Innovation meets tradition - this applies to our company this year more than ever before.
50 years ago, my father Josef and his first fellow teammates developed the first welding machine for the PVC window production. A journey through history appears on page 4.
As you will see: With Urban you have the right partner on your side - leading in the past and still today.
Also in the name of all staff members, I want to thank you very much for your trust which is the base for the progress we had in the last 50 years and what we are today - an appreciated global player and a reliable partner for the PVC window industry.
I am looking forward to having an exciting future with you and I do hope you will keep inspiring our motivated team to continue achieving a top performance.
For 50 years the top partner in PVC window industry
On the occasion of the anniversary „Urban - for 50 years in PVC window industry“ we spoke to Martin Urban, managing partner of Urban GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau KG.
Mr. Urban, congratulations to the anniversary. Where is your enterprise positioned in the anniversary year 2017?
Martin Urban: I am glad that we also hold in our anniversary year an international top-ranking position and that we are recognized as the market and technology leader. That’s clearly our goal. That’s exactly our team’s commitment - day by day. My father, Josef Urban, and his fellow teammates from the very start did the pioneer work. We are a deeply rooted family enterprise standing on a solid basis. Our greatest asset, however, are our perfectly trained staff members who partly stick loyally to the company for a complete working life.
Moreover, I take pride in saying that from all the suppliers from the very start, Urban is the only remaining solid family owned manufacturer. This creates trust and a feeling of security for our customers when they make their investment decision. They all know that there are no hidden investors behind Urban who just want to make easy money but that a family owned enterprise is involved setting a very high value on trust, partnership and reliability.
How do you assess the market in Jahr 2017?
Martin Urban: All in all I do not expect any great leaps. At the moment, the window production benefits also in Germany from the current construction boom. However, this is equalized in view of the international level. Because of the Brexit, there won’t be any considerable increases on the British market in the next time. On the other side, we participated in setting-up a big window production plant in Africa with a capacity of up to 2400 window units per day. Also in the USA, we materialized interesting projects for our partners. Due to the fact that we are well represented all over the world, we are generally well positioned so that shifts in the market can be compensated more easily. Sometimes business is better in the West than in the East, sometime it’s better in the South than in the North and then it may be also just the other way round. For us it’s simply important to hold a top ranking position on all markets when it’s about customers who want to manufacture high quality windows and doors.
So, a clear „YES“ when quality is concerned?
Martin Urban: Of course! That’s what’s it all about and that’s why we are appreciated by our customers. They know that we offer absolute process reliability. Neither customers manufacturing on an industrial level nor craftsmen can take any risks in this regard. We make major efforts in the field of research and development; innovations will be only put on the market once we are sure they are fully matured and ready for practical application. This could be seen quite well the last time on the occasion of Fensterbau 2016. Well, I don’t want to reveal too much for now, but: We’re already preparing the next innovation and this time again we set our focus on highest quality requirements. This only works with new technologies.
For machine developments you have to spend money.
Martin Urban: Sure enough! But that’s an important matter which clearly shows our ambition. In the last few years we invested a great deal of energy in development and optimization of process safety. But our customers do need these new technologies to be able to produce even more efficiently and economically. It’s our task to provide our customer with exactly these solutions which they need to be successful. That’s what we call partnership and therefore we are successful.
30th anniversary of Urban Machinery
Also an anniversary in North America
An anniversary „rarely comes unaccompanied“ and thus Urban had a few reasons to celebrate in 2017: Urban Machinery exists for 30 years now which is a successful enterprise in North America on two Canadian production sites - in Cambridge and Fredericton. „Thanks to our dad’s vision to position the enterprise as broadly as possible, we finally took the chance to go overseas. He actually was the first who recognized the potential of the market; then he started with business activities there.
This paid off as we are now the manufacturer in North America with the longest experience” says Thomas Urban, Managing Director of Urban Machinery in North America.
Thomas Urban and his team are particularly glad to see that a great part of the employees in Fredericton and Cambridge belong to the Urban family for more than 20 years. They definitely contributed their share to make sure that the North American sites had an independent and successful development.