Günter Schwank Award 2023: The Best of the Best Come From Arburg

The best of the best in Germany have completed their training at Arburg with dream grades: Two former trainees, Frank Kössig and Dennis Sagel, received the critical Günter Schwank Award 2023, which industry association pro-K presented to a total of 13 young talents in the plastics processing industry.

Pro-K Interim Managing Director Sven Weihe presented the awards at a small ceremony at the Arburg headquarters in Lossburg on 20 November in the presence of Managing Partner Renate Keinath, Vice President Human Resource Management Georg Anzer, Director Appren­ticeship Michel Vieth and both of their supervising trainers. The award for young talents, named after the German plastics industry pioneer and visionary Günter Schwank, has been awarded to top trainees in the plastics processing industry since 2020.

Outstanding performances in Arburg training

Sven Weihe congratulated Frank Kössig and Dennis Sagel on their outstanding training achievements, stressing:
“I am particularly delighted that you have opted to remain at Arburg because the company has much to offer you for your subsequent careers. First-class training of this sort is not something you find everywhere, and at Arburg, this has been achieved superbly.”

The two were awarded certificates, prize money of 1,000 euros each, a mobility voucher, a subscription to the German trade magazine “Kunststoffe” (Plastics), as well as membership of the “Club of the Best”. This involves regular invitations to a networking day at K, the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry.

Frank Kössig had already been honoured as the best process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology in Germany by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) in Berlin in May, while his fellow competitor Dennis Sagel scored just one point less (98 and 97 out of a possible 100 points respectively). In any case, the two award winners have found their dream jobs. Both are now responsible for turnkey systems at Arburg. Frank Kössig likes the work because “it is varied and constantly provides new challenges.” Dennis Sagel’s greatest pleasure is “being able to test out different machines and moulds.”

First-class training for 74 years

Over the past 74 years, Arburg has trained around 2,300 young people. The company has been awarded three certificates for its training since 2018 and offers a wide range of apprenticeships in technology, IT and business, alongside many dual study programmes.

Eighteen instructors and around 80 training officers are responsible for providing this excellent training in a dedicated 2,000-square-metre training centre.

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