Zeppelin receives Caterpillar Global Dealer Excellence Award for the third time in 2018. Special recognition for services in the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic
Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby and Caterpillar Group President Bob De Lange named the Zeppelin Group as the best Caterpillar dealer in Europe, at the Caterpillar Global Dealer Excellence Award 2018 ceremony. There was a special acknowledgment of Zeppelin’s services in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Michael Heidemann, Vice Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH, accepted the award as Europe’s best Caterpillar dealer on behalf of the Zeppelin Group, at the ceremony in the Vienna Hofburg on July 18, 2018. The company’s achievements in the Czech and Slovak Republics were singled out for particular recognition; Zeppelin gained additional market share in these areas and set itself apart from the competition by providing excellent service.
“It is a great honor for me to bring home the award for Zeppelin as Europe’s best Caterpillar dealer for the third time. Our employees’ focus on solutions and their passion are key elements of our success,” Michael Heidemann enthuses. “We have successfully translated the strategy that we developed jointly with Caterpillar into targets and numbers.”
Caterpillar introduced the award in 2013, and presents it in recognition of its best sales and service partners worldwide. The winner is decided based on partners’ achievements in terms of market share, profitability and customer satisfaction. Zeppelin also received the coveted award in Mexico in 2013 and in Dubai in 2015.
Dipl.-Ing. Werner Baier is leaving the Zeppelin GmbH Supervisory Board after almost 30 years. Prof. Yasmin Mei-Yee Weiß has been appointed as a new member
Dipl.-Ing. Werner Baier, a Shareholder Representative, is leaving the Zeppelin GmbH Supervisory Board after almost 30 years. Prof. Yasmin Mei-Yee Weiß was appointed as his successor by shareholders and the Zeppelin Foundation Council in the Supervisory Board meeting on July 20, 2018.
The Supervisory Board and Group Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH bade farewell to Dipl.-Ing. Werner Baier, and in the same meeting welcomed Prof. Yasmin Mei-Yee Weiß to her new office as the first female Shareholder Representative.
"With Werner Baier’s departure we have lost an outstanding and formative entrepreneur from the Zeppelin GmbH Supervisory Board. He was active in successfully shaping the company’s development with his intelligent, objective, and calm approach. Werner Baier was a valuable adviser and supporter to me, both as a person and as an entrepreneur. Zeppelin benefited from his strategic and entrepreneurial vision, particularly when the company experienced difficult times. Werner Baier has decided to leave us for age-related reasons, and we are extremely sad to see him go. We marvel at the entrepreneurial and social commitment he has always shown, and I would like to thank him personally on behalf of the Zeppelin Foundation and the Zeppelin Group for his consistently fair, constructive, and valuable collaboration on our board.
We are delighted that, in Prof. Weiß, we have found a successor with outstanding qualifications. I have no doubt that she will bring valuable insights based on her wide range of experience and in particular her international profile. I wish her a positive start as she joins our ranks," commented Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH, during the summer meeting of the Supervisory Board on July 20.
Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH added: "Werner Baier played a key role in shaping the image of the Zeppelin GmbH Supervisory Board for almost 30 years. In doing so, we stood together shoulder-to-shoulder as we wrote history, for example when we launched on the Russian market 20 years ago. We are grateful for the many years of positive collaboration we have enjoyed with him. Looking forward, I happily anticipate much dialog and collaboration with Ms Weiß. Her appointment also takes us further on our chosen path of bringing on board more female managers in our company."
The Zeppelin Group Supervisory Board is formed on the basis of parity in accordance with Section 7 of the German Co-Determination Act and is composed of six Shareholder and Employee Representatives each.
Caption: The new and departing member of the Zeppelin GmbH Supervisory Board: Yasmin Mei-Yee Weiß and Werner Baier. © Zeppelin GmbH
The company’s strategic family- and life stage-conscious HR policy has received prestigious recognition
The Zeppelin Group’s management holding company, Zeppelin GmbH, has just positively passed a second berufundfamilie audit, while the Construction Equipment EU, Rental, Power Systems, and Plant Engineering strategic business units in Germany have been awarded the "berufundfamilie audit" certificate for the first time. The quality seal represents exceptionally high HR policy standards. The patrons of the audit are the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. While the announcement that the management holding company and its strategic business units had won the award was made in March, the official presentation of the certificate recently took place in Berlin.
