"Wood is a fascinating raw material." Dietmar noack, managing director of noack gmbh, based in iphofen, is so enthusiastic about the material his company works with that he sees the special properties of wood as a guiding principle for the entire company.
Wood has to grow and therefore needs to be handled with care. According to the down-to-earth entrepreneur, trust must also be cultivated according to the same principle. "This creates the solid roots for a partnership and lasting cooperation between our company, our customers and suppliers." Noack is convinced that this attitude will become increasingly important for a company in the future.
Reliability in particular is becoming increasingly important. "We promise our customers not only to deliver on time, but also with the right know-how – and we demand the same from our suppliers."
A look at the products and services offered by noack gmbh shows that the sagewerk of yesteryear has evolved into a broad-based company. We use wood from local forests, such as fir, pine and especially beech. Since wood is a valuable resource, the company's philosophy is that it should be used in the economic cycle for as long as possible. In the coarse shaft area "special pallets therefore, only 70 percent of the production is new, the rest is divided between repair and recycling of used pallets. Also this recycling reflects the basic attitude of the nature-loving company.
The careful handling of wood as a raw material is demonstrated in the "crate production" business area even more clearly. "We build such constructions, in which as little wood as possible, but as much as necessary is used", explains the company boss, for whom it is a particular concern that sustainability is not just talked about, but lived "the CO2 balance of our company is very important to me."
To keep wood consumption as low as possible, special know-how is required. Dietmar noack puts it in a nutshell: "anyone can eat fat and grease!" Well thought-out static constructions, on the other hand, make lighter transport variants possible. Noack is proud to praise his dedicated employees, who use their technical understanding and specific basic knowledge to find individual solutions for customers time and again. For example, they developed a lightweight special crate to transport a 50-ton machine to china. In contrast to the previous packaging, two-thirds of the wood was saved. This was convincing and ensured further orders, because the conservation of resources also brings direct advantages for the customer.
"If less wood is used, parts can be prefabricated as modules", explains the managing director. "Then the customer will have less space, less time, less dirt. Many of our competitors are working with chain statements. We are not."
50 employees work at noack gmbh, some of whom have been with the company for 20 to 34 years. They are from the parent company "reuss gmbh" had been taken over. In addition, several of them have learned their trade as "wood mechanics specializing in construction elements, packaging, export" at the training center in bad wildungen.
The iphofen-based company provides training, as the managing director emphasizes, "in order to have the specialists with us." Because in the end it's the people who make a good company and ultimately drive it forward. Here, too, the company boss refers to a wood wisdom: "if you want to grow beyond yourself, you need strong roots."