Silvio Gruber, who has been responsible for the corrugated board division at Marbach, has gone into well-earned retirement shortly before Christmas. Until his recent retirement, Mr. Gruber worked for Marbach in various management positions for a period of 37 years.
Peter Marbach, Owner & Managing Director at Marbach: "Silvio Gruber has worked for Marbach for a large part of his professional career. With his work, throughout several decades, he has contributed to the success of the company. When Mr. Gruber joined us, our corrugated board sales amounted to 1 million German Marks. Over the years we have expanded steadily. Today, our worldwide sales in the corrugated board product area total more than 30 million euros."
Silvio Gruber's professional career began as an apprentice toolmaker. After completing his 2-year military service, Mr. Gruber began working in this profession and took a master class as well as further training in the then brand-new technology of eroding. After various stops along the way, Mr. Gruber joined Marbach in 1984. Initially applying for the thermoforming division, things turned out differently than expected for him, since Marbach was looking for a successor for Mr. Walter Kübler, who was responsible for the corrugated board rotation division at that time. And so, when he joined Marbach, Mr. Gruber already had very good prospects. After taking over the rotary division, various leading positions followed for him at Marbach in the flat and rotary corrugated board division, both as product group manager and in sales. In 2010, Mr. Gruber was given power of attorney.
Mr. Gruber's work at Marbach can be seen in the changes to the production of rotary dies: At the beginning of his work, the production of a rotary die was purely manual work: The packaging layout was applied to the rotary die by pencil drawing and then sawed by hand with a special jigsaw. Later, the manufacturing process became more and more automated: First, the pencil drawing was replaced by a plotter drawing, which was glued onto the rotary half shell, then a controlled saw was used. Today, the packaging layouts for rotary half-shells are cut by laser. However, there are current and future changes happening in this area as well: In order to contribute to environmental protection, Marbach is increasingly using milling technology instead of laser cutting. This is because the energy efficiency of milling is much higher than that of laser cutting and the CO2 emissions are significantly lower.
Peter Marbach: "We would like to thank Mr. Gruber for his tireless commitment to the Marbach company and wish him good health and all the best for the future."
Caption: Silvio Gruber at his farewell. Silvio Gruber: front in the middle.
In 1923, the Marbach company began as a 3-man workshop in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg. 100 years later, the small craftsman business has become a global market leader operating worldwide. Today, the Marbach Group, with its 1,600 employees around the world, is a key partner for the global packaging industry.
Such a long company history cannot be taken for granted – in Germany only a little more than 1% of the companies ever reach 100 years. The fact that we have managed to achieve this, is due to many different factors.
Our story reads like an exciting novel.
In addition to materials for packaging manufacturers, our division Marbach Die Supplies also supplies equipment for the die-cutting process. This includes two mobile workbenches mbench|smart and mbench|pro. These are distinguished by their flexible application possibilities.
The workbenches in the mbench series are not only equipped with smooth-running heavy-duty wheels for flexible use, but also offer an ideal work surface, storage space for tools and materials, as well as the option of fitting them with suitable hand tools. This means that tools can be repaired and processed in a minimum of space.
With the Marbach lower pin unit, we have a tool on the market that is mainly used for jobs where the requirements for waste-free die-cut blanks are very high. This is because waste is stripped in an especially reliable way with the lower pin unit in these applications.
Lower pin units are used in the stripping station of a die-cutting machine. They are particularly useful when very small waste parts have to be stripped and when maximum reliability is required during stripping.
For us, an eventful but also successful year is coming to an end. Right at the beginning of the year, the war in Ukraine caused market turbulence and triggered a procurement crisis. We met these challenges with good planning and inventory management.
For many years now, we have traditionally donated 10,000 € to aid projects at Christmas under the motto "Donations instead of gifts". This year, due to the difficult situation in Ukraine, the management of Marbach decided to donate the entire amount to aid projects in connection with the war in Ukraine.