Which projects are you currently working on?
BH: I am working on new products and systems, but I can't go into any more detail about this, as they are still in the development phase. However, I can definitely tell you about a different important part of my job. In addition to technology management, I have also taken on the role of head of process engineering. The optimisation of processes and tools is key to ensuring quality and cost efficiency. I am also in charge of a technical centre here in the building with four different machines. I enjoy this a lot as we can also develop new technologies there. I also introduced the idea of conducting thesis work in the field of plastics in-house. I try to put into practice what I always used to do earlier, introducing innovations.
If you compare the many companies where you have worked in the past with Gira: What is the main difference?
BH: The main difference is the human factor. How well people here interact with each other and the fact that the goals advocated by management permeate the company from top to bottom. In other words, there are straight lines running through the company. Gira is extremely innovative, for me one of the most innovative companies I have ever got to know. A lot of money is invested here, here they think in terms of the future. What is important to Gira is driving things forward, but at a sensible pace, not in haste. They take their time for development, this is quite extraordinary. I also consider this to be part of the Gira culture.
As someone who is widely travelled and with global experience – how do you feel in Radevormwald?
BH: I enjoy living here. Above all, I really appreciate living near the company. And here in the region we have a centre of plastics technology with over 350 companies within a radius of around 100 kilometres – in this regard this is also a very interesting location, with a wide variety of networks in the plastics field that are vigorously exploited by Gira. In terms of the surrounding countryside, the Bergisches Land and the Sauerland are charming and offer a wide array of recreational opportunities. In a small space there is therefore everything you need to combine your career and private interests.