• Sales of CHF 366.8 million in the third quarter, CHF 987.4 million after nine months
• Order intake of CHF 226.4 million in the third quarter, CHF 1 095.8 million after nine months
• Order backlog of around CHF 2 000 million as of September 30, 2022
• Precautionary measures taken against potential energy crisis in Europe
• Financing of a Professorship for Artificial Intelligence
• Rieter site sales process on schedule
• Outlook 2022

Rieter recorded a significant increase in sales in the third quarter of 2022, reaching a level of CHF 366.8 million (2021: CHF 257.3 million). The measures introduced to increase sales and profitability in the  second half of 2022 are taking effect and will continue to be implemented in a systematic manner. These include a close cooperation with key suppliers, the development of alternative solutions to eliminate material shortages, the enforcement of price increases, and the improvement of the margin quality of the order backlog.

The order intake of CHF 226.4 million in the third quarter of 2022 reflects the expected normalization of demand for new equipment compared to the record year of 2021, which was characterized by catch-up effects and the regional shift in demand.

In addition, the well-known uncertainties and risks and the continuing extremely long delivery times at key manufacturers had a dampening effect on demand. Due to the slowdown in capacity utilization in the spinning mills, demand for consumables, wear & tear and spare parts also declined in the third quarter of 2022. Major orders continued to be recorded from Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China.

Rieter has an exceptionally high order backlog of around CHF 2 000 million as of September 30, 2022 (September 30, 2021: CHF 1 562 million), which will guarantee capacity utilization in all three business groups until well into 2023 or rather 2024. The cancellation rate in the reporting period was around 5% of the order backlog.

The Business Group Machines & Systems achieved total sales of CHF 634.3 million in the first nine months of 2022 (+66%). The Business Group Components recorded an increase of 37% to CHF 232.6 million in the first nine months of 2022, while the Business Group After Sales posted sales of CHF 120.5 million, 14% higher compared to the prior-year period. In all three business groups, the measures introduced to eliminate material bottlenecks and safeguard supplies are having a positive impact.

Following the record year of 2021, the Rieter Group received an order intake totaling CHF 1 095.8 million in the first nine months of 2022 (-35%).

In the Business Group Machines & Systems, compared to the record year in 2021, the expected normalization of demand was clearly reflected in an order intake of CHF 696.2 million.

Order intake in the Business Group Components rose to CHF 248.1 million, an increase of 9% compared to the first nine months of the previous year, mainly as a result of the acquisition of the Accotex and Temco components businesses. In the Business Group After Sales, order intake decreased to CHF 151.5 million, a fall of 8% compared to the first nine months of the previous year. The evolution of order intake in both business groups is attributable to the drop in demand for consumables, wear & tear and spare parts.