HYDRAULIKPRESSE October 2010, english issue - Hansa Flex


HYDRAULIKPRESSE October 2010, english issue - Hansa Flex

Issue 05/2010


Magazine for customers and employees of the HANSA-FLEX group of companies

Full speed ahead with hydraulics

SkySails wind propulsion system is revolutionising marine transport

Oil drilling technology

made in Germany



in space



is now an AG


CoNteNt hydraulikpresse 10|2010

CoVer story

04 GoiNG WitH tHe WiNd

international marine transport can cut costs with wind power

skysails cut maritime fuel con-


sumption by as much as 50%

oil drilling technology made in Germany

ariane 5 launch relies on

hydraulic technology


state-of-the-art paper


production in Brandenburg


HaNsa-FleX is now an



photo: Julia ahlers photo: skysails gmbh & co. kg

photo: Julia ahlers photo: esa

photo: Julia ahlers

trade Fairs & eVeNts

06 sHips, MaCHiNes, MariNe teCHNoloGy

sMM trade fair presence a complete success


07 tHe atHletes’ NeW ClotHes

hansa-fleX kitted out 30 clubs with new team uniforms

20 liFeloNG learNiNG

training as a hydraulics technician at the iha opens up many opportunities

21 a step iNto tHe Future

hansa-fleX hydraulik gmbh is now hansa-fleX ag


08 a Modular Colossus

offshore drilling rigs from the Bavarian woods

10 aN eNdless sHeet

Modern paper production in spremberg

13 all set For HalloWeeN

the cordes family meets the pumpkin

16 true MasterWorks

reinhold Meister – a proud tradition in water engineering

Work & liFe

12 BuCkle up For saFety

seatbelts increase chances of survival enormously

people at HaNsa-FleX

14 dediCatioN aNd its reWards

Maik Müller is german national deaf 1500 m champion

15 sittiNG still is Not aN optioN

nico röger plays wheelchair basketball at high level

FasCiNatioN teCHNoloGy

18 a Very loNG Way up

ariane 5 is europe's flagship space exploration project

did you kNoW...?

22 tHe last reNaissaNCe MaN

alexander von humboldt – a life devoted to research


03 editorial | iMpressuM

20 iHa traiNiNG seMiNar sCHedule

22 NeWs tiCker

23 CoMpetitioN | FaCts & FiGures | VaCaNCies | preVieW


hansa-fleX Customers magazine

iMpress editorial

dear readers,

the world’s oceans are the main arteries of international commerce. More than 90 percent of the

world's production volume is moved over water. hansa-fleX has supplied certified hoses to the

shipping industry for many years. last month, we exhibited our expertise in this sector at the sMM

trade fair in hamburg.

in our cover story, we take to the skies. With its towing kite propulsion system, the hamburg-based

company skysails offers shipping operators an interesting option for reducing costs. to find out how

a 160 square metre towing kite can help to cut maritime fuel consumption by as much as 50 percent,

and how hydraulics is involved, turn to page 4.

Water is also the key element in paper manufacturing. on page 10, you can read how a former coal

refining plant known as “Black pump” has been converted into a modern industrial estate, how paper

is made at the hamburger spremberg paper factory, and why hansa-fleX chose this particular

site for a new shop.

When it comes to water engineering, reinhold Meister gmbh is a leader in germany and throughout

europe. starting on page 16, we explain how hansa-fleX ensures a constant supply of replacement

parts far from any human settlement, and why gps coordinates are so important for the machine

operators who work for reinhold Meister gmbh.

editor / puBlisHer:

HaNsa-FleX Hydraulik aG

Zum panrepel 44 • 28307 Bremen, Germany

telephone: 0421 - 4 89 07 - 0

Fax: 0421 - 4 89 07 - 48

e-Mail: info@hansa-flex.com


it was by sea that alexander von humboldt arrived in south america. during his four-year research

expedition, the last renaissance man survived countless adventures and made world-shaping

discoveries. the life’s work of the man whose footprints seem to span the continent even now, are

the subject of a hydraulikpresse report on page 22.

We wish you much reading pleasure

tHe MaNaGiNG Board

Compilation: enrico kieschnick, dirk Brunne,

Jan-Christoph Fritz, Julia ahlers

articles: dirk Brunne, Jan-Christoph Fritz

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issue oCtoBer 2010

16. year

Cover page arrangement: Nadine Beneke

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HYDrauLiKPresse 10|2010 03

CoVer story skysails

GoinG witH tHe winD

international Marine transport can cut costs With Wind poWer

Wind is cheaper than oil. there can be no argument about that. on the high seas, the wind is indisputably the cheapest, most environ-mentally

friendly energy source. since conventional sail systems cannot possibly satisfy the demands of modern marine traffic, this potential

is no longer used by shipping lines. the company skysails gmbh & co. kg in hamburg intends to change this. With their concept, fuel consumption

can be reduced by as much as 50 percent. What was dismissed a few years ago as “eco-madness” is now an attractive alternative

for shipping companies.

Water covers over two thirds of our planet’s

surface. so it is hardly surprising that the

seas are by far the most important channels

for goods movements, accounting for 98 percent

of global trade. freighters transport everything

from fruit to ores to cars by sea – and the effects

on the environment are serious. a study conducted

in 2003 by the university of newark calculated that

the world’s merchant shipping fleets release as much

nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere as the entire

united states. large cargo vessels consume up to

30,000 litres of fuel to travel 100 kilometres. But with

the skysails towing kite, this could all soon change.

as the market and technology leader in automated

towing kite systems, the company develops, manufactures

and markets an internationally patented

wind propulsion system for cargo vessels based on

the principle of large towing kites.

tHe skysails systeM

the skysails system consists of three simple main

components: a towing kite with rope, a hydraulic

launching and recovery system, and a control system

for automatic operation. instead of traditional sails

fitted to a mast, skysails uses large towing kites that

look very like a paraglider. the towing kites use the

strong, stable winds that blow at altitudes between

100 and 300 metres to provide foward motion. By

means of dynamic flight manoeuvres, e.g. in a “figure

8” pattern, skysails generate five to 25 times more

power per square metre of surface area than conventional

sails. the enormous tractive forces are transmitted

to the ship via a superstrong, tear-proof rope.

the energy supply to the control pod is ensured by

means of a patented special cable integrated in the

towing rope.

HydrauliC lauNCH aNd

reCoVery systeM

hydraulic technology is used for both launching

and recovering the kite. the towing kite is

lifted out of the compartment where it is folded

for stowing by a telescopic mast. a unit produced

by hansa-fleX aggregatebau service nord in

photo: skysails gmbh & co. kg

neumünster extends the telescopic mast to a height

of 23 metres. at this height, the towing kite unfolds

to its full size and can be launched. the rope is paid

out by a winch until its operating altitude is reached.

the recovery process is performed in the reverse order.

the winch retracts the towing rope and the towing

kite docks on the launch and recovery mast. the

towing kite is then reefed and the telescopic mast retracts.

the towing kite and the control pod can then

be stowed in the kite storage compartment, which

is no bigger than an old-fashioned telephone kiosk.

