This April, the second DACH-wide apprentice event for our first-year apprentice took place.
HAHN Academy: your entry, your apprenticeship & your development at HAHN
Your entry: How do we welcome you?
Your onboarding at HAHN Group starts even before your first day of work: You will receive the first welcome letter from our People & Culture Bot, called Penelope, via automated mail. Penelope informs you one week before your start about the schedule of your first working day. To keep the current team up to date about the new HAHN employees, all new colleagues will be introduced by e-mail with their name, location, function and a photo before they start.
The first day begins for all new employees with a guided factory tour and our safety guidelines. Following that, you will learn more about our internal processes and workflows in our day 1 workshop. With a welcome gift we would like to show you our appreciation and our pleasure to have you on board. From now on, your functional department will take over and you will get to know your team and your workplace.
For an easier start and to support your familiarization, you will receive your individual orientation plan right at the beginning. Part of this is an introduction to our ERP, IT and travel system. The sessions are offered in a hybrid format so everyone can take part.
During the first week, you will also participate in our “Welcome@HAHN” event. This is where we welcome all new colleagues throughout our Company. You will receive information about our company and our corporate culture in form of presentations from internal experts, interactive exchanges and videos. Our management also joins and gives you exciting insights into HAHN’s vision and strategy.
Your apprenticeship: What can you expect as an apprentice?
At the beginning of your apprenticeship, you are invited to a virtual event with all new apprentices across our locations from Germany and Austria. You’ll get to know each other, gain initial insights into the group of companies, and interactively try out great technologies.
After about six months, you will finally meet in person at one of the HAHN locations. During the two-day get-together, you will learn more about the company network, go through various stations at the location and complete exciting tasks together. Of course, the fun factor shouldn’t be forgotten either, so one of the days is used exclusively for leisure activities, such as laser tag or bowling.
Our social media channel @hahn.group.careers shows various insights into the world of training at HAHN as part of the Azubi@Friday campaign. You have the creative freedom to use your cell phone and take the followers with you into your daily work routine – show them your area of responsibility at first hand. More joint projects, including international assignment programs, will follow in the future, so that a continuous exchange of apprentices in the entire group is guaranteed and you can experience a lot.
Your development: How do we support your talent?
To advance your professional and personal development, we are currently in the process of establishing our HAHN Academy. The HAHN Academy is the home of various continuing education programs categorized by area of expertise. As a pilot project, we launched the Sales Academy in 2021. Based on this pilot, we are developing other ongoing training programs: Project Management, Leadership, Service and more. Gradually, the HAHN Academy will offer important development measures, trainings and formats to every department – in presence as well as virtually worldwide for all employees!
Our education programs are divided into 3 levels: Basic, Advanced and Professional. These levels build on each other and show you where you can develop in the future. In all three levels, we support HAHN’s internal know-how as well as technical competencies and personal and social skills.
For us it is important not to rely only on classic “frontal training”. Instead, we use fun and interactive teaching formats:
- As part of our mentoring program, new employees are assigned experienced and competent mentors. The aim is for them to pass on their know-how, provide support with individual challenges and share valuable experience. In addition, the mentor gains important leadership experience that develops him or her personally.
- As part of the Peer Learning Days, we divide all participants into small virtual “peer groups”. The special thing about this is that the groups include colleagues who work in different companies, speak different languages and even come from different industries. This heterogeneity is what makes the exchange of information about specialist topics, best-practice solutions and individual challenges so interesting. Your social and team skills are also addressed and promoted here.
Your development is important to us and we look forward to you join our team as well!
The HAHN Group looks back on a successful year 2022. We have compiled some of our company highlights of the year that we particularly like to think back on.
HAHN Automation Austria wins the largest order in the company’s history
For the second time, HAHN Automation Austria in Kremsmünster was able to beat the worldwide competition with the best concept, innovation and team spirit to win the largest order in the company’s history.
HAHN Automation was awarded by kununu as Top Company 2022
and therefore belongs to the 5% of the most popular companies in the DACH region. We are pleased that numerous positive reviews honor our various benefits and the great working atmosphere. In addition, this year we were able to celebrate the 500th hire by our HR Recruiter & Business Partner Andrew Velasquez.
Kick-Off for the HAHN Academy
Our People & Culture team spent many months identifying key needs and developed a large catalogue of group-wide professional development programs for all employees. “Investing in the further training of our employees makes an important contribution to the success and innovative strength of our company. The exchange and learning with or from international colleagues within the HAHN Academy is a significant part of our employee retention strategy.” Daniela Mertens, Director People & Culture
HAHN Automation apprentice Janne wins the silver medal at the WorldSkills German Championships and therefore becomes the new German Vice-Champion of industrial mechanics.
© WorldSkills Germany
HAHN joins forces to support Ukraine
The HAHN Group stands with its values for peaceful and friendly cooperation – worldwide. It was important to us to provide unbureaucratic and direct help.
