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Geschichte [ID: 10670]
Our heritage. Our future.
It all began in 1961 in a small garage, when company founder Sepp Haggenmüller developed the first chamber machine for packaging food in film pouches - a groundbreaking invention at that time. Today MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solutions used to pack food, life science and healthcare products, and industrial items.
While Sepp Haggenmüller worked as an employee during the day, he developed his first chamber machine in the evening and on weekends, together with his childhood friend Artur Vetter. The machine was given the name of the MULTIVAC A 4, and all the work took place in his parents’ garage in Böhen. Sepp Haggenmüller founded his own company there in 1961 with Hermann Keil.
A chimpanzee by the name of “Ham” is the first of his species to fly into space.
MULTIVAC chamber machines – the success story begins
The A 4 (free-standing) and M 3 (tabletop) chamber machines were already big sales successes at the first trade fairs. By the end of 1964, a total of more than 350 of the M 3 model had been produced, and by the end of 1965, more than 700 of the A 4 model.
The Beatles become Britain’s most popular export.
From a business in a garage to a factory
In January 1965, the company, which already had 10 employees, moved into a newly built factory building just 100 metres away from the original garage workshop. Herrmann Keil retired from the company for reasons of age. Within the legal entity of “MULTIVAC Sepp Haggenmüller KG”, Sepp Haggenmüller was the personally liable partner, while Heinz Brenne and Artur Vetter were the limited partners.
The most popular song of the year is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones.
In 1966, the number of employees rose from 15 to 46. The product range now also included large chamber machines (AG 1, AGW), double chamber machines (A 2, AG 2, AG 4) and chamber belt machines (B 5, B 6, BG 6)
The “Action Man” action figure is launched.
A quantum leap: the thermoforming packaging machine
The first MULTIVAC R 67 thermoforming packaging machine was launched onto the market. In the first year alone, more than 100 machines were sold, and in total almost 300.
NASA’s Apollo 8 takes off and sends back fantastic images from space.
A new start in Wolfertschwenden
At the beginning of 1970, the Böhen era came to an end, since the already expanded factory was once again too small. The employees moved into a new factory consisting of two manufacturing halls, a material warehouse, an administration building and a canteen.
The world’s first jumbo jet – a Boeing 747 – completes a commercial passenger flight from New York to London for the first time.
A bitter blow of fate: Sepp Haggenmüller dies in a car accident
Sepp Haggenmüller had a fatal accident in his car when he went to pick up a customer at the train station on 21 May 1971. Following his tragic death, a division of responsibility was established: Heinz Brenne took over the organisational and sales responsibilities. Artur Vetter retained his responsibilities for engineering and technology, and he initiated primarily new developments in machines and accessory equipment.
Willy Brandt receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
The 1,000th thermoforming packaging machine and the first subsidiary
In 1972, MULTIVAC celebrated three milestones in its success story: by that time 1000 automatic packaging machines had been produced and sold. The M 72 model launched a lower-cost and more simply designed thermoforming packaging machine onto the market. MULTIVAC France in Nogent-sur-Marne was founded as the first subsidiary for sales and service.
The VW Beetle overtakes the Ford Model T as the world’s best-selling car of all time.
R 7000 thermoforming packaging machine
The R 7000 series was launched onto the market as a further development of the R 70. It had an adjustable forming station and was also able to run films with greater tolerances. The R 7000, which was built with a length of up to 15 metres, rapidly became the dominant machine on the market.
The cashpoint is patented.
MULTIVAC Maschinenbau Ges.m.b.H. & Co. KG in Lechaschau was MULTIVAC's second production site for the manufacture of packaging machines. It was founded in 1974 on a green field site, at a time when the production capacity in Wolfertschwenden was insufficient to meet the growing demand for packaging machines.
Sticky notes are invented by Arthur Fry.
20 years of MULTIVAC
300 employees in the Wolfertschwenden factory and a further 150 in the subsidiaries called MULTIVAC 'their' company. The sales and service network now comprised 60 agencies. Some 4,500 thermoforming packaging machines and 20,000 chamber machines had been built up to this point. MULTIVAC had established an excellent reputation in the packaging sector. Following the death of Artur Vetter in April 1981, Heinz Brenne became the sole Managing Director.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana marry.
The first traysealer from MULTIVAC
MULTIVAC entered the market for tray packaging solutions in 1984 with the semi-automatic 'ESPACE' traysealer, which was produced and sold by MULTIVAC France. In 1988, the 'ESPACE' was replaced with the higher-output 'GALAXY', which was available until 2001, and of which over 1,000 machines were sold.
The video game Tetris starts letting blocks fall for the first time.
The largest subsidiary is founded: MULTIVAC Inc. in Kansas City (MO), USA
By 1987, MULTIVAC had established subsidiaries in France, Switzerland, Benelux and the United Kingdom. The new MULTIVAC Inc. subsidiary began to operate in 1987 with approx. 80 employees, who transferred from Koch, the previous sales partner.
RedBull hits the market.
