2014 Annual Report

The future is what we make of it!

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Press release

“On track for further growth”
Supervisory Board confirms Hager Group’s Board of Directors in office.

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Innovation

"Innovation is an idea or an invention that finds a market."

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Social Media @ Hager Group

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Company project

A clear frame to achieve common objectives.

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2014 Annual Report

The future is what we make of it!

This is the central theme of the new Hager Group Annual Report. And the future that is talked about is not far ahead, it starts now! The world is constantly changing; as a result there are also big changes ahead for Hager Group. “In the future we will more or less double our turnover to 3 billion Euro and will grow to a company of 20,000 employees.” This is how CEO Daniel Hager describes his vision for the future of Hager Group. Without question, these figures represent a big but necessary step change. A bigger company also has bigger opportunities to define the future it imagines it.

To become this company many things need to be moved, improved and changed. The new Annual Report presents the six areas in which Hager Group will need to change. By means of examples is shown what has already been done on the path to the future and in which fields the company still needs to apply.

100% sustainable
Hager Group’s 2014 Annual Report has been awarded the eco-label « Der Blaue Engel » (The Blue Angel), one of the most demanding labels in environmental matters. The paper used is carbon neutral, made from recycled paper without the use of optical brighteners and chlorine bleaching. All other materials used to produce this report also comply with the requirements of the eco-label.

The Annual Report 2014 is available in printed form as well as in a multimedia version with many supplementary videos, picture galleries and links, and as an app in the Apple Store and for all android devices:

  • Available in responsive design on all devices and systems
  • equipped with a user-friendly navigation bar
  • readers can switch quickly and easily between English, German, French and Italian, as well as between Annual Reports for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • includes the complete « Best of 2014 » with the highlights of last year
  • The interactive version of the 2014 report is available at:  www.hagergroup.com/annualreport
  • in short: available as an app in the  Apple Store and now also on  Google Play for all Android devices

 

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Press release

Blieskastel, 14th April 2015

“On track for further growth”
Supervisory Board confirms Hager Group’s Board of Directors in office.

“Hager Group can look back on years of strong growth. The opportunities for growth in the coming years set a big challenge for Hager Group. The current Board has the full confidence of the Supervisory Board to successfully steer Hager Group in the future.” With this statement, Hager Group’s Supervisory Board, which met on 13th April 2015 in Arenzano, confirmed all members of the Board of Directors in office for a further five years. The Board of Directors comprises Chief Executive Officer Daniel Hager, Chief Group Resources Officer Philippe Ferragu and Chief Operating Officer Bertrand Schmitt.

“In a relatively difficult year, 2014, Hager Group once again saw dynamic development and was even able to exceed its ambitious objectives,” explains Günther Fleig, chairman of the Group’s Supervisory Board. Further business success for the company will be possible with further growth, believes Fleig. “In addition, the way the company is organised in the future, needs to be adjusted to ensure a good fit in terms of size and the way in which the different parts interact for the customers. The company is addressing this systematically with its Project 2020.”
Hager Group can approach these tasks from a position of strength, so this is an excellent point of departure, adds Fleig.

As well as Günther Fleig, Hager Group’s Supervisory Board comprises Evi Hager (Deputy Chairman), Philip Hager, Professor Rainer Lorz, Christian Buchel and Antoine Raymond.

 

About Hager Group
Hager was founded in 1955 in Ensheim, Saarland - Germany. The group is today a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Its range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.7 billion euros. Components and applications are produced in 23 locations around the globe and customers in more than 95 countries all over the world trust in them. Thanks to this mutual trust we built our success.
www.hagergroup.com

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Innovation

Traditionally, innovation was regarded as the introduction of a new product or improvement of existing ones. Now, however, this term has a much wider meaning, it is the development of comprehensive services, systems and solutions for our customers.

Technological progress has turned people who used to be electricians into systems technicians and installation experts who plan, install and commission many different types of electro-technical solutions for their customers. And with the growing popularity of electric mobility, smart grids and systems for ambient assisted living along with the increasing energy efficiency requirements, the challenges that electrical engineering generally faces are again set to increase considerably.

Innovation is thus a continual state of mind in all we do here at Hager Group.

Interested in knowing more about our idea-chair...? Pull up a seat and check out our innovation @ heart video.

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Social Media @ Hager Group

Hager Group is present on all the major social media platforms. On them, we share posts on current news such as events, success stories, job opportunities and topics that concern us. Moreover, you will find there all the important information you’ll need about Hager Group, its brands and its values.

To help our employees use social media, we created our very own Hager Group Social Media Guidelines, they include the most important tips on social media communication.

The following video gives you a visual insight into our guidelines. 
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Company project

Neither a business plan nor a three-year plan: an empowering and dynamic roadmap!

The company project: a clear frame to achieve common objectives

What is the company project?
The company project has existed since 1980 at Hager Group. It consists of, every five years, analysing the environment, assessing our resources and defining the targets and the appropriate strategies to achieve them, altogether and in the same direction.

It is neither a business plan nor a detailed three-year plan. The project is a tool, a dynamic roadmap, empowering our employees to act, this gives our company an edge that makes it special.


“It works”

  • Designing the right product on time and at the right price
  • Maintaining high quality and guaranteeing our products do the job they are designed for
  • Meeting and exceeding customer expectations


“Always there”

  • Being in close proximity to our our customers to support them in their business
  • Customising our offer as much as possible to accommodate our customers’ needs
  • Offering training to our customers to increase their skills


“Let’s create together”

  • Listening to our customers and preparing for the future with them
  • Designing products and solutions for new applications
  • Adapting logistic flows to help our customers develop their businesses

What does Project 2015 define?
Project 2015 is our our 7th company project. The challenges and areas of progress that we have defined in this project were defined through participation at different stages of over 300 people in the group in 2009.

Here are the six areas of progress that were identified:

  • succeed in the markets: residential and commercial segments, building automation and emerging markets
  • evolve with the needs of our customers to deliver on-time smart solutions
  • innovate to remain a driving force
  • strive for quality in all areas
  • seize the right opportunities in energy efficiency
  • provide the economic fuel for our development.
Discover the video of our ambition, Project 2015:
 

 

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News

 
Hager Group welcomes engineering students to Obernai

Hager Group welcomes engineering students to Obernai

On 9th April 2015 in Obernai, Hager Group’s largest industrial site once again opened its doors to 90 engineering students.

Hager Group welcomes engineering students to Obernai

Blieskatel, 29 th April 2015

« Ingénieur’e : oser ! A la découverte des métiers de l’ingénierie » (“Dare! Discover careers in engineering”)

On 9th April 2015 in Obernai, Hager Group’s largest industrial site once again opened its doors to 90 engineering students. Following the success of the first edition in 2014, the invitation was taken up by the local engineering schools: INSA Strasbourg, Télécom Physique Strasbourg, ECAM Strasbourg and UTBM Belfort. This initiative aims to promote the merits of a career in industry.

The meeting was kicked off by Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group, before students headed off to discover a future profession. The day offered them the opportunity to meet and discuss with some 20 Hager Group experts from areas such as research & development, continuous improvement, industrialisation, technical training, sustainable development and human resources.

Six lively and innovative employee-led workshops on topics such as work/life balance, geographical and functional mobility, gender equality, managing diversity, solutions for clients and “Newcomers – new employees” were held at different points throughout the day. Parallel to this, there were no fewer than 60 recruitment interviews held in the ‘speed-recruiting’ area. Two factory visits were also organised for the occasion, showing 40 attendees what really happens in a Hager Group industrial site.

And only a few hours after the end of the event, Hager Group had already received lots of thank you emails from the students. The 2015 “Ingénieur’e : oser”  event fulfilled its objective and proved to be a great success!

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#speed202 – a complete success!

#speed202 – a complete success!

