Level of orders
Order intake in the KION Group rose by 12.4 per cent year on year to €2,118.3 million (Q1 2018: €1,885.0 million). This strong increase in orders was mainly attributable to the Supply Chain Solutions segment. The total value of order intake in the Supply Chain Solutions segment came to €602.9 million in the first three months of 2019, which was up by 52.1 per cent compared with the first quarter of last year (€396.3 million). The order intake of the Industrial Trucks & Services segment continued to increase, rising by 1.7 per cent to €1,510.5 million (Q1 2018: €1,485.2 million). Currency effects had only a small positive impact on the value of the KION Group’s overall order intake, causing it to increase by €24.6 million. These effects were predominantly attributable to the stronger US dollar. The order book expanded by 2.2 per cent to €3,374.7 million (31 December 2018: €3,300.8 million).