futronic turns 40 - a genuine success story

2012-10-20 | Anniversary

Today, futronic is one of the world’s top suppliers in the field of complex automation and drive solutions for the glass container industry. It all began with an order from the food processing sector. Four decades ago, in 1972, Gerhard Funk and his partners Günther Scharpf and Horst Dieter Reinsch laid the foundation for futronic GmbH in a back room in Tettnang. We would like to celebrate this important anniversary with a look back at the company’s 40-year success story.

... "And the story of futronic is no exception: employees with innovative ideas and customers and partners with courage and faith in their abilities" ...
As soon as Wolfgang Lachmann is prompted to recollect the past and futronic’s early years, his eyes light up visibly. Although Lachmann, who today is responsible for the running of the company together with Michael Preuß, only joined the team in 1988, he was involved in numerous collaborative ventures prior to that date in his role as software developer at Oberland Glas (now Saint-Gobain Oberland AG). He has kept up his friendship with Gerhard Funk, futronic’s founder and namesake who withdrew from active business life in 1986.
A little lost in thought, Lachmann turns the pages of a few old brochures – personal copies, some with handwritten notes, that have survived the years and been preserved for posterity. Then he starts to tell the story. Lachmann: “In the beginning, futronic had nothing at all to do with glass production.” The very first orders were received from the meat processing industry. According to a company brochure published in 1983, it was ‘technical difficulties with a veterinary product’ that persuaded a customer to get in touch with futronic. The three founding fathers were able to solve the problem to the customer’s satisfaction. More contracts from the food sector followed on the basis of recommendations. From that moment on, things really took off.
“The trio at the helm of that fledgling enterprise were rather ambitious,” Lachmann continues. It wasn’t long before orders were also coming in from customers in other industries such as mechanic...


Article taken from Glass Machinery Plants & Accessories bi-monthly magazine (6 issues per year)
Year: 2012 number: 5
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