The BLANK group was happy about the visit of State Minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut who was invited by Mr. Thomas Dörflinger, State Parliament Member, to visit the administrative district of Biberach and various enterprises in order to exchange views on current opportunities and challenges. “Politicians need to know what will happen to the many supplier companies as a result of the transformation process in the automotive industry," says Dörflinger. At the BLANK investment foundry the state politicians were accompanied by district administrator Dr. Heiko Schmid, Marcus Schafft, mayor of Riedlingen, and CDU city chairman Ulrich Ott.
Already at the start of the company tour the guests have been visibly impressed by the imposing open casting of hot metal up to 1600°C. This was followed by a presentation on the company BLANK, the products and the company history by the former managing director and current shareholder Werner Blank. Hubert Deutsch, chairman of the management board talked about the challenges and goals for the future and explained in an open exchange the development trends and difficulties that FEINGUSS BLANK has to face. “We must be aware that countries like China have not only caught up with us regarding quality, but also in terms of delivery times and communication and have already partially overtaken us," says Deutsch. He called on politicians to actively support the economy also with regard to legal general conditions such as working time regulations. "We can only succeed in the market if we move closer together."
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut was pleased about the open exchange of views and had an open ear for the concerns mentioned: "I am not only Minister of the State, but also minister of small and medium-sized companies and would like to support them," she emphasized in the interview. The state government supports the economy in the changing general conditions for example through regional digitalization centers, so-called digital hubs, and in the further development of artificial intelligence. "Baden-Württemberg has a good basis for reacting to the changing conditions if the right decisions are made now for the future," said the minister.
Also of concern to the supplier industry is the question to which extent combustion engines are being replaced by alternative drive technologies. Here a roadmap is worked on together with the automobile manufacturers so that the companies can better prepare for the change processes and plan adjustments.
At the end of the visit Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut met briefly with the company's more than 30 trainees whom she first congratulated on their decision to take up a dual training.
"The German training system is unique in the world and a good basis for professional development," says Dr. Hoffmeister-Kraut. She wished all trainees much success in their upcoming examinations. As a souvenir of her visit, the minister did not want to miss the opportunity to take a selfie with the young people.