Left to right: Roland Frank, Uwe Haug (Steinbeis Headquarters), Klaus Danksagmüller, and Karl-Heinz Spatzal


Steinbeis honors Klaus Danksagmüller, factory planner in body and soul

It’s 1985 again and a young Klaus Danksagmüller has just started working at TBD, the technical consulting service in Ulm. At the time, nobody could have imagined what a long-lasting relationship it would be between the two parties. Fast forward 34 years, and Steinbeis is now honoring the outstanding achievements of Klaus Danksagmüller with the Steinbeis Award. The honor is awarded to distinguish Steinbeisers for particularly successful projects, or to acknowledge a person’s special character, their underlying attitude, or their ability to act as a role model.

There can be no doubt that all of these descriptions apply to Danksagmüller. Before joining the TBD, the thoroughbred engineer completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker and studied production engineering at the former University of Applied Sciences in Ulm. In 1990, Danksagmüller took over Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Fabrikplanung GmbH following the sudden death of Prof. Dienstdorf, and managed the center alongside Roland Frank and Karl-Heinz Spatzal.

The Steinbeis Enterprise was founded in 1985 as a technical consulting service at Ulm University of Applied Sciences. Since then, it has developed into a professional consulting, planning, and supervisory partner for projects in the field of factory planning. The enterprise supports firms at every stage of the planning process, from initial analysis to final implementation, and its core competences lie in digital factory planning – perfect preparation for the challenges of digital transformation for the customers of the Steinbeis experts. In 2012, Danksagmüller, Frank, and Spatzal founded Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Fabrikplanung GmbH with the aim of doing more international business.

In recent years, Danksagmüller and his colleagues have experienced more peaks than troughs with their Steinbeis Enterprise and have always stayed true to their aim of “adding value for your success in the market.” The fact that this was the right direction to take things is reflected in the number of successful projects implemented by the center and its large number of satisfied customers.

On October 1, 2019, Danksagmüller passed the baton to his former comrades-in-arms Roland Frank and Karl-Heinz Spatzal, but he will remain available to support his colleagues and the Steinbeis Network as a partner of Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Fabrikplanung GmbH. As Danksagmüller says himself: “In the same way as when we worked as a team at the transfer center, we will always consider ourselves part of the ‘Steinbeis Team.’”



Roland Frank (author)
Steinbeis Transfer Center Factory Planning (Neu-Ulm)

Klaus Danksagmüller (author)
Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Fabrikplanung GmbH (Neu-Ulm)