From a small business to a leading global packaging equipment suppler, Multivac celebrates milestone.
March 24, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff
It all began with the first MULTIVAC chamber machine which company founder Sepp Haggenmüller built in 1961, then the first MULTIVAC thermoforming machines in 1966/67, which brought a breakthrough internationally for the company that would soon become a global leader in the manufacture of packaging equipment.
From the 1970’s onwards, the machine manufacturer from Allgäu, Germany began to develop machine designs with groundbreaking innovations involving resources conservation, hygiene and consumer protection – all pioneering innovations. Today, the MULTIVAC name is synonomous with thermoforming packaging machines with more than half of the thermoforming packaging machines worldwide coming from the manufacturer.
During the course of its company history, MULTIVAC has continuously expanded its range of products. In the early nineties, the traysealer was added to the chamber machine and thermoforming packaging machine ranges as the third product group making it possible to seal pre-fabricated trays and tubs. In 1993, MULTIVAC took over MR Selbstklebe-Technik Etikettier-System-Beratung GmbH & Co. KG in Enger, Germany and transformed it into MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection thereby expanding its portfolio to include labeling and coding.
Over the years, MULTIVAC developed into a full-range supplier of automated packaging solutions. In addition to packaging machines, handling solutions for loading and unloading as well as the separation of packets, quality inspection systems for detecting quality faults and foreign objects in the packs are now part of the machine manufacturer’s portfolio. The company also developed groundbreaking solutions for complete line control and for fully documenting the packaging procedure.
MULTIVAC continues to pioneer user-friendliness and ergonomics with its innovative HMI 2.0 user interface fitted in the automated packaging machines.
By the end of the 1960’s. MULTIVAC had begun developing packaging solutions for sterile medical goods sector. Today, its Clean Design approach ensures optimal process transparency and complete process traceability which has allowed the packaging specialist to remain at the forefront of this market segment.
A few years after it was founded, MULTIVAC began exporting within Europe and soon after to countries beyond. Since the beginning of 2000, international expansion has intensified, where presently the MULTIVAC group of companies has a worldwide sales and service network of more than 60 wholly-owned subsidiaries. Also, more than 80 percent of the packaging machines manufactured, are produced for export. In terms of the various geographic regions, MULTIVAC is almost equally prevalent in the European, Asian and North American markets–including the U.S. and Canada.