Basler has released its annual report for fiscal year 2014, and like a number of other companies in the industry, things are looking good. According to 2014 figures, the global industrial camera manufacturer saw its sales increase by 22% to € 79.2 million ($85.1 million), compared to € 65.1 ($69.9 million) the previous year.
Gross profit margin for FY2014 also increased to 51.8 % from 49.9 % the previous year. The group’s earnings before taxes (EBT) rose by 42% to € 11.1 million ($11.9 million), compared to € 7.8 million ($8.3 million). In addition, the pre-tax return amounted to 14% compared to 12% in FY2013.
All in all, these numbers amount to the best results in the 25-year history of the company. Looking forward, Basler expects an increase of sales in the range of € 81 to €84 million ($87 million to $90.2 million) for fiscal year 2015. Due to growth opportunities in the industrial camera market, investments in future sales growth will be "continued with unabated intensity," according to the company.
As mentioned above, the machine vision industry on the whole seems to be in a good place. A few weeks back I wrote an article aboutthree vision companies (Cognex, Datalogic, and Z-LASER) reporting strong figures for 2014, which represents yet another promising sign for the industry. In addition to this, the AIA released a report earlier this month that sales of machine vision components and systems in North America grew 15% to $2.3 billion 2014, a number that represents the highest annual total since the AIA began tracking quarterly statistics in 2009.
The overall point here, of course, is that there seems to be no shortage of reasons for optimism for the industry now and going forward. This isn’t to say that everything is unequivocally copasetic and there is nothing to worry about at all, but that for now right, themachine vision industry looks strong.
View theBasler press release.
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