More than 500 Steinbeisers and their guests attended the Steinbeis Day and Steinbeis Night in Stuttgart

It’s that time of year when the summer is drawing to a close and the business schedule is quickly filling up with appointments, but one date is already inked in: the last Friday in September, when members of the Steinbeis Network meet up to take part in the Steinbeis Day and the Steinbeis Night, two important networking events. More than 500 people came to hone their networks at the 2019 events and take part in the exchange of ideas at the get-together.

The day started with brunch followed by workshops, short speeches, and discussion forums at the Hospitalhof in Stuttgart. Three topics were on the agenda, all currently occupying the thoughts of companies across all sectors of industry: staff recruitment and loyalty, sustainable commerce, and artificial intelligence. The spectrum of formats on offer underscored how it is possible to discuss these topics from a variety of angles, also highlighting the challenges companies face. The day was also a chance to forge networks, especially during the pitch events featuring individual Steinbeis Enterprises and the team sessions with Steinbeis Headquarters on the “snack and talk” islands. To round off the day on a cultural note, there was also a guided tour through the Hospitalhof to admire the wonderful architecture and an exhibition featuring the works of Ursula Christian.


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The event then moved on seamlessly to an evening at the Liederhalle Arts and Convention Centre. Steinbeisers and their clients enjoyed a congenial evening in the relaxing atmosphere of the Beethoven Hall. As usual, there were culinary delights and fun musical accompaniment from the Silvio Dalla Brida Band, perfect preparation for the highlight of the evening: the bestowal of the Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award. This year four project teams went home with an award.

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Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS, the Steinbeis Research Center) and TE Connectivity (Speyer) received an award for the functionalization of electrical contacts using high-speed laser structuring. An award was bestowed for a predictive maintenance system involving digital twins, the fruit of a project conducted by the Steinbeis Research Center for Design and Systems (Würzburg) with Koenig & Bauer Coding from Veitshöchheim. Three partners were awarded a prize for their shared involvement in the development of fiberglass-reinforced building concrete for complex free-form facades: FiberCrete, the Steinbeis Innovation Center from Chemnitz, Fiber-Tech Products (also from Chemnitz), and Medicke Metallbau from Glauchau. Finally, the development of an innovative manufacturing system for producing highly complex component surfaces earned a Transfer Award for the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Production and Organization (Pforzheim) and Optik-Elektro Huber from Mühlacker.