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02.01.2019
Kim Karotki
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Our blog in 2018

Twel­ve high­lights

2018 is drawing to a clo­se. It has been an event­ful year and, in our blog, we have docu­men­ted some of the things that have mat­te­red most at Klasmann-Deilmann. The­se are our 12 high­lights from the past year.

Index of world mar­ket lea­ders

Of the many com­pa­nies that self-iden­ti­fy as glo­bal mar­ket lea­ders, not all have ear­ned this tit­le. So say the Uni­ver­si­ty of St. Gal­len and the Aca­de­my of Ger­man World Mar­ket Lea­ders (ADWM). Every year, the university’s Hen­ri B. Mei­er Exe­cu­ti­ve School reviews busi­nes­ses based on clear­ly defi­ned cri­te­ria. For us, it was a real moti­va­tio­nal boost to be listed in the index as the world’s mar­ket lea­der for gro­wing media.

The world’s lea­ding hor­ti­cul­tu­ral tra­de show

The annu­al Inter­na­tio­nal Plant Fair (IPM) in Essen, Ger­ma­ny is regar­ded as the world’s lea­ding hor­ti­cul­tu­ral tra­de show. Time and again it pro­ves a real high­light for us, as, for four days, the hor­ti­cul­tu­ral sce­ne is here in all of its dyna­mic vita­li­ty. This year we were able to announ­ce that demand for the Grow­coon is increa­sing world­wi­de and that we have beco­me inter­na­tio­nal dis­tri­bu­tor for this inno­va­ti­ve pro­duct.

World Hor­ti Cen­ter opens

The World Hor­ti Cen­ter in the Nether­lands brings tog­e­ther under one roof stu­dents, rese­ar­chers and busi­nes­ses in the hor­ti­cul­tu­ral sec­tor. We think this is a bril­li­ant idea, and have a pre­sence the­re our­sel­ves in the form of a per­ma­nent exhi­bi­ti­on. Of cour­se, we atten­ded the ope­ning fes­ti­vi­ties as well. The visit by the country’s Queen, Maxi­ma, was a real high­light.

Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Alli­an­ce: ‘Count us in!’

Sustai­na­bi­li­ty is a prio­ri­ty for Klasmann-Deilmann. One expres­si­on of this is our mem­bership – for 10 years now – of the ‘Lower Sax­o­ny Alli­an­ce for Sustai­na­bi­li­ty’. Wit­hin this net­work, rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves from NGOs and the worlds of busi­ness and poli­tics dis­cuss cur­rent chal­len­ges facing sustainab­le deve­lop­ment in our home federal sta­te. This year, for the first time, com­pa­nies recei­ved a spe­cial desi­gna­ti­on com­men­ding them for doing busi­ness sustainab­ly. Klasmann-Deilmann was among them.

Chan­ge at the helm

The depar­tu­re of a long-ser­ving lea­der is always a signi­fi­cant moment in the life of a com­pa­ny, with someo­ne who has suc­cess­ful­ly shaped the busi­ness for many years lea­ving and someo­ne else taking the helm. This sum­mer, we said fare­well to Nor­bert Siebels after 28 years as Mana­ging Direc­tor of Klasmann-Deilmann, with Bernd Weh­ming appoin­ted to the Board of Mana­ging Direc­tors. Moritz Böcking, Mana­ging Direc­tor at Klasmann-Deilmann GmbH sin­ce 2011, took on a lar­ge part of Nor­bert Siebels’ remit. Bernd Weh­ming is now in char­ge of many are­as for which Moritz Böcking was pre­vious­ly respon­si­ble.

Inno­va­ti­on Cen­ter opens its doors

In June we cele­bra­ted the offi­ci­al ope­ning of our Inno­va­ti­on Cen­ter. This new buil­ding, with its modern working envi­ron­ment, posi­tively radia­tes trans­pa­ren­cy and ser­ves as a cata­lyst for inno­va­ti­on. Visi­tors from the imme­dia­te regi­on joi­ned employees, custo­mers and part­ners from all over the world for the ope­ning cere­mo­ny. Guest con­tri­bu­tors, inclu­ding Lower Saxony’s envi­ron­ment minis­ter Olaf Lies and key­note speaker Pro­fes­sor Franz Josef Rader­ma­cher of the Club of Rome, spar­ked sti­mu­la­ting dis­cus­sions.

FSC for bio­en­er­gy

An important step towards making the sustainab­le use of forest and wood pro­duc­ts visi­ble and trans­pa­rent, both insi­de and out­si­de the orga­ni­sa­ti­on, was taken by our Lit­hua­ni­an sales com­pa­ny Klasmann-Deilmann Bio­en­er­gy. Fol­lo­wing an audit in the sum­mer of 2018, it gai­ned cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on to the stan­dards of the glo­bal­ly reco­gnis­ed Forest Ste­wardship Coun­cil (FSC).

Skal’ cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on for Grow­coon

This year, our Grow­coon pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tem with its bio­de­grad­able struc­tu­re was inclu­ded in the Dutch Skal list. This makes it all the more attrac­tive for orga­nic gro­wers.

Design thin­king’ at our Inno­va­ti­on Cen­ter

At a work­shop, our pro­mi­sing young inter­na­tio­nal talent explo­red what was for them a com­ple­te­ly new approach. On three suc­ces­si­ve days, they lear­ned how to deve­lop solu­ti­ons by means of ‘design thin­king’.

Anni­ver­s­a­ry at Schwe­ger­moor

Schwe­ger­moor GmbH holds a very spe­cial place in the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. For many years, this loca­ti­on has spe­cia­li­sed in the pro­duc­tion of pot­ting soils. In 2018 the com­pa­ny cele­bra­ted its 50th anni­ver­s­a­ry.

Lit­hua­ni­an sub­si­dia­ry plays host to poli­ti­cal VIP

The visit by Lithuania’s for­eign minis­ter Linas Lin­ke­viči­us was a spe­cial honour for our sub­si­dia­ry Klasmann-Deilmann Šilu­tė. Our col­leagues the­re spo­ke with the poli­ti­ci­an about the key role of gro­wing media in the food indus­try, and show­ed him round our pro­duc­tion site in Šilu­tė.

Our inter­na­tio­nal trai­nee pro­gram­me

At the end of the year, our first trai­nee com­ple­ted his inter­na­tio­nal pro­gram­me. Micha­el Hwang gai­ned his qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on at various Klasmann-Deilmann loca­ti­ons in Asia and Euro­pe. He reports on his impres­si­ons in an inter­view.