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Excellence in Production Gerresheimer is toolmaker of the year

Editor: Barbara Schulz

High-performance hard machining resources impressed the jury. Organised by the Fraunhofer IPT and the WZL RWTH Aachen, the award is given annually to German top toolmaking shops, selected by a top-class jury consisting of representatives from industry, trade associations and research.

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All category winners on stage: The "Toolmaker of the Year" award was celebrated on 4 November 2014 in Aachen.
All category winners on stage: The "Toolmaker of the Year" award was celebrated on 4 November 2014 in Aachen.
(Source: Schulz)

Gerresheimer Regensburg, a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry, has been recognised with the "Toolmaker of the Year 2014" award. Organised by the Fraunhofer IPT and the WZL RWTH Aachen, the award is given annually to the top toolmaking shops, selected by a top-class jury consisting of representatives from industry, trade associations and research.

The award ceremony was held on 4 November 2014, the evening before the 14th international "Tool and Die Making for the Future" colloquium in the majestic setting of the Coronation Room in Aachen’s town hall.

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Eleven finalists had been selected from a diverse range or companies in different categories. Gerresheimer was the winner in the category internal toolmaker with more than 50 employees, after making it to the finalist in the same category in 2013.

The company's comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines. In Wackersdorf, Germany, Gerresheimer Regensburg manufactures demanding tools for medical plastics with a focus on clean room applications. Tools include injection moulds, multi-component moulds and hot runner systems.

Among other things, the jury was impressed with the company's high-performance hard machining resources for complex workpieces. The highly-standardised order handling process, meeting the high demands of the medical industry, was another highlight and was said to be rather unique in the tool making industry.

The winners and finalists in the other categories were:

Category: Internal toolmaker with less than 50 employees

Winner: Harting Applied Technologies GmbH

CeramTec GmbH

Category: Internal toolmaker with more than 50 employees

Winner: Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH

PHOENIX CONTACT GmbH & Co. KG

Volkswagen AG Werkzeugbau Fahrzeuge

Category: External toolmaker with less than 50 employees

Winner: Opus Formenbau GmbH

Formenbau Glittenberg GmbH

Category: External toolmaker with more than 50 employees

Winner: Schneider Form GmbH

Heinz Schwarz GmbH & Co. Kg

Meissner AG

Werkzeugbau Ruhla GmbH

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