203.275 km/h - Edmond Plawczyk sets record with support from Hager

#speed202 – a complete success! 203.275 km/h - Edmond Plawczyk sets record with support from Hager

Blieskastel, 08th April 2015

On Friday, 3rd April 2015, Edmond Plawczyk reached a speed of 203.275 km/h in speed snowboarding, smashing the previous record of 201 km/h. The record-breaking attempt took place on the famous Chabrières piste in the French Alps, as part of the Vars Speed Challenge. 43-year-old Frenchman Edmond Plawczyk originally set the world record in 1997, before it was broken by Australian Darren Powell, who held the title for 12 years. Edmond Plawczyk has now reclaimed the title for himself. “I’m thrilled that I’ve achieved – or rather surpassed – my goal. Those few decisive seconds were actually the culmination of several years’ hard work by a whole team of people and I’d like to thank them all, especially my wife, family, technical team and partner. I couldn’t have broken the record without them,” said a jubilant Edmond Plawczyk.

On Friday, 3rd April at 1.30 p.m. Edmond Plawczyk assumed the position for his record attempt at the top of a 1,400-metre-long natural couloir, which had been cordoned off especially for the event. According to a signpost, the maximum gradient was 98 per cent. The weather conditions are average, there has been a constant wind for several days, and ice is now forming on some parts of the slope. As an experienced skier, Edmond waits patiently, looking for the best slot. Finally, the wind dies down, the snows seems softer, now is the time!  An historic moment where Edmond Plawczyk accelerates from 0 to 200 km in less than 7 seconds and secures the new world record after a further 435 metres of undulating terrain. This officially makes him the world’s fastest snowboarder, with more acceleration than a Ferrari!

The secret to Edmond Plawczyk’s success
This wasn’t the first time Edmond Plawczyk had tried to win back his title. An amateur snowboarder with plenty of experience, he made a first attempt to set a new record in Verbier in 2013 but his sub-par equipment slowed him down. For today’s historic attempt he rode a made-to-measure board, wore an aerodynamic racing suit and helmet and was well prepared thanks to a special training programme conducted indoors and in a wind tunnel.

Hager: Edmond Plawczyk’s exclusive partner
This time around Edmond Plawczyk had a further advantage: a new partner. The family-run company Hager, a leading supplier of solutions for electrical installations, was his sole sponsor for this record-breaking attempt. Thanks to this rather unexpected partnership, based on shared values, the snowboarder can now tackle new challenges, safe in the knowledge that he has Hager’s support. The story behind the partnership has already been reported on several social networks – #speed202 and on Hager Group’s website: www.hagergroup.com/speed202.
For more information about how this partnership came about, click here.

 

About Hager Group
Hager was founded in 1955 in Ensheim, Saarland - Germany. The group is today a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Its range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.7 billion euros. Components and applications are produced in 23 locations around the globe and customers in more than 95 countries all over the world trust in them. Thanks to this mutual trust we built our success.
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Making Hager Group fit for the future:

Making Hager Group fit for the future:

Building Automation Business Group holds second Techday in Cologne

Making Hager Group fit for the future: Building Automation Business Group holds second Techday in Cologne

Blieskatel, 13th April 2015

What is the future of building automation? At the second Techday, 42 Hager Group employees evaluated the insights they had gained the day before at CODE_n, the startup competition at CeBIT.

The history of Hager Group consists of a series of electrical engineering innovations. That was the case 60 years ago, when the company was founded in 1955, and it remains the case today, in 2015. Only the themes have changed: digitisation, smart homes, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are the hot topics of today. Hager Group’s DNA remains unchanged, however – it has innovation in its genes. But what do we need to know today so we can remain competitive tomorrow?

Hager Group employees already set out to seek some answers to this question two years ago at the start-up competition CODE_n and with the first Techday in 2014. This year, these two events coincided mid-March. 42 representatives of the Building Automation Business Group from across Europe met up with award-winning start-up managers at CODE_n at CeBIt in Hannover, with Techday taking place immediately afterwards: an intense, highly concentrated example of corporate innovation all in one place.

Day 1 of the event featured a visit to CODE_n, where young entrepreneurs presented their innovative and forward-looking ideas. “What we heard from the young entrepreneurs has definitely inspired us to think out of the box,” commented Ralph Bertelt, Senior Vice President of the Building Automation Business Group. “At next day’s Techday we brought their input together with our own ideas and projects.”

Techday on day 2 began with a feedback session on the start-ups the 42 colleagues had met with during CODE_n, with teams working on four strategic areas: modernisation, user interfaces, energy management and commercial applications. Most start-ups in the building automation field are focusing on the Internet of Things, next-generation smart homes and software development. The Techday participants then set about identifying the main trends of CODE_n that may have an impact on Hager Group’s business activities, and filtered out their top five favourite start-ups. During the afternoon workshops, the discussions focused on improving cooperation between Hager Group and external sources of innovation. These sessions produced a large number of ideas and promising approaches, with all participants enthusiastically contributing input.

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Expo Milano 2015: Hager Group takes part!

Expo Milano 2015: Hager Group takes part!

When Expo 2015 opens in Milan at the beginning of May under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, Hager Group will occupy a very prominent place. 

Expo Milano 2015 : Hager Group takes part!

Blieskatel, 13th March 2015


Ciao Milano, hello World! 

When Expo 2015 opens in Milan at the beginning of May under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, Hager Group will occupy a very prominent place. The German pavilion, “Field of Ideas”, will present a wide range of ideas full of promise for the future, with Hager Group contributing both the electrical installation for the pavilion and an innovative energy storage system.  

This was a clinching factor behind our decision to support the world exposition, since it will give an estimated 20 million visitors the opportunity to experience Hager’s future-oriented technologies at close range. 

But, before Expo 2015 kicks off on 1st May at the Milan showground, here is a video preview of what to expect.


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Forward-looking strategist:

Forward-looking strategist:

Martin Kaiser appointed as Head of Services at Hager Group

Obernai, 30th March 2015

Forward-looking strategist:
Martin Kaiser appointed as Head of Services at Hager Group

The sector of services plays a strategic role for a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations. The recent nomination of Martin Kaiser as head of these activities at Hager Group shows the importance of this segment for the company.

Services account for two thirds of economic output in the member countries of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Four out of five jobs are in the services segment. Today’s service sector is a real economic powerhouse.

Hager Group is adjusting its strategy in response to this trend. While the first few decades after the company’s establishment focused predominantly on developing and evolving its product portfolio, today much emphasis is laid on creating comprehensive service packages from delivery via installation to maintenance. This accurately ties in with the motto “From Products to Solutions”. Hager Group is also responding by appointing new strategic thinkers to its top management team. The most recent new arrival is Martin Kaiser. Previously employed at the Paris-based Bouygues Group’s telecommunications subsidiary, Kaiser joined Hager Group in Obernai as Head of Services effective January.

In line with the corporate strategy, Kaiser’s responsibilities relate predominantly to the digital organisation of the group’s business activities in the services field, their internationalisation, and their relationship with the group’s remaining business segments. “Electrical installations and smart safety and everyday technology solutions are converging, so I think we will be seeing some very interesting new markets emerging,” says Martin Kaiser. “An increasing number of customers are calling for internet-based package solutions for their offices and homes. Hager Group is already responding to this new development and plans to expand its portfolio of services in this field.”

Key business areas under this strategy are Ambient Assisted Living solutions, electric mobility, electrical engineering services and safety solutions (such as intelligent smoke detectors). Martin Kaiser will be responsible for the latter. “In addition to leading the market in terms of product quality, Hager Group plans to offer outstanding quality in services and enable new, innovative business and partnership models,” explains Martin Kaiser.

Martin Kaiser was born in Germany in 1971. He attended universities in France and the United States and holds an MBA in General Management from the University of San Diego. Having begun his career working for various business consultancies, in 2001 he joined Bouygues Telecom, where he worked in innovation, marketing and business development. Before joining Hager Group, he was Head of Marketing and Future Research, where he was responsible for digital services. Since 2006 Martin Kaiser has lectured in Corporate Strategy at the Sciences Po University in Paris.

“We’re delighted to welcome Martin Kaiser, an outstanding services expert, to the group. With his Franco-German background and international experience, he is an excellent fit for our company,” commented Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group.

