As worldwide leading supplier of thermoformed packaging, MULTIVAC – with headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, Germany – has been developing and building customised solutions for over 50 years, amongst others for the food industry, the industrial and consumer goods markets as well as the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The company focuses on high manufacturing competence and innovative machining solutions at its production sites all over the world. For example, MULTIVAC invested in a CTX beta 800 TC from DMG MORI in its factory in Lechaschau in Austria in 2014, to further increase productivity in manufacturing.
MULTIVAC is what is generally called a hidden champion. Being a long way ahead of its competitors, the packaging experts are market leader in a branch of industry, which has been comparatively stable even in times of crisis. “Packaging solutions, particularly for foodstuffs, are always needed”, says Uwe Glöckler, Deputy Division Manager of manufacturing in Lechaschau. MULTIVAC proves this with continuous growth. Customers from various industries rely on the tailored solutions of the packaging experts. Uwe Glöckler states: “Almost every machine is one of a kind, as it is adapted with millimetre accuracy to the framework conditions at the customer”. This customer-oriented approach as well as the flair for quality are important properties with which MULTIVAC defends its pole position.
MULTIVAC combines its enormous development competence with a high degree of vertical integration, which is continuously improved: “While other companies outsource various tasks to service providers, we attach importance to internal solutions.” This makes the company faster and more flexible, and it is easier to control the quality of the products. Uwe Glöckler mentions another advantage: “We have also determined that we can produce more cost-efficiently compared to many service providers.” The result of this insourcing can be found in the company structure: With more than 70 subsidiaries and branch offices, MULTIVAC truly has a worldwide sales and service network, which ensures customer proximity. In addition, the many subsidiaries and branch offices guarantee that the in-house manufacturing capacities can always be fully used even in economically difficult times.
Insourcing on the one hand requires the willingness to be intensively concerned with new topics, and on the other, it requires comprehensive know-how to fully utilise strengths in already present fields of activity. Uwe Glöckler illustrates the importance of employees based on the example of Lechaschau: “We completely rely on good skilled personnel in all areas.” Out of about 360 employees, around 50 are currently in training – a proportion that MULTIVAC is going to increase further. “We will not be able to meet our personnel requirements on the labour market.”