On October 26, 2016, SPD Bundestag (German parliament) member Michael Gerdes was a guest at SEEPEX GmbH, where he met with Steffen Zoller (Vice President of Operations) and Ferdinande Epping (Marketing Manager). “It’s important to me to be in exchange with our medium-sized companies,” said Michael Gerdes as the reason for his visit. “I would like to know what is on their mind and how they assess current developments.”
A current topic that the SEEPEX experts for pump technology are intensively working on is progressive digitalization – keyword, Industry 4.0. “It’s becoming more and more about developing holistic control systems for the customer,” explained Steffen Zoller. “After all, a pump is always an integral part of an entire system.” Using intelligent processes, companies and whole supply chains can be closely controlled and optimized in real time. “For SEEPEX, research and development in this area is a central future investment,” said Steffen Zoller.
Michael Gerdes is certain: “When we design the process correctly, digitalization offers more opportunities than risks in work and employment sectors. It is particularly important to build up further training opportunities, so that people can keep up with the developments and don’t fall behind in their profession.” The discussion and tour through SEEPEX’s production facilities showed once again: “Strong, medium-sized companies profit not only the city, but also all the people who find employment or training opportunities there.”
Michael Gerdes had already visited SEEPEX in August 2016, together with Anette Kramme, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. The question was how well refugee integration into the labor market succeeds locally, because a Moroccan, who came to Germany in 2012, has been an apprentice at SEEPEX since the beginning of August. “The person’s origin doesn’t mean anything to us – it’s all about the performance. And that’s true,” draws Steffen Zoller as an interim conclusion.