"Demand was strong in all three business areas in the first quarter of the year. Market segments with a clear sustainability profile, such as heat pumps, continued to perform well. It is also clear that changes in end consumer behavior on account of the pandemic have had a positive impact on demand for products designed for home renovation. An acute shortage of semiconductors worldwide also means a clear increase in levels of investment in semiconductor production, which benefits us,” says Gerteric Lindquist, NIBE Group CEO.
“As the world economy began to recover during the quarter, we gradually noted extended delivery times and considerable price increases from more and more of our subcontractors, as well as shortages of components. So far, we have been able to deal with this relatively successfully, but it is our assessment that this difficult situation will last for a while to come. We therefore need to continue to adapt to the prevailing situation with a number of measures.”
“With our company philosophy and our strong product range, we are well positioned in a market that is increasingly feeling the influences of the transition to a more sustainable and digitised society. The completed acquisitions and our focus on product development should further strengthen our position. Our internal work on efficiency along with our rigorous cost control also continue with unchanged focus.”
“Even though it’s difficult to make predictions in the current business climate, we are cautiously optimistic about 2021 thanks to our geographical spread, focus on sustainability, stable profitability and good financial preparedness for further offensive acquisitions,” says Lindquist.
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