Both procedures are largely automated and take between

10 and 20 minutes.

iNstallatioN of the hydraulic telescopic mast which is used to engage and release the kite at a height of 23 m

photo: skysails gmbh & co. kg


hansa-fleX Customers magazine

skysails CoVer story

“SkySails towing kites generate from 5 to 25 times more power

per m2 of surface area than normal sails!”

photo: skysails gmbh & co. kg

teCHNiCal eXpertise FroM


preliminary discussions between skysails and

hansa-fleX, represented by regional manager

Wilfried krampitz and raphael tourré from internal

technical support at the hamburg-Wilhelmsburg

branch, went well. skysails brought the technical

expertise of hansa-fleX on board. one of our main

advantages was our closely meshed branch network.

for example, the experts of aggregatebau nord

in neumünster designed, developed and built the

hydraulic unit that would extend and retract the telescopic

mast in close consultation with skysails. the

branch in Wismar supplied the skysails production

and test centre with replacement parts.

one of the first shipping lines to fit the towing kites

on its ships was Beluga shipping. at the moment,

only a modest number of ships fly the skysails kites.

But several more will soon be equipped with this innovative

technology. Because: using skysails technology

can help to save enormous quantities of fuel,

and this in turn lowers the operating costs for shipping

significantly. the low purchasing and operating

costs of skysails means that the investment will pay

for itself in as little as three to five years.

History oF tHe CoMpaNy

photo: skysails gmbh & co. kg

a similar qualification in shipbuilding and offshore

technology. the company is headquartered in hamburg-harburg.

in addition, skysails has a production

and test centre in the hanseatic city of Wismar as

well as a joint branch office with the highly respected

marine engine supplier zeppelin power systems for

worldwide sales and service of skysails propulsion in

hamburg-Bahrenfeld. the company has 80 permanent

employees, mainly engineers. there are also a

number of independent associates and a large network

of well-known partners that support development

work. currently, skysails is offering towing kite

propulsion systems for cargo vessels with an effective

photo: skysails gmbh & co. kg

load of between 8 and 16 tons. skysails with an effective

load of 32 tons are in development. it is planned

to extend the product programme to systems with an

effective load of up to 130 tons. an effective tractive

force of 8 tons by a skysail corresponds to approx.

600 to 1,000 kW installed main engine power on

average - depending on the ship‘s properties such as

propeller efficiency degree or resistance.

But it seems highly likely that the winds are set fair

for future success of the company. after all, wind will

always be cheaper than oil. and for on-board hydraulics,

hansa-fleX will always be at its station.

skysails was established in hamburg in 2001 by

stephan Wrage, who has an advanced degree in

industrial engineering, and thomas Meyer, who has

tHe toWiNG kite uses the strong, stable winds at altitudes between 100 and 300 m to generate forward motion.

HYDrauLiKPresse 10|2010 05

trade Fairs & eVeNts hansa-fleX at the sMM

sHiPs, MacHines,

Marine tecHnoLoGY

trade fair presence a coMplete success

Fluid serViCe was the main attraction for our visitors.

this year for the fourth time, hansa-fleX took

part in the sMM, the leading trade fair for

representatives of the shipbuilding industry in

hamburg. from 7-10 september, we presented our

products, services and solutions to the interested

technical community. this year, hansa-fleX in fact

had two stands. hansa-fleX fluid service welcomed

members of its own technical community in front of

the trade fair building. a service that offers advantages

to all businesses in the maritime sector. for

example, fluid service is able to analyse oil samples

photo: Julia ahlers

from hydraulic systems in the vessel directly on site

and test important parameters such as the oil’s purity,

viscosity or water content. if necessary, immediate

steps can be taken to prevent systems from failing

due to contaminated oil. from oil filtering with a parallel

flow filter system to a complete oil change – our

experts in the fluid service were ready with advice

and help. With more than 50,000 visitors and over

2,000 exhibitors, sMM 2010 in hamburg was once

again a resounding success. this was evident not only

at the hansa-fleX stand outside the building, but

also in hall a1. several aspects of the hansa-fleX

offering were exhibited here, including the special

segment for metal and ptfe hoses. and naturally the

segment for offshore and industrial hoses was well

represented at the trade fair. coolant water, air and

chemicals are transported just as reliably as fuels or

lubricants through offshore industrial hoses. the hoses

are resistant to seawater, vibrations, temperature

fluctuations, ozone, and abrasive media.

hansa-fleX cooperates with all of the most respected

classification bodies in the business, so we

can ensure compliance with the various requirements

in many countries. for example, based on

its exemplary quality management system, the

hamburg-stellingen branch passed its last audit by

germanischer lloyd with no non-compliances, thereby

retaining its status as a self-inspection facility

without restriction. We conduct regular audits or our

upstream suppliers as well, as a further guarantee of

impeccable quality. Working from this high standard,

the hansa-fleX hamburg-stellingen branch supplies

many elements of the german armed forces,

including the german navy. We are also an original

equipment supplier to many well-known german

shipyards. over time, we have become an experienced,

reliable system partner even for unusual assignments

such as arise when building luxury yachts

and submarines.

the hansa-fleX stands were extremely well attended

for the entire period of the fair. as a result,

new contacts were made, and existing ones were

strengthened. so of one thing there can be no doubt:

we’ll be there again in 2012.


hansa-fleX Customers magazine

photo: Julia ahlers

cluB sponsorship NeWs

photo: Julia ahlers

tHe atHLetes’ new cLotHes

hansa-fleX kitted out 30 cluBs With neW teaM uniforMs

it is still a little chilly when the team trots out onto

the field for training. the first, light mist of autumn

still hangs over the training ground as the players

begin their warm-up exercises. today’s training

session will be especially hard, because they have

an important match against a strong opponent this

weekend. But something is different: the bright,

fresh colours of the team's strip contrast vividly with

the grey of the autumn morning – because they are

brand new.

the same thing has happened

for many other

teams from a total of 30

clubs, which were selected

in this year’s club

sponsoring campaign by

hansa-fleX ag. each received

team uniforms with

a value of as much as 1,000


“The clubs were extremely

grateful for this assistance, as it is

becoming more and more difficult in

these times to find sponsors!”

the high-quality strips have been produced by outfitters

team sport & fashion in cooperation with

hansa-fleX. this is now the third edition of our

highly successful club sponsoring campaign. the

quality provided by this manufacturer is indisputable,

and because of the good value-for-money ratio,

some of the teams were even able to buy strip for up

to two full teams. the clubs were able to choose from

a wide variety of colour combinations – of course the

players’ names and numbers appeared boldly on the

back of the shirts.

the clubs were extremely grateful for this assistance,

as it is becoming more and more difficult in these

times to find sponsors that

are prepared to support

non-professional clubs,

out of the glare of national

publicity. We hope that

these teams will approach

their upcoming games

with even greater enthusiasm

and commitment.

at the same time, all of the

clubs that were unfortunately

unsuccessful in this

year's drawing should not give up hope. We expect

to have another sponsoring campaign for 2011 next

year. of course we will announce it in good time.

photo: norbert ott

photo: Michael heinke

deliGHted WitH tHeir NeW teaM sHirts the winners

in our club sponsoring campaign represent a wide variety of

sporting activities.

