Employment reached 216 people at the division, which now makes it the largest company of the group in terms of staff.
The company said that its Polymer Solutions Business, and its Eco-Solutions, chemical recycling business, also recorded double-digit growth rates.
'In view of an overall environment that is been quite challenging, we are satisfied with results', Said Michael Rampf, ceo.
The company said that it did well in China.
'In the machine systems division, we were able to increase business with both international and Chinese customers', said Marco Hamacher. Hamacher is managing director of Rampf in China. He added that sales of sealing foam and electro casting resins were also up on the prior year. This was due to increased demand from international customers.
Looking towards the 2019 financial year, the company said it expects consolidated sales to increase by about 8%.