Dieffenbacher says ‘thank you’ and celebrates a successful year
Celebrating jubilees and bidding farewell to news retirees in a festive setting
The family-owned company Dieffenbacher from Eppingen held its Christmas party on Friday, December 14. Approximately 500 employees from the Eppingen and Leverkusen sites as well as retirees came together in the Hardwaldhalle in Eppingen to round out the year together.
At its annual Christmas party, Dieffenbacher honored long-time employees and bid farewell to those retiring. Together with Mayor Klaus Holaschke, the Dieffenbacher Management Board and Human Resources Management honored 53 employees this year. Of these, 39 employees celebrated their tenth anniversary. Ten employees celebrated 25 years at Dieffenbacher and four employees were honored for 40 years: Hans Fruh, Rüdiger Knapp, Jürgen Kress and Oliver Rapp.
Dieffenbacher looks back on a successful business year
The leading manufacturer of press systems and complete production plants for the wood-based panel industry as well as automotive, aviation and recycling industries achieved significant milestones in various business areas in 2018. In its wood-based panel business, Dieffenbacher has now sold more than 20 CPS+ continuous presses for the production of particleboards, MDF and OSB boards. The CPS+ was introduced in May 2015. Additionally, Dieffenbacher reached the milestone of 100 continuous presses sold for the production of wood panels in China.
In cooperation with research institutes and industry partners, Dieffenbacher’s Composites business unit furthered the development of lightweight construction. The solutions for the production of glass- and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic parts help to reduce the weight and fuel consumption of vehicles and aircraft. In spring 2018, Dieffenbacher introduced its new Fiberpress press series and during the year booked four orders for these technically and optically optimized presses.
Dieffenbacher’s Recycling business unit supplies plants that recycle waste wood and process industrial and municipal solid waste. Thanks to its new waste wood recycling plant from Dieffenbacher, wood panel manufacturer Pfleiderer from Neumarkt saved more than a quarter of a million tons of fresh wood by replacing it with recycled wood. This technology provides economic and ecological benefits for the customer and is better for the environment.
The Dieffenbacher group of companies is run by the fifth generation of the Dieffenbacher family. The company employs more than 1,700 people worldwide, about 800 of whom work at the company’s headquarters in Eppingen. Currently, 49 junior staff members are being trained in the company’s training center.
Figure 1: Honored for 40 years of service at Dieffenbacher. From left to right: Volker Kitzelmann (member of the Dieffenbacher Management Board); honorees Jürgen Kress, Rüdiger Knapp and Hans Fruh; Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher (member of the Dieffenbacher Management Board) and Volker Welz (chairman of the Works Council). © Konrad Plank
Figure 2: The CPS+, the latest generation of continuous presses for the production of wood-based panels. More than 20 of the presses have been ordered by customers worldwide.
Figure 3: The headquarters of the Dieffenbacher group in Eppingen.