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Open house in Balti

Approximately 250 employees, their friends, and family members attended the open house at our factory in Balti, Moldova. Guests were able to familiarize themselves with the operational facilities in small groups, while their children enjoyed face painting and a professional activity program outside. Last but not least, culinary treats and a raffle with fantastic prizes kept smiles on faces young and old.

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The next generation in Poysdorf

GG Kids Day in Poysdorf attracted quite a crowd. This time, our employees' children had a chance to explore the cable plant. Nearly 200 kids and their chaperones were able to take a closer look at their parents' workplace. Our young visitors discovered that plastic pellets are not only suitable for cable sheathing, they also make an excellent craft material. Thank you for coming and see you again soon!"

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Youngsters and grown-ups visit cable plant

The annual holiday playscheme in Poysdorf brought numerous youngsters and grown-ups for a visit to the cable production plant. Works Council representative Willi Nagl gave 20 children and their carers an insight into cable and wire production during a guided tour of the works. After light refreshments in the canteen, the youngsters had the opportunity to practice handicrafts to their heart's content. We're already looking forward to receiving next year's playscheme visitors!

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1,000 Wafer Bars for 1,000 Employees

In mid-July Gebauer & Griller Poysdorf celebrated hiring its 1,000th  employee. Thomas Lang from Zistersdorf joined the company as a works mechanic at its Poysdorf site. CEOs Holger Fastabend and Nikolaus Griller welcomed Lang to the factory personally while the Works Council made the day a little sweeter for all Poysdorf employees by sharing out 1,000 Manner Neapolitan wafer bars.

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Through Europe on a Tractor

For the seventh time now, the Oldtimer Club Poysdorf has embarked on an unusual exploration of the continent: Six vintage tractors and one VW bus made the journey into the far north this year. Gebauer & Griller co-sponsored the one-month, 3750-km trip, which took the participants through the Czech Republic and Germany to Sweden and Finland.

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GG at CWIEME Berlin

The Gebauer & Griller Metallwerk had a stand at CWIEME, which took place in Berlin from June 20 to 22. The international trade show and conference for coil winding, insulation, and electrical manufacturing attracted over 6,600 visitors from 82 countries in 2017. GG representatives presented the company's innovative solutions and had many opportunities for professional exchange.

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GG goes OS.car

In 2017 Gebauer & Griller is supporting the OS.car racing team of the FH Campus Vienna for the first time as it participates in Formula Student, an international design competition between students at various colleges. OS.car’s racing car, the CR-117, is running with particularly high energy efficiency this year, thanks to cables by GG. We wish the team great success in the race!

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Viennese students visited GG Poysdorf

At the start of June, Gebauer & Griller hosted a factory tour in Poysdorf for interested students attending the tgm Kunststofftechnik (Plastics Technology) school. Silicones, co-kneaders, and film extrusion were only a fraction of what they had the chance to experience. It was a successful event, which hopefully resonated with the students, too.

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GG at Intersolar Europe

Intersolar Europe, the world’s top trade fair for the solar industry and its partners, took place in Munich from May 31 to June 2, 2017. With its theme of “Connecting Solar Business“, this year’s fair focused entirely on the new energy world. As an innovative partner of the photovoltaics industry, Gebauer & Griller was represented with a trade fair booth and was delighted by the great interest from the visitors.

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First responders at Gebauer & Griller

According to the Austrian Workplace Ordinance (Arbeitsstättenverordnung, AStV), a company must ensure that a sufficient amount of first responders are present during the company’s usual work time. These require periodic refreshers for their skills, which is why several in-house courses are organized each year.

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Making pasta in the GG style

Together with CEO Eva Schinkinger, our HR team had the opportunity to make pasta during a cooking workshop at the Hollerei Restaurant in Vienna, which then became the magical ingredient of an interesting and delicious dinner with zesty and sweet pasta variations. Team building of a different kind!

