The MBO Group has a total workforce of around 450. More than 100 colleagues work at our headquarters in Swabian Oppenweiler, about 40 km north-east of Stuttgart. And about 10 percent of these are currently in training.

As a medium-sized company, we are very conscious of our social responsibility, especially in our region, known as the Rems-Murr-Kreis. That is why we have traditionally placed great importance on supporting young professionals. If you would like to see a detailed description of our offers for trainees (m/f/x) or school or university students (m/f/x) at the Oppenweiler (Germany) factory, please change to “Deutsch” (German) at the top right in the language settings.

We also work closely with vocational schools and universities which offer educational opportunities for the graphics industry. The educational institutions which we support and promote include the following:




10/30/2019Trip to the Therme Erding

The 13 trainees and the three staff members who accompanied them enjoyed a great day out in the Therme Erding.

On Tuesday at 6 a.m., the trainees met in the car park in front of the company building to set out together on their journey south. When we arrived at around 10.30 a.m., the car park at the spa was of course already quite full. However, with an area of 185,000 m², the Therme Erding can accommodate large numbers of visitors without crowding.

The trainees gave the 27 spectacular water slides a thorough testing. In addition to the 1,450 m² thermal pool, the interior area also offers numerous wellness options. For example, the trainees could choose to enjoy the thermal and steam baths of the Vitality Oasis. And those who preferred could lie down and relax in Sauna World. With 27 different saunas, it offers an extremely wide range of options. Although our trip did not actually take us as far as the tropics, we had palm trees, warm water, waves and had a fantastic time.

We would like to thank the management, the members of staff who accompanied us and the drivers. Without you, it would not have been possible to organise and carry out such a great trip for the trainees.

Text: Fabian Menhorn and Kevin Kurz

09/02/2019Six new apprentices begin their training at MBO

Three female and three male trainees have started their professional careers at MBO’s headquarters in Oppenweiler near Stuttgart.

Three female and three male trainees have started their professional careers at MBO’s headquarters in Oppenweiler near Stuttgart. MBO currently offers training in four different professions, Industrial Mechanic, Technical Product Designer, Electronics Engineer for Operating Technology and Industrial Business Management Assistant.

With the six new trainees, there are currently 14 young adults undergoing professional training at MBO Oppenweiler, which is a quota of over ten percent. The MBO Group is thus continuing its many decades of tradition as a training organisation.

It goes without saying that the new apprentices will enjoy the same advantages as all other employees at the Oppenweiler site. For example, the opportunity to acquire an inexpensive bicycle to travel to and from work under the JobRad initiative. There are also drinking water dispensers for employees to help themselves to water in sustainable, MBO-branded glass bottles.

In addition, MBO organises regular events for trainees in all professions and on all levels. These events include visits to partner companies or team-building exercises. MBO Group is extremely proud of its young trainees, nearly 100 percent of whom are offered permanent jobs after successfully passing their final exams. MBO Group wishes its new trainees a good start to their professional life and every success.

06/25/2019Excursion day for MBO trainees

Group photo in front of the Pepperl+Fuchs company building.
After Pepperl+Fuchs, the trainees visited the Ziegler printing plant.
Mr. Langer from Druckerei Ziegler explained the differences between digital and offset printing.

On Trainee Day in mid-June 2019, MBO trainees from all divisions met for a visit to Pepperl+Fuchs and a tour of the Ziegler printing company.

Punctually at 7.30 a.m., they set off by car for Mannheim, to visit Pepperl+Fuchs (P+F), a company to which MBO supplies sensors. At roughly 9 o’clock, the seven trainees and two accompanying persons were welcomed at the entrance by Mr Dereux (sales representative responsible for MBO). Following introductions and a presentation on Mannheim and the company P+F, the trainees received a detailed explanation of which P+F products can be found in MBO machines and what purpose they serve.

After in-depth safety instructions, their guided tour of the entire Mannheim site began. They started in the logistics centre, where dispatch and handling of the sensors takes place. The next building on their itinerary houses the production of the boards and special sensors, for example ultrasonic double sheet detectors in the register table, which are only produced in small numbers. The building can only be entered wearing special antistatic tapes, which were attached to the visitors’ shoes before the start of their tour.

A group photo was taken, and we then drove to the Ziegler printing company in Neckarbischofsheim. On arrival, we were shown how a print product is created on the basis of a digital document and how many individual steps are required to do this. Master printer Mr. Langer explained when the high-end printing press was used and when digital printing is profitable, which depends on quantity (500+) and time. While for offset printing, a printing plate first has to be developed, all that is necessary for digital printing is a click of the mouse. Thanks to Mr Langer’s practical explanations, the trainees learned more about several paper processing work steps and were able to watch MBO machines in action for the first time.

Text: Fabian Menhorn (Apprentice Electronics Technician for Industrial Engineering, 1st year of apprenticeship) and Marvin Heller (Mechanical Engineer, Trainer for the profession of the Technical Product Designer).

01/17/2019Children of employees visit production site of MBO Portugal

A model was used to demonstrate the buckle fold principle to the young visitors.
Fernando Ferreira, CEO of MBO Portugal (l.), with some of the children and young people and their parents who visited an MBO Group production site on 20 December.

At the end of last year, on 20 December 2018, the MBO Group production site in Portugal threw open its doors to the children of its employees. Around 40 children and youngsters up to the age of 14 took the company up on its invitation. Their visit began with a brief introductory video. Then, they were given the opportunity to see the offices and the production and assembly lines.

It’s not easy for children to understand just what a folding machine is and how it works. But with the help of simple examples and live demonstrations on the M80 folding machine, the youngsters very quickly gained an understanding of the various folding principles. The young visitors really enjoyed their day. They now have a precise picture of where their parents work and what they do there.

MBO Portugal is located in Perafita, about ten kilometres north-west of Porto. The plant manufactures and assembles folding machines for the MBO Group and further products for external customers – including sheet metal panelling and feeders as well as special rollers for the textile industry. The factory employs a workforce of around 230.

11/08/2018MBO trainees have petrol in their blood

The starting formation is set, the race can begin.
The MBO trainees in front of the Porsche Museum.

All ten MBO trainees at the Oppenweiler factory (near Stuttgart) had petrol running through their veins on October 31, 2018. First they visited the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. They then went on a journey through time to learn about the history of the automobile manufacturer. They had the chance to look at over 80 vehicles on a display area of around 5,800 m². From carriages to tractors to sports cars, there was something for everyone.

After a group lunch, they continued on to the indoor go-cart track in Bad Cannstatt. It was the first time most of them had experienced racing live. The MBO trainees competed in an exciting one-hour race. Jochen Ludwig, industrial mechanic trainee in his first year, drove the fastest to secure first place on the winner’s podium.

This special day, which was dedicated to racing, was organised by the trainees from the second to fourth training years. It was a good chance for everyone to get to know the new trainees from the first year.

At the Oppenweiler factory, MBO is currently instructing trainees in three professions: electronics engineers for operating technology, industrial mechanics in the field of device and precision engineering, and technical product designers in the field of machine and plant construction. In the coming year, more young people will be trained as industrial clerk and mechatronics engineers. MBO regularly takes on nearly 100 % of its trainees after they successfully complete training.