At Raute, the business risks relate to the nature of the business and the operating environment. Risks in the near term continue to be driven by the uncertainty relating to the global economic situation and the development of the financial markets, as well as by international political instability. The most significant risks for Raute in the near term are related to major mill-scale projects, which are in the implementation phase, in accordance with the schedule determined in contract terms, and the development of the order intake.
Impact of economic cycles on business operations
Raute's business operations are characterized by the sensitivity of investment demand to fluctuations in the global economy and the financing markets, and the cyclical nature of project business. The impact of changes in demand on the Group's result is reduced by increasing the share of technology services, increasing operations in market areas with a small current market share, creating products for completely new customer groups and developing the partner network.
Deliveries and technology
The bulk of Raute's business operations consists of project deliveries, which expose the company to risks caused by customer-specific solutions related to each customer's end product, production methods or raw materials. At the quotation and negotiation phase, the company has to take risks relating to the promised performance figures and make estimates of implementation costs.
Raute invests heavily in product development. The developmental phase for new technologies involves the risk that the project will not lead to a technologically or commercially acceptable solution. The functionality and capacity of new solutions produced as a result of development work cannot be fully verified until the solutions can be tested under production conditions in conjunction with the customer deliveries.
Contract, product liability, implementation, cost and capacity risks are managed using project management procedures that comply with the company's ISO-certified quality system. Technology risks are reduced by the conditions of delivery contracts and by restricting the number of simultaneous first deliveries.
Raute's objective is to increase its local business for example in China and Russia, where, besides opportunities, companies face risks typical for emerging markets.
Information security risks are managed according to a defined information security policy.
Competence retention and development and ensuring the sufficiency of human resources are particularly important in cyclical business. Continuity is ensured by monitoring the development of the age structure, implementing systematic human resources management and investing in well-being at work.