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Careers Fair at FH Campus Vienna

On May 2, 2017, our HR team attended the Technology Jobs and Careers Fair at FH Campus Vienna. Armed with our unmissable promotional bags, our staff were available to answer questions from interested students until 7:30 p.m., and reported many inspiring conversations and impressions.

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GG Maypole in Poysdorf

Despite the lasting rain, there were plenty of dedicated colleagues in Poysdorf again this year to follow the tradition of selecting GG’s maypole in the nearby “Mistelbach Forest”, fell it themselves and set it up together with the help of a forklift at the plant.

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Job Fair at Landshut University

Landshut University in Germany with its more than 5,000 students places particular focus on technology. Of course our German HR team seized the opportunity to be part of the job fair that was held at the university premises on 26 April 2017. Through this participation, the team was able to raise the profile of Gebauer & Griller further and conduct interesting interviews.

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Ideas competition at Gebauer & Griller

Gebauer & Griller held a major ideas competition on the topic of "Innovative cable harness assembly boards", and a total of six teams from Poysdorf, Mikulov, Vel’ké Leváre and Shenyang rose to the challenge. After a few weeks spent developing concepts and prototypes, all teams had the opportunity to present their creative ideas to a jury on April 10, 2017. The winning team gets to spend a day driving the Tesla S; the new manufacturing concepts are now being implemented piece by piece.

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Careers Day at HTL Ottakring

On April 5, 2017, the Ottakring Federal Secondary College of Engineering held another careers day. A total of 34 companies and educational institutions participated in the event, and Gebauer & Griller was of course also present. As usual, our staff members took plenty of time to answer all the questions from interested students. An exciting day that left many positive impressions!

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Gebauer & Griller Ski Day 2017

Glorious weather and a great time — on March 4th, 2017, our colleagues from Vienna and Poysdorf set out for the 2017 GG Ski Day. Buses took them up to the Semmering to enjoy skiing and sledding until 4 p.m. After closing out the evening in the Zauberbar we can't wait for our 2018 Ski Day!

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Support for MTOP

Gebauer & Griller is assisting the non-profit organisation MTOP – More than one Perspective, which helps refugees to gain a foothold in the labour market. This collaboration provides refugees with language skills training tailored to the labour market and helps them deal with intercultural issues. The refugees are prepared specifically for entering the labour market and get the chance to build a network with potential employers.

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Logistics Forum lecture 2017

On 3.2.2017 our managing directors Holger Fastabend and Axel Blasko were invited to the Leibniz University of Hanover to take part in a lecture held by the Institute of Production Systems and Logistics (IFA). Under the title "The path to a global presence – the transformation of a successful European family business in the automotive supply industry", our directors’ talk was enthusiastically received by the entire audience. Gebauer & Griller is currently undergoing changes, and a lot more will be heard about the company for some time to come.

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Recruiting Day at HTL Mödling vocational school

A Recruiting Day was held once again at HTL Mödling on 26 January 2017. Gebauer & Griller took the opportunity to appear at the all-day event via its own company stand. More than 50 companies from various sectors such as mechanical engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering were represented and fielded enquiries and questions from attending students!

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Training for our customer Tyco

Following the success of the training day held in May 2016, our customer Tyco requested that a repeat event be held. So on 14.12.2016 our colleagues in Poysdorf obliged. The training schedule included a talk on designing and producing  automotive cables in general, and also specifically on cables designed for data transmission. In a subsequent tour of the plant, our guests were able to get a close-up look at production at Poysdorf in action.

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Education partnership with "Teach for Austria"

"Teach for Austria" is a non-profit Austrian education initiative dedicated first to enabling children and young people to receive excellent education, regardless of their level of education, income or their parents' origin, and also to improving equal opportunities in education.  On 13.12.2016, five GG employees visited a 'special focus'  school and gave the pupils an insight into the world of work. The all-round positive feedback from the pupils was impressive, and everyone involved enjoyed a very successful morning!

