Empty shelves – full memory card

The IAA trade fair is coming to an end. Only today and tomorrow it is still open. We mainly expect private visitors.

Many customers and politicians visited us. Our shelves with advertising material are empty, the cameras’ memory cards are full. Now it’s up to start the follow-up – documentation of customer visits, sorting of pictures, and much more …



Just for the picture – our booth team with a Porsche

To lean and relax the whole day at the Porsche – that is far away from the tasks
our booth assistance has to manage every single day with a smile. From the coordination of the exhibitor and parking badges and the receipt of customers at the information desk to the spontaneous collection of visitors at that entrance which is the most far away from our booth – organisational talent, flexibility and stamina are requested. Here everybody contributes to the success of the trade-fair appearance.

KIRHCHHOFF Automotive at the IAA 2015 – a real team performance!

The winners of the IAA rallye of our apprentices are defined

The lot had to decide who will be the winner of the first price, a Bose Soundlink Mini of a value of 199 Euro. The two friends David Schneider and Ronny Labisch have passed the rallye in a record breaking time of 1 hour and 5 minutes with 15 of 16 right answers. At the end David Schneider was the happy winner and received the price for the
first place from Arndt G. Kirchhoff.

But also Ronny Labisch was really pleased with the second price, a voucher for a water park.

Adrian Schürholz won the third price. He was just five minutes slower than his competitors and now owns an Amazon voucher for 25 Euro.

Our apprentices are there

Today our career days on the IAA ends with the day of our apprentices.

The first group from Attendorn has already arrived and was impressed of the newest innovations of KIRCHHOFF Automotive.

Now starts the first round of our IAA rallye.

Time is running from now on! The winner who answers all questions in the shortest time will win a Bose Soundlink Mini of a value of 199 Euro.

Today is students’ day

Today the second career day started with a visit of students from the Südwestfalen
University of Applied Sciences and the BiTS (Business and Information  Technology School).

After a booth tour by Andreas Heine Arndt G. Kirchhoff welcomed the visitors for a “meet and greet” session. During a speed dating round the students could gather more information about the departments Sales, Engineering, and Communication & Marketing. Our Human Resources department reported about training and career opportunities at KIRCHHOFF Automotive. In the afternoon, an accompanying visit at the automobile manufacturers who assemble our products awaits the students.

Mexico Day at IAA

“Mexico––experience report by a supplier” was the title of Dr Thorsten Gaitzsch’s presentation at the Mexico Day. The interest was high. Many Mexican faces were among the audience. Thanks to simultaneuos interpreters they could perfectly follow the explanations by Dr Gaitzsch and other speakers.

Mexico’s significance as one of the most important locations worldwide for automobile manufacturers and suppliers is soaring and will continue to increase. All German OEMs and a huge amount of suppliers already operate in the country. More than 170 members of the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) operate in Mexico with own locations. (source: iaa.de)

Today it’s students’ day at our booth

Almost 30 students visiting the booth today opened our career days. After a warm welcome by Arndt G. Kirchhoff and a booth tour by Andreas Heine Tatjana Schutte and Alexander Güther took over.

After it the students started for the IAA rally and currently still are on their way across the fairground. Soon it will be exciting, there are great prizes to win. Who will get the highly coveted Bose sound box?

Saarland Day at IAA

Apposite to the motto of the day Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Prime Minister of the German federal state Saarland, was a guest at our booth. Obviously she had enjoyed her visit on our booth two years ago. Also today she listened carefully to the explanations by Dr Thorsten Gaitzsch and Andreas Heine. Clear highlight: the innovation area!

High ranking visitors from the Ford Motor Company

Since 2013, Birgit A. Behrendt is Vice President, Global Programs & Purchasing Operations, Ford Motor Company. She visited our booth together with Keith Cooper, Global Director Body & Exterior and Raw Materials Purchasing, and Alan Draper, Director Global Powertrain Installations Purchasing.

This took place on occasion of a round tour of the VDA Raw Material Committe. Further participants were also the CEOs of the other big automotive suppliers.

Good morning Frankfurt

Of all days, today was the day to be up early – the release
of the KIRCHHOFF Group racing car is finally here. Our Porsche GT3 races at VLN
Long distance championships like, the 24-hour race at The Ring, the legendary
Paul Ricard track or in international arenas in Dubai, Barcelona or France.

The challenge today was a different one, it was not about
speed, it was about getting the car to be properly displayed at the IAA. With
help from our Polish and German trade teams we drove the vehicle to the freight
elevator and then maneuvered it around several corridors and corners until
reaching our booth.

As of today, it is now our booth’s main attraction for fair
visitors. In the last three hours it has been photographed over 1,000 times!

Tryst on our booth: GM meets Daimler

After a calm morning it became turbulent in the afternoon. Three important visitor groups were on the booth at the same time. General Manager Purchasing, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, and Yohei Nakano from Honda Deutschland listened carefully to Kenji Fukuyama, Country Manager Japan, who explained our products and innovations.

Fortuitous coincidence

When the Head of Purchasing of General Motors, Steve Kiefer, and Daimler, Dr. Zehender, met during a tour on our booth, they greeted one another with a handshake. Steve Kiefer asked: “How is it going?”.

Here you will find some further pictures regarding these three VIP visitor groups.

Govenor Snyder visiting 34 exhibitors during one day

An important guest already at the beginning: Rick Snyder (3rd f.l.), the Govenor of the US state Michigan, talked with Arndt G. Kirchhoff (CEO KIRCHHOFF Holding) and Tony Parente (President and COO KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob) about the current innovations and technologies. Thereby, he welcomed the automotive supplier’s growth in Michigan. The US state supports companies who engage in the area of lightweight construction and offers special economic programs. Tony Parente and Peter van Schaik (Chairman KIRCHHOFF Van-Rob) used this opportunity to continue the talks with the Govenor  at the evening reception.

We are inside!

Passenger cars may pass,…
Passenger cars may not pass,…
Passenger cars are only allowed to pass if loaded, …
No passenger cars!…

When arriving from Attendorn to Frankfurt we encountered some confusion on whether we could drive our loaded transport truck into the fairgrounds and unload it behind our expo building. Every five minutes information from our on-site team changed. After much inquiry, we finally got our hands on a parking permit. We are clear for entry at Hall 5!