 

About Hager Group
Hager was founded in 1955 in Ensheim, Saarland - Germany. The group is today a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Its range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.7 billion euros. Components and applications are produced in 23 locations around the globe and customers in more than 95 countries all over the world trust in them. Thanks to this mutual trust we built our success.
www.hagergroup.com

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Keynote event on electric mobility: “Keeping people moving”

Keynote event on electric mobility: “Keeping people moving”

“Keeping people moving”

Blieskastel, 3rd February 2015

Keynote event on electric mobility: “Keeping people moving”

On 29th January 2015, Hager Group in Blieskastel hosted a keynote event for decision-makers and multipliers from administration, ministries, the research community and the press. The focal point of the day’s presentations and debates was e-mobility and its potential for the environment and the economy. The event was also an opportunity to position the Saarland and the Rhineland-Palatinate as a model region for the whole of Germany.

How can the popular appeal of e-mobility be enhanced even more? How can we demonstrate its practical uses? How mobile do we want to be - and what does that require? On 29th January 2015, the “Watt” meeting room at Hager Group’s premises in Blieskastel was the venue for a convention of more than 40 decision-makers and multipliers from administration, ministries, the research community and the press, who asked questions, debated interdependencies and developed a number of ideas in regard to e-mobility in the Saar-Palatinate region. Hager Group had teamed up to organise the keynote event with Biosphärenzweckverband Bliesgau, a regional biosphere management organisation, IZES GmbH, an innovative energy research institute based in Saarbrücken, and Energieagentur Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH, the energy agency of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Experts delivered ten short presentations on various subjects such as fossil resources, the market for electrically powered vehicles and e-car sharing. As the host of the event, Hager Group contributed a presentation on charging station infrastructures. The day’s presentations were moderated by Mathias Orth-Heinz from Energieagentur Rheinland-Pfalz and inspired much debate in the coffee breaks. It rapidly became clear that follow-up events would have to be scheduled in order to develop tangible projects based on the ideas presented that day.

 

“A clear commitment to e-mobility”

Hager Group was represented by company founder Dr. Oswald Hager as well as by Johannes Hauck from Corporate Strategy and Business Development and Reiner Ulrich, product manager for e-car charging stations. “This event clearly signalled Hager Group’s commitment to e-mobility,” commented Johannes Hauck. “Hager Group is a small and medium sized business with global operations but strong regional roots. With this event we want to inspire major players in the Saar-Palatinate region to get things moving, and I believe that these exciting presentations and discussions have helped us to succeed.”

Hager Group’s commitment to e-mobility is closely linked to the responsibility it assumes for the sustainable development of the company. After all, electrically powered vehicles minimise noise and polluting emissions - and because they use regenerative energy, charging them is carbon-neutral. “That’s why electric mobility isn’t just good for the environment, it increasingly also makes economic sense,” said Johannes Hauck. “We want to demonstrate that e-mobility makes it possible to reconcile environmental concerns with economic development in our region, without users being restricted in any way.”

As the event drew to a close, participants joined the moderator in filling an “ideas vault” with a large number of possible projects for the future. These will be discussed and put into practice at future keynote events. “The Saar-Palatinate region has the economic potential to become a model region for Germany when it comes to e-mobility,” concluded Johannes Hauck.


About Hager Group
Hager Group is a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Our range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.6 billion euros. Our components and applications are produced in 22 locations around the globe and customers in more than 80 countries all over the world trust in them.
www.hagergroup.com

 

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Bocchiotti

Bocchiotti

Hager Group acquires Italy’s market leader in cable management 

Hager Group acquires Italy’s market leader in cable management

Blieskastel, 8th January 2015

Hager Group is pleased to announce it has taken over the family-owned Italian company Bocchiotti on 1st January 2015. The contract of sale was signed by Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group, Philippe Ferragu, Chief Group Resources Officer, and representatives of the Bocchiotti Group, in Blieskastel - Germany, headquarters of Hager Group, on 19th December 2014.

 “This acquisition reinforces our position in the field of cable management and means that we are gaining a fantastic addition to our present offer to provide better solutions to our customers,” explains Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group.

 Most importantly, it will enable Hager Group to build upon its position within this segment in the French and Italian markets. At the same time, the takeover will allow the company to embark on new activities in North America, a region in which Bocchiotti is also active.

“Our enthusiasm about this acquisition is mutual,” emphasises Cesare Bocchiotti, one of the two founders of Bocchiotti Group. “We are proud that our company is now becoming a member of Hager Group and joining a sustainably successful family-owned company. A family character, similar values and shared visions are important prerequisites for achieving integration and ensuring successful growth together.”

About Bocchiotti
Bocchiotti Group is a family-owned company based in Arenzano, Italy. The company boasts over 50 years of experience in the production and distribution of solutions and services in the field of cable management and small distribution boards for domestic and industrial applications. Bocchiotti is the undisputed market leader in its core business sector in Italy and is represented by brands such as Iboco, Inset and Steel line.

Founded in 1965, its solutions are now manufactured in five production sites in Italy and distributed in more than 40 different countries, with a particular emphasis on Italy, France and the USA. Bocchiotti generated a turnover of approximately 120 million euros in 2013, employing around 400 members of staff.
www.bocchiotti.it


About Hager Group
Hager Group is a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Our range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.6 billion euros. Our components and applications are produced in 22 locations around the globe and customers in more than 80 countries all over the world trust in them.
www.hagergroup.com

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Hager Group

Tel.: +33 3 69 55 61 88
claire.freudenberger@hager.com

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Photo 1: (from left to right) Philippe Ferragu, CGRO Hager Group, the representative of Bocchiotti group and Daniel Hager while signing the contract on 19th December 2014
Photo 2: Bocchiotti’s logo

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We all know many things but did you know this....? Hager Group is looking into the future and adapting organisations, products and solutions in consequence. Interested to know more...?

Did you also know that by 2020 there will be 40 billion connected devices? Do you want to know more...?

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#speed202: objective 202 km/h

#speed202: objective 202 km/h

Edmond Plawczyk and Hager on track for record attempt!

Blieskastel, 20th March 2015

#speed202: objective 202 km/h
Edmond Plawczyk and Hager on track for record attempt

From 6th to 9th April 2015, former world record holder in high speed snowboarding Edmond Plawczyk will attempt to smash the 201 km/h record held by Australia’s Darren Powell since 1999. The event will take place on the Chabrières slope in Vars, French Alps. And when the 43-year-old French all-round athlete who lives in Switzerland prepares to take the plunge, he will be safe in the knowledge that someone has his back: his new partner Hager.

Shared vision and values
Hager is not just sponsoring an extreme athlete; this is the start of a great adventure for both parties. The move does not signal a radical change in the company’s focus or a new direction in its sponsorship policy, but is simply based on the fact that Plawczyk and Hager share the same vision and values.  CEO Daniel Hager explains: “This partnership might be surprising, considering what we do. People might wonder what snowboarding has to do with solutions for electrical installations. As I see it, the thing that unites us is our courage. Once again, Hager is demonstrating its ability to innovate and to back determined individuals and great ideas.”

Plawczyk’s ambitious record attempt in this extraordinary discipline pushes the boundaries of human achievement, and the company aims to use it to communicate the values that have made it so successful since it was founded exactly 60 years ago: courage, authenticity and integrity. Hager and Plawczyk share many qualities, including team spirit, open-mindedness, appreciation of diversity, effectiveness, resilience and precision. Above all, Hager can identify with Plawczyk on a personal level. He comes from Alsace – another thing he has in common with the company with Franco-German roots, which is implanted there since 1959, – and considers sport a family affair. Having changed career several times, he has always been able to reinvent himself, which is exactly what Hager strives to do every day. The company could not help but be impressed by this enthusiastic, diehard, courageous and authentic athlete, who symbolises its own quest for excellence.

Support for the long term
And so the adventure begins. Hager will ensure that Edmond Plawczyk has the best possible training conditions, equipment, management and support so that he can concentrate on his performance – both tomorrow and further into the future.

One to watch ...
Edmond Plawczyk is making history – and Hager will make sure that his story is told.
Tune in to Episode 1 of #speed202 from 20th March onwards #speed202 from 20th March onwards  Hager Group Social Media and on  www.hagergroup.com/speed202

 

About Hager Group
Hager was founded in 1955 in Ensheim, Saarland - Germany. The group is today a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Its range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.

