The topic of employer branding just came up. Companies everywhere complain about shortages of skilled labour and labour in general. Which measures are you taking to attract and retain qualified employees for POLYTEC?
Markus Huemer: We offer a dynamic environment, which is characterised by change and offers great creative leeway. In addition, we have launched an initiative under the title “Good Place to Work” based on which we are implementing a whole bundle of measures to become even more attractive for the labour market. This includes training programmes as well as comprehensive opportunities for our employees to contribute, and much more. Committed and engaged employees with a vision have really good career opportunities, as proven by many impressive careers of our employees. We actively communicate that.
Nevertheless it is always a great challenge to find the required number of suitable employees. As mentioned before, this applies to the industrial personnel in particular, also in view of the generally increasing demands regarding the workplace and working conditions. It is all the more important to create a motivating environment. Overall, our industry is still attractive and many people still have a passion for the automotive industry.
Highly qualified staff is also the basis for POLYTEC’s technological diversity and innovative strength. Which initiatives in particular are you currently pursuing?
Heiko Gabbert: One important focus is our digitalisation initiative, which is moving us a big step closer to the Smart Factory. It forms the basis for a number of innovations and optimisations, including smart automation and process data monitoring as well as automated logistics systems. Our overarching goal is to secure the competitiveness of our Western European locations by optimising the cost structures.
Peter Bernscher: In terms of innovation we generally pursue the strategy to bundle existing know-how for concentrated use on the one hand, and to enrich it and add to it through partner organisations on the other hand. On this basis, we are developing products for which, in our opinion, there will be demand in the future as part of specific engineering streams, and thus make provisions for the various new mobility concepts that we will encounter in everyday life in a few years. In this context, the focus topics include functional integration, sustainability, operating fluid management in e-mobility and highly innovative underbody systems. The Smart Plastic Applications Product Line benefits from countless spin-offs of our previous and current developments and competences.