Sustainability in production – a competitive advantage?

Innovative developments can be made in companies when the objective is climate-neutral production. What objectives can be obtained and at what cost? What do customers want? What do (future) employees want?

Production in Europe is constantly faced with new challenges. There is no end to the continuous change in worldwide competition between locations for the most productive and most reliable production conditions.  Control variables such as sustainability, resilience, regulations and international supply chains must be taken into account. The current objective is reliable and quick availability of products that are manufactured in a climate-neutral way.  

Have we done more in regard to sustainability than our competitors? Will the extra costs be paid? Or are we better because we know how to deal with the regulations?

Date: 25.01.2024
Venue: Auditorium


13:00Get-together and become acquainted over a small snack 
13:45Welcome and introductions to the topic with a practical example on the implementation of climate-neutral production from the mechanical engineering industry Sustainability report Advantages and disadvantages   

Prof. Enno Stöver, Head of Department, HAW Hamburg

Dr. Jörg Mutschler, Managing Director in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA)

 Climate-neutral production in companies in north Germany – ways to cooperate with HAW Hamburg

Professor Enno Stöver, Head of the MP Department, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Technology and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Production Department, Hamburg, Germany


Group sustainability management in KION Group AG

  • Sustainability management – a competitive advantage?
  • Sustainability in group strategy
  • The eight action areas in sustainability management

Kay Pietsch, HSE & Sustainability, KION GROUP AG, Hamburg, Germany

15:00Coffee break and discussion     

European Green Deal – what regulations are coming and how can they be dealt with?

Climate – recycling economy – interdisciplinary topics

Practical example on the implementation of EU Regulations in production Challenges and findings Advantages and disadvantages

Dr. Jörg Mutschler, Managing Director in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA)

SMEs – sustainability management at SPALECK GmbH & Co. KG

  • Sustainability report and action areas
  • Cost of a sustainability report too high?
  • What do customers want? And when? What now?

Carsten Sühling, Managing Director, SPALECK GmbH & Co. KG, Bocholt, Germany

16:30Conclusion with a final drink and pretzels           

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