TUBE NEWS 2017 TN September 2017 - Page 19

“It is fun to visit a hidden champion like Schuler,” says BDI President Prof. Dieter Kempf. It’s a building that provides plenty of space to work and plenty of freedom to think. And these two aspects are what make Schuler a prime example of a hidden champion from Baden-Württemberg.” CEO Klebert: driving future topics Schuler’s CEO Stefan Klebert explained: “As the market leader in metal forming, we need excellent employees. And with our new S. I. T., we can offer outstanding working conditions for such good people. The fact that our innovation center was built here in Göppingen is also further proof of the company’s clear commitment to its roots and to Germany as a location for premium technology. From our base in the Schuler Innovation Tower, we will continue to drive the future topics of plant and machine engineering, the digitization of products and company processes, and the field of electromobility.” BDI President Kempf: mid-size companies must remain backbone At the ceremony in Göppingen, the President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Dieter Kempf, demanded more political backing for small and mid-sized companies: “The fact that Germany is one of the few industrialized nations not to give tax breaks for research and not to provide its companies with a competitive infrastructure is illustrated by numerous international comparisons. Although Germany is ranked the fourth most innovative industrialized nation, it still lags a long way behind the leader Switzerland. And when it comes to digitization, we only just manage 17th place. In other words, politicians need to do their homework so that our small and mid-sized industrial companies can remain the backbone of a strong German economy.” » TUBE NEWS EVENTS September 2017 19