- From a locksmith’s workshop to a global technology company
- Voith President and CEO Lienhard says: “There are enormous opportunities for Voith.”
- Throughout 2017, 19,000 employees at 160 global locations will be celebrating the event
- Ceremonial Act with guests from around the world at the headquarters in Heidenheim in the summer.
- Voith will support 150 charitable and social projects around the globe
Welcome to the next 150 years!
“We are proud of our rich, successful history. But in our anniversary year, we will primarily be looking to the future,” says Voith CEO Lienhard. “That is what we mean when we say ‘Welcome to the next 150 years.’ Friedrich Voith saw the major opportunities in his time and seized them decisively. We have preserved this entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit. We want to take a decisive role in shaping the fourth industrial revolution in the 21st century following the example of our grounding father Friedrich Voith, who was one of the pioneers of the first industrial revolution.”
The company is targeting an additional expansion in 2017, in particular through digital applications. For this end, the company built the new Voith Digital Solutions Group Division in which the company brings together its activities in the fields of IT, automation, software and sensor technology.
“In our founding year, 1867, electricity, paper and mobility were restricted to a limited number of people. The world was a different place. Since that time, Voith technologies have helped to change things,” Lienhard says. “Today, we are on the threshold of major new opportunities. The world of industry is becoming a digital one. We are looking forward to that. The people at Voith are at home with change – there is no other way to grow that old.”
The Voith story – innovations, internationality and sustainable corporate leadership
As a visionary and courageous entrepreneur, Friedrich Voith recognized the enormous opportunities that industrialization offered in the second half of the 19th century. With innovations like the wood grinder and the refiner, Voith made paper available as a mass-market product for the first time. The first complete paper machine was shipped as early as 1881. By 1899, Voith was already delivering the first paper machine to the then czardom of Russia. At the same time, Voith became known as a global pioneer in hydropower. The first Voith turbine left the factory in 1870. In 1903, the company shipped what was at the time the world’s largest turbine for a hydropower plant in Niagara Falls. In 1910, Voith constructed China’s first hydropower plant. Voith started its business in India in 1911 with the delivery of the first generators for the Khopoli hydropower plant, culminating in the inauguration of the new factory for hydropower plant equipment in Vadodara in 2010.
The company’s innovative power and internationalization continued into the 20th century, when groundbreaking innovations like the Voith Schneider Propeller (marine propulsion), the Kaplan turbine, developing the hydrodynamic principle (Föttinger principle) for countless applications in the field of short-distance public transport and in industry as well as the deinking process that made it possible to use scrap paper in paper manufacture, are inseparable from the Voith name and are now considered industry standards.
Aside from technological milestones and international growth, the name Voith has also stood for corporate social responsibility since the company’s foundation. Under Friedrich Voith, the company was one of the first to introduce health insurance for its employees. For more than 100 years, Voith was a pioneer in dual education programs and today provides training based on the German vocational training model in many locations, such as in Brazil and China.
Today, the Voith technology group is active in five markets: Energy, Oil & Gas, Paper, Raw Materials, and Transport & Automotive. With approximately 4,000 active patents, the company is the technological leader in many fields of industry.
At the heart of the festivities: the employees
“In the anniversary year, we would like to celebrate with the people who have made and continue to make significant contributions to Voith’s success story: our employees,” says Voith CEO Hubert Lienhard. “I want the celebrations to be just as international and diverse as Voith itself.” Between February and the end of July, the company is planning around 260 employee events and family days worldwide for employees from all of the company’s approximately 160 locations. Guided by the motto “Welcome to the next 150 years,” the local celebrations will be organized to fit each location.
On February 10, the employee event in Hyderabad India kicked off the celebrations for the whole Voith Group worldwide. Members of the Voith family, the Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Digital Solutions, Dr. Roland Münch, Dr. Uwe Knotzer, the Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Turbo, and of course the management team of our Indian companies celebrated together with all employees from Voith Turbo. About 250 employees will witness this historic moment.
On the following day February 11, the employee event for the approximately 330 employees took place in New Delhi India. This event was the largest ever celebration in India; the Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Digital Solutions, Dr. Roland Münch and Uwe Wehnhardt, Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Hydro, joined the celebration together with the local Indian management team: “Celebrating 150 years of Voith is celebrating our work, our contributions and the success of generations of Voithians! That is why it is a great pleasure to us to host our employee events”, said hosts for the events Mr. Debashis Basu, Managing Director of Voith Turbo, Hyderabad, as well as Mr. Ravi Kalra, Managing Director & CEO, Voith Hydro India and Mr. Krishna Kumar, President, Voith Paper India.
The next employee event of Voith in India will be held in Kolkata, Friday, February 17. In total, around 3900 employees will gradually hold celebrations in more than 40 locations in APAC in the next few months.
In summer 2017, the festivities to mark the company’s 150th anniversary will reach their high point in Heidenheim, Germany, where Voith was founded and still has its headquarters: On July 14, the event for the approximately 4,500 employees who work at the location will take place. On the following day, July 15, the employees will have the chance to show their families around where they work. The Ceremonial Act in summer forms the conclusion of the anniversary and will focus primarily on the future of industrialization. Guests from the worlds of politics, business, and culture are expected to celebrate the company’s 150-year history and its future at the Heidenheim congress center.
Supporting 150 social and charitable projects around the world
For 150 years, the Voith company has been owned by the Voith family. A key element of Voith’s history was, and still is, its strong focus on values and adoption of sustainable corporate leadership. “Voith has been and is a good neighbor at all its locations around the world,” according to Lienhard. “During the anniversary year, it is important to us to give something back to the communities and locations that Voith has called home, in some cases for many decades.”
That is why the company will further expand its traditionally strong support for cultural, social and sporting activities at its locations during the anniversary year. With the motto “150 Good Causes” in mind, Voith will support 150 local projects in the areas of culture, schools, education and research, as well as sport. This support will be provided at every location by Voith employees.
As the first location in Asia Pacific region where the employee event is held, Hyderabad in India also takes the lead in supporting “150 Good Causes” projects in the areas of schools and education, such as: provide science lab equipment and furniture to local schools, build a toilet facility in a school and sponsor hearing aids to deaf & dumb children. In Hyderabad, Voith donated INR 100.000 to the Cherish Foundation. At the same time, New Delhi also focuses on “150 Good Causes” projects in the areas of schools and education, such as: provide stationary & infrastructure for the public school to be used by poor students, set up a library in the classroom for underprivileged children and arrange lunch and sports events.
In addition to these activities, a total of 150 sporting events will be held for a good cause at the locations, which employees will organize based on their favorite sports. Voith will donate €1 for every kilometer over the distance traveled during these events combined, up to a total of €150,000, to an international education project.
For 150 years, Voith technology has been inspiring customers, business partners, and employees around the world. Founded in 1867, Voith is now one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe, with around 19,000 employees, €4.3 billion in revenues, and locations in over 60 countries. As a technology leader, Voith sets the standards in the Energy, Oil & Gas, Paper, Raw Materials, and Transport & Automotive markets.
Welcome to the next 150 years.
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