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A year of success for Günzburger Steigtechnik

  • Innovations and growth for the access technology specialists
  • 36 anniversaries of loyal service celebrated

At Günzburger Steigtechnik's end-of-year celebrations, the three managing directors Ferdinand, Ruth and Leopold Munk had positive news about the company's business over the previous year. The increase in market share in all areas of the company's business had produced a pleasing increase in sales. The numerous product innovations have further expanded the company's innovation and technology leadership. The management team is proud of its multiple awards and the 36 anniversaries that have been celebrated for many years of loyalty.

Günzburger Steigtechnik GmbH long-service employees for their 5 to 35 years of service for the company. Ferdinand Munk (2nd row on left) expressed his satisfaction with 2019 results at the year-end part, concluding with the company’s product innovations, increased turnover and awards. | © MUNK GmbH

"We have been fortunate enough to experience many positives and successes in 2019. The input of each individual and our cooperation as a team have been the foundations of this. To echo our slogan for the year, success is the product of good team work", says Ferdinand Munk, in front of the assembled workforce.

Both in standard products and customised special designs, as well as in rescue equipment, the access technology experts have developed innovative products and technical innovations with added value for users. In terms of customised solutions, the trend is continuing towards working platforms and walkway systems with a higher degree of automation. Digitisation is also increasingly making in-roads into access technology applications.

One highlight of the year was the market launch of the flexible nivello® ladder shoe, which offers multiple new functions. This product innovation compensates for unevenness in the floor in four directions for the first time, offering interchangeable foot plates for various areas of use. The fact that the new ladder shoe is popular is evident from its multiple awards, including the Plus X Award, in no fewer than four categories, the inclusion in the Best Of list for the Industry Prize 2019 and the shortlist for the Dekra Award 2019 and GIT Security Award 2020.

Günzburger Steigtechnik's own in-house occupational safety management system is also "outstanding". The company recently received the "Safety with a system" seal of quality from the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention for the Wood and Metalworking Industries (BGHM). "We are exceptionally proud of our seal of quality. It shows that our workplace and health protection really are matters close to our heart and that we take responsibility for our employees. The award is a success for the entire team – we systematically implement our workplace safety management system and continuously develop it together," says Ferdinand Munk.

The three managing directors express their gratitude that they have been able to rely fully on their staff over an eventful year, and they are delighted by how well the team works together. The workforce at Günzburger Steigtechnik is also constantly growing, and currently stands at more than 300 people. In addition to the new colleagues who were welcomed at the end-of-year celebrations, 36 anniversaries for five to 35 years of loyal service to the company were also honoured. The access technology manufacturer is starting the new year with an optimistic outlook and has announced further product innovations and activities to consolidate its location.

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About the MUNK Group

With its business units MUNK Günzburger Steigtechnik, MUNK Rettungstechnik and MUNK Service, the MUNK Group is one of the leading suppliers of access solutions and rescue equipment and corresponding service solutions. As a technology and innovation leader in access solutions, the name Munk stands for safety made in Germany. The company is now run by the fourth and fifth generations of the Munk family. With the reorganisation under the umbrella of the MUNK Group, the former Günzburger Steigtechnik GmbH has given itself an even more clearly differentiated company structure to ensure its future and is making it clear with its name that the company will remain in family hands. Under the motto: One family. One name. One mission.

In the MUNK Günzburger Steigtechnik business unit for access solutions, the MUNK Group carries over 2,500 products in its standard range, from ladders for commercial, public and private use to mobile scaffolding, platforms, stairs and bridging steps to custom-made special constructions. These include, for example, work and maintenance platforms, docking systems, walkways and assembly platforms, which, in the era of digitalisation, can also be automatically adapted to the respective environment using the latest control technology.

In the MUNK Rettungstechnik business unit for rescue equipment, the company offers access solutions and transport logistics for fire, rescue and disaster relief operations. These include, for example, multi-functional ladders, scaling and push-up extension ladders, rescue platforms, toolboxes, station equipment and a wide range of mobile containers. In the MUNK Service business unit, the MUNK Group bundles the areas of installation, testing, repair and maintenance of access solutions and rescue equipment, as well as seminars.

The MUNK Group is always drawing attention to itself with new ideas that offer customers real added value in practice. It has already received several awards for its innovations, its economic development, its responsible and sustainable actions and as a family-friendly employer – most recently from the Oskar Patzelt Foundation as one of the three most impressive companies in the German SME sector. The company is also one of the top 100 innovators in the SME sector in 2021.

The MUNK Group manufactures exclusively in its home region of Günzburg. It was also the first provider ever to be audited by TÜV Nord in 2010 with the certified proof of origin “Made in Germany” and grants a guarantee of 15 years on all standard made in Germany products. The MUNK Group employs around 380 people at its headquarters in Günzburg and Leipheim and will invest around 20 million euros in its sites in 2021.

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