‘Ever higher’, ‘more creative’ and ‘more sophisticated’ best describe modern construction requests, with demands on building safety and efficiency also continuously increasing. Structures today need to withstand earthquakes and severe weather events, whilst being completed faster and fulfilling ever strict requirements. This has created a need for a competent and reliable partner when it comes to anchoring technology – such as Mungo Befestigungstechnik Ltd.
It is the classic success story of a Swiss enterprise – small beginnings followed by success around the world. In 1968, exactly 50 years ago, Arnold Schefer sold his car and used the proceeds to establish a manufacturing company for nylon plugs, the current Mungo Befestigungstechnik Ltd. Back in the 1970s, Mungo’s products were new to the Swiss market and the Mungo company was considered a pioneer. The mungo, or mongoose, was chosen as the company’s logo. The animal is fast, agile, and resilient, and has a strong urge to make new discoveries. These properties were the characteristics
of Mungo from the beginning.
Success came fast. In 1976, just eight years after its founding, Mungo branched out to Germany. In 1980 the company moved to its current headquarters in Olten, logistically ideally located in central Switzerland. Mungo opened its own manufacturing plant in Bremen, Germany, in 1994. The next milestone was reached in 2003 when a multi-stage cold forming plant was commissioned at the company’s headquarters in Olten.
In 2015, Arnold Schefer handed over the company to his successor, the current CEO Olivier W. Annaheim, and new owners. Mungo’s success story has since continued.
Today, Mungo employs around 80 staff and develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality fastening products. Its products ensure that bridges, skyscrapers and structures around the world stay steady, and safe, and façades stay in place. Mungo specialises in nylon plugs, metal anchors, chemical products and drill bits to hold bolts and anchors securely in place. The company develops, manufactures and distributes its range in these strategic product groups largely independently. Its steel anchors, for instance, are manufactured at the proprietary plant in Olten. Mungo’s overall product range consists of more than 1,700 individual items.
Mungo has acquired a wealth of experience, technological expertise and comprehensive market knowledge during the 50 years of its existence. These competencies enable it to develop innovative and technically mature solutions for both simple and complex fastening purposes. Mungo focuses on ensuring its products are ideal for use by craftsmen and are characterised by a very high product quality.
70% of Mungo’s products are exported, with products from Mungo used on construction sites in 50 countries on all continents. Distribution is organised through subsidiaries in Germany, China, Italy, and the USA, and through resellers. Mungo is particularly active in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets, as well as in eastern Europe and Asia. Close cooperation and many joint projects have resulted in customer relationships built on trust and partnership over the years.
The experience of its employees, its in-house development and production competence and short decision making paths enables Mungo to react quickly to market changes and offer its customers innovative solutions. The new generation of the M2 throughbolt with GreenTec® corrosion protection and a new clip geometry is some current example of these developments. Mungo points out that the newly developed GreenTec alloy system gives the throughbolt an extra long service life, also making it an interesting option from an economic viewpoint. Its innovative clip geometry is ideal for extreme loads and bending moments, combined with very low edge and centre distances – making the anchor a perfect all-rounder for many different interior and exterior applications.
Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.
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