The berufundfamilie audit certificate
Following in the footsteps of the management holding company Zeppelin GmbH, which received the "berufundfamilie audit" seal of quality back in 2015, the Zeppelin Group’s German business units will now also bear the sought-after quality mark as of March. Alexandra Mebus – who is set to take over as Managing Director and Labor Director of the Zeppelin GmbH from July 1, 2018 – accepted the award as her first official act, at the award ceremony in Berlin. "I am delighted to work for a company that places such importance on a healthy work-life balance. High standards and framework conditions that encourage a healthy balance between our work and family lives significantly contribute to job satisfaction. In my new role, I will strive to ensure that this balance is safeguarded and further promoted in the future," says Mebus. The certificate was handed over by John-Philip Hammersen, Managing Director of the non-profit Hertie-foundation and Oliver Schmitz, Managing Director of berufundfamilie Service GmbH. Companies looking for a positive audit score need to demonstrate very good results, as well as forward-looking targets and measures in the action areas of working hours, work structure, workplaces, information and communication, leadership and management, HR development, pay components, benefits in kind, and services for families. As an employer, Zeppelin offers flexible working hours models, fringe benefits, and a family-oriented corporate culture, among other things. The advisory committee also evaluates follow-up measures such as consistent rules on mobile working, corporate health care management, and the provision of childcare options during school holidays.
Every year, external auditors assess whether the action areas and planned measures are actually being implemented in practice. The berufundfamilie audit seal of quality is valid for
three years. The Zeppelin Group’s long-term goal is to formulate common standards for work-life balance in order to provide a framework for guidance and action that its international subsidiaries and the Z Lab strategic business unit can also use. A total of 300 employers – 153 companies, 106 institutions and 41 universities – have received the award.
About the berufundfamilie audit
Applicable in all sectors and in companies of all sizes, the audit assesses the status quo with regard to the measures currently in place to accommodate family life and life phases, systematically develops the individual potential of the company, and ensures that an awareness of family is anchored within the culture of the organization through binding target agreements. After the process has been completed successfully, an independent advisory board consisting of prominent representatives from the fields of business, science and politics as well as various associations, awards the audit certificate. The practical implementation of the measures is checked on an annual basis by berufundfamilie Service GmbH. After three years, further HR policy targets may be agreed as part of a re-audit. The employer may only continue to display the certificate if it passes this re-audit successfully. Since its inception in 1998, the certificate has been awarded to over 1,700 employers. A total of 971 employers, including 475 companies, 387 institutions and 109 universities, currently hold the berufundfamilie audit or familiengerechte hochschule audit certificate, and over 1.89 million employees and more than 1.4 million students have benefited as a result.
Broader portfolio under a new name
The Zeppelin Group is expanding the nationwide presence of Zeppelin Plant Engineering’s business unit Quality Service. By doing so and in order to stay abreast of the constant developments in aerospace expertise and the growing service spectrum, the business unit has been renamed Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service. In June 2018, the company will open its doors at a new location near the Cologne Bonn airport, where various facilities such as a modern training center for the aviation industry are being installed.
For one year now, The Zeppelin Group’s strategic business unit Plant Engineering has been extending its service range for the aviation industry. At the end of April, it introduced its new business unit Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service (formerly Quality Service) to the industry experts at the ILA (international aerospace exhibition) in Berlin. Harald Schneider, head of the business unit, and its team provided customers and prospects with information on the extended range of services. “The visitors showed a concrete and diversified interest in our services. This proves to us that our portfolio definitely meets their requirements,” Schneider observed. Even Katrin Schütz, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing of the state of Baden-Württemberg, spent time with the team of specialists to enquire about the range of services.
Broader portfolio under a new name
“By renaming our business unit, we not only want to highlight our specific competence in aviation manufacturing and testing, but we also want to demonstrate that our expertise enables us to create sophisticated solutions for sophisticated products even in other branches,” Schneider explains. The key novelties in the portfolio of Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service are the serial production of aircraft components, the enhancements in material testing for test services directly on the aircraft (on-wing testing) and the experts’ flexible availability from three German locations in the future – Friedrichshafen, Cologne and Hamburg – as well as mobile services at the customer’s site upon request. Tests in co-operation with BIS Inspection Service GmbH, a subsidiary of Zeppelin Rental GmbH, will be carried out on the aircraft at the Airbus plant in Hamburg Finkenwerder. The facility in Cologne will be completely new. “With our enlarged team of expert aviation test engineers we provide our customers with extraordinarily high flexibility and extremely short reaction times,” Schneider points out.
