The bold and adaptive business model of our company enabled us toemerge stronger from the crisis.
For more than a year now the world has been in the grip of a crisis inthe form of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The impact is there for all of us to see; lockdowns across the worlddisruption of global supply chains and loss of economic activity a social crisisprecipitated by the loss of life and livelihood for millions of people shrinkage indemand and consumption across industries. In other words a catastrophe of giganticproportions.
Against this backdrop of disruption and loss I am happy to see thespirit and resilience of our people and our organization as manifested by the highest eversales and profitability in the history of our business. What could have been our biggestsetback has turned into our best year ever. The bold and adaptive business model of ourcompany enabled us to emerge stronger from the crisis. Our efforts over the last few yearsof de-risking by diversifying our product portfolio and enhancing our technology adoptionare the key reasons for our robust results.
Our environmentally conscious practices and technologically advancedproducts continue to augment our position as pioneers and leaders in the industry. We areresolute in our endeavor to keep up our strong performance and to keep creating long-termvalue for our stakeholders. Your continued trust in HIL allows us and our 5000+ employeesto continue to build a better place for people around the world and a stronger HIL.
I commend the spirit of each member of the HIL family for staying trueto our values and to our vision and for being the engine that powers HIL's growth andsuccess.
I look forward to another successful year ahead and I also hope thateach one of you and your families continue to stay safe.