In the past fiscal year, the machine and plant manufacturer Ystral continued to grow strongly and, with a volume of 52.2 million euros, was able to record a new record order intake. Compared to the previous year, this represents an increase of 13%. Ystral projects, designs and manufactures mixing, dispersing and powder wetting machines, as well as process plants for the chemical, paint and coatings, food, pharmaceutical, household and cosmetics industries, and for battery production. The Freiburg-based company has three subsidiaries in Singapore (since 2011), India (since 2013) and China (since 2018). The order intake generated in fiscal 2022 is divided roughly one-third each between Ystral's home market of Germany, the rest of Europe and North America, and Asian countries. "Against the background of a difficult geopolitical and economic environment, we are very satisfied with the course of the past fiscal year," said Karl Prem, Managing Director Operation & Finance at Ystral. Among the most important developments for Ystral in the past fiscal year was the start of cooperation with the Fraunhofer Research Manufacturing Battery Cell FFB facility in Münster. The machine and plant manufacturer is supporting the battery cell research production project with a mixing and dispersing plant for the "FFB PreFab", which is currently under construction and will be used to test manufacturing processes and new recipes for battery cell production. A start of test operations on the plant is planned for the end of this year. "Estimates predict a growth in demand for storage batteries by a factor of 30 in the coming years," said Dominik Seeger, division manager of strategic sales at Ystral. "In view of this, this cooperation represents a milestone in the development of our company." Compared to a revenue forecast last September, Ystral most recently raised its outlook for fiscal 2023 slightly. "Due to the still unclear economic and political framework conditions, the further business development is difficult for us to assess at the moment," said CEO Prem. "However, signals from the market indicate that the supply chain situation could ease somewhat in the second half of the year. Added to this are currently improved economic data and the end of the strict zero-covid policy in China. These developments make us cautiously optimistic for fiscal 2023."