Munk Group takes off
After a successful 2021 business year, further growth course
In 2022, the signs continue to point to growth for the Munk Group with headquarters in Günzburg and Leipheim. Thanks to efficient supply chains and the outstanding performance of its approximately 400 employees, the innovation and technology leader for access and rescue technology has mastered all economic challenges of the past 2021 financial year and successfully implemented its new brand and industry image. In September, the former Günzburger Steigtechnik GmbH reorganised itself under the umbrella of the Munk Group and clearly structured itself for the future with the Climbing Technology, Rescue Technology and Service divisions. Plant expansions amounting to 20 million euros also serve to secure the future.
"Our balance sheet is consistently positive: we have always been able to deliver, we have achieved our sales targets, we have once again increased our staff and, what is particularly important to me: we did not have to put anyone on short-time work or even lay them off in the 2021 financial year. The realignment with the new company structure and the clear commitment to our family name was of course the lighthouse project of the year. When you consider that we opened a new location for the Munk Rescue Technology division in Leipheim in the summer at a cost of ten million euros and are currently also investing ten million euros in the company headquarters in Günzburg, then you can see what a family business and its team are capable of. It is precisely these strengths that we will be counting on more than ever in the future. As the very good feedback shows, we have taken the right path," explains Ferdinand Munk, managing director and owner of the Munk Group.
Defying the supply bottlenecks
In the 2021 financial year, the shortage of materials across all industries inevitably led to an increase in the cost of raw materials, which was felt across all industries. In many places, there were also drastic supply bottlenecks, but not at the Munk Group. "We benefit from long-standing relationships with our suppliers based on partnership and have also introduced strategic measures early on, such as increasing storage capacities. Our own high vertical range of manufacture, thanks to Made in Germany production, has helped us just as much as efficiently designed supply chains. This made it possible for us to maintain our delivery capacity at the usual high level. Despite the crisis, 98% of our series range was available from stock and we were able to serve the trade and our customers reliably. By the way, this continues to be the case; we set the course early on," says Ferdinand Munk.
With innovative access technology through the pandemic
The latest product innovations in the series range played a special role in the success of the 2021 business year: In particular, the FlexxTower one-person scaffold, the FlexxLift mini-lift platform and the new multi-purpose stepladder have become bestsellers in the series range. These top innovations from Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik were also the highlights at the numerous roadshow demonstrations in Germany and Austria. "It's great that we have now established a successful concept here that we can also fall back on in 2022. This way, we can - with a special hygiene and protection concept and in compliance with all current rules - continue to present the innovations to our customers on site. This personal exchange is very important," says Munk. For this year, too, interested parties can simply make a live appointment on site at www.steigtechnik.de/en/roadshow or via the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, whereby individual requests for the visit will also be gladly taken into account by the access technology professionals.
Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik will also be presenting the next innovations for increased work safety at the road show. All information is available at www.steigtechnik.de/neuheiten and in the new access technology catalogue, which will be published in March.
Multiple award-winning access technology
The fact that the Munk Group continues to live up to its claim as a leader in technology and innovation is proven by the numerous awards that the family-owned company was able to enjoy in 2021. For example, Ferdinand Munk and his team were named TOP 100 Innovator for the fifth time. The Munk Group received the GIT Safety Award 2022 in the category "Fire protection, explosion protection and occupational safety" for the three-part stepladder. The Desk Surfer developed by Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik together with the multi-technology service provider SPIE attracted a lot of attention at the German Occupational Safety Award.
"We attach great importance to bringing the great benefits through prevention in the workplace into the public eye. Really everyone involved benefits from occupational safety measures - the employees, but also the companies: Because, as studies have shown, every euro invested flows back in the amount of 2.2 euros. It's great that our innovations are recognised by experts. The awards show that we are going in the right direction. This is an enormous incentive for our team. After all, we stand for 'Safety. Made in Germany'. And of course that also applies to the year 2022," says Ferdinand Munk.
The Munk Group offers good prospects not only to its customers, but also to its employees. The magazines Focus and Focus Money recommend the company as a top employer; they recently listed the Munk Group as "Top Career Opportunities 2021" in the Germany test.
About the MUNK Group
With its business units MUNK Günzburger Steigtechnik, MUNK Rettungstechnik, MUNK Profiltechnik 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 youngest business division, MUNK Profiltechnik, offers high-quality technology for individual and professional configurations with a functional and sophisticated profile system.
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 400 people at its headquarters in Günzburg and Leipheim and is currently investing around 20 million euros in its sites.