As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.7 billion euros. Components and applications are produced in 23 locations around the globe and customers in more than 95 countries all over the world trust in them. Thanks to this mutual trust we built our success.
www.hagergroup.com

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Claire Freudenberger
Manager Corporate Public Relations
Hager Group

Tel.: +33 3 69 55 61 88
claire.freudenberger@hager.com

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Edmond Plawczyk training on slopes and in a wind tunnel, ready to break the record of high speed snowboarding with his new partner Hager.

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Spot the difference

Spot the difference

Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Spot the differences in the pictures!

Spot the difference

It game time again!

From 24th March to 13th April 2015, everyday you have the chance to find 5 differences in the pictures.

At the end of the contest, an iPad mini, an iPod, a Power Cube, a Soundwaver and a Sportsbag will be raffled off among all participants who took part on at least ten different days.

Can you spot all differences?

Access the game

 

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Hager Group runs for a reason in India!

Hager Group runs for a reason in India!

On Sunday 18th January in Mumbai, India, 25 Indian colleagues and 5 Channel partners ran under Hager Group colours at 12th edition of Asia's largest marathon.

Hager Group runs for a reason in India!

Blieskastel, 10. February 2015

On Sunday 18th January in Mumbai, India, 25 Indian colleagues and 5 Channel partners ran under Hager Group colours at 12th edition of Asia's largest marathon: The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM). For the second consecutive year local Indian teams put on their running shoes to take part in this initiative, which is in line with Hager Group’s E3 Approach (Ethics, Environment, Energy) and also Diversity. Every year, more than 45 000 participants get kitted up to participate in one of the six running events, the most famous is the classic 42,195 km marathon. 25 employees and 5 Channel partners ran the 'Dream Run', a race that allows companies to support a cause. This year, the registration fees for the marathon were donated to the foundation "Concern India" which promotes education, health and community development in India. Beyond the sporting aspect, this event is the largest solidarity platform in India to raise funds for charities. 

A big thank you to all our sporty colleagues and supporters for their commitment, courage and energy ... See you on 17th January 2016 for 13th edition with more participation!

Did you know…?

The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens  to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon (in which he had just fought), which took place in 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming νενικήκαμεν (nenikekamen, "we have wοn"), before collapsing and dying.

 

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Witty charging stations win hearts in The Netherlands

Witty charging stations win hearts in The Netherlands

What moves people? Cars of course, and why not people-friendly, environment-friendly and cost-friendly ones that can be easily charged with our witty charging station.

Witty charging stations win hearts in The Netherlands

Blieskatel, 05. February 2015

What moves people? Cars of course, and why not people-friendly, environment-friendly and cost-friendly ones that can be easily charged with our witty charging station. witty is not just attractive and user-friendly; its functionality is enhanced by its accessible plug storage, simple cable management and an illuminated LED window. It was no doubt these aspects that won people’s hearts at the car fair ‘Connected Cars’ in The Netherlands back in June in 2014. Earlier that year, Hager in The Netherlands, was contacted by an installation company (Mandersloot Installaties) to provide charging stations for show in a car fair.

As a result, a witty charging post was showcased for four days at the fair attracting a lot of positive interest. Later that year, Mandersloot on behalf of a Dutch cooperative for farming and horticulture requested 14 witty charging stations, no doubt because of the positive reaction to it at the car fair. Thus 14 witty.home units were ordered. Of these, 12 were placed in their parking garage and two in pride of position in front of their building in the visitor car park. Up and operational they do not cease to impress with their attractive design and functionality.

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Dancing, singing, magic and much more: Hager Group in China celebrate the Year of the Sheep

Dancing, singing, magic and much more: Hager Group in China celebrate the Year of the Sheep

28th January 2015 saw the curtain rise on Hager China’s annual company banquet revealing an impressive display of talent and performance.

Dancing, singing, magic and much more: Hager Group in China celebrate the Year of the Sheep

Blieskastel, 11th March 2015

28th January 2015 saw the curtain rise on Hager China’s annual company banquet revealing an impressive display of talent and performance. The party was a colourful and varied display of performances and activities for more than 1,600 attendees, including the company’s marketing and sales colleagues from all over China, as well as guests from the Dongguan and Huizhou factories and France, making it the biggest annual event to date. The joyful celebration lasted for around 8 hours, with photograph sessions and performances leading up to the evening banquet. Each part of the event was prepared with meticulous attention to detail to the delight of those in attendance.

Innovations at the party:
Internet tools were used to keep up to date with the times: everyone present was able to log into “WeChat” and make use of interactive upgrades to enjoy the party!

Selfies were taken, comments were posted, good wishes were sent, emotions were shared and prizes were drawn! Everyone “liked” items and voted on the evening’s performances: were you a great singer…? How good were your dance moves…? Everyone’s scores were published in real time.

The programme:
This year’s programme contained a diverse collection of arts and entertainment. It included modern and classical-style performances, including satirical reflection and parodies, as well as warm and affectionate traditional performances. There was entertainment in the form of magic, singing, popular dance, short sketches and guitar playing.

Happy Year of the Sheep to all our colleagues in China.

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Hager Group China awarded for innovation in Wiring Accessories

Hager Group China awarded for innovation in Wiring Accessories

On 22nd January 2015, our Wiring Accessories team from Huizhou, China were presented with an Award at the 2014 Huizhou Zhongkai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Innovation Ceremony.

Hager Group China awarded for innovation in Wiring Accessories

Blieskatel, 27th February 2015

On 22nd January 2015, our Wiring Accessories team from Huizhou, China were presented with an Award at the 2014 Huizhou Zhongkai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Innovation Ceremony. The team members were nominated for an Innovation Award in the domain of Wiring Accessories. This ceremony highlights the achievements of teams and individuals in the domains of innovation and entrepreneurship. The winners were selected over a period of 2 months and then invited to the ceremony. 11 teams and 11 individuals were selected from a total of 134 candidates. Well done to our Hager Group colleagues for their hard work and innovation.

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Hager Group New Year Card 2015

Hager Group New Year Card 2015

Send your New Year Card 2015 now!

Hager Group New Year Card 2015

The Peter-und-Luise-Hager Preis (Peter and Luise Hager prize) was announced for the third time at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (Saar academy of fine arts – HBKsaar) in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2014. The competition gave students the freedom to choose how they wanted to translate the theme of “electricity flows” into a work of art.
 
"Electricity flows" by Heegyu Heo
 
Heegyu Heo, 35, is originally from Busan in South Korea. He has been studying fine art at HBKsaar since 2012.

The original piece submitted by Heo consists of 24 photographic motifs.
 
Heo: “The landscape we see through the window of a vehicle creates the feeling of ‘flowing’ in an aesthetic sense. But at night-time, we can barely make out the landscape; instead what we see the most is the street lights. The theme ‘electricity flows’ therefore ties in well with the idea of street lights: they rely upon electricity in order to function, and I can only see the electricity flowing when I move.
 
By changing myself and moving in the moment, I change the present world.”

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Berker is German architects’ favourite

Berker is German architects’ favourite

Gold and silver Architects’ Darling® awards for the Berker brand

Berker is German architects’ favourite

Gold and silver Architects’ Darling® awards for the Berker brand

At the end of October, the most sought-after solutions from the construction industry were honoured with the 2014 Architects’ Darling® awards. The Berker brand was awarded the gold prize in the “Best architecture house publication” and silver in the “Best app” category. The fourth annual awards ceremony was held in Celle, celebrating the construction products receiving the highest ratings from architects. More than 250 representatives from the industry applauded the winners in 21 product categories and six marketing disciplines.

Gold and silver awards

In addition to the prizes in the various product categories, awards were also presented for the most successful projects in six different marketing disciplines. Assessing these categories requires intensive experience of the different products available on the market, so the jury was restricted to a high-calibre team of communications experts from research and practice, as well as representatives from top international architecture firms.

The architecture magazine “Berker Blueprint” was the proud recipient of a gold Architects’ Darling® award. This magazine presents outstanding architecture and intelligent ideas, with each edition dedicated to a different building structure and its master builder. The iF-award-winning magazine – available in English and German – focuses on architectural classics as well as visions of the homes and workspaces of tomorrow.

