The Surface Treatment Business Unit specialises in the hot-dip galvanising of steel and the application of protective powder coatings to galvanised steel, steel, aluminium and stainless steel. The combination of hot-dip galvanising and powder coating provides the most durable protection against the corrosion of steel and also ensures that the material looks good. The Surface Treatment Business Unit can hot-dip galvanise and powder coat large, wide and heavy materials. Small steel components are hot-dip galvanised in the centrifuge galvanising plant.

Looking back

The effects of the strategic positioning and the streamlining of the operating processes are apparent in the Surface Treatment Business Unit. The internal and logistical processes have been further coordinated and are contributing to more efficient business operations. This meant that the organisation was able to take advantage of ongoing economic growth and make better use of the capacity of the production sites. Revenue in 2018 was higher than in the previous financial year. The gross margin increased by more than 2 percentage points, with the falling zinc price contributing to the lower cost price.

Looking ahead

The challenges for the Surface Treatment Business Unit relate mainly to HR. The most important HR themes are the ageing workforce and the sustainable employability of employees so that they can continue to work healthily and with pleasure, absenteeism and safety. In line with these themes, the Business Unit's management has focused on innovation with the aim of making working conditions less demanding, preferably through the use of automated tools.

The Unit Business Surface treatment specialises in the hot-dip galvanising of steel and the application of protective powder coatings to galvanised steel, steel, aluminium and stainless steel. The combination of hot-dip galvanising and powder coating provides the most durable protection against the corrosion of steel and also ensures that the material looks good. The Business Unit Surface treatment can hot-dip galvanise and powder coat large, wide and heavy materials. Small steel components are hot-dip galvanised in the centrifuge galvanising plant.

Looking back

Business Unit Surface treatment. The internal and logistical processes have been further coordinated and are contributing to more efficient business operations. This meant that the organisation was able to take advantage of ongoing economic growth and make better use of the capacity of the production sites. Revenue in 2018 was higher than in the previous financial year. The gross margin increased by more than 2 percentage points, with the falling zinc price contributing to the lower cost price.

Looking ahead

The challenges for the Business Unit Surface treatment relate mainly to HR. The most important HR themes are the ageing workforce, the sustainable employability of employees so that they can continue to work healthily and with pleasure, absenteeism and safety. In line with these themes, the Business Unit's management has focused on innovation with the aim of making working conditions less demanding, preferably through the use of automated tools.