WESSLING Group awards EUR 10,000 in recognition of ideas

Innovation award winners celebrated with fan chants

Fan chants at the stadium, one's face on the big stadium screen: this year, the winners of the WESSLING Innovation Award were celebrated at the corporation's base in the Ruhr region. Four ideas from France, Hungary and Germany were awarded in 2015. Company founder Dr Erwin Weßling established the award in 2008 and since that year the best ideas are being rewarded annually with a total of EUR 10,000. 1,200 employees at eight European sites and in China work to improve quality, safety, environmental and health protection and thereby the quality of living.

Frédéric Geay from the WESSLING offices in Lyon was awarded for his innovation in the field of gas chromatography. Owing to his idea, analysis and cleaning processes can run simultaneously on the highly sensitive analysis devices, increasing efficiency for both customers and the company.

The biogas experts Matthias Post and Benedikt Baackmann and the IT specialists Tobias Rolfes and Maik Hövermann from WESSLING Altenberge have developed software for the even more efficient recording and analysis of biogas samples. Customers benefit from this especially during the "hot harvest phase" when the laboratory analysis results are urgently awaited.

At WESSLING, innovation management is firmly established as part of everyday work at the corporation, resulting in the ongoing, consequent further development and implementation of new ideas.The winners of the Innovation Award are invited to the annual international meeting, which is hosted by turns at the corporation's international sites and in Germany. The shareholder family and seventy executives from Europe and China exchange views about strategy and corporate culture. "This time we meet in the Ruhr region, because this is where we celebrate the 25-year anniversary of our Bochum offices", Dr Heinrich Ruholl says happily. In their capacity as the international corporation’s managing directors, he and Dr Stephan Simon are also proud of the fact that the high percentage of women in the company is reflected also on an executive level. Five of the nine subsidiaries are managed by women.

Gábor Szunyogh from Budapest won the award with his idea to invite Hungarian pupils to attend an open day at the laboratory. In Hungary, this form of interest in the natural sciences is novel amongst adolescents and has generated great enthusiasm. In their everyday work, Christian Roger Fechner and Nils Rudolf from Hanover are responsible for the qualified taking of samples; now they stood on the winner's rostrum. They have designed and built a new device for taking water samples in particularly deep bodies of water. In addition to its precision, their special device excels due to its uncomplicated handling during sample taking.