Another quantum leap: machines made of stainless steel
With the R 530 model, MULTIVAC brought the first stainless steel thermoforming packaging machine onto the market. The self-supporting frame design allowed for maximum hygiene and flexibility. This meant it became possible to have machines with up to 4 die sets, which are all installed permanently and are simply activated by a change in the control program.
The first text message is sent.
MR Etikettiertechnik becomes part of MULTIVAC
In May 1993, MULTIVAC acquired 100 % of MR Etikettiertechnik, which was based in the Westphalian town of Enger. At that time, the product range already included a wide range of equipment, from manual label dispensers through to fully automatic conveyor belt labellers, and right up to cross web labellers for applying labels to thermoformed packs. Various printing solutions complemented the product portfolio.
The European Union was founded on 1 November, 1993.
MULTIVAC certified to EN ISO 9001
As a company that was very focused on high quality, MULTIVAC certified its Quality Management system to EN ISO 9001 at a very early stage.
Sales platform eBay.com goes online.
In February 2003, Managing Director Heinz Brenne completed his 65th year and entered into a well-deserved retirement. Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, an experienced manager who joined the company in 2001, took over the helm.
Apple launches iTunes, selling one million songs in the first week.
Acquisition of Christoph Grundmann GmbH
The company previously operated under the name of Christoph Grundmann GmbH and has been part of the MULTIVAC Group since 2005. MULTIVAC Resale & Service, based in Nettetal on the Lower Rhine, is the Center of Excellence for second-hand machines, overhauls and conversions.
YouTube goes online.
R 535: the MULTIVAC Hygienic Design™ conquers the market
With the introduction of the R 535, the first machine of a new generation of thermoforming packaging machines was launched onto the market. This new product series systematically put into practice all the market demands and statutory requirements for the hygienic design of packaging machines.
The first iPhone is rolled out.
Expansion of the Management Board to include Christian Traumann
After Hans-Joachim Boekstegers had successfully advanced the development of the MULTIVAC Group, the Management Board was expanded in August 2008 to include CFO Christian Traumann, who had been working as Commercial Director of the company since 2002.
Barack Obama is elected as the first Afro-American President of the USA.
Expansion of the Management Board to include Guido Spix
With the appointment of Guido Spix in March 2009, the Management Board was expanded to include a Chief Technical Officer, who as CTO was responsible for the product-manufacturing business units.
Internet currency Bitcoin begins its ascent.
The new Systems Business Unit
By founding the Systems Business Unit in 2010, MULTIVAC laid the foundation stone for its ongoing development as a supplier of packaging lines from one source.
The world’s tallest building is opened in Dubai (the Burj Khalifa).
50 years of MULTIVAC
In 2010, the consolidated turnover of the MULTIVAC Group was 558 million euros. At the Wolfertschwenden site, a turnover of 251 million euros was generated in the same period with 1,325 employees. The Group employed a total of 3,156 people.
Steve Jobs steps down as Apple CEO for health reasons and is replaced by Tim Cook.
Acquisition of Trimaster OY
With the acquisition in 2012 of Trimaster Oy, which had been founded in 1998, MULTIVAC expanded its product portfolio for line automation, robotics and palletising systems. This made it possible for MULTIVAC to offer complete end-to-end packaging lines.
Facebook announces that one billion users are active on its platform.
Opening of the Training and Innovation Center in Wolfertschwenden
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton welcome their first child, Prince George.
Opening of the Logistics Center in Wolfertschwenden
The first Instagram story goes live.
A digital quantum leap: RX 4.0 thermoforming packaging machine
Thanks to its unique sensor control, the RX 4.0 makes a significant contribution to optimum processes and reproducible pack quality. Maximum operating reliability is provided by Pack Pilot and a user interface that can be personalised. The RX 4.0 is also designed for seamless integration into higher-level systems, as well as for use with MULTIVAC Smart Hub and MULTIVAC Smart Services.
E-commerce company Alibaba becomes the world’s largest retailer.
Over € 1,000,000,000 turnover for the first time
In 2018, the consolidated turnover of the MULTIVAC Group was 1,1 billion euros. More than 2,000 employees were working at the Wolfertschwenden site, and the Group employed a total of more than 5,750 people.
Apple Inc. becomes the world’s first publicly traded company with a market capitalisation of USD 1 trillion.
BETTER PROCESSING: Acquisition of the FRITSCH GROUP
FRITSCH became part of the MULTIVAC Group in 2019. In the world of bakery engineering and technology, the name FRITSCH has been synonymous for decades with high-quality, high-performance equipment and pioneering innovations in dough forming and dough preparation. Premium bakery products are produced with FRITSCH machines throughout the world. The headquarters of the company, founded in 1926, are in the town of Markt Einersheim in Lower Franconia.
Scientists publish an image of a black hole for the first time.
New Management Duo
After the retirement of Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, the management of the MULTIVAC Group was placed in the experienced hands of Group Presidents Guido Spix and Christian Traumann.
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 dominates life throughout the world.
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