尽管是全球颗粒市场整体偏离的一年，Astec实业公司(ASTE)报告说，其颗粒部将继续成为该公司的一个发展亮点。Despite an off year overall for the global pellet market, Astec Industries reported that its pellet division continues to be a bright spot for the company.在其2016年第一季度财务业绩发布会上，Astec实业公司报告第一季度净销售额为2.787亿美元，相比2015年第一季度的2.887亿美元，减少了3.5%，即1000万美元。这一季度毛利为7200万美元，相比于2015年第一季度为6600万美元，增加了9.1%，即600万美元。季度每股收益是0.77美元，相比于2015年第一季度。In its Q1 2016 financial earnings call, Astec reported net sales for Q1 as $278.7 million, compared to $288.7 million in Q1 2015, a decrease of 3.5 percent or $10 million. For the quarter, gross profit was $72 million compared to $66 million in Q1 2015, a 9.1 percent, or $6 million increase. Earnings per share for the quarter was $0.77 versus $0.65 in Q1 2015.
总裁兼首席执行官本杰明·布洛克（Benjamin Brock）更新了颗粒厂业务。布洛克还提到最近的1.225亿美元的颗粒订单，加上3000万美元Highland Pellets订单，Astec实业公司第一季度总订单金额达到1.325亿美元President and CEO Benjamin Brock updated callers on its pellet plant business, reminding callers that Astec has extended the timeline for the customer of its Hazelhurst, Georgia, plant to take Astec out of financing. Brock also mentioned its recently announced, $122.5 million pellet plant order, an add-on to the $30 million Highland Pellets order that Astec recognized during the first quarter, bringing the total order amount to $132.5 million.在阿肯色州派恩布拉夫3000万美元Highland Pellets项目，在一定延迟后继续进行。4月20日，由Astec实业公司项目经理吉姆·奥尔森（Jim Olson）告诉生物质杂志，Astec实业公司表示项目最终向前推进，第一条生产线将于5月2日动工。共有四条线，奥尔森表示目标是11月开始生产颗粒，并2017年第四季度实现全面运营。The $30 million Highland Pellets project in Pine Bluff Arkansas, is progressing after some delay. In an April 20 updated provided to Biomass Magazine by Jim Olson, Astec Industries project manager, said the project is finally moving forward and will start line one erection by May 2. “We are currently pouring concrete on line one, and electrical underground is complete on line one and 50 percent complete on line two,” he said. There will be four lines total, Olson added, and the goal is to begin producing pellets in November, and achieve full operation of the facility toward the last quarter of 2017.在业绩发布会上，布洛克说Astec实业公司有新项目不断引进活动，而且，“我们确信，在今年年底将增加一个新的大订单......提醒一下，这些交易是长期而复杂才能搞定。虽然我们乐观地认为，今年年底会有新的[订单]，但它总是需要比我们预期更长的时间。”During the earnings call, Brock said Astec has ongoing quoting activity for new projects, and that, “we do believe that will add a new large order late this year…as a reminder, these deals are long and complicated to get across the line. While we’re optimistic that a new [order] will happen by the end of this year, it can always can take longer than we anticipate.”对于海外市场潜力，布洛克说Astec实业公司有几个客户谨慎考虑建设颗粒厂，因为欧洲暖冬使当前颗粒市场处于“关闭”。但公用事业计划切换到使用颗粒，他说，已经签订了合同，人们正在寻找计划能够满足这些未来的需求，这在很大程度上使Astec实业公司有信心将在今年年底拿下另外一个订单。On potential in overseas markets, Brock said Astec has several customers who are serious about building pellet plants, describing current pellet demand as being “off” because of a couple of warm winters in Europe. But utilities have planned to switch over to using pellets, he said, contracts have been made, and people are looking at plans to be able to supply those future needs, which is largely the reason Astec is confident it will secure another order by the year’s end.He added that South Korea, Japan and China are also being looked at as potential markets.