• Order gains in service and packaging and security printing
  • 6.2% growth in revenue
  • Full capacity utilisation thanks to high order backlog
  • Q1 earnings close to last year’s level despite growth expenses
  • Guidance for 2019: revenue growth of around 4% 

2019 started well for the Koenig & Bauer group, posting a double-digit increase in order intake in the first quarter year-over year to €276.4m. This strong growth, which exceeded the industry average, was underpinned by significantly more orders for services and for folding carton, direct glass and security printing presses. At €230.7m, revenue exceeded the previous year's figure by 6.2%.