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Politics meets precision

Werther, 28. July 2016

Minister Rainer Schmeltzer, accompanied by Mayor Marion Weike, signed the golden book of the city during his visit at Poppe + Potthoff Präzisionsstahlrohre.
Bengt-Henning Maas, CEO of the steel tube factory shows what really counts at Poppe + Potthoff: absolute precision.

Politics meets precision

On 27 July, Poppe + Potthoff received a visit from North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Employment, Rainer Schmeltzer. At the invitation of the local SPD chapter in Werther and Member of Federal State Parliament Georg Fortmeier, the delegation accompanied by Mayor Marion Weike were able to form an impression on site of what enables the family business to successfully hold its own in the international competition.

On this sunny morning, Poppe + Potthoff’s Technology Center shines brightly. Dr. Christian Potthoff-Sewing, CFO and President, welcomes the guests and leads them into the company’s creative center. Here research and development is steadily going on to ensure that the Group, with its 1,300 employees at 15 different locations, can continue offering its international customers competitive advantages in future.

"We develop unique technologies here," Andreas Homann, Director of Sales and Marketing, explains. "All prototypes from the Technology Center in Werther can be transferred 1:1 into serial production." Poppe + Potthoff mainly produces precision steel tubes and components, couplings and drive shafts, special machines and test equipment, as well as high-pressure pipelines and common rail subsystems.

To meet the high standards that apply in this field – for instance in connection with high-pressure storage systems for diesel and gas engines – a clear focus on precision is essential. The company uses ultra-modern measurement technology and networked processes – based on "Industry 4.0" – pragmatically from day to day. The delegation were given a demonstration of this at the original factory nearby, where Poppe + Potthoff has been producing precision steel tubes since 1928, meeting the tightest tolerances.

"This is real state of the art high tech," Minister Schmeltzer said, summing up his visit to Poppe + Potthoff. You can read more about it in reports by the Westfalenblatt and Haller Kreisblattlocal newspapers.