Marbach signed a joint venture contract at the end of 2017 with Masterwork (MK), a Chinese manufacturer of machines and systems for the packaging industry. After completing all the necessary formalities in spring 2018, preparations for the new Marbach production location in China are currently in full swing. Production at the Tianjin plant is scheduled to start in summer 2018.
Dominic Fischer, Assistant Project Manager China: "At the moment we are at the critical stage with intensive collaboration between Masterwork and Marbach. Our joint venture will be located in a large new MK building complex. We will have an area of approx. 1,600 m² available there. Of this area, 1,400 m² alone will be for our new production. The building has been completed and the Marbach area will be designed according to our requirements for a modern and efficient cutting-die production".
The production machines and required materials will arrive in Tianjin at the end of June, followed by immediate installation, so that Marbach can start production in summer as scheduled.
Fischer continues: "Of course we have expats in China who will be there and support us at the start of production and in the time immediately after. The local employees are already trained in advance in Heilbronn and in our subsidiary in Malaysia. And so we will be able to benefit from our experience of establishing subsidiaries in the USA and Malaysia. In addition, there will be regular visits from the project team to the location, so we will closely monitor the project in China to ensure a smooth start.
In addition to the new plant in China, Marbach has many locations around the globe and plans to further expand its international operations in the coming years.
Marbach recently launched a new system under the name Embossing Register System IV. This allows embossing plates to be set up quickly and easily on embossing dies. With the Marbach system, users can save time when setting up the embossing dies and thus reduce machine downtimes.
Marbach has made a successful start to the new year with its Marbach Academy. In the first quarter of 2019, there were training courses on the subjects of paperboard and cigarette packaging as well as several individual training courses for customers.
Our US location in Charlotte is developing very positively. Following the start of production in 2012, Marbach America has grown into a stable revenue generator within the globally active Marbach Group. In order to be able to serve its customers even better, Marbach America has invested in a laser system of the latest generation. In March 2019 a laser system of the type mlas|compact-2 was installed at Marbach America.
Marbach is on course for expansion. After Marbach has founded subsidiaries in the USA, Malaysia, China and Mexico in the recent years, a second location in the USA will follow this summer. Since 2012 Marbach is already represented with a production site in Charlotte, North Carolina.