HYDrauLiKPresse 10|2010


praCtiCal oil drilling technology

a MoDULar coLossUs

offshore drilling rigs froM the Bavarian Woods

there are not many companies in germany that can boast a history stretching back over a century.

But Max streicher gmbh & co. kg aa in deggendorf, Bavaria, is one that can. established as a

building company in 1909, the streicher group is now built on four thriving business lines. one is

pipeline and plant construction. for many years, hansa-fleX field service technician Josef pertler

has been their first call for all of their hydraulic connector equipment.

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photo: Julia ahlers

oil drilling technology praCtiCal

Most of us played with building bricks when

we were children. We piled one little cube

on top of the other, and really the result was

always a tower. very occasionally a house. Most definitely

never an offshore deep drilling plant. But Max

streicher gmbh & co. kg aa works a little differently.

What the engineers from deggendorf have created

looks rather like squaring the circle. Because with

the development and construction of the vdd 400.1

streicher has paved the way for completely new possibilities

in offshore drilling operations.

the masterstroke: vdd 400.1 is designed in modules,

so it can be erected and dismantled in the shortest

time imaginable. Most of the modules consist of an

iso container, which must not weigh more than eleven

tons. this was a particular challenge for the boffins

at streicher, because many of the machines that are

used in the system weigh over 30 tons on their own.

the advantage of modular engineering is that the

system can be adapted to practically any space constraints.

since the individual modules are relatively

light, they can easily be loaded onto a drilling platform

from a ship. When drilling is complete, the system

can be dismantled within ten days and transported

to a new drilling site. the time-hounoured practice

of leaving old, played out rigs to rust in place will soon

be a thing of the past. this is beneficial for the environment,

and the customer saves money, because the

drilling system can be used again and again.

autoMatiC operatioN

vdd 400.1 operates almost entirely automatically.

Just eight technicians per shift are needed to keep

it running smoothly. for this, they rely on many hydraulic

systems: the automatic pipe handling system

for example. the drill head on the seabed is connected

to the rig via the “drill string”. as the drill head

carves its way deeper and deeper into the undersea

bedrock, up on the rig more pipes are added behind

it and connected to each other. an operation that

was previously accomplished by sheer brawn and

involved significant risk is managed by a fully automatic

system in the vdd 400.1. giant, computer-controlled

arms grasp the long rods and move them up

against the last pipe. there, they are welded together

in another automated operation.

a lot oF poWer For

a little WeiGHt

the vdd 400.1’s technical specifications are impressive.

Weighing in at just under 1,000 tons, it is a

feather compared with other drilling systems. But

the hydraulic top drive has a hook load of 400 tons.

Maximum torque: 85,000 newton metres. Maximum

drilling depth: 5,000 metres. of course, it stands to

reason that with these figures the hydraulic systems

are a little larger. the hydraulic hoses that carry the

pressure medium for the drilling system are clearly

visible from a great distance. in all there are 16 hoses,

each as thick as a man's thigh. each is 16 metres long

and is connected to the drilling system.

in the machine room of this colossus, unions supplied

by hansa-fleX are everywhere. “We have enjoyed

a trusting working relationship with streicher for

almost a decade. today, streicher relies on the expertise

of hansa-fleX in many projects”, says field

technician Josef pertler. and streicher is at work on

an enormous number of projects. the company’s

civil and structural engineering sector is engaged

in building roads, conduit systems and industrial

engineering projects all over europe. if rapid support

is ever needed at one these sites, fleXXpress is

on hand anywhere on the continent. the company’s

mechanical engineering sector, which also builds

fairground rides, uses practically every product

hansa-fleX makes. even our cylinder repair facility

in königshofen has been called upon to repair the occasional

hydraulic cylinder for streicher.

HiGHest saFety staNdards

recent events have shown that it is high time for the

existing safety concepts in deep sea drilling to be

thoroughly reviewed and reconsidered. the highest

standards of safety are embedded in the streicher

corporate philosophy. the first offshore drilling system

produced by streicher was designed and built for

an order from the norwegian company seawell ltd..

on June 9, streicher unveiled this system to selected

industry representatives. “the norwegian government’s

safety regulations are extremely stringent.

the vdd 400.1 conforms to the norsok standard,

which is among the most demanding specifications

anywhere in the world”, declares dipl.-ing. hanserich

endler, an engineer with streicher.

here is one example: the “blowout preventer” – an

enormous block that can weigh more than 100 tons

– is positioned directly above the drill hole in the

seabed to ensure constant control. if critical volume

fluctuations are measured in the drilling fluid inside

the drill hole, extraction is interrupted by four safety

valves. each of these valves is strong enough to plug

the line on its own. in the unlikely event that all four

valves fail, a a fifth valve severs the line and seals it.

that is just one of many safety systems in this modular

colossus. “We have a responsibility to our environment.

We are deeply aware of that in the streicher

group. accordingly, safety has the very highest priority

in our systems”, declares Mr. endler.

independence from fossil fuels is undoubtedly a

noble objective. But we have a long way to go before

we realise this objective. all the signs indicate that

Mankind will still be reliant on oil wells and extraction

systems for a long time to come. it is good to

know that streicher systems satisfy the highest possible

safety standards.

photo: Julia ahlers

photo: Julia ahlers

photo: Julia ahlers

eNorMous HydrauliC systeMs drive the Vdd 400.1 offshore deep drilling plant – the drill head can drill into the seabed down to a depth of 5,000 m, fully automatically.

HYDrauLiKPresse 10|2010


praCtiCal paper production

an enDLess sHeet

Modern paper production in spreMBerg

it is one of the most commonly used materials in the world – you are holding it in your

hand now. exactly. We are talking about paper. Whether it is the daily newspaper, paper

handkerchiefs, wallpaper, packaging or books – scarcely a day goes by when you don’t

touch paper. and the production process for paper has remained basically unchanged for

1000 years. only the equipment has improved somewhat. one of the most modern paper

machines in europe is located in spremberg, Brandenburg. hansa-fleX was there at its

construction, as a service partner for hydraulic connecting equipment.

for years, the heart of the niederlausitz region

was dominated and defined by coal and electricity.

even today, it is common to hear the traditional

miners’ greeting “glück auf”, and the football

team is called “energie”. the area is spremberg, the

schwarze pumpe (Black pump) district. lying between

cottbus and dresden, this was once a centre

for refining brown coal (lignite). today, the site has

been turned into an industrial estate that is home to

82 companies. the “hamburger spremberg” paper

factory stands right in the middle. and at the beginning

of July, hansa-fleX opened its new shop,

“schwarze pumpe”, very close to here.

