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Jannik Pick


Welcome to Eckernförde – punker trainees host refugee interns

Each of the 22 punker trainees will host an intern who came to the Eckernförde area as a refugee and hope to find a new home here. Today, we welcomed the first six interns who will spend the next two weeks with us at the punker headquarters.

“Typically German”, one might say: after greeting our new interns, we started the day off with a safety briefing. Our training manager Svenja Wriedt explained the regulations  for the prevention of industrial accidents.  After this compulsory agenda item, we did a round of introductions. Each trainee and each intern introduced themselves and wrote down what is important to them at work. We realized we have great deal in common: we all agree that nice co-workers and having fun are the most important factors for feeling comfortable at work. Other key factors are accuracy and safety. The latter giving the cue for the next item on the agenda: handing out the safety shoes. Fully equipped, we started off on a tour of the plant with our production manager Markus Oberle. Our six interns took the opportunity to question Mr Oberle about our products and our assembly and production machines. They were amazed to hear that almost all of them are being designed and set up by our own employees. To give them time to digest the flood of information, we called it a day around noon. We will all meet our interns again tomorrow morning and escort them to their workplaces.

Each of us will attend to an intern during the entire two weeks of their internship at punker and function as a mentor to them. The social-integrative internship is supposed to find answers to the question “What is work like in Germany and especially in a manufacturing, medium-sized company?”.  And to help our interns find a job in their new home, of course. When looking through the internship applications, we noticed that a lot of applicants had professional qualifications or experience they could put to work at punker. Ambesajur Desale Asfaw from Eritrea is about to get his fork-lift license and looks forward to testing his driving skills in our logistics department as soon as he passes the exam. My intern Nosheirwan Omar worked as a an executive engineer in his homeland of Syria and his university degree was recognized by the chamber of engineers and architects in Schleswig-Holstein just now. Over the next two weeks he will get to know our R&D, design and quality management departments. He plans to go to graduate school in Northern Germany to get his master’s degree in engineering after passing another high standard German language course.

Our HR director Felix Hegmann accurately called this integration project a “Welcome to refugees by the small- and medium-sized enterprise in Northern Germany”. But to us, it is a lot more than that. We consider it an opportunity for all of us at punker to broaden our horizon and increase awareness for and understanding of the integration of people who came here in hopes of finding a new and safe home. We especially look forward to the personal interaction and exchange with “our” interns and hope to learn a few things, for example about the differences between everyday work life here and in their home country. To give our colleagues the opportunity to partake in this project, each trainee will write a report about the internship together with their intern which will be published in our employee magazine “aufwind” and on the punker Blog.


ISH 2017 in Frankfurt

For more than 50 years, the ISH has been considered the leading exposition for innovative bathroom design, efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning and renewable energies. ISH is held every other year in Frankfurt am Main. From March 14 through 18 of this year, 2,482 exhibitors from 61 countries presented themselves at the Frankfurt fair ground. One of them was punker.

Innovative and efficient – just like our new product family which we presented at ISH in Frankfurt. The new D-Series was developed for customers all over the world. But not only the new D-series found its way onto our stand. With the Slight we offered a look into the future of our upcoming new product family: the S-Series, available successively starting Fall 2017, will eventually replace several existing fan wheel series for use in scroll housings, thus further optimizing and streamlining our product portfolio.

In addition to these product innovations, we invited our visitors to give our web-based fan wheel selection puncat WEB a try. A real eye-catcher was the “NEXT GENERATION” prototype of laser-welded, backward-curved fan wheels made by punker: improved energy efficiency, reduced material input, decreased noise emission.

As a trainee in the Sales and Marketing department, I was able to visit this year’s ISH and gained a lot of valuable impressions. How do we present our brand and our products?  What are the key factors when dealing with visitors on our stand? What are the trends in the HVAC market? How do our competitors present themselves? While these questions can be answered theoretically, they are answered a lot more thoroughly and ostensively in the field.

During my short visit to ISH I was able to gain a lot more insights than initially expected. This might be mainly due to our team on-site who showed me the ropes and walked the fair ground with me to give me a comprehensive overview of relevant products and the overall market situation. Seeing the exhibition stands of companies I, until then, only new in theory was very interesting and insightful. I was able to take a look at competitors’ products as well as our customers’ products in which our fan wheels are incorporated.