Each team had four minutes to present their ideas on the stage of the auditorium in the ZF Forum at Friedrichshafen. “Well, I’m really nervous," said Werner Freisler as he took to the stage at the beginning of his pitch. Of course, the chance to give a presentation to the highest ranking executive managers of the Group doesn't come along every day. However, it was worth it for his team from Alfdorf: In the Products and Manufacturing Processes category, Freisler’s Knee Airbag with Fabric Sheathing project had the edge over the others. His team had successfully developed a cost-effective product that – and this is something he is particularly proud of – was originally considered technically unfeasible by the competition in particular.
The Business Processes and Methods category was won by an Active & Passive Safety Technology Division project team from Czestochowa (Poland), made up of Andrzej Mencina and Tomasz Kantoch. Using an algorithm, the two colleagues created a program for determining error frequencies in risk management.
Reducing pollution is at the core of Sam Sasikala's project. She hails from India and works at the plant in Coimbatoire. Her winning team in the Health, Safety, Environmental and Social Affairs category came up with an effective recycling method. Instead of having accumulated oil sludge disposed of, the oil is collected with a hydraulic press and reused, which in turn reduces costs at the plant.