The silver award for the “Best app” category went to the Berker brand’s switch app, an electronic sample case for electrical engineers and building contractors. This app enables users to combine any design variants from all of the Berker switch series and see how they will look against different backgrounds. The photo function even enables users to view the products in the context of their own homes and compare them in a uniquely realistic setting.

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E-bike for the winner of the German Electricians Championship

E-bike for the winner of the German Electricians Championship

The annual German Electricians Championship to find the best master electricians in 7 recognised apprenticeship trades took place from 13th to 16th November.

E-bike for the winner of the German Electricians Championship

The annual German Electricians Championship to find the best master electricians in 7 recognised apprenticeship trades took place from 13th to 16th November.  As usual, the venue was the Federal Technology Centre for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (BFE - Bundestechnologiezentrum für Elektro- und Informationstechnik e.V.) in Oldenburg.

The contest, also known as the BLW (Bundesleistungswettbewerb - Federal Competition) for Young Electricians, was being held for the 63rd time, this year under the patronage of Daniel Hager, Hager Group’s CEO.
“We are pleased that with Daniel Hager we have a patron who does such a lot to support young electricians.  As the head of a family business, he knows that the future success of the company also depends on being able to take on young electricians.

Hager Group’s commitment in this segment of the market is exemplary”, commented Manfred Köhler, BLW Director, when the official patronage documents were handed over on 19th September at Hager Group in Obernai, France. The overall Champion was Johannes Petry.  At the celebration party held in the Weser Ems Hall in Oldenburg he was rewarded with an e-bike sponsored by this year’s patron, Daniel Hager.

 

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Philip Hager

Philip Hager

Foundation for Family Business has a new board member: Philip Hager

Foundation for Family Business has a new board member: Philip Hager

Blieskastel, 27th November 2014

Philip Hager, member of Hager SE Supervisory Board, has joined the Foundation for Family Business. Following his election during the last board meeting in Berlin, Philip Hager said he was looking forward to supporting the socio-political and scientific work of the Foundation.  The board now has a total of 36 members, all successful entrepreneurs or experts from the economic and political sphere.

For more information about the Foundation, click here.

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A step towards the future

A step towards the future

Hager Group Symposium 2014 at the Offenburg Exhibition Centre on 9th October 2014

A step towards the future

Hager Group Symposium 2014 at the Offenburg Exhibition Centre on 9th October 2014

A total of 430 managers from 30 countries, an intensive six-hour programme, three group sessions and countless ideas and suggestions: Hager Group Symposium 2014 on 9th October in Offenburg was a day filled with valuable inspiration for the company. “Today we’re going to be casting our gaze towards the future and taking a look at the kinds of challenges we can expect to see not only in the long term, but also in the coming five years as part of Project 2020.” These were Daniel Hager’s opening words as he introduced this conference with many Hager Group managers following an impressive 3D video-and-light show. The main topics of the conference were the future of corporate culture, the organisation of the company and leadership.

Turning their attention to 2013 and 2014, Daniel Hager and his two fellow board members, Bertrand Schmitt and Philippe Ferragu, stated that these have been two good years for Hager Group despite certain elements of uncertainty. They added that this was not least thanks to the unwavering and dedicated efforts of all of the company’s employees.

What does the future hold for the different departments? What attributes does a company need in order to benefit from all of the changes constantly taking place in the world? For instance, what can be done to address and attract Generation Y to the company? And how can the weaknesses of intercultural teams be transformed into strengths? Three talks by external experts Prof Erin Meyer, Dr Denis Mourlane and Christoph Fellinger provided attendees with inspiration on the topics addressed at the event: “The future of corporate culture”, “The future of company organisation” and “The future of management”. The experts’ theories were then discussed in smaller groups and takeaways were presented in the larger Symposium session. 

In his closing speech, Daniel Hager stressed the importance of this Symposium for the initial process involved in Project 2020. “Now is the time for you to incorporate the ideas and approaches we’ve discussed today into the process of our transformation,” he urged attendees. “And I look forward to achieving this with you.”

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Hager Switzerland opens new customer centre in Emmenbrücke

Hager Switzerland opens new customer centre in Emmenbrücke

With the ceremonial inauguration of its new customer centre in Emmenbrücke, Hager Switzerland has taken an important step towards the future.

Hager Switzerland opens new customer centre in Emmenbrücke

Blieskastel, 11th September 2014

With the ceremonial inauguration of its new customer centre in Emmenbrücke, Hager Switzerland has taken an important step towards the future. In doing so, we have now created the ideal setting in which to show our partners and customers all of our expertise – be it products, solutions or services – under one roof in the showroom. In our state-of-the-art training rooms, moreover, a comprehensive range of specialist knowledge on all aspects of electric energy distribution and control can be imparted to trainees. In an age of increasing competitive pressure, engaging with customers is becoming increasingly more important. That is why the customer centre is also a knowledge platform which, not least, helps us develop future and market-oriented products, solutions and services.


More than 800 guests

At the opening celebrations from 8th to 12th April 2014, more than 800 visitors gained an insight into the new customer centre. From Tuesday to Friday, partners and customers from the various regions of Switzerland, as well as representatives of trade journals, were invited to attend. On the Saturday, the doors were then opened to Hager Group’s employees and their families, representatives of public authorities, and the local newspapers.

The week of open days generated a great deal of interest. Visitors had the opportunity to inspect not only the new customer centre and all the possibilities that it offers, but also the production area with its modern powder-coating facility and new stamping centre. Also on the tour of the site were the logistics, switch and socket production, and thermosetting production departments. This guided visit was received with great enthusiasm and visitors were able to spend time at the various workstations, which in turn led to many interesting and well-informed discussions between the visitors and Hager Group’s specialist personnel. The “Made in Switzerland” touch was very well received by our guests and provides an important and elementary distinction between us and the local competition.


Daniel Hager emphasised the importance of partnership

The guests were greeted with a welcome aperitif and a buffet. At the VIP function, CEO Daniel Hager and Martin Soder, Managing Director of Hager Switzerland, thanked the partners for their loyalty and support. At the end of the day, it is thanks to our partners that we have been able to set up this customer centre. After their tour of the site, guests were treated to a barbecue buffet in the ceremonially-decorated pavilion. This relaxed and easy-going setting led to many fascinating encounters and conversations.

 

 

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Hager Mi-Kids in Germany welcomed 25 Hager Group employees’ children

Hager Mi-Kids in Germany welcomed 25 Hager Group employees’ children

This summer, Hager Group in Blieskastel and Heltersberg welcomed around 25 Hager Group employee children between the ages of 6 and 12 to a 1 to 5-day fun leisure programme.

Hager Mi-Kids in Germany welcomed 25 Hager Group employees’ children

This summer, Hager Group in Blieskastel and Heltersberg welcomed around 25 Hager Group employee children between the ages of 6 and 12 to a 1 to 5-day fun leisure programme.

The “Hager Mi-Kids” children go to CJD - http://www.cjd-homburg.de/homburg - a charity organisation that helps young people with a handicap or social problems better integrate society. Each child had a “CJD partner”, the idea being to break down barriers between handicaps and how they are perceived.
This year the children made 3D puzzles in wood, mini-electrically powered toys and had cooking lessons. There was even a visit to an oil mill and the ride back on a donkey! Each child took a souvenir and memories home at the end of the day.

Over the years 180 children have benefited from Hager Mi-Kids.

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Diversity:  initiative from Hager Group in Italy

Diversity: initiative from Hager Group in Italy

This Summer a group from the "Il Giglio" a social cooperative, accompanied by their President, were invited to visit Hager Group factory in Porcia.

Diversity: initiative from Hager Group in Italy

This Summer a group from the "Il Giglio" a social cooperative, accompanied by their President, were invited to visit Hager Group factory in Porcia. The cooperative which has been working with Hager Lumetal in Porcia producing packaging for switchboard accessories is involved in social projects to aid the recovery and social inclusion of disabled people with physical and mental difficulties. Disability is one of the 4 pillars of our diversity development plan. For more information, please click here.