Numerous relief supplies have been collected at the central European locations. Our employees left several times for the Ukrainian-Polish border, transporting relief supplies on the way there and bringing Ukrainian refugees with them to Rheinböllen on the way back. In cooperation with Atlas Holding GmbH, more than 45 refugees have found a safe place to stay in the HAHN Apartments.
Through the generous willingness of our global network of HAHN Group companies to donate, several tens of thousands of euros have been made available through various campaigns.
Colleagues around the world also got involved privately, taking in Ukrainian refugees, making donations in kind or money, or launching campaigns to provide financial support.
Group-wide Digital GirlsDay
Girls Day offers schoolgirls the chance to get to know professions that have been dominated by men so far. We are pleased that we were able to get some young women interested in the technical field. In the coming years, we want to continue to support the #klischeefrei initiative and attract young girls to our companies.
Wings For Life World Run
In 2022 we participated in the Wings for Life World Run for the 2nd time. The run’s motto was “Run for those who can’t” and 100% of the entry fees went to spinal cord research.
Employees from 15 international company locations, including Germany, the USA, Mexico, China, the Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia and the UK, participated in the run.
Walther Systemtechnik receives innovation award from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate for new WSV spray valve
In the “Cooperation” category, Walther Systemtechnik was honored for its innovative capabilities. Together with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, they developed a smart spray valve with integrated process monitoring and control via web interface. The smart, electric universal spray valve combines sophisticated technology in the smallest possible space, saves costs for additional devices and significantly reduces the commissioning and integration effort.
30-year anniversary of Christian Boos at Waldorf Technik
Christian started his career at Waldorf Technik back in 1992 as a sales representative. In the course of his career, he took on additional tasks as operations manager and became responsible for both engineering development and project management. Through his responsibilities in these positions and as a former shareholder of Waldorf Technik, hardly anyone else has shaped or impacted the company as much as Christian Boos.
Cooperation between REI Automation and the College of Charleston
Dr. Andrew Hsu, President of the College of Charleston, visited REI Automation in July. REI has partnered with CofC’s Systems Engineering Degree Program and will host their first intern in 2023.
We welcome our 26 new trainees
They started in the professions: Electronics Technician, Mechatronics Technician, Industrial Mechanic, Machinist, Industrial Clerk, Marketing Communication Clerk and IT Specialist for System Integration. At HAHN Group, you can complete an apprenticeship in both industrial and commercial areas. As an innovative employer with future technologies, we offer our young talents an exciting training program.
30th anniversary of HAHN Automation GmbH
Under the motto we.automate.future., HAHN Automation welcomed many long-standing partners and customers such as Beckhoff Automation, Festo, Epson, Omron, KUKA, ABB, FANUC, Bosch Rexroth, Mitsubishi Electric, Walther Systemtechnik, United Robotics Group, RobShare, SCHUNK und Montratec. At the “Open Day”, more than 5,000 interested visitors from the region and employees from the sister companies and other sites took the opportunity to visit the site in Rheinböllen.
WorldSkills Regio Cup at the Rheinböllen site
On 16 and 17 September 2022, this year’s WorldSkills Germany Regio Cup for industrial mechanics and mechatronics took place at HAHN Automation in Rheinböllen. The total of seven competitors from all over Germany had to prove their skills at six competence stations each and worked up a sweat with many tasks.
First Group-wide project management conference
Under the motto “Team up for global projects!” the HAHN Group International Project Management Conference took place for the first time this year. On October 10 and 11, project managers from all HAHN Group units worldwide came together to exchange experiences, receive coaching and network. For Michael Fritzsche, Director Project Management at HAHN Automation, the event was a complete success: “After two intensive days with excellent presentations, valuable customer feedback, workshops and a lot of networking, our first global project management conference comes to an end. Let’s work together for global projects and turn visions into real value.” In 2023, more Global Conferences are planned for other departments as well.
HAHN Automation was awarded for the best apprentice (mechatronics technician) by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)
Torben Müller started his apprenticeship as a mechatronics technician with us in 2019 and completed it very successfully in 2022. For this, he was personally honored by the IHK president as one of the year’s best trainees in the occupational field of mechatronics.
© Marco Rothbrust photographer
myHAHN collects christmas parcels for children in need
For the “Christmas parcels for children in need” campaign of the Kinderzukunft Foundation, we collected gift parcels that are now on their way in trucks to needy children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and, if possible, Ukraine. The Christmas parcels will be distributed to girls and boys in orphanages, clinics, schools, kindergartens and slums.
We would like to thank all our colleagues who have packed a parcel and hope to be able to bring a little joy to the children.
