Amid a still-volatile and slowdown global economy still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stahl is focusing its efforts on the rebound of activity while taking all necessary steps to protect its profitability and cash generation. To do so, it will focus on ongoing product innovation, while stepping up marketing efforts and capitalizing on the positions it has established in high-growth regions (over 65% of sales). Stahl also intends to continue to develop service-oriented made-to-order solutions to its clients and develop solutions for numerous substrates, in order to expand its scope of business and gain further market share. The Group will continue to capitalize on its strengths, which are its innovation capabilities (innovative environmentally-friendly solutions and customized technologies), its strong position with top clients, exposure to emerging markets and active cost and cash flow management (strict financial discipline and value-adding investments).
Despite recent difficult performances, Stahl remains buoyed by strong long-term trends, such as the shift in its markets to emerging markets, particularly in Asia, and environmental regulations. These are beneficial to Stahl, given its leadership in this area and the fact that it has the only solution in the sector to comply with these regulations throughout the production chain. The trend towards bio-based chemicals continues to develop, and Stahl is the market leader with a solid bio-based chemistry portfolio.