Deborah D. McAdams /
Rohde & Schwarz Tops €2 Billion Mark in Incoming Orders
GERMANY—Rohde & Schwarz said incoming orders
surpassed the €2 billion mark for the first time in the company’s
80-year history for the fiscal year from July 2012 to June 2013. The company said it slightly improved its leading position in Europe,
and achieved significant gains in Asia and the United Statees. All four Rohde &
Schwarz business fields contributed to the successful results.
Incoming orders increased by 8.7 percent over the previous fiscal year
to €2.04 billion. Revenues reached €1.9 billion, an increase of 4.8
percent. At the end of the fiscal year, the company had 9,300 employees, as
compared with 8,700 a year earlier.
Rohde & Schwarz is based on four main strategic pillars: Test and
measurement, broadcasting, secure communications, radiomonitoring
and radiolocation. Wireless communications T&M was again the biggest
contributor to the company’s performance, thanks to the continuing
strong growth on the smartphone market, including LTE devices. The entire
market for smart connected devices, which includes PCs and tablets as well as
smartphones, continues to perform outstandingly well. This resulted in full
order books and the highest level of production capacity utilization in the company’s
Together with its subsidiaries ipoque and SwissQual, Rohde & Schwarz
offers T&M solutions for the lifecycle of a wireless
communications network from a single source. Manfred Fleischmann, President and
CEO of Rohde & Schwarz, states: “Network operators benefit from
coordinated T&M solutions and have just one point of contact. This is
unmatched on the market, and has enabled us to achieve stronger growth in this
segment than our competitors.”
Rohde & Schwarz also performed well in the broadcasting business field.
Even though the digital transmitter market is nearly saturated in many
countries, Rohde said it was able to expand its position in the
terrestrial television broadcasting market with a new family of transmitters.
Through its subsidiary Rohde & Schwarz DVS, Rohde & Schwarz
also offers products for the studio segment and has added audio/video headends
to its portfolio. As a result, Rohde & Schwarz is developing into a
supplier of solutions along the entire broadcasting value chain, from post
production in the studio to transmission of the broadcasting signal.
Both the secure communications and the radio-monitoring and radio-location
business fields showed very strong gains in incoming orders as compared with
the previous fiscal year. In the air traffic control segment, Rohde &
Schwarz succeeded in winning a strategically important reference project. The
company has been selected as the sole supplier of HF radios and voice
communications systems for air traffic control services in Iceland and Ireland.
In addition, Rohde & Schwarz launched a new generation of software
defined radios at the end of 2012. The R&S SDTR is targeted at
addressing the needs of the tactical communications market.
Manfred Fleischmann is confident about the perspectives for fiscal year
2013/2014: “We have built up our company based on the long-term view. It rests
on an extremely solid foundation.”