NSG, parent company to Pilkington, reports full-year 2015 automotive sales of $2.63 billion USD (313.96 billion Yen), compared to $2.56 billion USD (305.11 billion Yen) in the previous year full year. Operating profit for the segment is $78.53 million USD (9.37 billion Yen) for full-year 2015, compared to $93.45 million USD (11.15 billion Yen).
“In the automotive business, revenues were slightly better than the previous year due to the translational impact of the weaker Japanese yen. Profits fell slightly with market conditions remaining challenging across many regions,” according to the company’s report.
“In North America, representing 26 percent of the group’s automotive sales, cumulative revenues and profitability improved. OE market volumes continued to increase, and the automotive glass replacement (AGR) business benefited from robust demand,” the company reports.
Cumulative light-vehicle sales were ahead of the previous year in Europe. Year-over-year increases during the fourth quarter could indicates “a meaningful recovery,” according to the report.
“In the OE sector, the group’s cumulative local currency revenues were similar to the previous year. AGR revenues were below the previous year with weather related sluggish demand, although profitability increased with an improved mix of products,” the company reports.
Europe represents 46 percent of the NSG’s automotive sales.
Japan’s cumulative OE volumes were stronger than the previous year, according to officials. Domestic demand was generally robust despite the consumption tax increase earlier in the year.
“Vehicle sales weakened slightly during the fourth quarter, however,” according to the report. “The group’s cumulative revenues improved with the increased demand, although profitability was impacted by increased input costs. AGR markets were below the previous year.”
Japan represents 17 percent of the group’s automotive sales.
A Look Ahead
Automotive volumes in North America are expected to be robust, according to the company’s report.
“In Europe, automotive markets should benefit from a continuation of the positive vehicle sales experienced during the fourth quarter of full-year 2015, although will still be significantly below pre-recession levels,” the company reports.
Meanwhile, automotive markets in Japan are expected to be generally flat, although tax changes could impact sales in the short-term.
“South America will continue to suffer from a challenging economic environment,” according to the report.