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Revenues up but profits drop at Renishaw

20 September 2023
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Profits at Gloucestershire engineering firm Renishaw have slumped by 20 per cent, according to figures published by the firm yesterday (Tuesday).

The Wotton-under-Edge firm told investors its pre-tax profit had fallen to £141 million from £163.7 million last year.

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However, revenue was up from £671.1 million in 2022 to £688.6 million, which the company attributed to "strong growth" across all regions and growth for its neurological product line, with renewed growth in robot sales.

CEO William Lee said: "In challenging trading conditions, our performance demonstrates the resilience of our business model, and the hard work and dedication of our teams around the world.

"In a year when we saw a downturn in demand from one of our key sectors, we achieved good growth in systems sales, which is an area of strategic priority.

"We have seen a steady start to FY2024 and our order book remains solid. We continue to see positive trends for investment in low emission transportation, defence, additive manufacturing and robotics. Meanwhile, demand from semiconductor equipment suppliers for position encoders remains subdued.

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"While the short-term macroeconomic picture remains unclear, we continue to manage costs prudently, we are implementing further price rises, and remain focused on improving our productivity.

"I'm confident in our strategy and the actions we're taking to deliver sustainable long-term growth, including investments in people, infrastructure and product innovation."


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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