Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA, reported sales for its fiscal 2008 third quarter increased 12% from the prior-year quarter, including organic sales growth of 4%.
Our global growth strategies and initiatives continued to deliver results as we grew sales in both of our business segments at a solid pace in the March quarter. The team achieved this growth despite reduced industrial activity in North America and in some market sectors," said Kennametal CEO Carlos M. Cardoso. "Our sales gains, along with a robust improvement in the operating margin of our metalworking business, made a strong contribution to Kennametal's overall operating performance."
"Our advanced materials business, however, was challenged during the quarter by continued slower conditions in certain markets, higher raw materials costs, plus lower performance and an impairment charge in our surface finishing machines and services business. We are proactively addressing these challenges."