Success driven by a doer mentality
Munk Group posts another increase in turnover
Top gewirtschaftet im Krisenjahr: Die Munk Group mit Sitz in Günzburg und Leipheim hat auch das herausfordernde Geschäftsjahr 2022 mit einem Umsatzplus abgeschlossen und erfolgreich für das eigene Wachstum genutzt. Neue Fachkräfte, ein neues Produktions- und Sägezentrum, sowie die Installation von Photovoltaikanlagen und eine neue Hackschnitzelheizung machen das Familienunternehmen fit für die Zukunft. Mit sicherer Energieversorgung, größerem Produktionsvolumen und einem auf über 400 Mitarbeitende angewachsenen Team heißt es auch 2023: Volle Fahrt voraus für „Sicherheit. Made in Germany".
"We can be proud of how we have mastered this difficult year," says Ferdinand Munk, owner and managing director of the Munk Group, referring to the difficult general conditions: "Of course, we too - like the entire SME sector - had to struggle with the tense geopolitical situation. As everyone knows, there were big fluctuations when it came to the availability of goods, as well as purchasing and energy prices. And yet, we did not have to put any workers on short-time work or even lay them off, and we exceeded our turnover targets in all business areas. Kudos to our employees: They carry our mentality of doing and tackling in their hearts and thus secure our position as a technology and innovation leader."
Whether Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik, Munk Rettungstechnik, Munk Service or the new business division, Munk Profiltechnik: despite the difficult conditions, the order books were and are full to bursting and the Munk Group was always able to deliver quickly. "We will continue to be so in the future: With our new production and sawing centre in Günzburg and our investments in independent energy generation at both locations, we will ensure the long-term success of our business units," says Munk.
Enough space to grow
The new production and sawing centre at the company's headquarters in Günzburg will provide even more "safety made in Germany" in the future. The 5000 m2 production hall has state-of-the-art equipment, for example a laser cutting machine and a partially automated conveyor system for material logistics. With more space and new machines, the Munk Group is optimising the efficiency of its manufacturing processes and expanding its production capacities.
Towards energy self-sufficiency
In recent months, the Munk Group has already set the course for mastering the challenges of the 2023 business year: "The industry has become painfully aware of the importance of self-sufficient energy supply in the past year at the latest. That is why we have installed photovoltaic systems at our two sites in Günzburg and Leipheim: With plenty of green energy, they will help us to reliably cover our energy needs even in times of crisis," says Ferdinand Munk.
The investment in renewable solar energy is very much in line with the Munk Group's sustainable self-image: through its durable products and other measures such as its own Munk Climate Forest, the technology and innovation leader protects the environment and resources - and does so out of conviction. This has also been recognised by EcoVadis, the company for sustainability assessments, which is why the Munk Group has already been awarded the CSR Silver Rating for the fourth time in 2022. Of all the companies evaluated, Munk is thus among the top 25 percent.
New wood chip heating system
In order to become more self-sufficient in terms of heating, the Munk Group in Günzburg is currently commissioning an additional wood chip plant: "In view of the difficult energy supply last year, it is all the more important to have several alternative options at hand to keep the company warm and running in case of a crisis. Now we can vary between oil, gas and wood chips for heating," says the managing director and owner.
In the next five years, the Munk Group will make further investments in the double-digit millions: "We want to continue to shape the industry as a technology and innovation leader. To this end, we will continue to expand our pioneering position, especially in the core topics of occupational safety, digitalisation and sustainability," says Munk.
Innovations are well received
The company's innovations always make an important contribution to its leading market position. This was also the case in 2022. The newly introduced products such as the stepped rope ladder and the Safety Guard (SG) variants of the FlexxTower one-person scaffold and the rolling and folding scaffolds were a complete success. The next innovations are already in the pipeline for 2023. For example, the first stepladder made of GRP in Germany with stiles and steps made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic profiles.
The new Munk Profiltechnik division also got off to a successful start in 2022. Whether for vehicle interior fittings, for machine enclosures, or for the construction of a recycling station: with its aluminium construction profiles, Munk Profiltechnik offers both professionals and do-it-yourselfers high-quality technology for their configurations. The profiles can be combined in modules and are available from the basic element for self-assembly to the complete system assembled on site by Munk.
Full trade fair presence
Once again, direct contact with the trade public was responsible for the good business year: "After a break of almost two years, we were finally able to present our new products live at the trade fairs again. Highlights were the Logimat and the Hardware Fair, and for the Rescue Technology Division, of course, the Interschutz," says Ferdinand Munk. In the new year, things will continue directly, among others at BAU, Logimat, Agritechnica and A+A.
Above all, the company also wants to maintain a high level of direct contact with its customers through its on-site presence with trade partners in Germany and Austria. "With our popular roadshows, together with our trade partners, we achieve a very high depth of consultation with users. The response is excellent and shows how important our approach of competent personal advice from person to person is. It is clear that we will also expand this in 2023," says Munk.
Success stems from cooperation
Ferdinand Munk sees the Munk Group well prepared for 2023 and is proud of the cohesion within the company as well as the very good relationships with customers, suppliers and partners: "Success is not something that just happens. Success comes from us working together, says Ferdinand Munk. The company is entering the new year with a solid market position.
About the MUNK Group
With its business units Munk Günzburger Steigtechnik, Munk Rettungstechnik, Munk Service and Munk Profiltechnik, the Munk Group is one of the most important suppliers of access and rescue equipment as well as suitable service solutions. As a technology and innovation leader in access equipment, the name Munk stands for safety made in Germany. The company is now run by the fourth and fifth generations of the Munk family - true to 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. In 2022, the company was awarded the "Work and Family" audit by berufundfamilie Service GmbH.
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 over 400 people at its headquarters in Günzburg and at the site of the Munk Rettungstechnik business division in Leipheim. The company recently invested 20 million euros in the development and expansion of its sites.