Despite the numerous disruptions with interrupted supply chains, bottlenecks in the supply of materials and high cost increases, Schmitz Cargobull has continued the expansion and the adaption of its international production network. In the last financial year, investments included the new plant in Zaragoza, Spain, and capacity expansions at plants in the UK and Turkey.
"Our ambitious goal is to transform our production plants into intelligent factories - so-called ‘smart factories’. By doing so, we expect to increase productivity by at least three per cent. The principles of the data-driven factory of the future are to be successively implemented at all production sites. This requires virtual production planning, data-driven manufacturing and largely digital logistics in the plants," explains Andreas Schmitz. "We have already taken the first steps with automation and digitalisation in axle assembly in Altenberge and other pilot areas in Vreden and Gaxel."
Schmitz Cargobull demonstrated a high level of innovative strength in its products and services in the past financial year. More than 40 innovations were presented at the commercial vehicle trade fair IAA Transportation 2022.
The aftersales and digital services business, which proved to be extremely robust in the reporting period, also played a decisive role in the good result. Schmitz Cargobull made significant gains in all aftersales and digital services areas. Revenue in the 2022/23 financial year climbed to a total of 403.9 million euros (previous year: 345.6 million euros). Despite material shortages, supply chain disruptions and the consequences of war, a high level of spare parts availability was maintained at the 29 distribution locations. As in the previous year, this segment was able to maintain its position as the third strongest product line in terms of Group turnover after the S.KO semi-trailer box and S.CS curtainsider segments.
Thanks to increasing digitalisation in the transport industry and the steady development of the service and parts portfolio, growth is also expected in the Aftersales and Digital Services business line in the future - especially as the total number of vehicles with telematics systems continues to rise steadily. At the end of the past financial year (31 March 2023), Schmitz Cargobull recorded over 100,000 active TrailerConnect® telematics units (previous year 67,688 units). The trend towards smart trailers is unbroken and the advantages of such intelligent vehicle solutions are far from being fully exploited.
A core element of the Strategy 2025 is profitable sustainability, which in a fourth-generation family business like Schmitz Cargobull also stands for a secure future. The topics of resource conservation and climate protection are increasingly coming into focus. In its holistic sustainability strategy, Schmitz Cargobull takes into account economic, ecological and social aspects of its business activities. Sustainability management is systematically anchored throughout the organisation and helps to create added value for customers while reducing the footprint across the entire value chain.