The visit was a great opportunity to confirm the spirit of cooperation between Hager Group and “Il Giglio”. The visiting delegation was able to appreciate for themselves the production site and get to know better Hager Group and its initiatives on the theme of diversity.

Some of the visitors were pleasantly surprised and satisfied to see at certain workstations the components that they had assembled and packed, thus seeing how they are used in production.

The visit ended with refreshments and a tribute to the participants.

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Hager Group in Italy supports two solidarity initiatives – “Vita dei piccoli” & “Nove+”

Hager Group in Italy supports two solidarity initiatives – “Vita dei piccoli” & “Nove+”

Hager Group in Italy is providing support to the Milan-based non-profit foundation “Aiutare i bambini” www.aiutareibambini.it

Hager Group in Italy supports two solidarity initiatives – “Vita dei piccoli” & “Nove+”

Hager Group in Italy is providing support to the Milan-based non-profit foundation “Aiutare i bambini” www.aiutareibambini.it This Foundation was established in 2000 on the initiative of Goffredo Modena who decided with his family to set up a foundation to "help and support children who are poor, sick, uneducated or who have suffered physical or psychological violence, to give them the chance and the hope of a dignified life."

"Aiutare i bambini" supports aid projects in Italy and abroad and from 2000 to 2013 it has provided support to 1,135,000 children through 1,145 projects in 72 countries around the world. More specifically, the Foundation's work in Italy focuses on three main areas: support for early childhood, reducing the school dropout rate and boosting youth employment.

One of the foundations projects “Vita dei piccoli”, which Hager Group in Italy supports, is part of a campaign entitled "Distant and local adoption" and aims to provide a full year's support for 16 children up to the age of 3 by housing them in a child-care facility in Lecce, in the heel of the boot of southern Italy.

Hager Group in Italy has contributed €10,000, to provide help and encouragement to everyday care and teaching support for children at the facility and, among other things, contributing to buying toys, clothes and basic necessities.

In addition to “Vita dei piccoli”, Hager Group supports another “Aiutare i bambini” foundation project called “Nove+”. Our participation in this project will involve organising collections of food, clothing and stationery that will be given to families in difficulty and participating in various recreational and extracurricular activities. 

"Nove +" is a project that acts in a specific area of Milan, called "zona nove". This area is home to many foreign families in precarious situations. The project aims to address the problems of these families who are struggling to find solutions to meet the education needs of their children in their formative years. “Nove+” aims to create educational opportunities, intercultural integration, reduce social disadvantage and prevent children dropping out of school.

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Buzz wires and pop-pop boats at Saarbrücken’s “Wissenswerkstatt” science knowledge workshop

Buzz wires and pop-pop boats at Saarbrücken’s “Wissenswerkstatt” science knowledge workshop

“The Wissenswerkstatt workshop has set itself the task of familiarising children and teenagers with science and technology in an enjoyable way.”

Buzz wires and pop-pop boats at Saarbrücken’s “Wissenswerkstatt” science knowledge workshop

Blieskastel, 16th September 2014

“The Wissenswerkstatt workshop has set itself the task of familiarising children and teenagers with science and technology in an enjoyable way. Our involvement in this organisation helps ensure at an early stage that we have a steady stream of up-and-coming specialists in these occupational areas,” explains Jörg Sick, HR Director Business Area Germany, who also acts as treasurer of the charity’s board. The organisation is sponsored by Hager Electro GmbH & Co. KG as the founding member and by other large companies in the region such as ZF, Schaeffler, Festo, Voit, Saint Gobain and the industry association Verband der Metall- und Elektro-Industrie. “As one of the major companies in the region, we regard it as our social responsibility to support projects like this and get actively involved in showing young people career perspectives,” emphasises Oswald Bubel, Managing Director of Hager Electro GmbH & Co. KG, who also represented the company when the organisation was founded.

 

Learning programmes at Eurobahnhof railway station
The Wissenswerkstatt workshop was officially opened on 4th July 2014 in the historic bus depot at Saarbrücken’s Eurobahnhof. Over an area of more than 450 square metres, aspiring scientists have not only a mechanical workshop for metal and wood work at their disposal, but also laboratories for physics experiments and electrical and control technology as well as a room for robotics.

In the extra-curricular educational facility, boys and girls aged from eight to eighteen can experience technical phenomena and understand everyday technology by carrying out their own tests and experiments – for example building pop-pop boats or by putting their skills to the test with the buzz wire game, which is based on a simple electric circuit. While doing all this, they also learn practical skills such as soldering. That is because in the Wissenswerkstatt, doing things yourself is actively encouraged and all participants are allowed to take their creations home with them at the end of the course. “We want to dispel the fear that young people, girls in particular, feel when confronted with technology and science. They should experience how much fun tinkering, experimenting and researching can be,” explains Jörg Sick. The idea: if children and teenagers develop an interest in mathematics, natural sciences, technology (MINT) and the environment at an early stage and recognise their talent, they can be shown long-term occupational and personal prospects in the MINT sector. This is because Hager Group, like many other companies, is dependent on technical specialists and engineers – especially against the backdrop of demographic change. “Sparking curiosity today might well gain us the engineers of tomorrow: this is precisely why we are involved in the Wissenswerkstatt,” explains Jörg Sick.

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Hager Portugal was awarded Best Supplier of the Year by AGEFE

Hager Portugal was awarded Best Supplier of the Year by AGEFE

Hager Portugal was awarded Best Supplier of the Year by AGEFE

Blieskastel, 24th September 2014

Hager Portugal was awarded Best Supplier of the Year by AGEFE (Associação Empresarial dos Sectores Eléctrico, Electrodoméstico, Fotográfico e Electrónico - Business Association of the Electric, Appliance, Photographic and Electronic Industries in Portugal).Wholesaler members of AGEFE formed the jury.

The competition held 4 different categories; we were successful in Installation Products and Energy Distribution as well as in the Industry category. In additional to all these awards and playing off against our main competitors we were also the proud winners of the “Supplier of the Year” award.

 

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Hager Group-Quiz

Hager Group-Quiz

How well do you know Hager Group? Now the time to find out!

Hager Group-Quiz

How well do you know Hager Group?

Now is the time to find out in our Hager Group Quiz. 14 interesting questions are ready and waiting for you!

 

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Training award for two Hager Group sites in Germany

Training award for two Hager Group sites in Germany

Hager Group sites Schalksmühle und Ottfingen (Northrhine-Westphalia) have been rewarded with the “2014 Excellent training company” award.

Training award for two Hager Group sites in Germany

Blieskastel, 29th July 2014

Hager Group sites Schalksmühle und Ottfingen (Northrhine-Westphalia) have been rewarded with the “2014 Excellent training company” award.

To ensure Hager Group continues to have the skills it needs, it is essential not just to attract the best trainees but also to make sure they have access to the best possible training and support, along with attractive opportunities for the future. In this respect the group is clearly on the right track, as shown by the news that the Berker sites in Schalksmühle and Ottfingen have been singled out for the 2014 “Excellent training company” award.

As Henrike Dresel, Berker personal development and training manager, is keen to point out, “We are the only company in the area around Ottfingen to be rated excellent.” Those in charge of training within the company are particularly proud of the fact that the trainees’ own assessment was so positive.  In addition, the anonymous survey yielded some important information about “areas where there was still potential for improvement”, says Friedhelm Clemens, trainer in charge of commercial/technical positions in Ottfingen.

The excellent results obtained from the first application to this sought-after label illustrate the importance that is attributed at Hager Group to training the next generation of employees.Trainees’ praise is not simply confined to the good working atmosphere and helpful attitude between colleagues found within the group.

To ensure classroom training is also a success, learning groups are encouraged right from the start of apprenticeships, and efforts are made to ensure trainees have sufficient freedom to prepare for exams.  There is also a grant for learning materials. The exciting and very impressive visits to trade fairs (such as Light & Building, the world’s leading architecture and technology fair, in Frankfurt in April) were a special highlight for trainees, as were the visits to other Hager Group sites, including Bleiskastel (Saarland). With such positive feedback, coupled with the aim of continuing further developments and the optimisation of training conditions, nothing should stand in the way of receiving the “Excellent training company” award in 2015 as well.

