Level of orders
Order intake in the KION Group rose by 8.5 per cent year on year to €8,656.7 million (2017: €7,979.1 million). This substantial increase is attributable to new truck business in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment, project business in the Supply Chain Solutions segment and growing service activities in both segments. Although negative currency effects dissipated slightly in the fourth quarter owing to the weakness of the euro, their overall impact in 2018 as a whole still reduced the value of order intake by €186.5 million. Thanks to strong order intake, the KION Group’s order book of €3,300.8 million was up by 26.2 per cent compared with the end of 2017 (31 December 2017: €2,614.6 million) and provides an excellent basis for the future.