Dr Markus Flik, ceo, said: "This good order intake is even more remarkable considering the recently held Ligna, as many of our customers typically wait until after the show to make investment decisions."

The order backlog reached with €230.9m as of March 31, 2013 (2012: €208.9m) the highest Q1 figure since 2008, was because among other factors numerous complex projects were in an early phase of processing at the end of the quarter, said the company.