HelpiNG WitH eCoNoMiC CHaNGe

“The machine has a capacity of

330,000 t per year – the paper is

made entirely from recycled paper!”

in october, 2003, when ground was broken for the

new paper factory in the schwarze pumpe industrial

estate, hamburger spremberg

gmbh & co. kg made

a significant contribution

to altering the economic

fabric of the region. one

of the aims was to employ

local technicians to begin

operations in the new

factory. to this end, during the almost 20 months it

took to build the factory, 25 workers from completely

unrelated industries were trained to make paper. the

project was highly successful. today, 375 employees

have found new employment with the paper factory.

the same number again in the surrounding district.

paper has been manufactured in spremberg with the

very latest technology since the beginning of april

2005. for example, in ideal conditions the paper machine

can process 330,000 tons of raw paper to produce

corrugated cardboard. Because: in spremberg,

they don’t make simple white paper like the sheets

we put in our copiers. here beside the spree, they

make white containerboard. it consists of three plies,

and is produced entirely from recycled paper. this in

turn is used to make cardboard boxes and packaging.

FroM reCyCled paper

to paCkaGiNG

the recycled paper is inspected and sorted according

to its composition as soon as it is delivered. for

the white cover layer for the “spreeWhite” paper

type, only white recycled paper can be used. about

20,000 tons of raw material are warehoused at the

factory, ready for processing. this is enough for eight

to ten days’ production. in material preparation the

recycled paper is dissolved

in large amounts of water.

the paper slurry is then

passed through many machines

with perforated and

slotted sieves until almost

all impurities have been

removed. after the material

has been prepared, additives such as starch are

introduced to give the paper the desired properties.

tHe paper MaCHiNe

the halls that house the paper machine have two

things in common: they are hot and noisy. everywhere

in the 100-metre long building, machinery

parts are in motion, creating a paper web 1,000

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paper production praCtiCal

metres long by 5.4 metres wide. enough paper every

minute to cover a football pitch. But before the finished

paper can be rolled up, it must pass through

three main sections. first, the fibre pulp coming

from the material preparation department is heavily

diluted with water. this suspension contains

only seven percent of fibre materials per litre and is

sprayed evenly onto a rotating sieve. as the water

drains away or is suctioned out, the fibres are deposited

on the sieve, forming a fibre web. after this

step, called the sheetforming process by papermakers,

paper web still contains about 80% water. the

paper machine at hamburger spremberg has three

sheetforming units like this, and their fibre webs are

merged to form a single strip of paper before being

forwarded to the next processing step.

”While the paper machine was being

built, HANSA-FLEX was on hand

at all times as service partner!”

next, this paper strip is passed through rollers to

squeeze more water out. the rollers are pressed

together so hard that the dry content in the paper

emerging at the other end has risen to 52 percent.

this pressing process also increases the mechanical

strength of the paper. then, heat is applied to dry it

further. for this, the paper runs in a slalom through

steam-heated drying cylinders. With its smoothing

unit at the end of the drying section, the machine

creates a smooth surface and consistent sheet thickness.

the paper is then subjected to a thorough quality

control inspection. if it passes this inspection, it

is rolled up on steel reels and sent to intermediate

storage to await shipment.

alWays Close at HaNd

While the paper machine was being built,

hansa-fleX was on hand at all times as service

partner for the sophisticated hydraulic systems

and to maintain the construction machinery. the

fleXXpress rapid hydraulic service was also on constant

alert to support the standard spare parts delivery

service. With its new “schwarze pumpe” shop,

hansa-fleX has now established a presence very

close by, so it can be on the scene even more quickly.

Because closeness has its benefits. not only the hamburger

spremberg paper factory, but for all the other

companies on the industrial estate, and for over

350,000 hansa-fleX customers all over the world.

photo: Julia ahlers photo: Julia ahlers photo: Julia ahlers photo: Julia ahlers photo: Julia ahlers

paper produCtioN is a complicated process involving

many complex machines.

HYDrauLiKPresse 10|2010


Background photo: Julia ahlers

Work & liFe the seatBelt

BUcKLe UP For saFetY

seatBelts increase chances of survival enorMously

it was a frenchman, gustave-désiré leveau, who

first applied for a patent for a four-point seatbelt.

that was in 1903. louis renault followed his example

the same year and obtained a patent for the fivepoint

seatbelt, and it was from this prototype that

volvo developed the three-point belt that is in most

common use today. starting in 1959, seatbelts were

standard equipment in all saab and volvo vehicles.

When the german federal government made it mandatory

to wear seatbelts – although no penalties

were imposed for disobedience – the law met with

intense opposition from some drivers. it was another

eight years before failure to wear a seatbelt became

punishable with a fine of 40 dM. compliance then

rose immediately from 60 to 90%. and yet, seatbelts

are the single most important safety mechanism in

the interior of the vehicle, as is attested by the dramatic

decline in fatalities immediately after wearing

seatbelts became mandatory. By wearing their seatbelts,

car drivers increase their chances of surviving

an accident by 45%. statistics show that almost 50%

of those who die in traffic accidents were not wearing

a seatbelt. 8% were driving cars that were not

fitted with them, or were exempt from wearing one,

in a further 16% of cases, it was no longer possible

to determine whether they were wearing one or not.

only 35% of people who were killed in car accidents

were properly belted. as a rule: everyone must wear

a seatbelt. But it is the exceptions that prove the rule.

When driving at walking pace, reversing, and driving

from one house to the house next door, drivers in

germany are not obliged to wear a seatbelt.

saFety First

But anyone who is driving in normal traffic on the road

without wearing a seatbelt is liable to receive a fine of

30 euros. people who make their child wear a seatbelt

but do not use a child safety seat will also have to pay

30 euros. if the violation concerns several children, the

fine is 35 euros. in flensburg, drivers who are irresponsible

enough not to secure their children in any way,

receive a fine of at least 40 euros and one point on

their driving licence. generally, the driver is responsible

for ensuring that his passengers are safely buckled

in. it is also the driver who is penalised if his passengers

do not comply. in germany, men are found not

wearing seatbelts noticeably more often than women,

and older people seem to place greater value on

safety than younger people. those who believe that

the kinetic energy produced when driving slowly can

be absorbed by the arms should take note: at speeds

photo: Julia ahlers

photo: Julia ahlers

barely above walking pace, this is not possible without

injury. and open fractures of the elbows are not

pretty, they are excruciatingly painful, and they take

a long time to heal. furthermore, the compensation

that might be payable by an insurance company in the

event of an accident can be significantly reduced if the

insured person is not wearing a seatbelt. for all these

reasons: Buckle up, and drive carefully.

aCCordiNG to statistiCs, the seatbelt increases drivers’

chances of surviving a traffic accident by 45%.

