Asian and Russian market growth for Devro
First half-year results Devro posted an 11% rise in revenue, driven by a 7% rise in volume sales during the period. It also benefited from exchange rate fluctuations, but rising costs did affect the growth in revenue. The business saw volume growth in China, south-east Asia and Russia, but experienced declines in South America. This decline, a 35% volume drop of sales, had been anticipated by the company. Its North American volume sales were in line with the first half of 2016, yet some concern has been expressed with the time it is taking to take advantage of growth opportunities.
China become to be the main source of future growth for the business. Devro’s volumes sales in China grew 125% in the period, with the growth pushed by the opening of the new Devro plant in China at the beginning of this year. China is marked by Devro as one of sales growth potential, the business is working its product range to help overcome pricing issues that have been caused by recent oversupply.
In Asia-Pacific, Devro’s Japanese division saw a 5% volume sales growth, driven by an expansion of sales in non-meat categories, while south-east Asia saw a massive 40% growth in volume sales. Russia was seen with the most gains, with a 19% volume sales growth, building on sales success in the second half of 2016 with an extended product range.
Other operational highlights for the period included the progression of the Devro 100 programme which focuses on growing revenue through upgrading sales capabilities, improving manufacturing efficiencies to reduce unit costs and introducing the next generation of differentiated products. New products will be introduced during H2 as planned.