Bertschi weathers Covid storm with record sales
In 2021, Bertschi performed well in a challenging environment and demonstrated the resilience of its business model.
With record sales, the company exceeded the one billion mark for the first time.
Group-wide sales grew by 13%, with growth in worldwide business (particularly in Asia) significantly higher than in European business. The turnover share of global activities rose from 34% to 40%.
“This is an extraordinary achievement by everyone involved, especially considering that Bertschi only went global with activities in Asia, America and the Middle East 10 years ago,” said Hans-Jörg Bertschi, executive chairman of the Bertschi Group.
According to the company:
▪ Sales up by 13% to CHF $1.02 billion
▪ Despite the challenging market environment, Bertschi performed well and increased its proportion of worldwide business to 40% thanks to growth in Asia
▪ Investments of CHF $100 million in logistics in Europe and overseas
▪ Container fleet for liquid and dry-bulk chemical products reaches 40,000 units
▪ Chemical logistics hub in Zhangjiagang (China) to open in mid-2022
▪ Focus on digital transformation and sustainable logistics
“In the current situation, marked by the pandemic and disrupted supply chains, this level of growth would not have been possible without the personal commitment of all employees,” added Jan Arnet, CEO of the Bertschi Group. The workforce grew by 60 new recruits to 3,160 people in 2021.
“Due to the increasingly global nature of our business, our corporate culture has also evolved and become richer. This is evidenced by the fact that people from all continents work at the headquarters in Dürrenäsch and nearly 40 different languages are spoken.”
Bertschi expanded its own logistics infrastructure last year with investments of around CHF £100 million.
These included doubling the storage capacities for containerized chemical products in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Middlesbrough (UK), and building a new chemical logistics hub in China.
In addition, the fleet of tank and silo containers was increased by more than 2,000 units. Bertschi put the 40,000th container into operations at the start of 2022.