Würth Group continues on its growth track
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Würth Group continues on its growth track

Sales rose by 18.4 percent to EUR 9.9 billion in the first half of 2022

· Operating result increases to EUR 720 million
· Group has 84,494 employees
· Macroeconomic and political situation dampens expectations for the second half of the year
· Investments in the company ensure sustainability

The Würth Group, world market leader in the manufacture and sale of assembly and fastening materials, was able to carry the growth momentum from the 2021 fiscal year into the first half of 2022 in spite of the unstable economic situation. The globally operating Group recorded sales of EUR 9.9 billion in the first six months, corresponding to an increase of 18.4 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and of 17.0 percent adjusted for currency effects.

Companies in Germany and abroad are growing

In Germany, the Würth Group generated sales of EUR 3.9 billion (+12.7 percent). Especially the companies operating in Germany’s Electrical Wholesale unit managed a very robust sales development. The company eiSos in Waldenburg was even able to build seamlessly on the strong year of 2021. After months of rather subdued business development, the Trade unit recovered and grew at double-digit rates. The companies abroad generated sales of EUR 6.0 billion (+22.3 percent). The companies in Spain, Italy, North America and South America were the driving force behind growth. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, the largest individual company of the Würth Group, generated sales of EUR 1.4 billion including intra-Group sales (+10.1 percent). The further expansion of multi-channel sales has paid off: E-business sales in particular grew by 21.4 percent year on year, representing 20.2 percent of total sales.

Volatile economic situation

Since the beginning of the year, the German economy has been recovering gradually from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic of the last two and a half years, but the positive trend is being curbed severely, as the conflict in Ukraine and China's zero-Covid strategy are driving up prices, while increased energy costs and supply bottlenecks are pushing prices even further. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, container ships are also jamming on the North Sea along the German, Dutch and Belgian ports. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy estimates that more than eleven percent of all goods shipped worldwide cannot be cleared at present.

Operating result

As of June 2022, the operating result of the Würth Group is at EUR 720 million and thus clearly up on the previous year (EUR 520 million). This positive development is above all the result of productivity increases at the large, established companies in Germany, Southern Europe and the USA.


The Würth Group acquired 1,311 new employees in the first half of 2022. Currently, 84,494 people work in the Group, 41,829 of which are active in the sales force. At the end of 2021, the Group had a total of 83,183 employees. In Germany, the Group has 25,807 employees.

Investments at headquarters ensure the Group’s future viability

The company lays the foundation for further growth by investing in its future viability. The expansion of the warehouse and logistics center at the headquarters in Künzelsau-Gaisbach, the largest logistics investment in the Group’s history, is a clear commitment of Würth to the Hohenlohe region. In addition, the company has built an innovation center at the premises of the Group headquarters to strengthen its own manufacturing expertise and innovative strength. It will be inaugurated and put into service on 28 September 2022.

Outlook for the second half of the year

The volatility of the current situation makes it difficult to assess how the economy will develop. Supply bottlenecks will continue to affect industry and the construction sector. The same applies to high commodity prices and the development of inflation and interest rates. The future gas supply also remains uncertain after the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action declared the second stage of the gas emergency plan in Germany on June 23, 2022.