Around the globe, the group employed an average of 6700 members of staff over the year. More than 3600 of these workplaces were in Germany. As last year, 71% of business was done abroad. In 2018, some €119m was invested worldwide.

Dr Andreas Hettich said: "We are delighted to have crossed the €1bn sales threshold. We thank all customers, the entire Hettich team and partners for our excellent working relationship and look forward to further successful growth in a challenging environment."