The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an official gala event in the Crown Hall of Albrechtsberg Palace. Numerous business partners and associates gathered to mark the occasion with us on July 4th, 2015. We are especially grateful for the attendance of Dr. Joachim Zirbs, plant manager for Continental in Limbach-Oberfrohna; Wolfgang Osterode, managing director of Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna GmbH & Co. KG; Rolf Wolgast, former deputy mayor of Dresden; and Professors Müller-Steinhagen of TU Dresden and Roland Stenzel of HTW Dresden universities, respectively.
The festive ceremony at Albrechtsberg Palace kicked off with opening speeches by our guests of honor: deputy state premier and minister of economics, labor and transport Martin Dulig, and First Mayor of Dresden Dirk Hilbert (represented by Ferdinand Ruchay due to official preoccupations).
With music by the TwoForGetz ensemble, the stage was set for a talk with managers at XENON Automation. The discussion was moderated by journalist Bettina Klemm from Sächsische Zeitung, the region's biggest daily newspaper. Dr. Reißmann recalled the humble beginnings of his company and its move to the Coschütz-Gittersee industrial park, while Dr. Freitag laid out an impressive set of numbers to illustrate its development over the past 25 years. The company's future and its increasingly international outlook were also the subject of discussion, and Tobias Reißmann was happy to field questions on the Topic.
A further highlight of this festive event was the 25-Year Most Frequent Buyer award presented to Mr. Osterrode, general manager at FEP Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna GmbH & Co. KG. Having delivered 75 XENON machines since 1992, FEP is the undisputed frontrunner among our customers. Not to mention that at the time of writing, those XENON machines have worked fully automatically to produce 200 million oil-pressure switches and 6 billion plug casings for flat electrical contacts!
Balmy weather and festive music drew many of our guests outside onto the terrace for lively conversation and a selection of drinks and delectables.
In the afternoon, attendees were invited to visit Lingner Palace on the Elbe river or tour the company at XENON. Lingner Palace, known in German either as Lingnerschloss or Villa Stockhausen, is one of three royal mansions overlooking the Elbe river as part of the Dresden Elbe Valley world heritage site. Its history, architecture and imposing view over the river valley make it an impressive site to commemorate such a festive Occasion.