TRUMPF celebrates the 10th anniversary of the corporate network “Knowledge Factory” together with the other 120 member companies – key topics are education, entrepreneurial spirit and networking.
Ten years ago, TRUMPF was one of the founding members of the network “Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.” (Knowledge Factory – Companies for Germany). Today, for the official anniversary celebrations, the laser and machine tool producer can look back on positive results: With various different programs such as “KIEWIS”, “School2Start-up” or “Student2Start-up,” the company has successfully reached more than 1,800 students in nearly 2,500 project hours, and advised numerous founders. “The Wissensfabrik is a unique initiative across all knowledge levels – from the kindergarten to the start-up,” said TRUMPF boss Dr. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller. “We show young people how business works, from product design to manufacturing and marketing.”
Arousing young people’s enthusiasm for technology and entrepreneurship, and passing on to them the experience of an innovative family business – those are the goals that TRUMPF is pursuing with the Knowledge Factory. “And the young people’s enthusiasm is infectious, it stimulates our daily work,” says Leibinger-Kammüller. “We’re currently inspiring each other with Industry 4.0. Today’s kids grow up in the digital world without a problem, but only few of them know how to develop the technology themselves, and how it can be sensibly used for new business models.” This is why the Wissensfabrik is currently working on an IT project for students, aimed at providing an insight into the rapid development of IT solutions and their diverse applications in companies. Children are even allowed to invent, draw and produce their own sheet metal parts on TRUMPF machines – giving them pioneering spirit and an enthusiasm for technology.