Mungo upholds structures & promises, for 51 years and counting

Back in 1968, Arnold Schefer sold his car to bankroll a manufacturing company for nylon plugs. Since then, Mungo has boomed into a world-class fastening solutions provider…

Ever higher, more creative and more sophisticated: these superlatives describe modern construction but they have gone hand‐in‐hand with increasing demands on building safety and efficiency.

Structures need to withstand earthquakes and severe weather events, be completed faster and fulfil strict requirements, for instance in the field of energy efficiency. Architects, building owners and the appointed craftsmen therefore need a competent and reliable partner when it comes to anchoring technology, which is where Mungo Befestigungstechnik comes in, with 51 years’ experience.

It started with a car sale
It is the classic success story of a Swiss enterprise: small beginnings followed by success around the world. In 1968, 51 years ago, Arnold Schefer sold his car and used the proceeds to establish a manufacturing company for nylon plugs, the current Mungo Befestigungstechnik Ltd.

Back in the 1970s, Mungo’s products were new to the Swiss market and the Mungo company was considered a pioneer. The mungo, or mongoose, was chosen for the company’s logo. The animal is fast, agile and resilient and has a strong urge to make new discoveries. These properties were the characteristics of Mungo from the beginning.

Success came fast. In 1976, just eight years after its founding, Mungo branched out to Germany. In 1980, the company moved to its current headquarters in Olten, logistically ideally located in central Switzerland. Mungo opened its own manufacturing plant in Bremen in 1994. The next milestone was reached in 2003 when a multi‐stage cold forming plant was commissioned at the company’s headquarters in Olten. In 2015, Arnold Schefer handed over the company to his successor, the current CEO Olivier W. Annaheim, and new owners, to continue the Mungo success story.

Mungo keeps structures steady 
Today, Mungo Befestigungstechnik Ltd employs around 80 staff and is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of high quality fastening products. Its products ensure that bridges, skyscrapers and structures around the world stay steady and safe and façades stay in place. Mungo specialises in nylon plugs, metal anchors, chemical products and drill bits to hold bolts and anchors securely in place. Mungo develops, manufactures and  distributes its range in these strategic product groups largely independently. Its steel anchors, for instance, are manufactured
at the proprietary plant in Olten. Mungo’s overall product range consists of more than 1,700 individual items.

Mungo has acquired a wealth of experience, technological expertise and comprehensive market knowledge during the 50 years of its existence. These competencies enable Mungo to develop innovative and technically mature solutions for both simple and complex fastening purposes. Mungo focuses on ensuring its products are ideal for use by craftsmen and are characterised by a very high product quality. Bolts made by Mungo, for instance, are very durable and so strong that an earthquake will break the concrete around the bolt, but not the bolt itself. Fixing elements from the Olten‐based enterprise can be found in less complex structures, but also in the cross‐city route in Altstetten (Zurich), the 16‐metre‐tall LED lighting mast, at Dubai airport and in the AZ Tower, the tallest building in the Czech Republic. If it’s fixed with Mungo, it’s here to stay.

Top quality for the world of construction
70% of Mungo’s products are exported. Products from Mungo Befestigungstechnik Ltd are available and in use on construction sites in 50 countries on all continents. Distribution is organised through subsidiaries in Germany, China, Italy and the USA and through resellers. Mungo is particularly active in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets, as well as in Eastern Europe and Asia. Close cooperation and many joint projects have resulted in customer relationships built on trust and partnership over the years. Swiss companies are renowned for the quality of their products and services. The same applies to Mungo, whose name is familiar around the globe as a synonym for reliability, outstanding customer orientation, first‐class service and innovation.

Once a pioneer, always a pioneer
A lot has changed at Mungo over the past 51 years, but the pioneering spirit remains. Mungo’s claim to develop and distribute first‐class, innovative products in the field of anchor technology remains in place. Mungo’s well‐established distribution network and customer proximity allows the company to pick up on ideas in the field and incorporate them in its innovations. Mungo’s aim is to develop products that give designers as much freedom as possible to design and room to manoeuvre and are easy to use by craftsmen.

The experience of its employees, its in‐house development and production competence and short decision‐making paths enables Mungo to react quickly to market changes and offer its customers innovative solutions. The new generation of the m2 throughbolt with GreenTec corrosion protection and a new clip geometry is a current example of these developments. The newly developed GreenTec alloy system gives the throughbolt an extra‐long service life, also making it an interesting  option from an economic viewpoint. Its innovative clip geometry is ideal for extreme loads and bending moments combined with very low edge and centre distances, making the anchor a perfect all‐rounder for many different interior and exterior applications.

Mungo offers its customers and business partners comprehensive solutions. These include services such as user training or on‐site advice, as well as software solutions for designing loading capacities that help customers plan their projects.

Fit for the future
Mungo can look back on 50 years of successful company history, but its sights are set on the future. Mungo intends to continue upholding its promise to partners and customers: to deliver ideal fastening solutions that last. Mungo’s success is founded on its competent, well‐trained, creative and motivated employees. Those who work with Mungo appreciate not only the high product quality, but also the advice provided by qualified sales consultants and the development output of its engineers. Whether calculating a complex project or providing on‐site advice: the Mungo team works closely with the customer to develop ideal fastening solutions.

Mungo invests heavily in employee development and training and in new product developments to maintain its market position into the future. Mungo’s goal is for structures to be as secure and long‐lasting as its long‐standing and proven relationships with partners and customers. This is what Mungo strives for.