As a result of the excellent demand from the graphics industry for our well-diversified portfolio, the Polar-Mohr Group is looking to the future with confidence.
Two production facilities for the cutting process portfolio lie behind our group of companies: The main facility in Hofheim im Taunus produces cutting machines, cutting systems and their associated components, whilst our factory in Shanghai in the Far East manufactures cutting machines for Asia. Our cartoning and packaging machine specialist is Dienst Verpackungstechnik GmbH in Hochheim am Main. Our group of companies has 450 employees (around 300 at our headquarters in Hofheim), amongst which there are approximately 30 apprentices in this country qualifying to meet our needs. Evidently, the company often hits the bullseye when selecting young professionals: “Our trainees show great interest, and those who want to stay with Polar are usually kept on.
Recently, we have been able to increase the number of young employees," says Dr Markus Rall, who has been the CEO of Dienst and Polar-Mohr since 2012.
Cutting lines with buffer racks
A development now underway at Polar Moor is noteworthy: Although business with classic cutting machines is currently somewhat sluggish, customer response to cutting systems with a high level of automation has clearly increased. “We are well booked up until 2020, especially with cutting systems such as PACE (Polar Automation for Cutting Efficiency), our DC-11 labeling system for producing bundled die-cut labels and various special machines", said Dr Rall.
Nevertheless, cutting lines with partially integrated buffer racks used for the intermediate storing of paper and carton for inline use in internet printing plants are seeing great demand. Many hundreds of cutting machines and cutting systems are being installed every year - and just about as many components are also being sold.
This year twice as many cutting systems for integrated paper processing have been sold when compared to 2018. Several tons of material have to be moved during every shift: Grippers, turning and lifting systems are very important here in order to ensure that physical strain on the operators is reduced or even eliminated in favor of ergonomics. You can be sure of this at Polar-Mohr: Greater cost reductions and cost-effectiveness is now possible as a result of automation throughout paper processing systems as opposed to just those implemented in the printing room.
Automation for operators
"Today our export quota is 85 percent", said Dr Rall. "We owe this success to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG’s sales channel, in which Polar-Mohr is strategically integrated, and to existing and recently acquired worldwide specialist dealers. Relevant markets today are Europe (approximately every second customer is based in Europe), North and South America and Asia. However, print shops and bookbinderies in industrialized countries are suffering from a blatant shortage of skilled workers. Specially trained operators can benefit from such automation features as our "Compucut" cutting software or modern components for loading, jogging, buffering / conveying, cutting / punching as well as unloading and banding.
Spare parts also have a permanent relevance for Polar-Mohr: This is why we have a high-rack warehouse built to industrial standards at our headquarters in Hofheim. This guarantees our customers high spare part availability - 95 percent are dispatched on the day the order is placed. We keep spare parts for up to 25 years due to their high machine quality and the correspondingly long machine service life cycle.
A carefully diversified portfolio
The company is certainly able to provide benefits thanks to its well-diversified portfolio that includes hydraulic "D" series cutting machines for digital printing users, which are distributed by both Heidelberg and Mohr, as well as our "N" series of high-speed cutters for normal use.
Polar-Mohr has received further impetus from the discussions concerning environmental protection, sustainability and avoiding the use of plastic: This is why cutting and punching systems for sheet-based paper wet-glue labels are once again being frequently discussed.
Customers, e.g. from the graphics industry (especially internet printers) and from the packaging industry, are acquiring innovative, toolless laser systems from our "Digicut" series ("Eco", "Plus” & "Pro"). Polar-Mohr is totally committed to automation and efficiency, ergonomics and interaction in developing, designing and producing cutting process technology. Visitors to Drupa 2020, the world's leading print media trade fair to be held in Düsseldorf, can expect to see interesting innovations from the Hofheim-based company’s portfolio.
Extensive selection and service offers
The Mohr brand name belonging to Adolf Mohr Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co.KG in Hofheim now conforms with the Polar Group’s corporate design. "Cutting on demand" enables Mohr to provide professional equipment for cutting processes used in the digital printing market. The "Eco" and "Plus” versions of our D 56, D 66 and D 80 cutting machines, our "Compucut” networking software, our BC 330 three-side cutter and our "Digicut Eco" laser cutter are all available under this brand name.
Consumables and accessories for Mohr cutting machines and Polar high-speed cutters are all available from Mohr's online shop. The range currently includes more than 130 articles, including blades in various quality grades (HSS, carbide, premium), plastic and nylon cutting strips, "Guillo-Crease" creasing strips, utility angles for aligning the material that has to be cut as well as banding material for Polar bundlers.
Our “After sales service”, which is supported by more than 30 Mohr representatives worldwide, is also of great importance. Our service technicians can assemble new plants and systems for you so that they are ready-for-use and there are also practical user courses for Polar-Mohr machine operators. The modular system guarantees high spare part availability. The fully automated high-rack warehouse in Hofheim provides 95 percent availability for our current series. Delivery within Europe takes place within 24 hours. According to the supplier, a total of 30 shipments of three items each per hour can be shipped from the high-rack warehouse.
Source: Frank Baier | bindereport 11/2019 | www.bindereport.de