Mosca GmbH, the German international strapping specialist, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The company, which has a UK subsidiary, Mosca Direct based in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, was founded by Gerd Mosca in Hilden, near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1966. Today, Mosca has 16 offices and production facilities worldwide and employs around 850 people, with annual revenues of approximately €140 million.
Mosca has achieved a number of firsts during its history, including the welding of narrow plastic strap in 1981, the introduction of inline technology to strap corrugated board products and the launch of patented SoniXs technology which delivers better results using less energy than conventional heat welding.
At the end of the 1980s, the company began making its own plastic strap. Today, strap production accounts for more than a quarter of total sales, produced at Mosca’s ultra-modern, fully automated factory in Muckental. Opened in 2008, the factory is the most advanced in Europe. The company also pioneered the introduction of PLA strap, made from biological raw materials.
In today’s competitive markets, where no customer can afford downtime due to equipment failure, Mosca has also invested in a global consulting and service network – unique to the industry – which helps to ensure that its customers’ processes run at optimum level.
Mosca built its 1,000th machine in 1991 and delivered its 100,000th machine just 30 years later in 2011. The company’s models range from compact universal strappers for a wide variety of applications to fully-automated high-performance machines that can be integrated into most production lines. Key industries served include corrugated board, building materials, newspapers, food, logistics and mail order. High quality strap is produced in polypropylene, PET and PLA.
The company remains a family run business. Gerd Mosca’s son Timo has been CEO since 1993. Timo’s wife Simone joined Mosca in 2008 as Managing Director of the strap production facility in Muckental.
“I am proud that we have been here for 50 years,” says Gerd Mosca. “I wish especially that Mosca will have a long future and will continue to bring the industry forward – and that the personal ties and cohesion among everyone involved in the company will continue to remain as strong as before.”