SCM Group’s year-end sales reach $635 million
January 10, 2017 | 9:55 am CST

RIMINI, Italy -- SCM Group is reporting sales growth in 2016 over 2015, with estimated revenue of nearly $635 million, along with innovations in the fields of human resources, production and global presence.

These are the figures that summarize a successful year for SCM Group, a producer of industrial machinery and components and a market leader in the production machinery used for processing wood, aluminum, composites, plastics, metal, marble and glass; as well as in the fields of advanced components, iron casting, metal structures, electric panels, electric spindles and technological components.

"We can safely say that 2016 was a very successful year," says Andrea Aureli, SCM Group CEO. "And the estimated year-end statement confirms this. We have seen a significant increase in revenues and expect to close the year 2016 with a total of nearly 600 million Euro ($635 million), of which over 400 million in the wood industry. A growth that is greater than that of the market in general and a confirmation of the quality of investments we have made in various regions of the world and in Italy.”

Outside of Italy, where revenues doubled in 2016, SCM Group has continued to invest in expanding and consolidating its international presence. The United States and Europe remain important markets, where the company has seen considerable growth, specifically in modular cells and complete industrial systems. (In 2015, the company had 513 million Euro in sales.)

In 2016 SCM Group made large investments in R&D and emphasized important programs, including the European “Close to the Customer” project, through which the company introduced the new concept of Furniture on Demand.

In April, SCM Group set up a pilot installation at the Brianza Shopping Centre (MI): an actual mini-factory that offered "live" furniture production for shopping center customers who could thus order customized furniture by choosing sizes and colors using a simple and easy-to-use interface.

SCM Group has also introduced numerous new products for the various industries it operates in, as was the case this year for a major high-tech brand headquartered in the United States. Produced using SCM Group technologies, the company now enjoys a futuristic complex furnished with sound-absorbing panels, wooden walls and large windows.

SCM Group is also offerings its easy and responsive approach, a concept that illustrates the company's commitment to production solutions for Industry 4.0 scenarios: Integrated and smart solutions that can combine an ability to reconfigure production flows in order to meet consumers' requests for customized end products with advanced system monitoring to ensure maximum efficiency.

The second cornerstone of SCM Group's activities in 2016 was the company’s great interest in young recruits, illustrated by their launching an employer branding campaign entitled "We Want to Be Hired by You" during the month of October, aiming to attract talents from leading universities. Today the Group has 3,300 employees worldwide, with some 200 added in the course of 2016.

The company exports 90 percent of its products from Italy, and manufactures woodworking machinery, machines for processing aluminum, composites and plastics, machines for processing glass, stone and metals; components for iron casting, metal structures, electric panels, electric spindles and technological components.

“A company is successful when people, more than mere numbers, carry on its winning history. SCM Group has been operating for 65 years in the international market, producing culture and not just machines. A solid group which views people as one of the key factors of its success", says Andrea Aureli. "Investing in human capital and in new talent means investing in the future, and I am confident that our efforts in this direction will allow us to continue to lead the development of this industry for a long time to come."

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