“Excellent training company”
The “Excellent training company” award was created by the Ertragswerkstatt GmbH to draw attention to companies’ training performance.  In 2014, 64 companies, employing a total of 40,000 people and more than 2,000 trainees, took part in this initiative in south-west Germany.  It involves a certification procedure in two phases, where, in addition to key training statistics, particular attention is paid to trainees’ own personal appreciations of their companies.  The Ertragswerkstatt hopes that every year (from 2013 onwards) the award will ensure young people receive impartial, reliable and credible guidance on choosing the best training company.

For more information about the award, see: http://www.ew-work.de/portale.04.1/

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“Living at home – with peace of mind”: when technology eases everyday life

“Living at home – with peace of mind”: when technology eases everyday life

Together with Hager Group, Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW), skilled trade workshops, nursing services, municipalities, health insurers and social welfare organisations have launched the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Saarland network.

“Living at home – with peace of mind”: when technology eases everyday life

Blieskastel, 6th July 2014

Together with Hager Group, Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW), skilled trade workshops, nursing services, municipalities, health insurers and social welfare organisations have launched the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Saarland network.

People in Germany are getting older and older. More than 22 million men and women will have reached retirement age by 2030 – around a third more than today’s figure. This is good news and presents us with a major social responsibility. With the number of old-age citizens on the up, more and more people want to continue living safely in their own homes for as long as possible.

With this in mind, the engineers at Hager Group have, for some time now, been investigating how state-of-the-art technologies can be easily and individually integrated into the home to meet people’s personal requirements. One AAL solution is, for instance, a user-friendly emergency alarm system, which immediately sends an automatic alarm signal to relatives or an emergency services centre in the case of an emergency. The  “my.sens” system, developed by the company “locate solution”, a member of Hager Group, is the only product on the market to already offer such a service.

The AAL Saarland network was formed in May 2014 on the initiative of Saarbrücken Professor Wolfgang Langguth, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW). “The network has set itself the goal of developing a sustainable AAL infrastructure in Saarland and the surrounding regions in order to further expand the application of affordable, modern technology,” says Langguth. “Successful Ambient Assisted Living entails making a commitment to society aided by technology and the appropriate services.”

On 2nd July 2014, Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group, signed the AAL Saarland network’s official instrument of accession in the presence of Professor Wolfgang Langguth during a ceremony at the company headquarters in Blieskastel. “Demographic transition is one of the greatest social challenges of our time,” says Daniel Hager. “As part of the AAL Saarland network, we are excited to contribute to a strong community, which is tackling this transition while at the same time promoting the quality of life of people of all ages. With our control systems for lighting, temperature and blinds, smoke detectors and also door communication, we already offer a broad range of solutions to alleviate the day-to-day lives of people with restricted mobility or those who are in need of care, irrelevant of age.”

 

Assistance plus service equals security
AAL has brought intelligent assistance systems into the home together with associated service solutions. These focus on aspects relating to convenient support and prompt assistance in the event of an emergency.

“The specific challenge lies in finding solutions that fit people’s individual needs, as no two people are the same,” says Johannes Hauck, Corporate Strategy and Business Development Hager Group. “The AAL Saarland network is important to us; having contact with the other members in the network will help us expand our advisory expertise and fine-tune our products and services. Through its E3 sustainability programme – ethics, environment and energy – Hager Group shows its unequivocal commitment to social responsibility. AAL is an extremely well suited platform upon which we can offer our intelligent solutions for a self-determined way of life in the transforming society we live in today.”

You can find out more about Ambient Assisted Living @ Hager Group here.

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Assistance in action at Hager Group in China: “Hearts Tied to 1st June, Relay of Compassion”

Assistance in action at Hager Group in China: “Hearts Tied to 1st June, Relay of Compassion”

“Hearts Tied to 1st June, Relay of Compassion” was a fund raising event that took place in summer 2014 in China, coinciding well with the celebration of Children’s Day.

Assistance in action at Hager Group in China: “Hearts Tied to 1st June, Relay of Compassion”

Blieskatel, 16. February 2015

“Hearts Tied to 1st June, Relay of Compassion” was a fund raising event that took place in summer 2014 in China, coinciding well with the celebration of Children’s Day. The Works Council at Hager Group in Huizhou China encouraged colleagues to participate in a fundraiser for primary school children resulting in the collection of a total of 442 books and 5,700 yuan in donations (over 800€). In summer 2014, the factory’s management team set out by car to Longyuanba Centre Primary School in Quannan County, Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province to donate the collection.

The donation ceremony was opened by a song from all the school children and followed by a few words from the Headmaster and a Quannan County Education Bureau representative to formally welcome Hager Group colleagues. In addition to the books and money, Hager Electric China also donated 100 sets of school desks and chairs, 3 computers, 50 Hager circuit breakers and sports supplies to the school. Dr. Li Yue, Country Manager Hager China expressed his high expectations for the children’s studies and growth, encouraging them to study hard. A student representative closed the ceremony with a speech of gratitude.

After this, our Hager Group colleagues were invited into the classrooms and out onto the playground to interact with the school’s teachers and students. The children spoke about their ideals, their studies of Chinese civilization, their schoolwork, exercise and safety. There was also a basketball tournament with the school’s teachers and some of the children even asked our colleagues to sign their homework exercise books.

“In times of fast-paced development, if in the city or the countryside, whether rich or poor, education is the foundation. Children are the future and helping struggling schools in remote areas is our incumbent duty.” Dr. Li Yue, Country Manager, China, Hager Group.

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KNOW Tooling Day 2014 signals the roll-out of Hager Group knowledge-sharing project

KNOW Tooling Day 2014 signals the roll-out of Hager Group knowledge-sharing project

On 1st and 2nd July Hager Group tooling managers gathered in Obernai for the second KNOW Tooling Day

KNOW Tooling Day 2014 signals the roll-out of Hager Group knowledge-sharing project

Blieskastel, 7th July 2014

On 1st and 2nd July Hager Group tooling managers gathered in Obernai for the second KNOW Tooling Day – an intensive two day event aimed at creating a system of transferring and sharing knowledge and best practices within the group.

The event, which welcomed Hager Group tooling managers from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, also signalled the successful launch of KNOW Tooling project (Knowledge Network Organisation Worldwide), an exciting project which aspires to develop our technical and organisational know-how through knowledge-transferring and sharing activities.

Participants were welcomed by senior managers, who underlined the need to recognise how vital knowledge sharing is to Hager Group’s competitiveness, now and in the future, and see action at local, national and international levels in order to leverage best practices and create uniform working standards throughout the group.

The first day included a visit to the injection and stamping tooling department, our internal Tooling School at our Obernai site as well as a series of team-building exercises. On day two, manager-participants took part in the ‘World Café’ – a creative activity that encouraged exchanges on five key tooling issues, which culminated in a series of innovative presentations on ways to improve international knowledge transfer and team working.

A big thank you to all members of the project team, in place since 2012, for their hard work and continued commitment to the project.

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Hager Group building up its electric vehicle fleet in Germany

Hager Group building up its electric vehicle fleet in Germany

170 hp, 150 km / h top speed, and a purely electrical range of up to 120 kilometers (with a range extender to almost 300 km). This is the technical data of the new BMW i3 that has just been added to the fleet in Blieskastel.

Hager Group building up its electric vehicle fleet in Germany

Blieskastel, 10th September 2014

170 hp, 150 km / h top speed, and a purely electrical range of up to 120 kilometers (with a range extender to almost 300 km). This is the technical data of the new BMW i3 that has just been added to the fleet in Blieskastel. This means that in Blieskastel and Heltersberg there are now a total of five electric vehicles in use; the beginning of September another i3 at the site Heltersberg was added.

"We are building up our electric fleet, firstly as part of E3 we are committed to active environmental protection and have thus set an example. Secondly, as we are the manufacturer of charging stations for electric, we want to support this technology." says Dominik Jürges, head of buildings and fleet management in Heltersberg.

