Rohde & Schwarz can look back on an extremely successful 2012/2013 fiscal year (July to June) as incoming orders passed the €2 billion mark for the first time in the company's 80-year history. The company slightly improved its leading position in Europe, and achieved significant gains in Asia and the USA. All four Rohde & Schwarz business fields contributed to the successful results.
Incoming orders in the fiscal year (July 2012 to June 2013) 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 (T&M), broadcasting, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Wireless communications T&M was again the biggest contributor to the company’s successful performance, thanks to the continuing strong growth of 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 history.
Together with its subsidiaries ipoque and SwissQual, Rohde & Schwarz offers T&M solutions for the entire lifecycle of a wireless communications network from a single source. Manfred Fleischmann, President and CEO of Rohde & Schwarz, stated: "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."
Fleischmann is confident about the prospects for the fiscal year 2013/2014: "We have built up our company based on the long-term view. It rests on an extremely solid foundation."