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After just 21 months of construction work, Hager Forum was officially opened on Saturday 4th July. The children of the fourth generation of the Hager family opened the inauguration ceremony followed by the guests: other members of the Hager family, Hager Group employees – including 21 ‘ambassadors’ who came to represent the Group's sites from various geographic regions - and elected officials from the local area. The elected officials included Annelie Faber-Wegener, Mayor of Blieskastel (Germany); Jean-Lucien Netzer, Mayor of Bischwiller; Bernard Fischer, Mayor of Obernai; and Guy-Dominique Kennel, Senator for the Bas-Rhin department. The event was a strong symbol of “faith in the future, which is something we all need,” commented the Mayor of Obernai.
Daniel Hager, CEO and the initiator of this ambitious project, opened the ceremony by highlighting the remarkable work carried out by the teams involved. “The aim of Hager Forum is to strengthen ties with all of Hager Group's stakeholders,” he added. Hager Forum is first and foremost a meeting place that serves to facilitate interaction and is deliberately situated at the heart of the company's largest production site. The building is set to welcome visitors from around the world and will be used to deliver innovative training, present the Group's solutions in the ultra-modern interactive showrooms and provide a space where teams can share ideas, experiment and innovate. It is a real showcase for Hager's expertise.
Hager Forum will also support the company's transition towards a future in which increased innovation plays a crucial role. The new space is a catalyst for encouraging people to come together and share ideas, both within Hager community and the wider world. This new culture is based on 60 years of maintaining close ties with and listening to customers and colleagues. “You are the embodiment of unpretentious success, hard work and human values,” declared Guy-Dominique Kennel in his opening speech.
“Although the building's architecture might seem simple, a reflection of the company's sober character, it is still an extraordinary technical achievement,” remarked the architect Professor Sauerbruch. “The structure, which is in the shape of a letter ‘H’, divides up the different spaces, but in a very transparent way. Indeed, the idea is that everybody should be able to see each other: colleagues, customers, the family, visitors and partners.” Comfort, aesthetics and energy efficiency were also taken into account by the many teams that worked on this Franco-German construction project.
At the end of the official ceremony, all the guests were invited to take a look inside Hager Forum, which was deliberately left “unfinished”, according to Daniel Hager, “because it's up to us to breathe life into it and make it our Forum.” Let's hope this space goes on to inspire as many people as possible!
Following this inauguration, almost 5,000 people - Hager Group employees and their families - participated in the 'Open Days' at the Obernai site on Saturday, 4th and Sunday, 5th July to celebrate the company's 60th year. Activities for both adults and children, concerts, different kinds of food, a video studio, 8 stands exhibiting not only Hager solutions but also the key themes for the group, factory visits and fun workshops to better understand modular device and residual current circuit breaker production were all part of a fun-packed programme where employees’ relatives got the chance to see family members’ everyday-life at work.
More information about Hager Forum is to be found in the press kit (ZIP, 150,9 MB).
Press Release : Inauguration Hager Forum (ZIP, 649 KB)
Press Kit : Inauguration Hager Forum (ZIP, 150,9 MB)
Pictures : Inauguration Hager Forum (ZIP, 12,8 MB)