As we speak, preparations are running at full speed for the first training for aviation test engineers at the new location on the Sankt Augustin campus near the Cologne Bonn airport. The training facility for material testing processes in the aviation industry is the first sector to be operational at the new location from June 2018. Other workshop rooms for testing services will follow. From now on, trainings for five different test procedures will be carried out in compliance with aviation standards in Friedrichshafen and Cologne.
Customers of Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service include companies in various industries such as aerospace, automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, railway and medical technology. The tasks of the 60 employees include the development and production of welded constructions and all tasks related to quality assurance. Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service also runs a training center for the aviation industry. For more information: www.zeppelin-systems.com.
Caption: Having a talk at the ILA (from left): Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf-Jürgen Ahlers, Chairman Forum Aerospace Baden-Württemberg e.V., Katrin Schütz, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Harald Schneider, Head of Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service, Jürgen Schäfer, Member of the Executive Board at Baden-Württemberg International.
From May 18 to November 4, 2018, the company will be showcasing its integrated range of services at the "Innovations! Destination: Future" exhibition
The event is all about the future of the construction industry and what contribution the Zeppelin Group can make in shaping it. Visitors to the exhibition in Friedrichshafen will be able to make their way interactively and digitally through a virtual Zeppelin world of construction, from planning and setting up a construction site to fitout and commissioning. The Zeppelin Group offers its customers solutions from a one-stop shop. And, for visitors to the exhibition, the company will be putting on attractions including a whole digital construction site experience.
Covering an area of some 1,000 m², the "Innovations! Destination: Future" exhibition at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen will run from May 18 to November 4. It will shine a spotlight not only on the historical and economic development of the city but also on the latest innovations and visions for the future being developed by the global corporations Zeppelin GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.
To present the Zeppelin Group’s extensive portfolio of products and services in an innovative way, the company is showcasing no fewer than three digital applications at the innovation exhibition, the highlight being its "Digital Construction Site." Six 65-inch monitors enable visitors to click their way interactively and digitally through every stage of a construction site, from the planning and setup to the civil and structural engineering, the fitout and the commissioning, thereby having fun while learning about the full range of the Group’s solutions. By activating various 3D elements, not only can visitors experience the services offered by the Group, they can also obtain interesting additional insights into products and typical processes involved in planning and undertaking a construction project. "The Digital Construction Site is an innovative way to show people what the Zeppelin Group offers as well as being a great example of how solution-oriented we are," says Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH.
Another feature of the Zeppelin Group’s exhibition is the "Digital Food Processing Plant," an example illustrating its plant engineering activities. An interactive media table with 55-inch touchscreen allows visitors to a look all round the inside of a 3D food processing plant boasting inviting 360° views. Here too, further information such as brochures, movies, and short descriptive texts lies in wait behind every clickable element, thus guaranteeing an out-of-the-ordinary 3D experience in this part of the exhibition as well. Really capturing the spirit of the event, Zeppelin will be rounding off its exhibition space with an "Innovation Gallery." Continuing the digital theme, this extremely innovative area will enable visitors to explore a 3D Zeppelin showroom full of pictures and background information about the Group. Technical support for this part of the exhibition comes courtesy of a 55-inch touchscreen and a 65-inch monitor, presenting the world of the Zeppelin Group in its entirety.
Further information on the "Innovations! Destination: Future" exhibition can be found on the website of the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen at: www.zeppelin-museum.de/en. As well as innovations, there are other exciting exhibits from the Zeppelin Group awaiting your discovery in the exhibition’s history section. And don’t miss the opportunity to take a look at the jewel in the exhibition’s crown: the Gaylord Gladiator, a luxury sports car built by the Zeppelin Group in 1957 and a real one-off among classic automobiles.