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Hager Group Training Day in Blieskastel

Hager Group Training Day in Blieskastel

On 22nd and 23rd July Blieskastel premiered “Training Day”, an opportunity for 285 students and 15 teachers from schools in the region to find out about the different training possibilities and job profiles in the electrical industry.

Hager Group Training Day in Blieskastel

Blieskastel, 6th August 2014

On 22nd and 23rd July Blieskastel premiered “Training Day”, an opportunity for 285 students and 15 teachers from schools in the region to find out about the different training possibilities and job profiles in the electrical industry.

Where do my strengths and weaknesses lie? What would I like to do when I leave school, and how can I achieve my objectives? More and more schoolchildren are keen for a helping hand when they start thinking about finding the right vocational training.  Hager Group’s response to this growing demand for support was to invite students to its Training Day. Career advice is increasingly important in particular where there is a lack of skilled labour. If they are to make meaningful decisions about their careers in good time, young people need to find out early on what training opportunities and different occupations there are, and how to apply for them.

For Hager Group, helping with careers advice is nothing new, as Andreas Fuchs, in charge of commercial training, is quick to point out: “So far, there has been cooperation with six of the region’s schools, involving help with job application and careers advice days.  Given that more and more schools are showing an interest, we have now decided to go about it in a different way and to invite schools to come to us in Blieskastel, so that we can show interested young people how it all works in practice.”

The Training Day was so popular it was extended over two days, during which the students visited different work stations.  A team of trainers, sales staff, and Hager Group trainees participated to ensure the event ran smoothly and that the visiting students and teachers were properly looked after. In addition to assistance with job applications, including lots of information about application files and selection procedures, the students were able to experience the production factory first hand during a guided tour. At the “Jobs Market” they could also familiarise themselves with different job profiles in the logistics, administrative and technical sectors.  The Saarland University for Technology and Economics was also represented and presented the many study courses it has to offer.  In the words of Andreas Fuchs, “since we had a balanced attendance of students from all types of schools, the breadth of information provided catered to the needs of all the participants as well as to our own training needs.”

The feedback from the event was so positive it is expected there will be another Training Day next year.

More information about training and applying for jobs at Hager Group can be found here.

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“Parents – Child – Office” at Hager Group in Germany

“Parents – Child – Office” at Hager Group in Germany

On site at Schalksmühle Hager Group has set up pilot project to help out working parents during the school holidays.

“Parents – Child – Office” at Hager Group in Germany

Blieskastel, 17th July 2014

“Parents – Child – Office” is a family-oriented initiative in Germany. On site at Schalksmühle Hager Group has set up pilot project to help out working parents. The project consists of setting up an on-site area that parents can bring their children to if for any reason they find themselves without child care. Mini-sized chairs and tables are available for play activities such as painting. 10th July saw the official opening. This experimental measure is available in case of emergency, and highly appreciated by colleagues who can therefore respect working deadlines and take care of the children at the same time.

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Hager Group’s active contribution to the energy transition

Hager Group’s active contribution to the energy transition

On 23rd July, Anke Rehlinger, Economy, Work, Energy and Transport Minister in Saarland, visited Hager Group at our headquarters in Blieskastel.

Hager Group’s active contribution to the energy transition

Blieskastel, 28th July 2014

Energy production alone is not enough to contribute to a successful energy transition. Questions like storage and distribution or availability also have an important role to play in the successful implementation of a safe, sustainable and affordable energy transition. “LIESA contributes to implement on a regional level in Saarland the energy transition in a decentralised and smart way,” explains Anke Rehlinger. Besides, both our projects “Stromsparland” and the “research and development building” in Blieskastel were highlighted by the minister in a press conference on 15th July.

On 23rd July, Anke Rehlinger, Economy, Work, Energy and Transport Minister in Saarland, visited Hager Group at our headquarters in Blieskastel. The theme of the meeting is Hager Group’s active contribution to the energy transition. In Saarland, we have teamed up with renowned partners to initiate an ambitious experiment, which should push forward the energy transition at a local level: the “Landesinitiative Energieinnovation Saar – LIESA” (regional initiative for energy innovation in Saarland). The experiment aims to find a new model for future energy supply which is decentralised, safe, high-performing, energy efficient and uses renewable energy sources.

 

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International work-sharing - a multi-cultural success story

International work-sharing - a multi-cultural success story

Casing manufacturing production successfully established in Brazil

International work-sharing - a multi-cultural success story

Blieskastel, 3rd June 2014

Casing manufacturing production successfully established in Brazil

How do we solve the cost and logistics issue of a product manufactured in Europe when it is for sale on the other side of the world? The Business Group Casings team set about solving this challenging problem with the invaluable help of the Brazilian marketing team and came up with a successful local solution. This out of the ordinary success story started in 2013 with a multi-cultural team set-up; in record time, by March 2014, the very first casings were being produced locally in Rio de Janeiro for the South American market. The expert knowledge of local teams for their own market, many years of experience of casing production in Blieskastel and other European factories as well as focused actions of numerous colleagues group-wide, gave this project a truly international flavour. Below are some of the key facts and figures.

The objectives: supply and manufacture locally in Brazil our own casings to the South American casings market.

The challenge: remain within the 1M € investment budget and the specified tight time frame of just 18 months.

Diversity in the global teamwork challenge: a big thank you to the110 employees from 33 departments and 5 differentcountries– Brazil, China, France, Germany and Spain.

Fast economic successes: in March 2014 the first 1,000 casings were sold on the South American market.

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Hager Group at the BASF Firmencup run

Hager Group at the BASF Firmencup run

On 2nd July 2014 60+ sporty Hager Group employees represented the company, taking part in the BASF Firmencup run at the Hockenheim ring.

Hager Group at the BASF Firmencup run

Blieskastel, 11th July 2014

On 2nd July 2014 60+ sporty Hager Group employees represented the company, taking part in the BASF Firmencup run at the Hockenheim ring. The annual BASF FIRMENCUP for companies held on the Grand Prix track at the Hockenheim ring is one of the most popular sports events in the Rhine-Neckar region. Participants could run, Nordic walk and inline skate their way around the legendary race track. The 16 824 participants had fun and as a bonus it was beautifully sunny! Participating employees were able to celebrate in the paddock afterwards with refreshing drinks and fruit, the hungrier ones were able to tuck into a barbecue. All Hager Group participants received a thank you goodie … a Hager Group cap. Next round in 2015.

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“Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation“ Award for Hager Group

“Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation“ Award for Hager Group

The Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation (German Prize for online communication) competition took place on 21st May 2014.

“Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation“ Award for Hager Group

The Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation (German Prize for online communication) competition took place on 21st May 2014. There are 37 different categories in which companies can enter; our Hager Group digital Annual Report 2012 was selected for category 30, Digital Annual Report (Digitaler Jahresbericht)". There were more than 500 candidates, yet our digital Annual Report was awarded, by the prestigious 39 person Jury, a nomination in the top 1% along with BMW AG, Daimler AG, Deutsche Post AG and Siemens AG. Cleary our online version aroused emotions, showing innovation and diversity in its interactive possibilities.

Click on the following link to access our Hager Group digital Annual Report, available in three languages, English, French and German: www.hagergroup.com/annualreport

If you would like see the Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation winner list, please click here www.onlinekommunikationspreis.de/winnerlist2014

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Board of Directors

“For our customers – and their customers – the world is daily becoming much more complex. It is our task to make their world a bit less difficult through intelligent solutions.”

Daniel Hager, CEO

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“We all make mistakes, but the healthier a company’s finances are, the better it copes with them. The same goes for market and economic fluctuations, natural disasters and other things that affect our work, even though they are beyond our control. With our sound financial structure, highly trained employees and reliable partners, we are in a sustainable, strong position – whatever the future may bring.”

Philippe Ferragu, Chief Group Resources Officer

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“Do more with less” achieving more using the same, or ideally, fewer resources. All of the solutions that we offer our customers will only be successful if this is taken into consideration. There is no contradiction between economy and ecology as far as Hager Group’s operational units are concerned. The PEPs (product environment profiles) drawn up for new products, for instance, automatically give rise to reflections on new resource-conserving approaches.

Bertrand Schmitt, Chief Operating Officer

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