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Shrinking market forces Muller Martini’s hand

Muller Martini has revealed that—due to the historic contraction of its key markets—it has made a decisive move to diversify and secure its long-term future through the purchase of the perfect binding and bookline business from Kolbus.

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Muller Martini manufactures print finishing and mailroom delivery equipment, along with providing other key services to the print industry, and has made a move to secure its future

The company has said that because of the way the market is changing, and directly affecting its customers, it needed to react. By connecting the two businesses, Muller Martini can provide for the market in the long-term. The partnership means a new focus on the case making business, parts manufacturing (supplying parts for the Kolbus bookbinding systems), and the foundry business.

“Structural change has transformed the graphic arts industry in recent years and our market has become much smaller and versatile at once,” says Bruno Müller, chief executive officer of Muller Martini, adding: “Customers need innovations on a regular basis, which have to be financed with lower sales quantities. Above all, our customers benefit from the efficiency gains bringing together the bookbinding activities.”

This secures the future of the softcover and hardcover business of both the customers and the two machine manufacturers—and thus also jobs in the graphics arts industry

Müller continues: “This secures the future of the softcover and hardcover business of both the customers and the two machine manufacturers—and thus also jobs in the graphics arts industry.”

Kolbus will remain looked after by its current staff, and chief executive officer Kai Büntemeyer will maintain his position: “In recent years, the packaging market was growing consistently. We see a good potential and will vigorously expand our current activities in this business. There are also very good perspectives in the segment of component manufacturing for sophisticated mechanical engineering companies including Muller Martini Buchbinde-Systeme GmbH and Kolbus Luxury Packaging.”


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