Photo caption: Today’s „Digital Construction Site“ at one click: The Zeppelin Group presents their range of solutions for the world of construction and plant engineering in the “Innovationen! Zukunft als Ziel” (“Innovations! Destination: Future”) exhibition at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. © Zeppelin GmbH
The company will unveil the perfectly preserved sports car as part of the "Innovations! Destination: Future" exhibition at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen.
This automobile is a unique specimen from the age of Germany’s "economic miracle" and a piece of Friedrichshafen’s industrial history. At the request of two wealthy American brothers, the Zeppelin Group built a unique car in 1957, known as the Gaylord Gladiator. The only automobile of its type in the world had lain under the radar for more than 60 years. Pure chance led to the Zeppelin Group reclaiming this unique specimen, a real piece of company history.
The story of the Gaylord Gladiator
The FIF vehicle repair facility at Friedrichshafen, which would go on to become part of the Zeppelin Group, was commissioned to build a particularly spectacular vehicle in the mid-1950s: Two wealthy American brothers, Jim and Ed Gaylord, were looking to get a truly exceptional sports car built for them. Staff at Friedrichshafen worked for over a year on an extremely elaborate and expensive sports car: the Gaylord Gladiator. Only three chassis were produced in all, with the bodywork only being completed on one of them. Once the vehicle was completed in 1958, it and one rolling chassis passed into the ownership of the Gaylord family. Up until now, it was always believed that the third chassis had been lost. After restoration work that brought the vehicle and rolling chassis virtually back to their original condition, the perfectly preserved Gaylord Gladiator, together with its chassis, numerous spare parts, design drawings, and other historical documents, was sold to an elderly automobile collector from Arizona.
In early 2017, the Zeppelin Group received an invitation via the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen to buy the classic car – a stroke of luck for the Group, as the vehicle had lain under the radar for many years and was believed to be lost. "You can’t put into words just how historically significant the Gaylord Gladiator is for us as a company," says Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH. "With its outstanding workmanship and its unswerving focus on its customers in terms of how it was made, even today the Gaylord continues to embody values that make the Zeppelin Group one of the leading solution providers in its areas of activity." The Zeppelin Group has its roots in the metal industry and now employs more than 8,300 people at 190 sites in 35 countries. Adopting the slogan "We Create Solutions," the company provides solutions for the construction industry and plant engineering.
As far as the city of Friedrichshafen is concerned, this extraordinary vehicle is not only a major attraction but also historical evidence of the city’s great innovative strength. "Through aviation in particular, Friedrichshafen has played a special role in the area of mobility since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution," says a proud Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH and Lord Mayor of the City of Friedrichshafen. "The Gaylord Gladiator is yet further proof of the city’s visionary strength and unique character."
Ahead of its time: technical sophistication meets German workmanship
The word "spectacular" not only describes the design of the Gaylord Gladiator, the work of US automobile design legend Brooks Stevens – it also applies to the sports car’s technology, given that it was built back in 1957. As well as convenient features such as electrically adjustable seats, electric windows, power steering, brake servos, and air conditioning, the Gaylord Gladiator also came with a convertible roof that could be folded down completely into the trunk at the touch of a button. At the time, there was nothing remotely like these features anywhere else on the international car market.
Despite the sophisticated overall concept, the wealth of innovation involved, and the high quality specifications, a plan to produce a small batch of 25 vehicles for sale at a price of USD 10,000 each never saw the light of day. Only one of the 25 cars was ever built. It soon became apparent that the sales price calculated was unrealistic, while further price adjustments resulting from additional innovations such as installing air conditioning made the vehicle prohibitively expensive. To remain economically viable, the price was first raised to USD 15,000 before being revised upward again to USD 17,500. By way of comparison, a Mercedes 300 SL cost around 32,000 Deutschmarks at that time. Assuming DM 4.20 to the dollar, the Gaylord Gladiator thus cost more than twice as much, or the equivalent of around DM 73,500 in the mid-1950s. Being the only automobile of its type in the world, not only is the Gaylord Gladiator a unique specimen in the classic car industry and a priceless find for the Zeppelin Group, it is also a true gem of Friedrichshafen’s industrial heritage.
The Gaylord Gladiator at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen
This perfectly preserved vehicle, working chassis, and fascinating history of its creation and life story will all be presented to the German public at the opening of the "Innovations! Destination: Future" exhibition at 7:30 p.m. on May 17. From May 18 to November 4, the Gaylord Gladiator will be on show as part of this exhibition at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, before being made available to the Zeppelin Museum on permanent loan from the Zeppelin Group.
