For several decades now, Treibacher Industrie AG's company's figures have shown the company to be a consistent top performer.
The sustained positive mood on the global markets, the associated very good order intake and rising raw materials prices, which were ultimately being reflected in our sales prices, were key factors for the significant increase in sales compared with the previous year.
Since the fourth quarter of 2016, demand for our products has already increased, leading to higher sales prices, especially for vanadium. This trend continued not only in 2017, but also in all four quarters of 2018.
However, due to our broad range of products, geographic market diversification, and, last but not least, our competitiveness at an international level, all business divisions have again contributed substantially to our good results.
As in 2014, our subsidiary Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbHcontributed almost 10 million euros in sales to our overall results.
At the beginning of 2015, our vacuum alloying operation, Treibacher Auermet d.o.o, in Ravne, Slovenia, was sold to a longstanding customer.
In November 2015, we acquired Tribotecc GmbH together with our parent company Treibacher Industrieholding GmbH.
Tribotecc GmbH is a worldwide leading manufacturer of metal sulphides. Tribotecc products are used in friction lining, lubricants for cutting and grinding disks. The company has a production site in Arnoldstein/Austria, company headquarters in Vienna, and a worldwide network of distribution partners. Tribotecc has approximately 80 FTEs and generated sales of almost 73 million euros in 2015.
Our company is well equipped for the future due to our long-term investments in the future, our excellent position in the market due to a broad portfolio of products, and backed by systematic research and development where innovative products are continually developed.