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Rudolf Muller celebrates Muller Martini’s 10 years in ANZ

Wednesday, 31 October 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Sydney open house reinforces the Swiss-based finishing equipment manufacturer’s commitment to maintaining a branded presence in the local market.

"I am in Australia as part of Muller Martini’s ten-year anniversary and to visit customers," Muller explained. "The people I have seen so far are all very happy with Muller Martini."

The company may be celebrating a decade of growth, but it’s also been ten years since it held an Open House. Managing director, Livio Barbagallo, has plans to blow the cobwebs out of this complacent attitude. "This is the start of open houses," he said. "I expect at least one a year … at the minimum."

The Bravo Plus saddle stitcher stole the show, luring in the 100-odd visitors with live demonstrations. "The Bravo Plus has been extremely well embraced in the Australian market," said Barbagallo. "It has long been one of our most successful machines."

Pictured (l-r): the big boss himself, Rudolf Muller with managing director of Muller Martini Australia, Livio Barbagallo.

Since opening its doors to Australia all those years ago, Barbagallo and his team have witnessed a number of changes in both the micro and macro environment. "Muller Martini Australia has developed a well balanced mix of products that cover all different areas and angles of business," Barbagallo said. "We have also increased our market share."

"In the printing industry we have seen a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the last couple of years. We are talking to less customers but bigger groups."

Flying high in the face of these changes, Barbagallo is determined to prove that Muller Martini Australia can go the distance. "We are here for the long-term," he declared. "We will still be here to celebrate our twentieth and thirtieth birthday."

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