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hydraulics in farMing praCtiCal

aLL set For HaLLoween

the cordes faMily Meets the puMpkin

photo: Julia ahlers

no one can claim that halloween is an essentially

german festival. But in recent years, the night

of horrors has enjoyed increasing popularity,

particularly with children. and carved pumpkins are

becoming more and more common as garden decorations

at this time of year. at the cordes pumpkin

patch in kirchlinteln, this is very gratifying. astrid

cordes wanted to decorate her farmyard with pumpkins

back in 2003. But this was no easy ambition. “We

had to drive a long way before we found anyone who

sold them. and then, pumpkins were very expensive”,

recalls the farmer now. astrid cordes decided she

would not put up with this, so a year later she began

growing her own pumpkins. starting with 18 different

types, she sold her wares from small self-service

stalls by the roadside. these days, the cordes family

grows over 10,000 pumpkins a year. they offer more

than 120 different kinds for sale. every pumpkin is

harvested by hand.

she offers simple recipes for preparing pumpkins in

a wide variety of ways. from baby food to pumpkin

bread, the book covers it all. the cordes family now

sell their wares in their own farmhouse shop and at

three self-service stalls in the region. Besides pumpkin

jam, pumpkin liqueur, and pumpkins in the most

startling colours, you will also find small decorative

items or pumpkin juice.

puMpkiN aCtiVity days

since pumpkins and halloween go together like

night and darkness, the cordes family has instituted

a great halloween programme for children aged 6 to

14. then, the children can carve the pumpkins they

themselves have picked in the field. and the pumpkin

festival is celebrated in mid-september every

year, under the pumpkin pyramid in the pumpkin


photo: Julia ahlers

tend 200 beef and 80 dairy cattle at the farm in kirchlinteln.

and when the hydraulic hoses on his farming

machinery need to be replaced, dirk cordes drives to

his nearest hansa-fleX branch. the replacement is

handed over promptly. if he has to go in october, perhaps

he will bring a pumpkin. find out more about

the cordes family's produce at www.kuerbis-undmehr.de.

reFereNCe Work

over the last six years, astrid cordes has learned so

much about pumpkins and their uses that she has

compiled her knowledge in a cookery book entitled

“alles kürbis oder was?”. in this 138-page volume,

HydrauliCs at Work

But the cordes family also runs a “normal” farm both

outside and during the pumpkin season. on their

70-hectare smallholding, they grow mainly fodder

maize for their own beef and dairy herd. in all, they

tHe Cordes FaMily still FarMs in the traditional way

besides their pumpkin crop.

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People at HANSA-FLEX Maik Müller

Dedication and its rewards

Maik Müller is German national deaf 1500 m champion

HANSA-FLEX employee Maik Müller won the 1500 m race and came second in the 5000 m at the German National Athletics Championships

for the Deaf. In this interview, the 23-year-old talks about his triumph, his work at HANSA-FLEX, and his next sporting objectives.

Mr. Müller, a few weeks ago, you won the 1500

metres at the German Deaf Athletics Championship.

Warmest congratulations, first of all! How

did you feel on crossing the finish line first?

I was absolutely exhausted, but I was jubilant as well.

Was your victory a surprise or did you start the

race as a favourite?

To be quite honest, I would never have thought I

might be able to win it. So this victory was a tremendous

surprise. For me and all of my supporters. But I

also trained very hard for this race.

How long have you been in competitive running,

and how did you get into it?

I’ve played sports ever since my schooldays. I started

with football. I played regularly until November

2008. Then between December 2008 and mid-2009

I competed in triathlons. I only began training for

running in June 2010. That was another reason this

win at the German National Championships was so


You work for HANSA-FLEX in Weixdorf. What is

your job there, exactly?

In Weixdorf, I work in internal technical support.

Is it true that all deaf people can lipread, or is that

a fairy story?

If deaf people have a cochlear implant (Editor’s note:

A cochlear implant is a hearing prosthesiis for deaf

people whose auditory nerve still works) or wear a

hearing aid, they understand their surroundings

better, and they can also lipread better. Other deaf

people do not have a cochlear implant or hearing aid,

and they then use sign language. I have learned to

hear with a cochlear implant and to lipread. I can also

understand and talk in sign language.

How do you and your colleagues communicate?

Unfortunately, there are very few hearing people

who have also mastered sign language.

I communicate by speaking. Many of my colleagues

make an effort when they are talking to me. It helps

if they speak simply and clearly.

Can you explain briefly how sign language works?

Is there a sign for each word, or do you use signs

to create letters or syllables?

Sign language consists of letters, gestures, and words.

There are signs that one shows for different words.

Every individual has different experiences with sign

language. There are many differences depending on

the country and national spoken lang-uage. So sign

language is by no means uniform internationally.

Are you comfortable as an employee with


I am very comfortable at HANSA-FLEX. My colleagues

are very nice and I enjoy the work very much.

What else would you like to achieve in sports?

Of course my target is to take part in the big championships

in the next few years. That would be the

European Championships for the Deaf in Turkey in

2011, the 2012 World Championships in Canada, and

the Deaflympics – that is the Olympic Games for the

deaf in Athens in 2013. A purely personal goal for me

is to run 5,000 metres in under 15 minutes 50.

“I would never have thought I might be able to win it.

So this victory was a tremendous surprise!”

Photo: Martina Müller

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nico rÖger people at HaNsa-FleX

sittinG stiLL is not an oPtion

nico rÖger plays Wheelchair BasketBall at high level

for nico röger, sport has always been an important part of his life. he played football as a child. he was so succeessful that he was invited to try

out for the Werder Bremen youth team. But his life took a different turn. in the mid-1990s, doctors diagnosed bone cancer in his thigh.

amputation was the only solution.

now aged 26, one day when he was ten, he was

celebrating his football club’s championship

win. the next morning, he complained of a pain

in his thigh. after several examinations, he received

the devastating diagnosis: bone cancer. a course of

chemotherapy followed, and finally his entire leg was

amputated. there was no question of playing sports

any more. “it was a difficult time for the whole family”,

says nico röger today, “but as soon as i felt better,

i started playing football again. on crutches, because

in the early days i couldn’t get on with an artificial leg

at all”. today when nico walks, you would not notice

that he has an artificial leg.

photo: Julia ahlers

CoMplete NorMal, But diFFereNt

after trying out several different sports, the

hansa-fleX commercial clerk discovered wheelchair

basketball. this sport pits men and women, with

and without disabilities, against each other on equal

terms. the dimensions of the court and the height

of the nets are exactly the same as for “pedestrian”

basketball. as as the name suggest, the athletes use

specially designed sports wheelchairs to get around

the court. however, the biggest difference is the classification

of individual players. players are classified

on a points system from 1 to 4.5 depending on their

motor skills. a severely disabled player receives 1

point, a wheelchair basketball player without a disability

receives 4.5 points. the combined points for

the five players on the court must not exceed 14.5.

lookiNG up

nico röger has been playing wheelchair basketball in

achim for about 7 years. for a while, he played in two

clubs. Because he was so good, he was given a double

licence for young players, and was allowed to play

for the team from lüneburg in a higher division, and

so began playing in the 2nd division of the german

national Wheelchair Basketball league (rBBl). “certainly

i am ambitious about improving constantly.

eventually, there came a time when it was not going

to happen any more, so i started playing in lüneburg

as well”, says the blond 26-year-old. But playing

in two teams was extremely time-consuming. “My

girlfriend has always supported me, but she wasn’t

terribly happy that i had training at least three or four

times a week, and weekends were practically always

game days”, he says with a smile. these days, he plays

only for Bsv achim. he also trains there three times

a week, but the long drives to lüneburg have been

dispensed with. “We want to build something here,

and climb as far up the standings as possible”, says

nico röger. promotion to the regional league came

in 2009. the following year, the team were runners

up to the league champions. they are hoping that

2011 will see them promoted to the 2nd national

league. perhaps they will soon set their sights on the

national senior league.

photo: Julia ahlers

photo: Julia ahlers

photo: Julia ahlers

NiCo rÖGer during a wheelchair basketball game with BsV achim – the stated goal for the team is to win promotion to the 2nd National league in 2011. Good luck!

