Extract from the industry letter from 'markt intern - Büro-Fachhandel 35/19':
Unsurprisingly for us, 'mi' performance mirror winner Köhl can also confirm a 'good run'. Managing Director Thomas Köhl: ,, Yes, we can. The first half of the year fully met our expectations. The balanced mix of swivel chairs and conference series makes our success. The new TEMPEO series, which we launched in the spring of this year, is also developing very promisingly. "His forecast for the 2019 financial year is correspondingly positive:" We continue to see the trend for Köhl 2019 positively. Our broad positioning in the specialist trade ensures regular capacity utilization in our day-to-day business, from which we benefit even in times of economic downturn, and we think that the office furnishing market as a whole will develop positively. The product ranges of the future will continue to adapt to new working environments. The subject of seating combined with information exchange and processing will increase. Comprehensive advice to the world of work will play a central role in this. Employee health will also become more important. "
He commented on the "less rosy prospects of success" for office furnishing retail and the reasons given for this as follows: "Professional property fitters who concentrate clearly on the furnishing field and score with service, service and flexibility should not be so badly affected Our industry has been shaped by economic fluctuations for many decades. Of course, in economically good times, precautions have to be taken for the less good years. In addition to ergonomically high-quality chair series, this includes permanent qualifications, investments in good specialist staff and regular further training measures in order to be fit for the To be the future. This is how we have been working for over 40 years and we see that we are well equipped for the future through many measures, no matter what economic forecasts are listed here. "
He lists the opportunities and risks with a view to the future for his company: "Structural change is currently taking place in many companies. Classic forms of organization and office landscapes are changing due to new communication channels and the most modern means of communication. Office work and work culture increasingly link individual areas with each other. There are great opportunities in these changes, which is what we are preparing for with products and services that meet these requirements. Our focus has traditionally been on health, ergonomics and functionality. In the future, we will also focus even more on the emotionality of the design language. We only see risks in a declining economy and the associated decline in willingness to invest. "
With regard to the Köhl specialist trade partners, he continues to explain: "The specialist trade must also adapt to these changes. Specialist retailers are increasingly becoming solution providers who individually design room and office concepts. Always with a view to optimizing work processes, improving work quality, increasing motivation and health of employees. For this, partners in the production of strong products, with which the trade can implement the projects tailor-made, are essential. Specialist dealers who adapt to these future market requirements will also be successful in the future. "For Thomas Köhl, being successful together is not a question of reaction, but rather:" We do not react, but act with our customers. We support our specialist trade partners with seminars and training as well as joint customer advice on site."