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E-mobility: First steps underway

The EDPC (6th Electric Drives Production Conference and Exhibition) in Nuremberg, Germany, saw our Metallwerk colleagues take part in the accompanying table-top exhibition. This provided an excellent opportunity to present the newly developed winding wires for electric motors to interested sector experts.
Over the two days, promising contacts were made with leading companies in the field of e-mobility.

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Careers Day at HTL Vienna 10

On 24 November 2016, a Career Day was held at the HTL Ettenreichgasse secondary school for technology in Vienna – an opportunity Gebauer & Griller naturally did not want to miss! The aim of the company fair was to inform interested students about services, job and training opportunities and products, in addition to providing on-the-spot answers to a wide range of questions.

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Gebauer & Griller at the SPS

22 to 24 November 2016 saw the SPS IPC Drives fair take place in Nuremberg, Germany, this year once again attracting over 63,000 visitors. Gebauer & Griller was represented at the fair with a unique and striking booth, and enjoyed many interesting discussions with numerous visitors to its booth over the three days.

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Gebauer & Griller Technology Day in Modena

On 23.11.2016, Gebauer & Griller hosted a Technology Day at ALFA ROMEO/MASERATI in Modena, Italy.
Our team in attendance was able to present products and innovations by Gebauer & Griller, thereby directly addressing a large number of interested groups. The event was a great success, and another Technology Day at FCA (FiatChrysler Automobiles) in Turin is already planned for next year.

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Weinviertel industrial gathering held at GG

On 22.11.2016 the Industriellenvereinigung Niederösterreich  (Industrial Federation of Lower Austria) held its Weinviertel industry get-together event, this time hosted by the Poysdorf site. In addition to a guided tour of the plant, regional as well as national subjects were discussed, ending with a delicious buffet and a friendly, relaxed get-together.

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Careers Fair at FH Weingarten University of Applied Sciences

On 16. 11. 2016, the FH Weingarten University of Applied Sciences (Germany) held a careers fair dedicated to the technology and business sectors – with Gebauer & Griller one of the companies represented.  A large number of interested students gained an insight into the company, and had the chance to ask our colleagues in attendance questions on a whole range of topics.

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GG Mikulov at job fairs

Our colleagues from Mikulov took part in two job fairs this autumn. The first, JobFair MSV 2016, took place on 6 October in Brünn parallel to The International Engineering Fair (MSV). The second fair, Fortel 2016, was held as part of the BVV Trade Fairs Brno on 10 November and focused mainly on generating interest among primary- and middle-school pupils from South Moravia in studying technical subjects and later pursuing a career in technical fields.

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Gebauer & Griller at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB)

From 18 to 20 October 2016 the 9th International Suppliers Fair (IZB) took place in Wolfsburg, Germany, this year attracting a record number of around 800 exhibiting companies from 32 countries. Gebauer & Griller was making its 6th appearance at the IZB, receiving a large number of visitors at our stand and enjoying many interesting and useful conversations with them. We were able to develop relations with existing contacts while also making new ones, in addition to discussing exciting projects.

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Safety at the highest level

The Waldviertel quality association, of which Gebauer & Griller has been a member for many years, met once again on 13.10.2016. Related to the current "Safety first" project, the meeting featured discussions and talks on"Near Misses" and the best approach to dealing with such situations. Awareness within companies of near miss incidents is to be increased, thus reducing the risk of accidents at work.

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Gebauer & Griller European Soccer Championship 2016

For the second time our European Soccer Championship took place with 350 colleagues from Czech, Slovakia, the Republic of Moldova and Austria. 6 teams from our European plants competed and were supported by loyal fans, who escorted their teams by bus. With an entertaining program for family members and a glittering victory celebration it was a very nice event.Congratulations to team Balti/Republic of Moldova, who won the Championship.Please also watch our Video 

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Gebauer & Griller goes Business Run

On Thursday, 8 September 2016, the 16th Vienna Energie Business Run was held. Gebauer & Griller was part of this event, 90 colleagues attended the competition. One of our teams was nominated to be at the top 20 fastest teams.Congratulations to all participants who met the challenge!