Marbach is looking forward to another successful year in 2017. The company has many plans. The expansion will be continued under new management and the technologies presented at the K trade fair in 2016 will be rolled out globally. There will be investment in employees, machines and processes at all subsidiaries, in order to become even better and faster for our customers.
More revenue in 2017
Marbach started the year with an order backlog. This trend is unbroken in all important markets. “We plan a double-digit revenue growth,” reports Klaus Schwally, who is responsible for the division Marbach Werkzeugbau (tool manufacturing) since 2017.
The expansion of the Marbach subsidiary tool & equipment in the US, that had already been initiated in 2016, will continue in 2017. The newly installed production machines in the area of turning and milling are being run in two-shift operations. The same production expertise as in Heilbronn will therefore be available in the US . Including all necessary software modules and methods for precise and efficient unicum manufacturing. In the meantime, more than 50 employees work at the second largest Marbach location in Tarnowsky Gory (Polen) successfully producing tools and stackers. There will also be investment in employees and technology at Marbach Poland in 2017.
Thermoforming machines: a trio for (almost) all purposes.
A quarter of a century ago, Marbach was one of the first tool manufacturers to invest in its own thermoforming machine for cups. Later, it added one for lids and finally for steel-rule and FCS technology (forming-cutting-stacking). In 2017, the Marbach machine park will be increased yet further, by adding a tipping system: the Gabler M98 MAX. Through its large installation space almost every common tool types can be sampled. Whereas the Kiefel KMD85, also state-of-the-art, purchased in 2016 already covers a broad range of steel-rule technology. The slightly smaller format M90 will still be in continuous use for 1-fold tools and T-IML test tools.
The inauguration of the new customer center is planned for the second half of the year 2017. The customers will then be able to experience and test modern Marbach technologies “live”.
In 2017, the course of Marbach Werkzeugbau (tool manufacturing) will be set with some important decisions. After Hans Masche took is well-earned retirement, Klaus Schwally has been appointed as the new managing director. He is an internationally experienced expert with a focus on sales and service.
But technologically the year 2017 will also offer some remarkable news: the standardization of steel-rule tools will set new benchmarks concerning costs and delivery times. And the tried and proven lightweight construction MT|easy speed will provide greater efficiency and longer tool life span for plants with large-sized formats.
Klaus Schwally: “We are very excited what the year 2017 will bring and are looking forward to all upcoming projects.”
Marbach has a new technology in its portfolio. The universal sheet delivery is a tool with which sheet delivery in the die-cutting machine can be extended so that the delivery of the paperboard sheets can be quickly and easily adapted to each individual job.
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.