Project management transforms visions into real values – First HAHN Group International Project Management Conference in Taunusstein receives consistently positive feedback
Taunusstein, Germany – Under the motto “Team up for global projects!” the first HAHN Group International Project Management Conference took place in Taunusstein. On October 10 and 11, project managers from all HAHN Group units worldwide came together to exchange experiences, receive coaching and network. For Michael Fritzsche, Director Project Management at HAHN Automation, the event was a complete success: “After two intensive days with excellent presentations, valuable customer feedback, workshops and a lot of networking, our first global project management conference comes to an end. Many thanks to the participants and the organizing team for these great two days. Let’s work together for global projects and turn our visions into real value.”
For the 60 participating project managers, the conference provided an opportunity to share status and development updates and work in small workshop groups on topics such as project controlling, project task management, project management in a matrix organization, stakeholder management and IC collaboration across multiple locations.
The two keynote speakers – including a customer who reported on his previous experiences with HAHN Group’s project management – provided further impulses on how project management can be optimized in large-scale projects in the future. After two days, all participants left encouraged and inspired to return to their locations: “The meetings and contents were fantastic, giving a great deal of PM lessons learned and best practices. After the guest speakers’ keynotes and workshops, I left with lots of great notes and ideas to take forward. It was great to meet people from all HAHN locations as well, so we could learn what other locations focus on and where we can all work together! The tour of the HAHN site was equally as impressive, and left me with a few things I would like to try to incorporate in our Minnesota site as it grows.” (Jeff Westom, Operations Manager, Invotec, Inc. Minnesota)
The joint dinner at Eulchen Brauerei Mainz, including a tour of the brewery, provided a further opportunity for networking and exchange of experiences between all participants.
Dr. Henning Wagner, Managing Director of Walther Systemtechnik GmbH: “I received very positive feedback from our colleagues. Praise to all who worked and organized the event … More with pleasure!”
Naveed Latif, Senior Project Manager – HAHN Automation UK: “I really enjoyed the conference and learned a lot, it was a great networking opportunity and look forward to the next conference!”
Annika Rheingantz, Project Management Officer global – Automation: “The Global PM Conference was a great success. Finally meeting many of the colleagues worldwide in person and exchanging ideas, gaining new impressions about project management and developing together in the sense of ONE HAHN. Especially the diversified program has remained in my memory very well. I think the conference forms a good basis to be able to cooperate even better globally in project management.”
Fulvio Sais, Project Manager – HAHN Automation Austria: “Thank you for these two days full of internal and external interactions – I feel ready to improve my project management.”
Daniela Mertens, Director People & Culture and responsible for the HAHN Academy: “The investment in the training of our employees makes an important contribution to the success and innovation of our company. The exchange and learning with or from international colleagues within the HAHN Academy is a significant part of our employee retention strategy.”
Rheinböllen, Germany – HAHN Automation celebrates its 30th anniversary on the market and invites partners, customers, suppliers and press representatives to join the Innovation Days in Rheinböllen on September 14 and 15. Founded in 1992 by Thomas Hähn in his parents’ garage, the company developed from a small design office in the Hunsrück region to a global group of companies within just under 30 years. Only a few years after the company was founded, the first foreign location was established with the expansion into the USA. Today, HAHN Automation employs more than 1,000 people at 12 production sites in China, Germany, Great Britain, Croatia, Mexico, Austria, the Czech Republic and the USA. In 2014, the RAG Foundation in the form of the RAG Stiftung Beteiligungsgesellschaft (RSBG SE) invested in HAHN Automation, which led to the formation of the HAHN Group three years later as a platform for the further development of the company network. The HAHN Group unites a network of specialized companies for industrial automation and robot solutions. At its production and service locations, the group employs approximately 1,800 people in 14 countries worldwide. Well-known customers in the automotive, consumer goods, electronics and healthcare industries benefit from over 30 years of expertise. This know-how in the field of automation technology ensures that resources are used efficiently and robots, as well as digital technologies, are implemented purposefully. “We are very pleased with the development that HAHN Automation and later also HAHN Group have accomplished. Over the past 30 years, we have been able to implement countless customer projects, establish strong partnerships and, above all, make an important contribution as an employer, especially in the Hunsrück region, but also at all other company locations. I am looking forward to the coming years and am confident that we will continue to write the success story,” says Frank Konrad, CEO of HAHN Automation. For Thomas Hähn, company founder and CEO of the parent company RSBG Automation and Robotics Technologies, one thing is certain: “HAHN Automation is not only a great success story in itself, but rather also the nucleus for many other exciting developments, company foundations and partnerships. Through the entry of the RSBG SE in 2014, we were able to put the plan to establish an international pioneer in industrial automation into action. In addition, HAHN Automation was also the origin of all developments towards HAHN Robotics, HAHN RobShare and most recently the United Robotics Group.” In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary also with partners, customers, suppliers and press representatives, we therefore cordially invite you to visit us in Rheinböllen on September 14 and 15 and to participate in the Innovation Days. For employees, families, friends and interested persons there will also be an Open House on 17.09. on the entire company premises. Further information about the Innovation Days: https://www.hahnautomation.com/en/30years