Müller AG Packaging celebrates 125th anniversary.

29.06.2022 | Article of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH

The history of Müller AG Packaging began in the year 1897 when the company was established by Rudolf and Elisabeth Müller-Thommen and hired its first employee. From these roots the business developed into a group of companies with annual sales of 120 million Swiss Franks and a workforce of over 400 at various locations in Switzerland and Germany. The company has been in family ownership for five generations.


Growth thanks to chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Due to the rapid growth of the chemical industry in Basel in the decade from 1910 and the associated huge demand for packaging, capacities had to be expanded at pace. Exactly 100 years ago, a modern production line was set up at the plant in Münchenstein to manufacture tinplate packaging.
The pharmaceutical industry was and remains another principal consumer of the company’s products. In the 1960s a plant was opened in Rheinfelden, which focused on manufacturing custom-made product designs. In the same decade a third plant was erected in Muttenz, specializing in the production of plastic canisters and molded parts. 


Salzgitter Flachstahl supplies the material

Today Müller AG Packaging is Switzerland’s only manufacturer of special-purpose drums. Some 40 percent of these drums are exported, including in particular special products made to meet customer-specific requirements.

The manufacture of drums accounts for 50 percent of overall production – these are the company’s core products. In addition to chemicals and materials for the pharmaceutical industry, these steel containers are also used to transport paints, mineral oils and ingredients for cosmetics and food products. 

Salzgitter Flachstahl has been supplying cold-rolled steel sheet to the plant in Reiden since 2008. The quality standards specified by the drum buyers also make high demands on the sheet material itself, particularly in terms of surface cleanliness. Via group member company SMS Karlsruhe, Salzgitter also supplies cold-rolled and hot dip galvanized slit strip to the main works in Münchenstein.

We would like to express our thanks for this excellent and constructive collaboration, and congratulate our customer on this very special corporate anniversary.