Witzenmann honoured as internationally operating company


Witzenmann was honoured with the GlobalConnect Award – for entrepreneurial achieve-ments in international business/focus on niche occupancy, environment and society.

"The GlobalConnect-Award is the quality seal for outstanding entrepreneurial achieve-ments in international business", said Ulrich Kromer from Baerle, Managing Director of Landesmesse Stuttgart, during the award ceremony of the GlobalConnect-Award. The award has already been awarded for the sixth time at the GlobalConnect, the forum for export and internationalisation. It was presented by Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, the Min-ister for Economy, Labour and Housing of the state of Baden Württemberg. According to the minister, it is therefore also a very special award, because the initiative for this came from the economy itself. "It is an award from the economy for the economy. And there is hardly a higher award than that which one receives from one's own circle of experts - that is to say, from people who really know something about the subject," the minister re-marked.

The national and cross-sector award acknowledges outstanding entrepreneurial achieve-ments in international business. Companies that made a special contribution with regard to niche occupancy, networking, environment and society were nominated. An independ-ent expert jury selected the winners in the "Newcomers", "Hidden Champions" and "Global Players" categories.

The winners of the GlobalConnect Award 2018
In the Newcomers category, companies are honoured, which are embarking on their over-seas operations and want to expand their international business with new ideas. This award category is awarded with prize money of Euro 3,000. The Jay-Cool GmbH from Gemmingen was honoured as Newcomer in 2018. Together with its 150 employees, the company has specialised in refrigeration equipment cleaning, service counter cleaning as well as refrigeration system maintenance and repair. The company has developed a con-cept for cleaning refrigeration systems without interrupting the cooling chain.

The KRIWAN Industrie-Elektronik GmbH from Forchtenberg was honoured as Hidden Champion. The company develops and manufactures industrial protection electronics and sensors as a system solution for plants and key components in refrigeration and air-conditioning technology for the water and energy sector.

Witzenmann GmbH from Pforzheim received the award in the Global Player category. The Witzenmann Group is the world's leading manufacturer of flexible metal tubes, expansion joints, metal bellows and automotive components. Around 4,300 employees at 24 com-panies in 19 different countries develop and produce tailor-made solutions for customers from all branches of industry. The Witzenmann Group offers troubleshooting solutions for vibration decoupling, expansion compensation in pipelines, flexible mounting and con-veyance of various fluids.

The choice was made by renowned personalities of the Baden-Württemberg and German foreign trade. The award is sponsored by:
• the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
• the Federal Association of German Industry
• the Baden-Württemberg Industry Association (LVI)
• the Germany Trade and Invest (gtai)   
• Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i)  
• the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce   
• as well as German Craftsmanship International

The GlobalConnect, the Forum for Export and Internationalisation, took place on 20 and 21 June 2018 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair. The aim of the event, which is held every two years, is to inform companies about the most important target markets and strategies and to support them on their path abroad.




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