Clermont-Ferrand, France -- Group Michelin reported double-digit operating and net profit gains in the first half as sales rose 4.7 percent to $1130 million (â‚¬827 million) on positive volume in several markets and price/mix improvements.
Net income grew 57.6 percent to $587.9 million as operating income also improved 64.4 percent to $1070 million.
Michelin said it performed well in passenger car/light truck markets in Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
The company also experienced strong growth in truck tyre sales in Europe, South America and Asia in both the OE and replacement segments.
At the same time, North American demand in this segment was weak, the company said.
Sales in the firm's speciality operations - earthmover, aircraft, etc., tyres - were up 13.4 percent in the half to $15700 million, with segment operating earnings up 14.8 percent.
Managing partner Michel Rollier said Michelin's results confirm its ability to â€œachieve significant operating margin improvements before non-recurring items.â€
He added the firm will continue initiatives aimed at reducing overhead costs and optimising its industrial base worldwide.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)