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praCtiCal Water engineering

trUe MasterworKs

reinhold Meister – a proud tradition in Water engineering

the company reinhold Meister gmbh is held to

be one of the largest earthmoving companies

in germany. and water engineering is traditionally

one of the company’s primary activities. having

started in standard river engineering, Meister consistently

takes on new challenges in water engineering.

With the hansa-fleX hydraulics workshop, they

know they can always be sure of rapid spare parts delivery

– even when they are working well away from

populated areas. if you drive past the headquarters

tHe NeW BaNk is seCured with matting layers and a

covering layer of stones.

photo: Julia ahlers

of reinhold Meister gmbh in deggendorf, upper Bavaria,

you get the merest glimpse of the size of this

company's vehicle fleet. the excavators stand in serried

ranks that seem to stretch to the horizon. the total

fleet includes more than 700 machines. of these,

150 are hydraulic tracked vehicles and self-propelled

excavators. Malfunctions are repaired by Meister directly

in the company’s own workshop. “some of the

equipment we use cannot even be bought. We build

them ourselves in that case”, explains workshop supervisor

thomas Berndl. for example, an excavator

bucket has been extended by a few metres to extend

its operating range. since the hydraulic hoses were

then too short, replacements were obtained through

hansa-fleX field service technician Josef pertler.

Fast WitH X-Code

With such a huge number of vehicles, countless hose

lines are needed. to make it as easy as possible to obtain

spare parts, Meister has been using X-code for

years. “X-code is really good”, says thomas Berndl. “it

means we don’t have to spend a lot of time measuring

the lines. We just quote the code over the telephone,

and in the next delivery we receive the right

hose lines”. stephan Margetan visits reinhold Meister

gmbh almost every day. “the need for hose lines and

other hydraulic components is really enormous. But

given the number of projects they are working on,

this is not surprising. Besides, we’ve worked with

them for many years now. there is a great deal of

trust on both sides”, states the field technician. the

outsider can see straight away that the business relationship

between reinhold Meister and hansa-fleX

is better than just good. almost every employee in

the workshop greets stephan Margetan by his first

name. that may be due to the friendly nature of Bavarians

in part, but it is surely due in equal part to the

good cooperation between the companies.

proJeCts tHrouGHout europe

the range of projects Meister undertakes is every

bit as varied as its vehicle fleet is large. if you pass

a construction project involving water anywhere in

europe, you will almost always see the logo of the

experts from deggendorf emblazoned on the vehicles.

this applies for the drakenburg canal on the

Weser and at the danube delta in rumania, where

Meister is restoring the banks of the sulina canal. for

canal projects, Meister deploys a small army of machines.

eight big excavators, each weighing over 70

tons, two smaller ones, weighing up to 70 tons, four

loaders and two crawler-loaders were floated by ship

down the danube to the worksite. since the worksite

is well away from transport routes and any other

infrastructure, all spare parts must also be delivered

by ship. this takes time, which as everyone knows, is

money. especially when a construction machine is


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Water engineering praCtiCal

“The range of projects that Meister undertakes is

as varied as its vehicle fleet is large”

photo: Julia ahlers

iMMediate replaCeMeNt oN site

in order to ensure that hose lines can be replaced

as rapidly as possible in urgent cases, hansa-fleX

has provided a hydraulics workshop on the danube

delta. this workshop is equipped with all of the

spare parts that are used. training sessions were

held for the Meister employees, so they would be

thoroughly familiar with the production equipment

and could make the spare parts themselves if need

be. But sometimes the unexpected happens even

with the most carefully laid plans. for these events

too, hansa-fleX is there. so it was on the danube

delta. a hydraulic hose on an excavator burst while

the construction site was being set up. since none

of the Meister employees who had been trained had

even reached the site yet, and no one was familiar

with the hydraulic workshop, hansa-fleX employee

Josef pertler passed instructions to the machine operator

by phone. he explained each step involved in

press-fitting a hose, and what needs to be remembered

when it is installed. in an emergency, this is

also part of the service.

reinhold Meister gmbh is dressing and reinforcing

the banks for several kilometres along the sulina

canal in the danube delta to ensure that the river

remains navigable to shipping. for this, the excavators

must scoop out the earth on both banks. this

is guided with pinpoint accuracy via gps signals, so

that the river remains as wide as it needs to be. after

the removal, the subsoil is covered with giant mats of

non-woven fabric. these mats overlap each other by

70 centimetres and prevent the subsoil from slipping.

Meister has developed its own mat laying machine

so that the mats can be laid as quickly and accurately

as possible. in a final step, the mat is covered with

stones, which also protect the bank.

though it may sound very simple, in practice the undertaking

is extremely challenging. the duration of

the project reflects its magnitude and scale. it was

begun in March 2009, and the banks of the danube

delta will be restored in all their glory some time in

2012. and the hansa-fleX hydraulic workshop will

be on site for all that time, to make sure that downtimes

are as short as possible.

piNpoiNt aCCuraCy WitH Gps

photo: Julia ahlers

photo: Julia ahlers

Gps teCHNoloGy supports MaCHiNe operators in pinpoint working of the bank terrain – the excavators used have been

specially equipped with extra long buckets for this application, with the active cooperation of HaNsa-FleX.

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Fascination technology Hydraulics for space travel

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hydraulics for space travel FasCiNatioN teCHNoloGy

a VerY LonG waY UP

ariane 5 is europe‘s flagship space eXploration proJect

satellite navigation, heat-resistant materials, solar cells, freeze-dried food or satellite-supported weather forecasts – these are all examples

of the way space travel directly affects our daily lives. Without research in weightless conditions, many advanced technologies would never

have emerged. even today, much basic research is still conducted in space. the most important carrier for the european space agency (esa)

is the ariane 5.

When the usa calls a final halt to the space

shuttle program in february 2011, it will

truly represent the end of an era. for the

first time since space research began, the world's

leading space flight nation will be without a space

transport vehicle of its own. at least not for a few

years. her international partners will step into the

void to ensure that the international space station

(iss) is not endangered. for example, over the next

few years astronauts will be transported from earth

to the iss and back again in the russian soyuz capsule.

the automatic transfer vehicle (atv) built by

eads astrium space transportation in Bremen will

keep the space station supplied with vital raw materials

such as water, food, oxygen or fuel. When it is

empty, the crew can use it as a gigantic dustbin. after

separating from the space station it will burn up on

re-entering the earth’s atmosphere.

