At the beginning of 2022, everyone had hoped that after the extraordinary Corona years, more normality would return and more stable economic conditions would emerge. However, the Ukraine war unfortunately dashed this hope at the beginning of 2022. Exploding energy costs, rising commodity prices and compromised supply chains have presented us all with a completely new set of challenges. The global economic slowdown in the second half of the year also resulted in a reduced demand for wheels and castors. Thanks to high order backlogs and strong growth in some of our export markets and industries, we were nevertheless able to realise solid double-digit sales growth in the Blickle Group, which we are obviously very pleased about.