The company’s Power Systems business unit is making a contribution to environmental protection with its LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) engines
The Zeppelin Group supports the process of establishing LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as an environmentally friendly fuel. With gas and dual-fuel engines from the Power Systems business unit, ships can be powered with Liquefied Natural Gas both while in the harbor and at sea. This results in significant lower emissions than with heavy fuel oil and marine diesel. The delivery of environmentally friendly liquid gas engines to Carnival Corporation represents an outstanding success.
Carnival Corporation, one of the world’s largest cruise companies and AIDA Cruises’ parent company, is relying on the Zeppelin Group for their AIDAnova craft which is currently in construction at Meyer Werft. "AIDAnova will be the world’s first cruise ship to be operated with environmentally friendly LNG both while in the harbor and at sea," comments Volker Poßögel, Head of the Power Systems business unit. "Our MaK dual-fuel engines from the Caterpillar plant in Rostock will be used. In addition to the complete solution with four dual-fuel engines, we are also delivering the entire LNG preparation system for AIDAnova." The four engines, with a total output of around 62 MW, each weigh over 200 tons and comply with the latest emissions specifications for all regions. Zeppelin Power Systems will also equip six additional Carnival Corporation cruise ships with dual-fuel engines by 2023.
"Our customer promise is ‘We Create Solutions’. With LNG-based engines, we are offering an ecologically and economically sustainable alternative to emissions control systems, as well as supporting customers in meeting current and future requirements," explains Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH.
There will be stricter emissions regulations on the North Sea and Baltic Sea from January 2021, in line with those already applicable on the US coast. From that point in time all newly
built ships will be subject to a very low threshold for nitrogen oxide emissions – which is unachievable using heavy fuel oil or marine diesel unless the engine is rebuilt suitably. The use of Liquefied Natural Gas almost completely eradicates the release of fine dust and sulfur oxide, with nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 80% and 25% respectively.
Alexandra Mebus will also become a member of the Group’s Management Board
Garching near Munich, May 4, 2018. The Supervisory Board of the Zeppelin Group appointed Alexandra Mebus as Managing Director and Labor Director in its meeting on November 24, 2017.
Alexandra Mebus will take up her new role with effect from July 1, 2018, taking over from Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Zeppelin GmbH Management Board, who temporarily held the role of acting Labor Director. As member of the Management Board, Ms Mebus, 41, will be responsible for HR and HR development. Mebus is an HR expert who has previously worked in various HR management roles for companies including foundation-owned company Robert Bosch GmbH and most recently, Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, where she held a position as member of the management team at Voith Turbo GmbH.
"Ms Mebus, an expert in HR, brings her professional experience in a foundation-owned company, and we are delighted to be welcoming her on board at the Zeppelin Group," commented Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Zeppelin GmbH. "I wish Ms Mebus every success in her role at the Zeppelin Group."
Heribert Hierholzer, Employee Representative and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeppelin GmbH, enthused, "We are very pleased to be welcoming a woman to the top management team at the Zeppelin Group, in the form of Alexandra Mebus."
"Ms Mebus identifies strongly with our values and corporate culture, and I’m so pleased that she will be joining us," added Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board at Zeppelin GmbH. "I’m looking forward to our successful collaboration!"
The top management team at the Zeppelin Group will be composed as follows from July 1, 2018: Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH, Michael Heidemann, Deputy Managing Director of Zeppelin GmbH, Christian Dummler, Managing Director and CFO of Zeppelin GmbH, and Alexandra Mebus, Managing Director and Labor Director at Zeppelin GmbH.
In her future role as Labor Director, Mebus will be responsible for around 8,000 Zeppelin employees and trainees worldwide.
Company development through targeted acquisitions and digital transformation
Friedrichshafen, April 13, 2018. The Zeppelin Group finishes the 2017 financial year having achieved the highest revenue in its history. Group sales totaled EUR 2.75bn (previous year: EUR 2.36bn), Group earnings before tax increased to EUR 93.5m (previous year: EUR 85.9m). The Creditreform Rating AG rating agency once again awarded the Zeppelin Group an “A-” credit rating with a stable outlook. The total investment volume was EUR 223.4m. The company is forecasting favorable financial conditions for 2018.
