Our Company

Improving the health and quality of life of patients is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The focus in doing so is on diseases for which no satisfactory treatment option exists to date. The company therefore concentrates on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives. In animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim stands for advanced prevention.

Family-owned since it was established in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. Some 50,000 employees create value through innovation daily for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceuticals. In 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim generated net sales of around 17.5 billion euros. R&D expenditure of almost 3.2 billion euros, corresponded to 18.1 per cent of net sales.

As a family-owned company, Boehringer Ingelheim plans in generations and focuses on long-term success, rather than short-term profit. The company therefore aims at organic growth from its own resources with simultaneous openness to partnerships and strategic alliances in research. In everything it does, Boehringer Ingelheim naturally adopts responsibility towards mankind and the environment.

Amounts in EUR million,
unless otherwise indicated
20182017Change
Net sales17,49818,056–3%
by region
Europa30%32%
Americas46%45%
Asia, Australia, Africa24%23%
by business
Human Pharmaceuticals72%70%
Animal Health23%22%
Biopharmaceuticals4%4%
Discontinued Operations1%4%
Research and development3,1643,078+3%
Personnel expenses5,2764,934+7%
Average number of employees50,37049,610+2%
Operating income3,4723,487-0%
Operating income as % of net sales19.8%19.3%
Group profit / loss2,075-223–1,030%
as % of net sales11.9%-1.2%
Group equity12,33410,657+16%
Return on Group equity19.5%-2.0%
Investments in tangible assets950872+9%
Depreciation of tangible assets552521+6%

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