MUNICH, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Rohde & Schwarz can look back on an
extremely successful 2012/2013 fiscal year (July to June). Incoming
orders surpassed the two billion euro mark for the first time in the
company's 80-year history. The company slightly improved its leading
position in Europe, and achieved significant gains in Asia and the USA.
All four Rohde & Schwarz business fields contributed to the successful
Incoming orders in the past fiscal year (July 2012 to June 2013)
increased by 8.7 percent over the previous fiscal year to EUR 2.04
billion. Revenues reached EUR 1.9 billion, an increase of 4.8 percent.
At the end of the fiscal year, the company had 9,300 employees, as
compared with 8,700 a year earlier.
Rohde & Schwarz is based on four main strategic pillars: test and
measurement (T&M), broadcasting, secure communications, radiomonitoring
and radiolocation. Wireless communications T&M was again the biggest
contributor to the company's successful performance, thanks to the
continuing strong growth on the smartphone market, including LTE
devices. The entire market for smart connected devices, which includes
PCs and tablets as well as smartphones, continues to perform
outstandingly well. This resulted in full order books and the highest
level of production capacity utilization in the company's history.
Together with its subsidiaries ipoque and SwissQual, Rohde & Schwarz
offers T&M solutions for the entire lifecycle of a wireless
communications network from a single source. Manfred Fleischmann,
President and CEO of Rohde & Schwarz, states: "Network operators
benefit from coordinated T&M solutions and have just one point of
contact. This is unmatched on the market, and has enabled us to achieve
stronger growth in this segment than our competitors."
Rohde & Schwarz also performed well in the broadcasting business field.
Even though the digital transmitter market is nearly saturated in many
countries, the company was able to expand its leadership position in
the terrestrial television broadcasting market with a new family of
transmitters. Through its subsidiary Rohde & Schwarz DVS, Rohde &
Schwarz also offers products for the studio segment and has added
audio/video headends to its portfolio. As a result, Rohde & Schwarz is
developing into a supplier of solutions along the entire broadcasting
value chain, from post production in the studio to transmission of the
Both the secure communications and the radiomonitoring and radiolocation
business fields showed very strong gains in incoming orders as compared
with the previous fiscal year. In the air traffic control segment,
Rohde & Schwarz succeeded in winning a strategically important
reference project. The company has been selected as the sole supplier
of HF radios and voice communications systems for air traffic control
services in Iceland and Ireland. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz launched
a new generation of software defined radios at the end of 2012. The
R&S SDTR is targeted at addressing the needs of the tactical
Manfred Fleischmann is confident about the perspectives for fiscal year
2013/2014: "We have built up our company based on the long-term view.
It rests on an extremely solid foundation."
SOURCE: Rohde & Schwarz
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