Haldex AB Business Report FY ended Dec. 2014

Financial Overview

(in million SEK)
FY ended Dec. 31, 2014 FY ended Dec. 31, 2013 Rate of change (%) Factors
Net Sales 4,380 3,920 11.7 1)
Operating Income 233 153 52.3 -
Sales by Divisions
Air Controls 1,960 1,813 8.1 -
Foundation Brake 2,420 2,107 14.9 -

1) Net Sales
-In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, the Company had net sales of SEK 4,380 million, an increase of 11.7% over the previous year's sales. Excluding currency effects, sales grew approximately 8% from the previous year. Sales grew in all regions except for South America, which remained level compared to the previous year.


Relocation of operations from Heidelberg, Germany to Hungary and U.K.
-In September 2014, the Company began its previously announced relocation of manufacturing operations from Germany to Hungary. Air suspension products and EBS brake systems will continue to be produced at the plant in Heidelberg, Germany, while production of other systems will be moved to Szentlorinckata, Hungary. R&D activities will be transferred to the R&D center in the U.K. Upon completion of the relocation, the Heidelberg facility will have approximately 100 employees. The relocation is expected to complete at the end of 2015, and is expected to result in SEK 85 million in savings per year.


-The Company has signed a long term agreement with Daimler's trailer axle division, Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems, for the supply of its ModulT disc brake. The production is expected to start in the end of 2015. The ModulT disc brake is based on the Company's second generation disc brake, which was first introduced on the market in 2011 and has more than doubled in production every year since then. The agreement with Daimler is one of several new wins on disc brakes that in combination are estimated to be worth SEK 650 million until 2017. (From a press release on September 8, 2014)

R&D Expenditures

(in million SEK)
FY ended Dec. 31, 2014 FY ended Dec. 31, 2013 FY ended Dec. 31, 2012
Total 149 137 134


R&D Structure

-The Company has three primary facilities for product development located in Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. Supporting these facilities are a number of regional application centers.

R&D Facilities

-The Company announced that MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley, U.K., has opened a new 25,500-square-feet facility that is housing the new Haldex R&D center. The R&D center serves as a European research and development base for the Company's global product offerings, includes laboratory facilities and provides engineers with direct access to MIRA's own test facilities and engineering expertise. The new facility houses a fully-equipped design and simulation center, full validation laboratory with integrated electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) facilities and a series of garage workshops housing multiple development vehicles. (From a press release on February 13, 2015)


Number of Employees

Dec. 2014 Dec. 2013 Dec. 2012
Sweden 292 285 287
U.S. 495 502 567
Mexico 493 400 402
China 215 195 167
Germany 179 174 178
Hungary 164 158 142
India 111 107 119
Brazil  98 131 121
Other 188 183 217
Total 2,235 2,135 2,200


Sales by Segment

(in million SEK)
  FY ended Dec. 31, 2014 FY ended Dec. 31, 2013 FY ended Dec. 31, 2012
Air Controls 1,960 1,813 1,783
Foundation Brake 2,420 2,107 2,150
Total 4,380 3,920 3,933


Sales by Geographic Area

(in million SEK)
  FY ended Dec. 31, 2014 FY ended Dec. 31, 2013 FY ended Dec. 31, 2012
North America 2,280 2,019 2,162
Europe 1,522 1,386 1,304
Asia and the Middle East 376 313 317
South America 202 202 150
Total 4,380 3,920 3,933

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-Generally, the Company has a stronger market position in the trailer market compared to the truck market. Similarly, the Company's Foundation Brake division has a stronger position than its Air Controls division. The Company is the market leader in brake adjusters with a 60% global market share.