Strong Growth Continues
As in the previous year, both VITRONIC GmbH and the VITRONIC Group recorded double-digit percentage growth in 2012 in relation to their total revenue and earnings. With plenty of orders in hand and high numbers of incoming orders, this trend is set to continue in 2013: having generated total revenue of €78 million in 2012, we hope to hit our target of €100 million by no later than 2014.
The growth is being driven by products from both the Traffic Technology division as well as the Logistics + Industrial Automation division.
Traffic technology division
Traffic enforcement with PoliScan
Since its launch in 2006, the PoliScan product range has become a top seller with average growth of 100% per year.
PoliScan has revolutionized traffic measurement technology and continues to impress our customers both nationally and internationally. The unprecedented use at accident blackspots, coupled with the impressive high-tech design and the personal, expert advice offered to our customers, have led to this success. Even today, our competitors’ products have yet to catch up with the advances offered by our technical innovation from 2006. Our LIDAR sensor technology overcomes the restrictions associated with radar or loop technology. Even recent attempts to copy our design and technology have been fruitless.
PoliScan has come out on top in all benchmark tests to date
The results of such success are clear: it is impossible to imagine urban and rural landscapes in Germany and many other countries without PoliScan pillars. More and more traditional speed cameras are being retired and replaced with PoliScan. In high-growth countries with increasing amounts of traffic, PoliScan is continually improving road safety.
The world’s largest recent calls for tender for traffic measurement technology were made in the Arab region (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia) where there is a great need for systems to improve road safety. As with other tenders in Europe, USA, and Australia, these were won by VITRONIC.
At the start of the year, China also entered the picture, where an order was placed for several hundred products. Additional new markets are set to follow in 2013.
Toll enforcement with TollChecker
A further success story from the VITRONIC traffic technology product range is the TollChecker. It is not only used by the world’s two largest free-flow toll systems, Toll Collect (Germany) and Ecotaxe (France), to ensure correct toll fees, but also as a reference system for the control quality of competitor systems in several countries. As far back as 2002, when our competitors all still required two to three bridges to monitor free-flow toll payments, VITRONIC launched the world’s first single-gantry solution. Today, over ten years later, as others present such solutions as their technological innovations, we are already setting new standards in toll enforcement with TollChecker 4.
VITRONIC has become a world leader for traffic enforcement technology.
Logistics + Industrial Automation division
VITRONIC has also been setting the technological trend in the field of parcel distribution since the mid-1990s, when it launched the first camera-based identification system for parcels. The success story began in 1997 when our products were provided for the largest European hub. The next pages were written just two years later in 1999 with an order to equip the UPS world hub with VITRONIC identification technology. Shortly afterwards, VITRONIC was commissioned to fit almost all U.S. hubs of a world leader in parcel distribution with several thousand identification stations. Today, hubs in almost all developed countries use the innovative VITRONIC technology to read one and two-dimensional codes as well as handwritten and machine text, to measure volumes, to detect defects, and to perform many other tasks. Read rate, size, weight, energy consumption, reliability and service friendliness: VICAM, the heart of the system, was and remains a trendsetter for the industry. Today, the 7th generation of this high-performance camera is on the market and over 5,500 systems are in use around the world (as of June 2013).
With the VICAMsnap!, VITRONIC has now reached the next milestone in the story of camera-based identification technology and achieved great market success: at the start of 2013, more than 1,000 systems were delivered to several sites of a major postal customer in the USA alone.
The next success story, which will set standards on a global level, is the automated capturing and x-raying of parcels. VITRONIC and Smiths Detection are working together on a pilot project for UPS in Cologne. The joint solution is a result of EU Regulation No. 300/2008, which has been in force since 2010. Both this and the German Aviation Security Act (Luftsicherheitsgesetz) stipulate that air carriers must subject cargo to extensive security measures (x-ray, simulation chamber, etc.) before it is loaded.
Major international luxury automotive manufacturers such as BMW, Audi, and Daimler, as well as an increasing number of other automobile suppliers, are opting today for VITRONIC machine vision systems. Several hundred VIROwsi weld seam inspection systems provide 100% certified safety for automobiles. Even the first electric cars are now inspected using VIROwsi. Furthermore, surface and contour inspection systems ensure optimum product quality at many automotive companies, particularly in relation to components with an impact on safety.
VITRONIC was one of the first machine vision companies to offer quality inspection systems for use during the production of solar cells and modules. Today, over 1,000 inspection systems are used by over 70 end clients in Europe, USA, and Asia. This makes VITRONIC the only machine vision company to provide reliable, high-performance inspection technology, which has even enabled production sites in Asia to make the switch from manual visual inspections to fully-automated inspections using VITRONIC technology.
Medical devices and pharmaceuticals
VITRONIC quality control systems are also used in several areas within the medical device and pharmaceutical industry—with their popularity growing by the year. Today, over 80 percent of all VINSPEChealthcare systems are installed outside Germany. One global medical device manufacturer installed over 60 machine vision systems on 15 production lines in its Malaysian infusion system production sites alone.
For almost 30 years, VITRONIC has acted as a machine vision expert for multiple user groups and industries, using the synergies of its technologies to operate successfully, irrespective of the economic crisis. The broad range of specialist expertise offered by the over 500 employees around the world is the key to VITRONIC’s success. With separate companies based on four different continents (Europe, Asia, USA, and Australia), VITRONIC ensures that customers all around the world receive the same high level of expertise and service as in Germany.