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The apetito AG is a medium-sized family business with its headquarters in Rheine (NRW) in Westphalia. Founded in 1958, apetito is now the market leader in the field of communal and individual catering and is also represented in the food retail sector. Apetito offers specific catering solutions as fresh frozen menus and systems in day-care centres, schools, companies, clinics, senior citizen facilities and for meals-on-wheels menu services. In German retail, the company is represented by the consumer brand COSTA in the freezer departments.
Bell Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Belonging to the Bell Food Group, Bell Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG - with its labels Bell and Abraham - has a quite strong market position concerning german and international raw ham as well as international sausage specialities. Around 800 employees are working for the company, which produces and sells high-quality food for retailers, the food processing industry and the food service. The company already implements a uniform Top Excellence Program over all divisions and likes to exchange to applied methods as well as digital solutions in the field of Operational Excellence.
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Germany GmbH & Co. KG
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG is a German, internationally active transport and logistic company with its headquarters being located in Osnabrück. They are a full service provider and offer services along the whole supply chain, from air and sea freight to contract logistics. Solely in Germany, Hellmann has 46 locations and employs around 4,600 employees. Operational Excellence and CIP are highly prioritised topics for the company since many years. To further support and to sustainably embody these topics, an individual system has been developed called Hellmann Production System. Through the new intitiative the company hopes to experience a cross-industry exchange to this thematic field.
Worldwide around 1,000 employees are working for the company Klasmann-Deilmann, which operates in the substrate industry. Various approaches concerning Operational Excellence, for example shopfloor managemnet, the 5S-method, standards as well as diverse CIP-projects, are already implemented. Within this initiative, the company is especially interested in exchange to lean production and logistic concepts as well as change management.
Semcoglas Holding GmbH
The Semcoglas Holding GmbH operates in the sheet glass industry. In sum, around 1,600 people are working for SEMCO at one of the firms’ 19 locations within Germany. For SEMCO Operational Excellence is especially important in the production: The aim is to automise various process steps, for example the glas indentations at their production lines, in order to faciliate the work for their employees. SEMCO is looking forward to new impulses generated by the initiative and is open for exchange as well as possibly for strategical partnerships.
Wirtschaftsförderkreis Harlingerland e.V.
The Wirtschaftsförderkreis Harlingerland e.V. is accomplishing crucial tasks of the economic promotion in the rural district Wittmund since 1989. The association was initiated by leading economic personalities in the rural district. The institution is acting neutrally and independently from politics and administration.
The Dirks Group is a family-operated and internationally active service company with headquarters in Emden. At 25 locations in Germany and Europe, integrated and holistic system services are developed and realized - on the basis of the company's core capabilities logistics, engineering as well as technics and quality. The customers of the Dirks Group are belonging to different sectors, for example automobile manufacture, ship building and plant construction, defence but also food and fashion. All of them can rely on professional, individual services and product solutions offered by the Dirks Group.
As a pioneer in wind energy technology and a partner of the energy revolution, the company has specialized in the development and production as well as sales and services of onshore wind turbines. With its mission "energy for the world", the company is promoting sustainable energy production with onshore-wind since 1984 and belongs to the worldwide leading producers.
Polyamides are the core of the Enneatech AG out of Grossefehn. Technical compounds out of PA6 and PA6.6 as new goods and as re-compound on the base of textil fibers are part of the core business next to high-performance polyamid fibers for the improvement of characteristics of concrete. With a capacity of 20,000 tons and 37 employees the speciality compounder manufactures PA, PET and PBT of different colors. Since the takeover in 2009 by Daja Bildhauer, Hartmut Schoon and Manfred Feith the tradition as PA-specialist is continued. The topic sustainability is permanently focussed by the new management team. This is underlined by the following apsects: use of green electricity out of wind and water power, textile fibers as raw material for the product series Entron blue as well es energy efficient machines. Enneatech is strongly orientated towards its customers and their needs - each compound has to fulfill the customer's individual requirements.
The GRIMME Group, located at Damme (Germany) was founded in 1861 as a forge by the great-grandfather of the current owner Franz Grimme. Today, GRIMME is manufacturing advanced potato-, beet- and vegetable technology at the headquarters in Damme (Germany) and in the neighbouring industrial area of Rieste as well as in China, Denmark, USA and India (Joint Venture with Shaktiman). GRIMME is world market leader in the field of potato-technology. The GRIMME Group currently employs over 2,700 people worldwide, 1,800 of them in Damme and Rieste.In total, the GRIMME Group is present in 120 countries with its sales and service partners and at 26 locations with its own subsidiaries worldwide.
HÜPPE belongs to the leading manufactorers within the sanitary industry throughout europe. The company has over 120 years of experience and convinces with innovative and high-quality products around the shower. Now as then HÜPPE is one of the companies continuously setting international trends.
Topics among the thematic fields Lean and Operational Excellence have been focussed by several intitiatives within the company. With the new owner Aurelius, this attempts should be transferred in a sustainable strategy.
Wirtschaftsförderung und Stadtmarketing GmbH
The predominant aim of the Emder Wirtschaftsförderung und Stadtmarketing GmbH, employing 18 people at the moment, is to proactively support the economic location Emden with its services and offers and to further strengthen it. Being supported by an overall city marketing approach good basic conditions for the entrepreneurial success should be offered for the regional economy.