Goodbye, Hanover!

The last trade day comes towards an end. Everybody quickly carries some Bamboo flowers to our trade fair transporter and then half of the booth Team leaves for home. At the moment in fact there are still some customers on the booth. The IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair still has its doors open until 6 p.m.

Then finally we have to say: Bye, bye Hanover!

It was worth the effort!

Three apprentices alike answered 15 out 16 Rally questions correctly – and this in an awesome 1 hour and 9 minutes. So the decision had to be taken by lots.

Simon Michel is the proud winner of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Arndt G. Kirchhoff handed over the second prize, a Jochen Schweizer adventure voucher, to Lukas Meier. Cedric Nelson ranked third. He received a thermos mug and a power bank.

Good luck fairy Kerstin draws the winner

The three winners of the apprentices’ rally are certain. In the end, the apprentice that could take the first prize home – a Samsung tablet – had to be chosen at random. But whose name did good luck fairy Kerstin Rinscheid (left in the picture) draw? The tension increases. At about 3 p.m. we will hand over the prizes and announce the winners.

First item on the agenda: tour of the booth

This morning the booth was crowded earlier than expected. For our apprentices, the day on IAA Commercial Vehicles began with a booth tour by Andreas Heine. Currently both groups are on their way around the fair to answer all questions of the apprentices’ rally correctly and as quickly as possible. Great prizes await the winners. We are curios to see who comes in first this year.

Competition in tacking

Today we have a competition in “quick tacking” on our agenda. The single leaves of the questionnaires for the apprentices taking part in our IAA Rallye have to be tacked. 24 questionnaires for the Attendorner Group and 35 for the Iserlohn apprentices. In order to be as quick as possible Lisa Terlaak and Tatjana Wach started a tacking competition.


“WorkING“ shows job variety

In front of about 80 students our personnel officer Gudrun Hoffmeier explained what sets KIRCHHOFF Automotive apart and which possibilities our company offers to students.

The event „workING2016“ is organized by the VDA and already takes part for several years. It addresses students for getting an idea about the variety of job possibilities within the automotive industry by means of presentations.


Opening tour runs over our stand

Already at the first professional day the shareholders and management of KIRCHHOFF Automotive could welcome many high-ranking visitors. During the opening tour of the trade fair, Günther Oettinger (EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society), Stephan Weil (Prime Minister of Lower Saxony), Stefan Schostok (senior mayor of Hannover) and Matthias Wissmann (VDA  President) informed themselves about innovative products and technologies.

A new morning ritual

Every morning a short briefing on the stand – a novelty in the course of the daily routine on the trade fair, which was well received and for sure is helpful. Andreas Heine briefly explained the booth to our team and pointed out special highlights. Then Sabine Boehle gave a short overview of the visitors that were announced for that day. And that was a class of its own: For today, more than 40 customers have registered to visit our stand. So it will be crowded!

Less weight, lower costs, higher quality

Partial hot forming, design optimization, multi-material design and innovative joining technologies – on the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover/Germany, KIRCHHOFF Automotive showcases different solutions for weight and CO2 reduction in the commercial vehicle sector.

On 113 sq.m the company presents itself from September 22nd to 29th on the leading trade fair concerning mobility, transport, and logistics. On stand C34 in hall 13 customers and visitors learn in which products we have already successfully reduced weight and costs while simultaneously increasing quality.

As a development supplier, KIRCHHOFF Automotive offers its customers everything from a single source – from design development over feasibility analysis, worldwide standardized project management and innovative manufacturing technologies up to customer-related individual solutions for local requirements.

One example for design optimization is the aluminum bumper in shell design, an innovation by KIRCHHOFF Automotive. The shell design is particularly well-suited for complex spaces and easy integration of fasteners whenever a light weight solution is called for. The advantages are minimal weight, efficient production, high design freedom, narrow tolerances of wall thickness and easy integration of connection elements.

At its exhibition appearance, KIRCHHOFF Automotive furthermore shows itself as excellent partner of the automotive industry in the areas of project management, quality, and tool construction. Volvo Trucks has awarded the company for its outstanding project management with worldwide uniform standards, PACCAR gave a certificate for excellent quality. The automotive supplier may call itself “Tool Shop of the Year 2015” in the category of internal tool shop with less than 50 employees. Here, the award involved manufacturing based on the principle of a synchronized tool shop, a clearly defined future strategy with corresponding milestones, and a high transparency by visualizing order levels on big screens.

Besides numerous customers, high-ranking visitors like Günther Oettinger (EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society), Stephan Weil (Prime Minister of Lower Saxony) and Matthias Wissmann (President of the VDA, Association of the Automotive Industry) have announced their coming to the KIRCHHOFF Automotive booth in the first week. The second trade fair week is all about training and development: Traditionally, the apprentices and dual students of KIRCHHOFF Automotive visit the exhibition. On the students’ day on September 28th, interested students have the opportunity to exchange views with experienced specialists and to acquaint themselves with career chances within the company.

KIRCHHOFF Automotive still exhibits until September 29th – in hall 13, stand C34. Come and visit us!