German motor and fan manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg has increased sales by 8.1%, a performance it says is largely due to strong growth of its fan business in the ventilation technology sector.
Sales were up to to 584 million euros (provisional figures), compared with 540 million euros in the previous year and the growth has been achieved organically, without any acquisitions.
The company now employs 4,100 people worldwide (up from 3,900 the previous year).
Visitors to the Ziehl-Abegg stand at ISH in Frankfurt had a whale of a time as the fan and motor manufacturing specialist shared the inspiration for a new development.
The main focus of interest was the ZAbluefin fan for central air conditioning control units and industrial ventilation, which increases efficiency by up to 15%.
Ziehl-Abegg’s development engineers studied the physical structure and characteristics of the humpback whale in order to transfer elements to the new fan. And the company’s stand reflected that input with a small cinema devoted to whale-watching, an opening speech from whale researcher Dr Karsten Brensing and giveaways in the form of large inflatable whales!