Marbach Werkzeugbau took fifth place in the "Excellence in Production" competition 2017 in the category "External Toolmaking over 50 employees" and 18th place in the overall ranking. This competition, which was hosted by the organizer's association of the Aachen Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL), the Aachen Technical University (RWTH) and the Frauenhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), has long been established in the tool and mould- making world.
The toolmaker of the year 2017 was chosen from almost 300 participants. These were divided into four categories according to the size of the company. Marbach competed in the category: "External Toolmaking over 50 employees". Already in 2005 Marbach Werkzeugbau had participated in this competition and was represented in the final round.
Lars Schwarzmannseder, plant manager at Marbach Werkzeugbau: "The two-stage evaluation process began in November 2016 with Phase 1, in which the companies were evaluated in the overall benchmark using comprehensive questionnaires. This was followed by Phase 2 with on-site audits." After the jury meeting in September 2017, the reports together with the strengths and weaknesses profiles were sent to the companies. The colloquium and award ceremony took place at the end of November.
In the competition, the companies were closely examined and had to explain their processes. The weighted evaluation criteria used are composed of the factors processes, resources, organization, strategy and leadership (phase 1) as well as financial, customer and product-related results (phase 2).
Schwarzmannseder explains: "They looked very closely at the available resources and processes, because these are the things that bring speed to a company. And thus success. In Phase 2, only those who had succeeded in this first selection process were given the opportunity to have a comprehensive company audit carried out on their own premises. We made it into the second phase and were thankful for the feedback and fruitful discussions with the organizers' team of scientists."
Above all, Marbach Werkzeugbau was able to score highly in the areas of organization, range of services, vision and strategy as well as in processes. Overall it performed above average. Schwarzmannseder: "The results clearly show that we are in the forefront of our field. It is important to point out that we are organizationally well prepared and that we have a concrete vision and strategy and that the vertical integration of our manufacturing is extraordinarily high." In the field of construction agile methods also bring significant success. Both are reflected in Marbach's high quality and range of services.
Schwarzmannseder continues: "Our conclusion: Those who measure themselves know where they stand and Marbach plays in the forefront! Nevertheless, we will use the results as a basis for becoming even better. And thus offering our customers the best performance."
Since July 2017, the inventory of Marbach has included an on-site die-cutting machine from Brausse. After having used the past few months to provide employee training courses, initial customer training classes and to conduct product tests, the Marbach Academy will soon be officially opened. If you are interested in a training course, you can request a training brochure at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, all information about the Marbach training courses can also be found on the company's homepage www.marbach.com/trainings.
Marbach Werkzeugbau (Tool Manufacturing) will be represented at this year's SPE European Thermoforming Conference. The conference, to be held in Rome between 14-16 March 2018 is one of the most important events in the field of thermoforming. This is where Europe's leading representatives of thermoforming technology network. The participants are processors, end consumers, material suppliers, tool manufacturers, machine and equipment suppliers.
Marbach is known for its innovative strength. And for delivering maximum performance to its customers. Numerous customers of the cutting-die manufacturer have now confirmed that this is not just an advertising statement. Marbach is more than pleased with the positive response and will undoubtedly present further news from its innovation department in 2018.
For several months now Marbach has been equipping its premium tools marbaspeed, for flat die-cutting, and marbaspeed|r, for rotary die-cutting, with its new special rubber flexpower. This new type of rubbering stands for durability and best die-cutting performance. Statistics show the extent of its success: Marbach sold more than 2,000 rotary dies for corrugated board alone in the marbaspeed|r version.