The MBO Group has a total workforce of around 450. More than 100 colleagues work at our headquarters in Swabian Oppenweiler, about 40 km north-east of Stuttgart. And nearly 10 percent of these are currently in training.

As a medium-sized company, we are very conscious of our social responsibility, especially in our region, known as the Rems-Murr-Kreis. That is why we have traditionally placed great importance on supporting young professionals. If you would like to see a detailed description of our offers for trainees (m/f/x) or school or university students (m/f/x) at the Oppenweiler (Germany) factory, please change to “Deutsch” (German) at the top right in the language settings.

We also work closely with vocational schools and universities which offer educational opportunities for the graphics industry. The educational institutions which we support and promote include the following:




06/25/2019Excursion day for MBO trainees

Group photo in front of the Pepperl+Fuchs company building.
After Pepperl+Fuchs, the trainees visited the Ziegler printing plant.
Mr. Langer from Druckerei Ziegler explained the differences between digital and offset printing.

On Trainee Day in mid-June 2019, MBO trainees from all divisions met for a visit to Pepperl+Fuchs and a tour of the Ziegler printing company.

Punctually at 7.30 a.m., they set off by car for Mannheim, to visit Pepperl+Fuchs (P+F), a company to which MBO supplies sensors. At roughly 9 o’clock, the seven trainees and two accompanying persons were welcomed at the entrance by Mr Dereux (sales representative responsible for MBO). Following introductions and a presentation on Mannheim and the company P+F, the trainees received a detailed explanation of which P+F products can be found in MBO machines and what purpose they serve.

After in-depth safety instructions, their guided tour of the entire Mannheim site began. They started in the logistics centre, where dispatch and handling of the sensors takes place. The next building on their itinerary houses the production of the boards and special sensors, for example ultrasonic double sheet detectors in the register table, which are only produced in small numbers. The building can only be entered wearing special antistatic tapes, which were attached to the visitors’ shoes before the start of their tour.

A group photo was taken, and we then drove to the Ziegler printing company in Neckarbischofsheim. On arrival, we were shown how a print product is created on the basis of a digital document and how many individual steps are required to do this. Master printer Mr. Langer explained when the high-end printing press was used and when digital printing is profitable, which depends on quantity (500+) and time. While for offset printing, a printing plate first has to be developed, all that is necessary for digital printing is a click of the mouse. Thanks to Mr Langer’s practical explanations, the trainees learned more about several paper processing work steps and were able to watch MBO machines in action for the first time.

Text: Fabian Menhorn (Apprentice Electronics Technician for Industrial Engineering, 1st year of apprenticeship) and Marvin Heller (Mechanical Engineer, Trainer for the profession of the Technical Product Designer).

01/17/2019Children of employees visit production site of MBO Portugal

A model was used to demonstrate the buckle fold principle to the young visitors.
Fernando Ferreira, CEO of MBO Portugal (l.), with some of the children and young people and their parents who visited an MBO Group production site on 20 December.

At the end of last year, on 20 December 2018, the MBO Group production site in Portugal threw open its doors to the children of its employees. Around 40 children and youngsters up to the age of 14 took the company up on its invitation. Their visit began with a brief introductory video. Then, they were given the opportunity to see the offices and the production and assembly lines.

It’s not easy for children to understand just what a folding machine is and how it works. But with the help of simple examples and live demonstrations on the M80 folding machine, the youngsters very quickly gained an understanding of the various folding principles. The young visitors really enjoyed their day. They now have a precise picture of where their parents work and what they do there.

MBO Portugal is located in Perafita, about ten kilometres north-west of Porto. The plant manufactures and assembles folding machines for the MBO Group and further products for external customers – including sheet metal panelling and feeders as well as special rollers for the textile industry. The factory employs a workforce of around 230.

11/08/2018MBO trainees have petrol in their blood

The starting formation is set, the race can begin.
The MBO trainees in front of the Porsche Museum.

All ten MBO trainees at the Oppenweiler factory (near Stuttgart) had petrol running through their veins on October 31, 2018. First they visited the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. They then went on a journey through time to learn about the history of the automobile manufacturer. They had the chance to look at over 80 vehicles on a display area of around 5,800 m². From carriages to tractors to sports cars, there was something for everyone.

After a group lunch, they continued on to the indoor go-cart track in Bad Cannstatt. It was the first time most of them had experienced racing live. The MBO trainees competed in an exciting one-hour race. Jochen Ludwig, industrial mechanic trainee in his first year, drove the fastest to secure first place on the winner’s podium.

This special day, which was dedicated to racing, was organised by the trainees from the second to fourth training years. It was a good chance for everyone to get to know the new trainees from the first year.

At the Oppenweiler factory, MBO is currently instructing trainees in three professions: electronics engineers for operating technology, industrial mechanics in the field of device and precision engineering, and technical product designers in the field of machine and plant construction. In the coming year, more young people will be trained as industrial clerk and mechatronics engineers. MBO regularly takes on nearly 100 % of its trainees after they successfully complete training.

09/11/2018Beginning of training for five trainees at MBO

A total of ten trainees are now being trained at the headquarters of the MBO Group.

A new life phase has now begun for the trainees at MBO in Baden Württemberg. Five young people have started their first year of training. In the coming three-and-a-half years, they will learn the profession of an industrial mechanic, an electronics technician for operating technology or a technical product designer. With the five new trainees, the MBO Group is now a training organisation for ten young people. Nearly 100% of MBO trainees are given permanent jobs after successfully completing training.

04/03/2018Technicians from Senne vocational college at Herzog+Heymann

From left to right: Robin Sarker, Ilka Kranzmann, Nicolai Placke and Max Schulte present their final-year project.
The sketch by Robin Sarker shows an automated buckle plate.

The Senne vocational college offers a two-year further training course leading to qualification as state certified technician for printing and media technology. The four trainee technicians Ilka Kranzmann, Nicolai Placke, Robin Sarker and Max Schulte implemented their final-year project at Herzog+Heymann in Bielefeld.

Herzog+Heymann specialises in custom machine engineering. This usually means solutions precisely tailored to the requirements of the specific customer. For this reason, most machines from Herzog+Heymann are offered in a manual version. For their project, the technicians from Senne drew up an ROI calculation – a calculation which shows the ratio between invested capital and profit. They examined whether, from the customer perspective, it would make sense to motorise certain parts of the Herzog+Heymann M8 folding machine.

To narrow down this broad topic, they looked at the first folding unit of the M8. The technicians considered using a stepper motor as a drive with which both the height and the inclination of the sheet stop can be adjusted asymmetrically in the buckle plate. This is, for example, necessary for the correction of papers which were not cut to a precise angle before folding. Currently, the buckle plate stop is adjusted by hand rather than with a stepper motor. In addition to calculating the ROI, the four technicians from the Senne vocational college created precise drawings and developed a model of the motorised buckle plate.

The conclusion reached by the project was that the set-up time for a buckle plate from Herzog+Heymann accounted for only around 12 percent of total set-up time. This means that changeover to motorised buckle plates would probably not be profitable for the machine manufacturer.

The technicians presented their project at the Senne vocational college at the end of March. They will complete their further training, becoming certified technicians, in summer 2018. Herzog+Heymann would like to warmly congratulate “its” four technicians on their successful project and wish them all the best in their future careers.

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