“The Zeppelin Group has had an extraordinarily successful year,” notes Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH. “2017 was marked by strong growth in orders and sales, and a number of strategic acquisitions. We also successfully drove forward digital transformation of the existing business and the development of new digital business models.” Christian Dummler, Member of the Management Board and CFO of Zeppelin GmbH, adds: “The markets relevant to Zeppelin showed extremely dynamic growth in places, during the last financial year. The CIS countries are showing clear signs of recovery.” Andreas Brand, Chairman of the Zeppelin Group Supervisory Board, congratulates the company on its outstanding success: “These record results for Zeppelin are down to the great commitment and extraordinary motivation of the Group’s Management Board and staff. Our course is set for strong business performance in 2018.”
Development of the Business Units
The Construction Equipment EU business unit continued on a growth trajectory. It managed once again to exceed the previous year’s sales figures and to further extend its leading market position. It increased incoming orders by focusing on additional markets, improving market penetration by recruiting new sales consultants, and optimizing sales and service processes as part of the digitization strategy to enable expansion of the range of products and services.
The markets for the Construction Equipment CIS business unit recovered slightly. Major projects in Armenia and Ukraine, along with other projects in Russia, contributed to a high level of incoming orders especially in mining equipment. As the official Mercedes-Benz Trucks dealer, Zeppelin was able to add trucks to the product range in the Russian Republic of Karelia and the Archangelsk region.
The Rental business unit surpassed the EUR 400m mark for the first time. It acquired and integrated Limes Mobil GmbH to strengthen its market position in site and traffic guidance. Various mergers enabled it to create structures to make collaboration between the individual areas much faster and more efficient. As part of the digitization strategy the business unit expanded its digital ranges, for example with the container configuration tool which allows the user to plan and visualize container systems. It developed its online rental product range further, matching it to customer requirements.
The Power Systems business unit achieved a high level of incoming orders and significantly expanded the service and spare parts business by comparison with the previous year. In the Marine business area the order book includes the supply to the Carnival Group of engines for seven new cruise ships. In addition it has agreed a full service and maintenance contract with Viking River Cruises AG for more than 40 inland vessels. Through the MWB Marine Services GmbH joint venture the business unit can now provide manufacturer-independent maintenance and repair services and spare parts for marine engines and drives.
The Plant Engineering business unit had the same high level of orders as the previous year. Development was positive in all market segments. The order for the construction of the world’s largest tire recycling plant was truly a milestone. In addition to expanding the product portfolio, the acquisition of the aviation division of Mauderer Alutechnik GmbH also increased welding production capacity. A joint venture enabled the unit to achieve a significant improvement in process and control technology skills. Recently developed digital solutions help customers optimize production using data captured during the process.
The Z Lab business unit amalgamated digitization resources to create a pool of expertise. The strategic goal of the Zeppelin Group is to provide a digital platform for holistic solutions – which is not dependent on a particular manufacturer – in the construction industry and the industrial sector.
Employer attractiveness and employee retention
In 2017 there were several initiatives to make the Zeppelin Group even more attractive as an employer. One priority is achieving an improved work-life balance. The berufundfamilie quality mark, which Zeppelin GmbH received in 2015, was extended to all of the German companies in the Group. The assessment considers measures to support employees, such as flexible working hours and additional employee benefits. There was also a strategic focus on developing a coordinated, uniform talent management system to enable key positions to be filled from within the company where possible. With the establishment of the Z NOW Zeppelin Network of Women, female skilled staff and managers are now specifically supported.
Outlook for the 2018 financial year
The Zeppelin Group expects favorable financial conditions to continue in the 2018 financial year, although the forecast indicates slightly declining growth rates. The stabilization and further recovery of raw material prices should lead to further growth in the global economy. Continuing high investment in infrastructure and a sustained high level of residential construction will support a continuing boom in the construction industry, which in turn will present good market and sales opportunities for construction equipment in Germany.
While the company does not expect any major improvements in the marine and oil and gas applications sectors, growth is set to continue in the energy sector. The Zeppelin Group is also forecasting stable demand for processing plants in the plastic, rubber and food sectors. Full order books support the positive revenue expectations for the Construction Equipment EU, Construction Equipment CIS, Power Systems, and Plant Engineering business units.
