This week Elisabeth Scherer reports on a successful young firm in Germany:
In 2011, Thomas Mümken’s new firm became the exclusive distributer for Noritsu’s photochemical and duplex inkjet equipment, and consumables such as paper and ink.
The distribution area for Mümken Sales* now covers 18 countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. In the last four years, the company has sold and installed 300 Noritsu duplex inkjet printers and other equipment.
Operators of these devices are almost exclusively stationary photo dealers who produce high-quality prints and value-added products for their regional customers on spot, such as photo books, greeting cards and calendars. Silver halide labs are sold in small numbers only to specific imaging service companies with high volumes, such as school photo labs and specialized photo labs.
Now general manager, Mümken is the former sales director of Noritsu (Deutschland) GmbH. He is assisted in sales and technical support by eight colleagues — all former long-term Noritsu employees as well — in addition to distributors such as Kurt Freund, who is active in Switzerland and Austria.
Since January 2014, the head office of Mümken Sales has been in Hünxe, on the Lower Rhine. The community is conveniently located on the northern edge of the Ruhr area, 50 km from both the Dusseldorf Airport and the Dutch border.
Mümken lives with his wife and three daughters in nearby Oberhausen. He is an enthusiastic cyclist, and often rides his racing bicycle for the 25 km commute to the company in Hünxe, instead of driving by car. “Consequently, I stay fit for business, and thus easily cope with the daily challenges,” says the confident entrepreneur.
Mümken has been a PMA member for many years, and regularly attends the PMA tradeshows in the US, “because I appreciate the perfect organization of the PMA, and the interesting exchange of ideas with colleagues from industry and commerce from around the world.”
(*Dipl.-Ing. Th. Mümken Sales GmbH, in full)