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Muller Martini Marketing AG
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15.02.2013 (NB: Waiting period until 1 March 2013!)
PI 1703
2885 / 967
Muller Martini Marketing AG
Untere Brühlstrasse 13, 4800 Zofingen, Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)62 745 45 75, Fax +41 (0)62 751 55 50
[email protected], www.mullermartini.com
Founder of Muller Martini Group Dies at the Age of 96
Hans Müller (1916–2013)
Hans Müller, founder of the Muller Martini Group and pioneer in machine
construction for the graphic arts industry has died at the age of 96 in
Zofingen, Switzerland.
What started out in 1946 with the first pad and booklet stitching machine developed by Hans
Müller gave rise to a global company group that enjoys outstanding international renown.
Today, innovative system solutions and services from Muller Martini on all continents enable
printing houses and finishing companies to position themselves successfully on the graphic
arts market.
Many Muller Martini machines still bear the hallmark of company founder Hans Müller, a
trailblazer who set several crucial milestones for the industrial production of print products.
Five years after the first pad stitching machine, he constructed the first perfect binder,
followed by the first saddle stitcher with automatic signature feeders, coupled with a threeknife trimmer in 1954. While the competition at that time could stitch at most 1,000 copies per
hour, the new fully automated machine quadrupled that rate and even offered improved
quality thanks to Hans Müller’s technical expertise. In 1956, he astounded the graphic arts
industry with “flying stitching heads”, which for the first time stitched without stop and go,
enabling a further significant increase in production speed.
With the founding of the Grapha printing press factory in Maulburg, Germany (1964), the
integration of Martini AG in the Swiss village of Felben (1969) and of VBF Buchtechnologie in
the German town of Bad Mergentheim (1998), and the development of a worldwide sales
and service network, the group consolidated its position as the leading system provider in the
graphic arts industry.
The company’s success was based on the constant focus Hans Müller placed on the needs
of customers over the years. “I’m happy that I’ve managed to provide our discerning
customers with innovative and market-driven solutions in the form of our machines. Some
solutions were developed in response to suggestions by customers and in close cooperation
with them,” he once said in an interview. Another important factor for success was the high
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esteem in which the company holds its employees. “I find it highly gratifying that I could give
many people interesting tasks.”
It is indicative of Hans Müller’s deep commitment to the company and its employees that he
went almost daily to his office at the Muller Martini head office in Zofingen even at an
advanced age. With Hans Müller’s passing, the world has lost a pioneer who shaped the
graphic arts industry for decades.
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PI 1703-Hans Müller.jpg
Many Muller Martini machines still bear the hallmark of company founder Hans Müller, a
trailblazer who set several crucial milestones for the industrial production of print products.
Short version
Hans Müller (1916–2013)
Hans Müller, founder of the Muller Martini Group and pioneer in machine
construction for the graphic arts industry has died at the age of 96 in
Zofingen, Switzerland.
What started out in 1946 with the first pad and booklet stitching machine developed by Hans
Müller gave rise to a global company group that enjoys outstanding international renown.
Many Muller Martini machines still bear the hallmark of the company founder, a trailblazer
who set several crucial milestones for the industrial production of print products.
In 1954, he constructed the first saddle stitcher with automatic signature feeders, coupled
with a three-knife trimmer. In 1956, he astounded the graphic arts industry with “flying
stitching heads”, which for the first time stitched without stop and go, enabling a further
significant increase in production speed. With Hans Müller’s passing, the world has lost a
pioneer who shaped the graphic arts industry for decades.
For sample copies, contact:
Muller Martini Marketing AG
Documentation/Information
Untere Brühlstrasse 13
4800 Zofingen, Switzerland
www.mullermartini.com
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