It all begins in 1961 in a small garage, when company founder Sepp Haggenmüller develops the vacuum chamber machine for packaging foodstuffs in film pouches - a groundbreaking invention at that time.
The first MULTIVAC thermoforming packaging machine was created already in 1967; its basic design is still echoed in today's models.
With the establishment of its first subsidiary in 1972 - MULTIVAC France - the foundation is laid for the company to become internationalised. Today MULTIVAC has a presence in more than 140 countries, with more than 80 of its own sales and service companies.
In 1984 MULTIVAC develops the first semi-automatic traysealer for packaging foodstuffs into ready-made trays. In 1994, the product portfolio was expanded to include automatic traysealers, which are now an important part of the product portfolio.
In 1992, a new generation of thermoforming packaging machines was brought onto the market, which were initially made of stainless steel instead of aluminium. The machines stood out for their stable construction and superior hygiene characteristics. Since 1998 MULTIVAC has manufactured machines exclusively with the stainless steel design.
With its acquisition of the company MR Etikettiertechnik in Enger/Westfalen in 1993, MULTIVAC expanded its product range to include labelling solutions. Today MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection is one of the leading manufacturers of labelling systems, direct web printers and inspection systems.
In 2005 MULTIVAC acquired the company Christoph Grundmann GmbH, based in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Nettetal. MULTIVAC Resale & Service is today the Service Centre within the MULTIVAC Group for second-hand machines, overhauls and refitting for the European market.
In 2006 a new generation of thermoforming packaging machines with the MULTIVAC Hygienic DesignTM is developed, and assumes a pioneering role in the market with regard to hygiene, process reliability and efficiency. Today all automatic MULTIVAC packaging machines used in the food industry comply with the MULTIVAC Hygienic Design™.
2007 saw the founding of the Systems business unit, which developed customer-specific solutions for the automation of packaging procedures.
With the business unit MCP (Medical Devices, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals), a highly specialised department was founded in 2008, providing solutions for the automated, GMP-compliant packaging of medical goods, pharmaceuticals and biotech products. The first packaging solution for sterile medical products was put on the market by MULTIVAC as early as 1968.
The Training & Innovation Center (TIC) was opened in Wolferschwenden in early 2013. Customers receive competent and manufacturer-independent advice there regarding packaging material and application issues and packaging ideas are made available as prototypes or small batches. The TIC also offers a comprehensive training program, which can be individually designed to meet customer requirements.