Marbach can look back on an eventful year in 2019. The globally active company has attracted attention not only with its innovations, but above all with its international expansion. The Marbach Group now employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.
Packaging. Performance. You.
Marketing Manager Tina Dost: "The year 2019 has been a very eventful year for us. The opening of our new site in Mexico in January was followed by a second location in the USA (Michigan City, IN) and the acquisition of a competitor in Poland (Poznan). With these expansions we will now be enable to serve our customers even better on site".
New subsidiary in Mexico
In Mexico, the packaging market is growing rapidly. Large investments are being made in die-cutting equipment, since Mexican companies want to produce at the highest level internationally. For this they need expert support. Since January 2019, Marbach has been offering this support directly on site. In Mexico, Marbach supplies materials to Mexican and North American die and packaging manufacturers and offers training in the application of technologies. The aim is to support the Mexican market in its further development.
Another subsidiary in the USA
The newly created extra capacity in Michigan City will complement Marbach America's current resources in Charlotte, NC. Marbach has invested around 4 million euros in its new branch. Michigan City currently employs around 20 people. The number of employees is to be increased to 50 over the next few years.
The Michigan City plant will manufacture an extensive portfolio of tools for packaging production. In addition to standard folding box tools, Marbach will manufacture high-tech tools locally.
Expansion in Poland
The demand for Marbach tools has steadily increased in Poland in recent years. To meet this demand in the long term existing capacities needed to be expanded. In addition to two already established Polish plants in Tarnowskie Góry and Kielce employing a workforce of about 175 people, Marbach has expanded its operations in Poland by acquiring a former competitor. The new Marbach plant has an area of 1,350 m² and employs 50 people. This investment will enable Marbach to increase its production capacity by almost 20 %.
As an innovative company, Marbach has once again presented numerous solutions to increase its customers’ performance in 2019.
With the new hand-held tool marbanick|2+, waste nicks in cutting rules can now be placed directly at the user's site. The insertion of the nicks is fast, safe and controlled. The highlight of the Marbach device: several strengths can be utilized with one and the same device.
The split height-adjustable anvil for paperboard tools ensures that the anvil in the cutting-die can be quickly and easily height-adjusted when using reverse cutting technology. Each anvil can be individually set-up and thus optimally adjusted. Marbach customers benefit from reduced make-ready times, functional packaging and ease of use.
The universal sheet delivery is a new system that is used for jobs where the paperboard sheets as a whole are to be stacked instead of being blanked. With the universal sheet delivery, the sheet delivery of die-cutting machines can be supplemented in such a way that the delivery of the paperboard sheets can be quickly and easily adapted to each individual job. It can be used flexibly according to the user's requirements and can be combined with a guillotine if required.
Marbach was represented once again at trade fairs worldwide in 2019. The highlight of the year was the FachPack in Nuremberg. More than 200 visitors were able to inform themselves about the latest developments at Marbach during the 3-day fair. Already at the exhibition some important orders were placed. Further projects are now pending. At the IADD Odyssey in Atlanta, GA, Marbach presented its latest innovations in the field of Marbach Die Supplies and Automation (MDSA).
In the summer Marbach organized its big employee party. For many years The Family Day has been a highlight event. It takes place every 2-3 years at all Marbach locations worldwide. At the Family Day 2019 in Heilbronn 1,200 visitors set a new visitors record. With this event Marbach wishes to say big THANK YOU to all its employees for their hard work. And does this with something very special: managers serve the workforce.
Industry 4.0 and digitalization. The whole industry is interested in these terms. Marbach has also started various projects on these topics. The Heilbronn-based die-manufacturer focuses on digital production technologies as well as special products and customer service support. As a first step, Marbach has digitized its invoices in Germany. This benefits not only Marbach customers, but also the environment. Digital invoices mean less administrative effort is required, as electronic invoices can be directly processed and automatically archived. Resource consumption is also reduced through paper savings and fewer transport routes.
Tina Dost: "An exciting year is coming to an end. We are already looking forward to the new year for which we have again planned extensively. First and foremost for the drupa trade fair, where we have the opportunity to present our visitors with the latest highlights from our development forge. For maximum performance for our customers. Many thanks to all our business partners for their powerful collaboration."
Marbach now provides on its new Experience Hub exclusive content and information for interested parties from the packaging industry. In addition to videos, animations and digital brochures, visitors of this page can also download white papers on important industry-specific topics and make direct appointments with a Marbach contact person. Marbach specialists will answer questions via email, chat or phone.
Once again this year Marbach will follow in a long-established tradition: Marbach will make Christmas donations to two aid projects under the motto “donations instead of presents”. When selecting the recipients of the donations, it has been important to the Marbach Management to split the money between internationally well-known and regionally respected institutions. This year, Marbach has donated 7,000 Euro to "Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V." and an additional donation of 3,000 Euro to the "Tafeln Heilbronn" (a food distribution charity). Due to the current pandemic situation, however, the handover of the donations was different than usual this year. One of the donations was handed over online, the other with face masks and at a distance.
In November Marbach participated in the new virtual trade show ConneXion. During the 4 weeks of the ConneXion exhibition large numbers of visitors informed themselves about news in the packaging industry. Marbach presented its latest new developments for more performance in packaging production.
Marbach is represented at its Heilbronn headquarters by two divisions: Die Cutting Technology and Thermoforming Tool Manufacturing. But a product which directly connects these two divisions is SR technology (steel rule technology). This is because the Die Cutting Technology division supplies the Thermoforming Tool manufacturing division, and many other thermoforming manufacturers worldwide, with special steel-rule dies.