20.09.2012

Double turnover in the truck business

MANN+HUMMEL global leader in filtration


  • America and Asia as driving force for growth
  • Truck business planned to grow 100% by 2018
  • Special requirements for commercial vehicle manufacturers

Ludwigsburg, 19th September, 2012 – "The commercial vehicle segment is a strategic growth market for MANN+HUMMEL. Our target is to double turnover in this area by 2018 primarily through business in Asia and America", says Kai Knickmann, Group Vice President & General Manager Automotive OEM at MANN+HUMMEL. "There is a big demand for our filtration solutions especially in the BRIC countries. Depending on the local fuel quality, national legislation and special operational conditions, the requirements of our customers vary considerably. We are prepared for this for the benefit of our customers."

In 2004 MANN+HUMMEL took the strategic decision to combine capacity and resources for commercial vehicles in a single division. "The decision was exactly right – our customers value us as a reliable development partner and series supplier and implement their platform and common parts strategy together with us", says Knickmann today in Hanover at the press roundtable of the filtration specialist at the IAA motor show for commercial vehicles. "Our global development  and production network supports the growth strategies of our customers. Of particular importance will be our first plant in the ASEAN free trade area which we are currently building in Thailand."

Technological highlights
MANN+HUMMEL will present a number of technological highlights for the truck segment at the IAA: a new highly integrated oil management module for the customer MAN combines oil filtration, oil cooling and oil mist separation in a compact housing and saves installation space. MANN+HUMMEL expands its range of filter media with two new high performance filter media: the latest medium for fuel filtration increases filtration performance by a factor of ten compared to the previous best filter medium. A medium coated with nanofibers offers further advantages with separation of up to 99.97% of particles from intake air with a simultaneously low flow resistance.

The filtration specialist takes the increasing requirements of customers into account with production in a clean room environment. For example, the company produces diesel fuel filters for trucks in a clean room at its Marklkofen facility in Bavaria.

Market leadership confirmed
This year the independent US market research institute Freedonia confirmed that MANN+HUMMEL is the market leader in filtration. The market is highly fragmented with a lot of competitors, whereby each competitor is only able to realize a single digit market share. MANN+HUMMEL, with a turnover share of 4.1% is in first position. The institute valued the total market in 2010 at approx. 38 billion euros and forecasts annual growth rates of around 7% up to 2020. Freedonia names the regions of Asia-Pacific, South America/NAFTA, Africa/Middle East and Eastern Europe as a driving force for growth. MANN+HUMMEL is present in all of the named growth regions.

The target of the MANN+HUMMEL group is to increase turnover from 2.47 billion euros (2011) to at least 3.4 billion euros by 2018 with 25% of the turnover respectively in America and Asia. The truck business is planned to grow over-proportionally by 100%.

Around 800 R&D personnel work for the MANN+HUMMEL group. The German Patent and Trademark Office lists MANN+HUMMEL as one of the most active German patent applicants. In 2011, the filtration specialist filed 111 patent applications in Germany. Innovation is a key factor to maintain the competitiveness of the MANN+HUMMEL group and has helped the company become the market leader.

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About MANN+HUMMEL
The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing 14,338 people at more than 50 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of about 2.5 billion euros in 2011. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and cylinder head covers made of plastic with many integrated functions for the automotive industry, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company’s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration and filter systems.