Construction Equipment GLOBAL

Sales up 32% in strong second quarter at Volvo Construction Equipment

Helping the Volvo Group to its best ever quarter, Volvo CE posted significant improvements in sales, earnings and order intake.

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A combination of competitive products and high demand in most markets saw Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) report net sales in the second quarter of 2018 that were up by almost a third, rising 32% compared to the same period in the year before. Good cost control as volumes return also resulted in strong improvement in profitability.

Net sales in the second quarter increased by 32%, amounting to SEK 24,403 M (SEK 18,439 M in Q2 2017). Operating income was also strongly up, at 3,675 M in the period, eclipsing the 2,460 reported in the same period the year before, equating to an operating margin of 15.1% (13.3%).

The second quarter 2018 also saw order intake increase by 41%, while deliveries in the period were up 38%, at 24,108 machines. Order intake in China was particularly strong, rising by 72%, driven by increased demand for SDLG wheel loaders and SDLG and Volvo excavators.

Market improvements
The second quarter of 2018 saw a continuation of the improving demand situation in most major markets. In the year-to-date, Europe is up 8%, North America up 17% and South America up 28%. Asia (excluding China) is up 19%, while the Chinese market continues its strong development, rising 47%. 

“Volvo CE is well invested in strong products and services and a strategy that is serving both our customers and ourselves well,” commented Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo Construction Equipment. “We continue our efforts to improve efficiency across the supply chain, and are moving in the right direction. Finding the balance between investing in new technologies while at the same time maintaining cost consciousness and flexibility will continue to be in focus during the remainder of the year.”

Volvo Construction Equipment, net sales by market area, in Millions of Swedish Krona (SEK).

Net sales by market area

Second quarter

First six months

SEK M

2018

2017

2018

2017

Europe

7,752

6,695

14,351

12,425

North America

4,463

3,748

7,896

6,638

South America

603

392

1,118

791

Asia

10,394

6,502

19,458

12,638

Africa & Oceania

1,191

1,101

2,466

2,048

Total

24,403

18,439

45,317

34,541


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Jacqueline Reid

Interim Director, External Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment
E-mail: jacqueline.reid@volvo.com

Brian O'Sullivan

SE10
London
Tel: +44 7733350307
E-mail: osullivan@se10.com