TRIMET receives prize in innovation competition

Economics Minister Pinkwart with TRIMET CEO Dr. Iffert | ©Foto: Andreas EndermannEconomics Minister Pinkwart with TRIMET CEO Dr. Iffert | ©Foto: Andreas Endermann

Sep 7, 2018 | For the second time, TRIMET Aluminium SE has been awarded the “NRW – Wirtschaft im Wandel” (“Economy in Change”) Innovation Award. Patron Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented certificates to TRIMET CEO Dr. Martin Iffert and the representatives of other award-winning companies at the award ceremony in his ministry. Of some 100 applicants, a specialist jury had selected ten companies with innovative processes and products that serve as role models and exemplify structural change in North Rhine-Westphalia.

TRIMET was honored for the project “Vocational Training for Refugees”. With this initiative, the medium-sized company will be creating a total of 66 additional training opportunities for refugees by the year 2022 at its production plants in Essen, Hamburg and Voerde. “Today’s prizewinners show in a particularly impressive way how companies in North Rhine-Westphalia are rising to meet challenging transformations in the economy. Their innovative solutions show how much inventiveness and creativity can be found in North Rhine-Westphalian companies,” said Economics Minister Pinkwart.

“For many years now in the Ruhr area, industrial jobs have been a driving factor for integration. They allow self-determined lives and social participation for many people. As a family business, we see it as our responsibility to use this special strength to foster social coexistence, thereby contributing to society. Our employees support this project with exemplary dedication – both in professional areas and beyond,” said Martin Iffert.

The “NRW – Economy in Change” competition is organized by the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and was held for the third time in 2018. TRIMET was awarded the prize for the “Virtual Battery” project in 2015.

By: Wolfgang Nübold / Nikolas Pohl

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