Germany – The German Association of Tool and Mould Makers‘ (VDWF) networking event for young entrepreneurs “Voll Wild” entered the second round last week. Hosted by Gezea in Eisenach, Germany the event exceeded expectations, drawing more than 30 participants to the family business, which specialises in electrode manufacturing, mould making and contract manufacturing.
The event aims to bring young entrepreneurs in Germany’s tool and mould making sector together, who benefit of mingling with other entrepreneurs who might share some of their own business acumen, ideas or even potential customers. German “Voll Wild” means “totally wild” and describes the relaxed atmosphere during these events, giving participants space to network, rub shoulders and share new ideas – during scheduled presentations and factory visits, as well as over dinner and a beer or two later at night. This time, the host and MD of Gezea Henning Köllner took the event’s tagline literally and created a “wild” atmosphere including barbecued game meats for dinner (“Wild” also means "game" in German).
Dr Mario Schubert from Process Gardening was the first to present his company’s software and ideas how to create vibrant, lively processes in any company. He emphasised that undefined processes weaken competitiveness; therefore businesses have to clearly define interfaces and responsibilities, live their processes and use a digital corporate manual in order to prosper and eliminate wasted time.
For Evomec's co-founder Dr Stefan Becker it's all about automation. He explained why automation systems should not be restricted to large businesses, but be available for any company, even if it specialises in batch-size one. The young team has developed a holistic automation system for single-part and serial production in machining applications as found in tool and mould making companies, for instance. The system integrates the entire production chain from CAM programming to quality control.
David Wagenblass from energy provider MVV Energie explained how companies can save money on their power bills, and host Henning Köllner's presentation centered around the question of whether it might be a good idea to form some sort of clusters within the tool and mould making sector, to eliminate bottlenecks and benefit from each company's specific expertise. The event was rounded off by a visit to BMW's Eisenach plant, producing large pressing dies and sheetmetal body parts.