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SMB – The History of Innovation and Quality


Foundation of the predecessor company of today`s SMB Schwede Maschinenbau GmbH by Horst Schwede

1972 Delivery of the first self-developed strapping machine: A fully automatic machine for the newspaper industry!  
1987 Foundation of SMB Schwede Maschinenbau GmbH, specialisation on strapping technology  
1991 Relocation into new headquarters in Goldkronach  
1996 Innovation award of the East Bavarian Technology Transfer Institute  
1997 Presentation of the SMB NP3 family, a new generation of fully automatic high-performance strapping machines  

Launching of the automatic strapping machine SMB SM1

Presentation of the plusAir technology with which a strapping band without an arch is freely led through the air!


Presentation of the archless inline strapping machine SMB Ai1 with plusAir technology

Start of the programme "FFF – Fit For Future"

  • Process orientated business organisation: The customer and his assigned tasks take centre stage in all activities
  • The employees present the most important business potential
  • Continuous improvement process: He who stops improving, stops being good
2001 Presentation of the fully automatic strapping machine
2002 Introduction of the SMB ST1 into the logistics market  
2003 Modular expansion of the SMB ST1 for applications in the wood and ceramics industry  
2004 Presentation of the SMB N5 family, the latest generation of fully automatic high-performance strapping machines  
2005 Presentation of the SMB SP1, the latest compact standard strapping machine with ultra-light operation and internal coil  
2007 Presentation of the SMB CP-family, the new performance benchmark for the US job printing up to 60 bundles per minute  
2010 The 2nd Generation of the modular construction system is introduced in the market for the first time through the SMB NEO. The new band power unit has the licensed DAT function with a unique access to the strapping band at the band power unit. Then, dealing with problems becomes a child's game. 

Entry in the hay bale market, the biggest of the world, with the SMB MAX
2011 EvoLite, the first bottle strapping solution ready to be launched is presented during the Interpack fair in Krone's stand; „The best packaging innovation for 30 years“ in the beverage industry.  With EvoLite, the stocking film is replaced by strapping.  With it, up to 75% plastic waste per pack of six bottles can be saved.  

Presenting the world-first intrinsically-safe cross-strapping faciliy SMB INLINE,in the IFRA fair in Vienna for the graphic industry. Safe And Open (SAO) without additional protective enclosure CE -compliant und GS-certified.

Launch of the Lifecycle-Portal my.smb allowing access to technical documentation as well as to the SMB WebShop for spare parts.


Entry in the folding box industry with the SMB COR, „The Swiss knife for strapping folding box and corrugated paper products. With it, SMB covers for the first time the whole task panel for 3 and 4 points carton in ONE machine.

Other varieties of machine have already been developed for this sector, such as auxiliary units for high press force.
2014 Market introduction of the SMB CUBE-S, the robust machine in stainless steel for the food industry.  Die SMB Multi was successfully placed as problem-solver for hand towel in laundries. The first SMB machine in use achieves 100 million strappings and is still being daily used.  
2015 Presenting the SMB NEO with SAN-Technology for handling with especially small and narrow products.  

Presentation of the SMB ENA with swiveling belt frame for long material bundles, strapped in conveying direction.

Presentation of the SMB ONO for the strapping by ring-shaped products.

Membership VDW - Association of Corrugated Cardboard Industry e. V.


Presentation of the SMB VERO-C, the modularly configurable machine for the processing of corrugated cardboard boxes.

Membership FEFCO - The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers

At the end of the fiscal year 2016/17 ...
- SMB has more than 25,000 machines worldwide
- which were completely developed and built in Germany
- delivered to satisfied customers all over the world.


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