Manfred Mueller
Technical director of Columbus

Manfred Mueller has numerous profound educations as well as many years of professional experience, which make him a specialist in vacuum press technology. As a master carpenter, he has solid knowledge and many years of experience in woodworking and his education and practice as a state-certified furniture and interior designer, with a focus on design, production techniques and operations management, give him the comprehensive application expertise, with which he finds the ideal solution for each problem in manufacturing.

Manfred Mueller has worked for many years as a technical consultant and developer in numerous leading positions in national and international companies in the wood, vehicle, aircraft and plastics industries. His focus was on research, development, consulting and training in the areas of vacuum presses, foil wrapping, forming of plastics and solid surface materials, 3D thermoforming of plastics, special applications such as prepregs, composite and lightweight materials and their fields of application. In addition, he was responsible for the modernization and reorganization of companies in the areas of production, quality, design, administration and marketing and was responsible for the optimization and design of production and operating procedures. He also taught, as technical director and lecturer, at various international design and interior design universities.

Welcome to the
Columbus Competence
Center

The Columbus Competence Center is the pulsating heart of Columbus, that pushes the innovative progress in vacuum press technology with every beat. It is a place for research, development, further education and encounter.

Here all Columbus machines are being developed and improved. Furthermore, together with interested parties and users, new materials and possibilities are being tested in order to expand the knowledge about the vacuum press technology and make it profitable to use. Here also all training courses and workshops take place, through which customers and prospective customers can learn all about the concentrated power of the vacuum and its infinite possibilities.

The Columbus Competence Center is located right in the creative heart of Europe — in the Tabakfabrik Linz. As an innovative center and partner of San José, the capital of the Silicon Valley, the Tabakfabrik also offers a place of creation for great ideas, collaborations and innovations.

News from the Competence Center

The world of Columbus is always turning. Every day, Columbus does everything in its power to develop new technologies, improve existing ones, test applications and explore innovative materials. In addition, Columbus is represented at all major trade fairs to always present the latest products to the world. In the section "News from the Competence Center", interested parties will always find the latest news and also have the opportunity to present their own experiences.
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Manfred Mueller
Technical director
of Columbus

Manfred Mueller is a state-certified furniture and interior designer, master carpenter, industrial manager and for more than 10 years the technical director of the Columbus Competence Center. As senior supervisor, he is responsible for the development and improvement of all Columbus machines, as well as for the entire research related to application possibilities and materials. Furthermore, he is the senior supervisor of the further education and training program.

„Every day we go the extra mile to develop the best machines and find the most profitable solutions for our customers to manufacture their workpieces.“

Die Tabakfabrik
the creative heart of Europe

The „Tabakfabrik“ is located in the creative heart of Europe and is therefore often referred to as the same. It is a direct partner of San José, the capital of Silicon Valley, and is based on the four pillars of creativity, sociality, work and education. Because of this, it provides the perfect place for great innovations. Located in the heart of the city of Linz, a former working-class city, it also represents a place today that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern and innovative solutions of the future. Since the Columbus concept is ideally suited to that of the Tabakfabrik, Columbus was selected from 700 applicants to settle in the Tabakfabrik and benefit from this innovative engine. There would be no better corporate location for Columbus.

Process of
Collaboration

Columbus stands for honest, partnership-based cooperation and transparency. Only in this way is it possible, together with customers, to follow the path of sustainable success. In order to be able to get an idea of the cooperation with Columbus in advance, here is a possible procedure for all interested parties.
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