Marbach founded a new branch in Tianjin together with the machine manufacturer Masterwork in the summer of 2018. Cutting-dies for the Chinese folding box industry are mainly manufactured at this location. A few months later, Marbach started its new materials subsidiary in Mexico. A production facility in the USA will follow in the summer of 2019. At Marbach all signs point to expansion.
Dominic Fischer, Production Manager at Marbach in China: "A lot has happened at Marbach in recent months. At our new location in China, we have already conducted several training sessions with our chinese customers. The training courses have been very popular because of their practical relevance and the competence of the trainers. The next customer training has already been planned for the summer."
In addition, Marbach expanded its local portfolio in January 2019 and now also produces embossing plates in China. This means that customers in China can be supplied even faster with suitable tools. Investment has also been made in rule processing machines and blanking technology.
Fischer continues: "The local requirements in China are somewhat different from those in other countries. For this reason, we are currently adapting our technologies to market requirements in China. We are currently in a process of development."
Customers in China greatly appreciate Marbach technologies. This is because local tools often result in lower performance. In addition, set-up times are significantly longer than with Marbach tools.
Marbach Werkzeugbau is currently working intensively on the topics of digitization and industry 4.0. The main focus here is on digital solutions for tools, processes and services. Within the scope of this project, Marbach has analyzed the future requirements of its customers. The results of this are the two components CONNECT|M and CONNECT|AR (Augmented Reality). CONNECT|M is a technology that intelligently connects the thermoforming tool, Marbach and the customer. CONNECT|AR is about virtual customer support via remote maintenance.
Marbach offers an extensive portfolio of dieboards. The suitable dieboard can be selected according to the requirements of the customer or the particular order. The dieboard forms the basis of a cutting-die. The contours of the packaging are first inserted into the dieboard, then the cutting and creasing rules are positioned and finally the appropriate rubber coating is applied.
Through its Die Supplies & Automation (MDS&A) division Marbach sells machines to die-makers. In addition to laser systems and water jet systems, Marbach has milling machines in its portfolio. The mgrav|2 is its most successful milling machine.
Marbach developed some time ago a special technology for reverse cutting to save make-ready time. This technology, known as the height-adjustable anvil, is very popular in the market. Until now, the use of this technology has been limited to high-tech duramar tools or corrugated board tools. But the height-adjustable anvil is now also available in a new version for standard folding box tools.