Behr Business Report FY2009

Business Highlights

Financial Overview

(in million euros)
  FY2009 FY2008 Rate of Change (%)
Sales 2,468 3,332 (25.9) 1)
Earning before taxes (235) (70) - -
Sales by Divisions
Automotive air-conditioning 1,040 1,279 (18.7) -
Engine cooling systems 1,181 1,552 (23.9) -


-The international share of overall sales was 70%, about the same level as FY2008. Sales in Germany decreased by 33.0% to 722 million euros. In the rest of Europe, sales revenues stood at 792 million euros (-32.4%).
-In North America sales reached 504 million euros, which was 22% below 2008's figure.
-In the remaining regions, sales reached 176 million euros (-22.5%). Only Asia registered growth with sales of 274 million euros, which is an increase of 31.1%.


-Followings are major contracts from a press release in 2009.
Maker/ Model Products
Porsche Panamera Four-zone climate control system, Cabin air ducting, Refrigerant,
Heating circuit, Engine and powertrain cooling module,
Climate control system including the control head,
Frontend module, Cockpit
Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID Battery cooling
Tata Nano HVAC module

Recent Developments Outside Germany

-Behr America has formed a Battery Cooling Group at its headquarters in Troy, Michigan, USA, to meet the increasing demand for thermal management technology in the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Behr America supplies thermal management system for GM's Lambda platform vehicles in the U.S. market. (From a press release on July 27, 2009)

-In late Oct. 2009, the Company opened a new Technology Center in Aruja, Brazil.
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-Sanden (Suzhou) Precision Parts Co., Ltd. (SSP) will start marketing die-cast components used in compressors for automotive air conditioners at the end of Oct. 2009. The Company has begun conducting mass production trials since Sep. 2009 and is aiming at achieving the capacity to produce more than two million units in FY2010. (From a press release on Oct. 22, 2009)

-At the turn of the year 2009/2010, Behr Jinan, the first fully-owned the Company in China, took up operations. The new plant produces engine cooling systems for heavy trucks.

-In 2009, the Company's subsidiary Behr Korea began developing and selling products for air conditioning and engine cooling.


-The Company concluded the negotiations on restructuring at the Stuttgart location, Germany. With this development, the Company expects to slash structural costs by 30 million euros and up to 300 jobs in development and administration divisions. (From a press release on June 9, 2009)

-The Company is planning to cut jobs at its German plants. The reasons for the decision are the downturn in the automotive market and the anticipation of its long-term overcapacities. The measures will affect up to 440 jobs in Stuttgart, Kirchberg and Kornwestheim locations. These plants chiefly produce oil coolers for the industrial technology sector (Stuttgart), heating and air conditioning systems for cars and trucks (Kirchberg), and thermostatic control devices (Kornwestheim). (From a press release on Nov. 30, 2009)


R&D Expenditure

(in million euros)
  FY2009 FY2008 FY2007


206 254 241

% of sales

8.3% 7.6% 7.1%

R&D Structure

-The Company has 17 development sites worldwide.

-In late Oct. 2009, the Company opened a new Technology Center in Aruja, Brazil. With its extensive performance spectrum, including simulation, prototype construction, and mechanical testing, the "Centro Tecnologico" strengthens the position of Behr Brazil in the competition for new air conditioning and engine cooling projects.

R&D Activities

-In 2009, a major focus was on developing concepts for exhaust energy recovery. This technology segment, which is new to the auto industry, offers the Company additional sales potential, for example through new heat exchangers required by these systems.

-From 2011, the EU prohibits the currently used refrigerant R134a in new vehicle types. The Company is prepared for the changeover with appropriately enhanced heat exchangers designed for the new refrigerant.

Product Developments

-In 2009, the Company advanced the market launch of the efficiency enhanced antimicrobial coating Behr Oxal nano(R). Serial production of its integrated air quality module with ionization and scenting commenced in fall 2009, marking the successful launch of this future-oriented segment.

-In 2009, the Company introduced the world's first serially produced A/C refrigerant cooled cooling plate for Li-ion batteries.

Investment Activities

Capital Expenditure

(in million euros)
  FY2009 FY2008 FY2007
Overall 97 185 169