The Zeppelin Group is starting 2018 in a good market position in its field, with a full order book providing a good starting point for the year ahead.
Key figures at a glance
|Construction Equipment EU SBU||EUR m||1,308||1,205|
|Construction Equipment CIS SBU||EUR m||430||299|
|Rental SBU||EUR m||410||363|
|Power Systems SBU||EUR m||351||307|
|Plant Engineering SBU||EUR m||326||262|
|Z Lab SBU||EUR m||0||-|
|Group total||EUR m||2,751||2,362|
|Employees (average for the year, including trainees)|
|Earnings before taxes||EUR m||93.5||85.9|
|SBU: Strategic Business Unit|
Zeppelin Group given seal of quality for its work/life balance and performs outstandingly in German employer ranking
The award underlines the company’s high HR policy standards.
Garching near Munich, March 19, 2018. The “berufundfamilie audit” certificate has been presented to the Group’s management holding company, Zeppelin GmbH, as well as its Construction Equipment EU, Rental, Power Systems, and Plant Engineering in Germany strategic business units. The seal of quality recognizes HR policies that are especially sustainable in terms of their attitude toward families and people at different stages of their lives. The patrons of the audit are the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The Group also became 144th overall in the ranking of the 1,000 best employers in Germany.
The “berufundfamilie audit” certificate
Following the footsteps of the management holding company Zeppelin GmbH, which received the “berufundfamilie audit” seal of quality back in 2015, the Zeppelin Group’s German business units now also bear the sought-after hallmark. Companies looking for a positive audit score need to demonstrate very good results as well as forward-looking targets and measures in the action areas of working hours, work structure, workplaces, information and communication, leadership and management, HR development, pay components, benefits in kind, and services for families. As an employer, Zeppelin offers flexible working hours models, fringe benefits, and a family-oriented corporate culture, among other things. The audit also evaluates follow-up measures such as consistent rules on mobile working, corporate health care management, and the provision of childcare options during school holidays. “Work/life balance is a key priority at the Zeppelin Group,” says Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH. “Our positive audit result confirms that our strategic initiative ‘Focus on our People’ is on the right track. Alongside remaining an attractive employer, we also want to ensure a high level of job satisfaction among our employees in future too.”
Every year, external auditors assess whether the action areas and planned measures are actually being implemented in practice. The “berufundfamilie audit” seal of quality is valid for three years. The Zeppelin Group’s long-term goal is to formulate common standards for work/life balance in order to provide a framework for guidance and action that its international subsidiaries and the Z Lab strategic business unit can use it too.
A top employer
The Zeppelin Group puts employees at the heart of its HR policy, as shown not least by the results of a nationwide evaluation of employers. In early 2018, Focus-Business news magazine, in collaboration with the kununu employee application platform, conducted its sixth search for Germany’s best employers. No fewer than 127,000 employee assessments were evaluated from an independent online survey, a survey of XING members, and recent kununu data. The assessment included topics such as working environment, remuneration, management style, and image. Another key question was whether employees would recommend their own employer to others.
Zeppelin became 144th in the overall rankings of the 1,000 best employees in Germany, achieving 11th place in the “mechanical and plant engineering” category and securing 7th spot in the “rail vehicle, ship, aircraft and other vehicle construction” sector. “We are very proud of our excellent showing in the employer rankings,” said Peter Gerstmann. “Our employees are key to the Group’s success. This is why we will continue to make sure that every single one of them has the opportunity to develop at Zeppelin.”
About the Zeppelin Group
The Zeppelin Group operates 190 sites around the world. Its over 8,000 employees achieved sales of 2.36 billion euros in the 2016 fiscal year. Group-wide collaboration in the Zeppelin Group revolves around a management holding company and six strategic business units: Construction Equipment EU (sales and servicing of construction machines), Construction Equipment CIS (sales and servicing of construction and agricultural machines), Rental (rental and project solutions for the construction and industry sectors), Power Systems (drive, propulsion, traction and energy systems), Plant Engineering (engineering and plant engineering), and Z Lab (new digital business models). Zeppelin GmbH is the Group holding company. It is legally domiciled in Friedrichshafen and has its head office in Garching near Munich. For more information, visit zeppelin.com.
D-85748 Garching near Munich