WeiGHtless is Not

eXaCtly WeiGHtless

another important function of the atv is to lift the

space station at regular intervals. Because even

though the iss is orbiting about 350 kilometres

above our planet, it is still slowed by the frictional

resistance of the thin atmosphere at that altitutde,

and it falls towards earth at a rate between 50 and

150 metres per day. if the iss falls too far, it is in danger

of being incinerated in the earth’s atmosphere. to

prevent this, the unmanned space freighter will dock

with he station completely automatically and remain

docked for up to six months. for the docking manoeuvre,

a laser-guided, fully automated system is

used, which can help to couple the atv to the russian

zvyezda module. this demands the most extreme

precision. if the iss has to be lifted, the atv will fire

its jets to put the space station into a higher orbit.

this has been done once before. the atv raised the

iss by 6.4 kilometres in two stages. the next launch

is scheduled for the end of november 2010. since the

atv is a transporter that cannot be launched into

space from the earth under its own power, it will be

sent into orbit on the back of one of the most powerful

rockets ever built, the ariane 5. launches like this

use hydraulic systems.

XWorld Will pass Close By

the ariane 5 will be launched from the space station

in kourou, french guiana, in south america. the

geographical situation of this site makes it ideal for

launching rockets. it is close to the equator. Because:

the earth's rotation is more powerful here, which

means that the ariane is able to carry two-and-ahalf

to three times more payload into a geostationary

orbit than if it were launched from a more northerly

site. this saves fuel, and accordingly costs. the fortunate

participants in the third stage of XWorld south

america from 16 to 29 July 2011 will have the privilege

of touring the esa space centre.

oNe-Way FliGHt For 180

MillioN dollars

Besides the atv and the esa, which will launch a

payload into orbit on the carrier rocket once or twice

a year, the rocket can also be used to take up satellites

for international customers. ariane 5 will carry

the satellites on a one-way trip into space for a paltry

180 million us dollars. a sophisticated system will

enable the european carrier rocket to place two satellites

in different orbits. this makes ariane 5 more

attractive for international customers, because this

cuts the launch costs in half.

iNstallatioN oN site

WitH HydrauliCs

ariane 5 is a european project. to ensure that all of

the countries which contribute funds also reap a benefit

from it, the various parts of the rocket are produced

or assembled at different locations in the participating

nations all over europe. the rocket is not

fully assembled until it reaches kourou. Between one

and two months before a launch, the ariane’s main

photo: esa

stage, secondary stage and fairing will reach the port

in the capital of french guiana in oversized containers.

the individual parts will then be driven on heavy

transporters to the launch centre, where they will be

assembled. hydraulic systems are used during this

assembly as well, to lift the individual stages and

connect them to each other. the upright ariane will

then be transported to the launch gantry about a

kilometre away on a rail system. the two solid fuel

boosters attached to the sides of the primary stage

will provide additional thrust during the launch. they

burn for about 130 seconds and are then jettisoned.

even though hydraulic systems are practically inoperable

in space due to weightlessness and the

low temperatures, on the ground they are essential

for ensuring that we can continue receiving satellite

television, and that the international space station is

constantly supplied with vital raw materials.

ariaNe 5 is rolled out to the launch pad from the assembly

building on track mounted “launch platform”.

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Background photo: esa


NeWs Qualified hydraulics technician

LiFeLonG LearninG

training as a hydraulics technician at the iha opens up Many opportunities

Mario JaNss Has eVery reasoN to sMile he has

successfully completed the training course to become a

“qualified hydraulics technician” at the iHa.

Mario Janß has been working for hansa-fleX

since 2003. he started as a driver for the

fleXXpress hydraulics immediate response

service, and is now deputy manager of industrial

assembly in hamburg and a service technician for

industrial assembly and plant construction. Besides

these demanding activities, Mario Janß also attended

the iha training course that would lead to

his qualification as a hydraulics technician. he passed

the course with distinction. in the following interview,

he describes his views on the course content.

Mr. Janß, why did you decide to take the training

course to become a qualified hydraulics technician


photo: Julia ahlers

someone mentioned to me while i was at a seminar

in dresden that this hfk qualification course was

being offered. it sounded interesting. so i found

out more details about it and submitted a written

application to my regional manager, Mr. krampitz.

Mr. krampitz approved it and forwarded it immediately.

he was extremely supportive throughout the

entire training course.

How do you rate the content of the course?

the material covered in the hfk training course is

very extensive. each topic area is discussed down to

the smallest detail, and where possible this theoretical

knowledge was reinforced with practical exercises.

our trainee group was extremely demanding,

and the trainers had to put in an enormous amount

of overtime. i would also like to express my sincere

thanks once again to the iha team!

Now you can step back a bit: How has the training

course you have just completed helped you in

your work for the company?

i have become a great deal more self-confident when

dealing with customers. customers certainly feel

more confident that they are in good hands as well

when they find that the “hydraulics technician” they

speak to on the phone is sure of himself, and knows

what he is about.

How did you manage the extra workload? after

all, you had to resume your existing responsibilities

for HaNsa-FleX in between training weeks.

it’s true, the workload was huge. almost all of the

participants had stopped studying many years ago,

so the first thing you had to do was learn how to

learn again. the weekends were always very short,

and the three weeks sometimes went by faster than

we would have lliked. i used to set off back to dresden

with my colleague at about midday on sunday, and

we would quiz each other on the way down, because

we knew that we had a four-hour test every Monday

at the iha. this was how they tested whether we had

understood the training material and had studied at


Which employees do you think would benefit

from this training course?

i think that the hfk training is to be recommended

for fleXXpress vehicle drivers and service technicians.

But also for anyone who deals with hydraulic

systems as part of his working life and is interested in

getting a sound training in hydraulics.

the training course you attended was associated

with certain costs for your employers.

How does your training benefit your employer

HaNsa-FleX aG?

i think that the customer feels more confident that

he is in good hands, which means that he is more inclined

to call us again if he has another problem with

his hydraulics. it is also an advantage that we learn

about more than just hoses in the training course. We

learn about everything that hansa-fleX has to offer.

When you're dealing with customers, you don't

walk around with blinkers, you point out things that

the customer had perhaps not thought about before.

that can be beneficial for everyone.



Training seminar schedule October – November

05. – 06.10.2010 Qualified staff member, line equipment hennigsdorf/Berlin

04. – 08.10.2010 principles of fluid technology part 2 dresden-weixdorf

18. – 22.10.2010 electrohydraulics dresden-weixdorf

26. – 27.10.2010 Qualified staff member, line equipment Boffzen/höxter

25. – 29.10.2010 maintaining hydraulic systems dresden-weixdorf

01. – 05.11.2010 principles of fluid technology part 2 dresden-weixdorf

08. – 12.11.2010 principles of fluid technology part 1 dresden-weixdorf

17. – 18.11.2010 Qualified staff member, line equipment Bremen

18. – 19.11.2010 Fluid service workshop for Sales Bielefeld

22. – 26.11.2010 maintaining hydraulic systems dresden-weixdorf

29.11. – 03.12.2010 principles of fluid technology part 2 dresden-weixdorf

For more information, please contact ms. alpermann or ms. Schubert on tel.: +49 351 65 87 80-0 | info@hydraulik-akademie.de

change of coMpany forM NeWs

photo: Julia ahlers

a steP into tHe FUtUre

hansa-fleX hydraulik gMBh is noW hansa-fleX ag

the rate at which hansa-fleX has grown in the last few years can best be illustrated with a few cogent figures. in June 2006, we had 162

branches in germany, today we have 194. Worldwide, this number has risen from 285 to 358. the number of fleXXpress rapid hydraulic

service vehicles operated by hansa-fleX has almost doubled in the last four years.

