Rieter Textile Systems, Switzerland, reports textile machinery orders received during the first
half of 2004 increased to 619.4 million Swiss francs (CHF) 14 percent over the same period in 2003.
Greatest demand came from Asia, and was particularly strong for staple fiber machinery, with orders
coming chiefly from China, Turkey and Pakistan. Man-made fiber processing machinery orders were up
slightly over the first half of 2003.
While orders were up, actual sales for the first six months were down by 5 percent to 582.4
Rieter cited delivery delays related to scarce energy resources at customer sites in China as
contributors to the decline, and expects to clear the backlog in the second half of 2004. Sales to
China represented more than 20 percent of total first-half sales, and deliveries to Asian companies
increased to 70 percent of the total a 9-percent jump.
The company’s operating profit before interest and taxes for the first half of 2004 totaled
58.1 million CHF down from the year-earlier total of 64.4 million CHF. Operating margins were 10.2
percent, compared with 10.9 percent for the first half of 2003.Rieter says its staple fiber
processing customers are increasingly interested in purchasing complete spinning installations
instead of individual machines.