the plastics processing industry was also positive. Revenue in this sector was even above the previous year's level.

Stable financial situation
The financial situation of the technotrans group remained solid and in order even during the corona crisis. Despite the construction of a completely new production plant in Holzwickede, total assets increased only moderately by 1.4 percent to € 148.1 million. The equity ratio increased to 53.6 percent (previous year: 51.4 percent). Net debt decreased from € 24.2 million to € 21.5 million, mainly due to the very good liquidity situation. The gearing ratio remained comfortable at 1.6 (net debt/EBITDA). 

The net cash inflow from operating activities reached € 12.2 million. technotrans was able to limit a stronger decline compared to the previous year's value of € 16.8 million through consistent working capital management. Thus, after deducting cash outflows from investing activities, the expected positive free cash flow of € 3.9 million was realised (previous year: € 7.6 million).

As part of the structural realignment, the number of employees in the technotrans group decreased by 4.4 percent compared to the previous year to 1,409 employees at the end of 2020.

Outlook: Opportunities in target markets
The corona pandemic will continue to shape economic development in 2021. Therefore, the economic environment remains fragile and is characterised by a high degree of uncertainty. "The Board of Management will continue to consistently implement the adopted strategy 'Future Ready 2025' regardless of this environment. Stability and profitability are particular focal points of the strategic roadmap in the 2021 financial year," emphasises Michael Finger.

Regarding sales, the Board of Management expects continued pressure in the Print and Laser & Machine Tool Industry markets. However, the government economic stimulus programmes that have already been initiated can have a positive effect. This could create additional opportunities for technotrans in the Energy Management and Healthcare & Analytics divisions. Examples include the accelerated electrification of the transport sector and the expansion of healthcare systems.

The Board of Management confirms the guidance for 2021 published in December 2020, which envisages group revenue in a range of € 195 million to € 205 million and group operating profit (EBIT) between € 8.8 million and € 11.3 million. The EBIT margin is expected to range between 4.5 and 5.5 percent. The outlook is subject to the economic environment stabilising in the course of the year and no additional burdens arising from the corona pandemic. The medium-term forecast of a turnover in a range of € 265 to 285 million with an EBIT margin between 9 and 12 percent also remains valid.

Proposal of the appropriation of profit
The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will propose to the virtual Annual General Meeting of technotrans SE on May 7, 2021 the distribution of a dividend of € 0.36 per share, which is half of the group's consolidated net profit for the year.

Election of two Supervisory Board members
Two new Supervisory Board members will also be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The term of office of Dr Höper as a shareholder representative will expire by rotation at the end of this year's Annual General Meeting. He is no longer available for re-election.

Furthermore, the long-serving Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Mr. Heinz Harling, has notified the Board of Management and Supervisory Board on March 8, 2021 that he was resigning as a member of the Supervisory Board of technotrans SE with effect from the end of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on May 7, 2021 (reference is made to the corresponding ad hoc announcement dated March 8, 2021). After more than 40 years of service to technotrans, including 13 years as its Supervisory Board Chairman, he is thus personally continuing the replacement of the Supervisory Board already initiated last year in order to take the company's growth to the next level.

"We owe Mr. Harling an extraordinary debt of gratitude for his enormous contribution to the successful development of technotrans. The Supervisory Board therefore intends to appoint Mr. Harling as its Honorary Chairman after the Annual General Meeting," says Dr Norbert Bröcker, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of technotrans SE and a long-time companion of Mr. Harling.

The Supervisory Board will propose two independent candidates to the Annual General Meeting, Mr. Peter Baumgartner (Dipl.-Ing., independent management consultant) and Dr Gottfried H. Dutiné (Dr-Ing., independent management consultant), both of whom can bring many years of meaningful expertise to the Supervisory Board and will further strengthen the Supervisory Board.

Mr. Harling will also assist the new Supervisory Board members and the entire Board in an advisory capacity.

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Company portrait

Corporate structure of technotrans: strong support
technotrans SE is a global technology and service group with its headquarter in Sassenberg in the German Münsterland region.

The core competences of the group are application-specific solutions in the field of thermal management. This includes the energetic optimisation and precise control of the temperature balance of demanding technological applications.

With 17 locations and about 1,400 employees, technotrans has a presence in all key markets worldwide. The group operates in sectors including plastics processing, printing industry, energy management (including e-mobility and data centres), lasers and machine tools industry, healthcare & analytics, metal processing and the food industry.

technotrans SE has production locations in Germany, USA and China as well as sales and service locations in Europe, the USA and Asia. The group is continually expanding its global sales and service network in order to further enhance efficiency and local competitiveness.

Company data

Sales volume 200-499 Mio US $
Number of employees 1000-4999
Foundation 1970