When a company grows as fast as ours has,

its internal structures occasionally have

to be adapted to reflect prevailiing circumstances.

in 2009, hansa-fleX fully integrated

its two subsidiaries, hansa-fleX Metallschläuche

gmbh in Boffzen and k+s hydraulik gmbh, to form

hansa-fleX hydraulik gmbh and create a clearer

corporate structure. this step also enabled us to reduce

internal costs – for example for preparing annual

financial reports. With the construction of our

second central warehouse in geisenfeld, which began

operations this year, hansa-fleX is also keeping

pace with the organic growth of the group and ensuring

that in future our customers can be supplied even

more quickly with all hansa-fleX products.

the conversion of our company from hansa-fleX

hydraulik gmbh to hansa-fleX ag, which was finalised

in august 2010, represents yet another logical

step in our strategy to embrace and manage our

growth. having said that, hansa-fleX shares will

not be traded on the stock market. instead, our new

corporate form is a “familien-ag”, in which all of the

shares will be held by the families of the managing

board, the armerdings and the Buschmanns.

one of the main objectives of this step is to streamline

our internal structures without having to reduce

our workforce. this will also reduce internal costs,

which will in turn render operational business more

efficient. “With the conversion to hansa-fleX ag,

we will also strengthen central management of the

entire group and hope to further raise the public profile

of the company. the ag corporate form enables

us to function even more efficiently in the future,

and respond even better to the requirements of our

customers”, says Managing Board chairman thomas


except for our corporate form, nothing will change

for our customers and suppliers. hansa-fleX ag

will continue to stand for the highest quality materials,

comprehensive services, skilled employees, and

closeness to our customers.

a CereMoNial MoMeNt the conversion of HaNsa-FleX to

a joint stock corporation (aktiengesellschaft) was finalised

in the prestigious Bremer park Hotel – from l. to r. Jörg

Buschmann, esther schönewald (attorney), Christian-Hans

Bültemeier, uwe Buschmann, dieter H. seidler, tim Hollweg,

thomas armerding, Gisbert loosen, Günter Buschmann,

dr. Holger sudbrink (attorney and notary).

photo: Julia ahlers

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NeWsletter schon geWusst...?


photo: Julia ahlers photo: istockphoto


Geisenfeld warehouse officially opens

the official opening of the second hansa-fleX

central warehouse, in geisenfeld was held on

september 10. More than 100 guests from

industry, the media and politics attended the

event. guests included the district administrator

of pfaffenhofen, a. Westner and the Mayor of

geisenfeld, c. staudter. the mayor expressed his

appreciation to hansa-fleX for the company’s

commitment to the region. the central warehouse

been fully operational since 5 July.

Book now: XWorld south america

the new XWorld homepage is now available

online at www.xworld.cc. it provides complete

information about the forthcoming off-road adventure,

together with the opportunity to book

your place on one of the stages. anyone interested

can find further details in the amply illustrated

XWorld catalogue. since a third of the

stages are already fully booked, those who are

yearning for adventure should not wait too long.








Rio De


painting by friedrich georg Weitsch, 1806 (source: Wikipedia)

tHe Last

renaissance Man

aleXander von huMBoldt – a life devoted to research

there can have been few figures in the history of

the world whose life and work have been intertwined

in one inextricable opus as completely

as in the person of alexander von humboldt. While

still a child, he resolved to devote his life to the study

of the natural world and to undertake a great expedition

for the purpose of scientific research. in 1792,

after receiving a thorough education, humboldt was

appointed “assessor cum voto” to the prussian Mines

department at the age of 23. three years later, as

chief Mines advisor, he made extended inspection

visits of mines throughout europe, also improving

his knowledge of geology. in 1796, humboldt’s

mother died and left him a considerable fortune.

von humboldt declined Minister hardenberg’s offer

to allow him to take paid leave for several years, so

that he could complete his research expedition, and

resigned from the civil service that same year. With

his finances secured, he set about preparing for his

journey. he visited volcanos in italy, purchased quantities

of measuring instruments in paris, and then

made for Madrid with his companion, the botanist

aimé Bonpland. By dint of diplomacy, von humboldt

obtained a travel permit from the king of spain that

extended to all of the spanish colonies on the american

continent. With his preparations complete, on 5

June 1799 vo humboldt boarded the frigate “pizarro”

in la coruna and set sail for south america.

photo: istock photo

for the next five years, von humboldt journeyed

throughout the territories that would become venezuela,

ecuador, Brazil, cuba, peru, colombia, Mexico

and the usa. he calculated the height of mountains,

climbed the highest volcanos on the continent – in

walking shoes –, collected over 60,000 animal and

plant specimens, and discovered a natural connection

between the two mighty rivers of south america,

the amazon and the orinoco. almost incidentally,

he disproved the theory of neptunism, according

to which all rocks were formed by deposition in the

world’s seas, and which had hitherto been widely

respected in the scientific community, discovered the

ocean current that bears his name, and created the

most accurate map of the continent – to name just

a few of his achievements. all the while, von humboldt

was in the thick of the action. theory was not

what he did best. he crawled into caves that were so

tight, aimé Bonpland had to pull him out by the feet.

once, while in a native village to study the effects of

the toxin curare, with which the indigenous tribes

tipped their arrows, he noticed that the animals

killed with the poison could be eaten immediately.

he theorised that the poison was only effective if it

got into the bloodstream. to prove this theory, he

abruptly dipped his finger in the poison bowl, licked

the poison off, and survived.

Back in europe, humboldt spent the next 20 years

in paris, evaluating the results of his research. ultimately,

his travelogue encompassed 35 volumes. in

1827, he moved to Berlin at the request of the king

of prussia. there, he condensed his discoveries into

a single work entitled “kosmos” (cosmos). alexander

von humboldt died of an influenza infection on

6 March 1859. the american continent is still full of

reminders of his journey. for example, he is immortalised

in the names of beetles, penguins, rivers, cities

and universities.

aleXaNder VoN HuMBoldt journeyed extensively

throughout south america conducting research into the

natural world in the early 19th century.


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for the neXt issue, We are preparing the folloWing articles

CoVer story

trade Fairs & eVeNts


Making chocolate at stollwerck

Wanderlust: preview of XWorld south america

snow clearance duty in Braunlage

Work & liVe

did you kNoW...?


addiction – the employer’s options

ashoka – the warrior of peace

Winter road protection – automac snow fences

careers at Hansa-FLeX:

an selection of our current vacancies froM WWW.hansa-fleX.coM/karriere

• internal sales technician m/f in Bremen

• internal technical service staff m/f in Münster and stadtlohn region

• Warehouse dispatch supervisor m/f in dresden-Weixdorf

• field technician m/f with knowledge of hydraulics in rostock

• commercial clerk m/f in 85290 geisenfeld

• internal serv. technician (workshop/warehouse) m/f in hamburg-Billbrook

• hydr. fitter for field service m/f augsburg, ingolstadt, München areas

• inhouse and field service technician m/f in Mannheim

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