At this year’s works meeting, the management and employees celebrated another successful business year. ALPMA strengthened their position as market leader on strategic markets and achieved a turnover roughly equivalent to that of the record-breaking year 2015. The prospects for the coming year are positive, too. And in 2017, the company celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding.
The past year was an equally busy and successful one for ALPMA. As a result, the approximately 600 employees and the management of ALPMA were in buoyant mood at this year’s works meeting in mid-December: “We can all look back with pride on this past year!“ said Managing Director Frank Eberle in his review of 2016. "Despite global crises, we will conclude the year 2016 with a positive result roughly equivalent to that in 2015. No small feat, and we owe this entirely to you and your dedicated efforts!"
Strong both on traditional and new markets
In addition to its core European markets, in particular, new customer projects in North and Central America enabled ALPMA to further consolidate its position as global market leader for cheese-making, cutting and packaging technology. "All our divisions are the leaders in their fields, and we are the first point of call on the market," Managing Director Gisbert Strohn explained. He particularly emphasised the achievements of the company’s cheese-making technology division: "With an operating performance of more than 70 million euros, we have set new benchmarks in this field, which also enabled us to secure important new projects for the coming years." For example, the world’s largest soft cheese factory, in France, was successfully put into operation in 2016.
Elsewhere, too, things are looking good for ALPMA: "As a result of high growth rates in the market segments speciality cheeses, soft and white cheese, many of our existing customers are expanding their production capacities. And they need just such cost-efficient solutions as those which ALPMA has been successfully developing and implementing for decades," Strohn pointed out. "So we owe a debt of thanks to all employees working for ALPMA around the globe, and in particular, to those colleagues who are still working flat out and will not get home to their families until shortly before Christmas."
Moving dynamically into its anniversary year
All this means that the outlook for anniversary year 2017 is good, with the order books already well filled. Next September sees the 70th anniversary of the founding of ALPMA. "We will be celebrating the occasion accordingly," Strohn emphasised. "ALPMA is a real success story - and one we aim to continue writing in the future." For this reason, the company focuses not only on innovation and the consistent expansion of its range of products and services, but also on the further development of its workforce. It currently has around 70 trainees – a program intended to ensure that ALPMA continues to have the specialist personnel it needs at its disposal in the years to come. Among the trainees, there are several refugees. "The integration of young, qualified workers is a tradition at ALPMA. By offering young talents an opportunity, we are making an active and important contribution to shaping the future of the company," Strohn stated.