Commitment

We feel a sense of obligation to society and want make a contribution to the public good. We therefore take on responsibility in a number of ways. Our expertise and personal efforts make a major contribution to our success here. We are especially involved in creative activities that also inspire us. We specifically focus our efforts on our local region.


ENTREPRENEUR 4.0 AWARD

The award

Entrepreneur 4.0 Award Logo

Corporate responsibility in the future

For the opening of our Innovation Factory, the ENTREPRENEUR 4.0 AWARD was presented for the first time. Manfred Wittenstein created this Art Prize in partnership with the immagis photo agency.

The ENTREPRENEUR 4.0 AWARD is all about increasing corporate responsibility in the context of the "4th industrial revolution". It is conceived as a platform for broad, interdisciplinary discourse on the duties of business leaders in a world undergoing massive changes.

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Intention

"Industry 4.0 affects all of us, the whole of society. That is why it is important to experience how artists see us business people. So we don't develop tunnel vision."

Manfred Wittenstein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of WITTENSTEIN SE

Jury

Portrait Oliviero Toscani

Portraying Visions

Under the chairmanship of Oliviero Toscani, an eminent panel of judges chose from among 30 nominated artists.

The winner

Gewinnerbild Entrepreneur 4.0 Award

Cycle of natural evolution.

This image cycle by winner Sascha Weidner draws on the Japanese tradition of celebrating the beauty of blooming springtime trees with a cherry blossom festival.
The artist explains his works as follows:

"As nature is constantly reforming, renewing and altering itself in all manner of occurrences, it can serve as an exemplary model for industry: reshaping itself in convergences and interconnections, blooming in its full beauty, passing away to pay tribute to new conditions, so the cycle of natural evolution is accompanied by industrial processes."

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Student category

Entrepreneur 4.0 Award Schlachterei

Bastian Gehbauer was the winner in the Student category.

For his "Zirkel 1" series, he visited places that few people visit and that have a unique esthetic: slaughterhouses, anonymous sex clubs, sperm banks or crematoriums. In these places, he explores the correlation between the archaic in people and their increasing urge for mechanization and optimization. About his work, Gehbauer says:

"How we live, reproduce, consume and die shows who we are, where we are the times we live in."

Additional works

Exhibition

Bilderausstellung in der Innovationsfabrik der WITTENSTEIN AG

See for yourself.

Selected works from the ENTREPRENEUR 4.0 AWARD photo competition are now on view at the Innovation Factory. The exhibition design ties in with the architecture of our mechatronics center, providing unusual insights into and visions of the future of industry.

Our principle of openness also applies to our exhibition. Admission is free. And one and all are welcome. To arrange a visit, please contact us by e-mail: veranstaltung@wittenstein.de

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  • Winners in 2016

    Opera Singing Competition DEBUT

    The DEBUT Opera Singing Competition supports opera singers hoping to embark on an international career. It is held every second year in the beautiful Tauber Valley. DEBUT manages without any form of public sponsorship and as such is completely independent. The competition was initiated by Dr. Manfred Wittenstein.

    Winners in 2016


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Youth development

WITTENSTEIN Scholarship

Scholarship for outstanding high-school graduates

Every year since 1996, the WITTENSTEIN Institute has honored a high-school graduate from Deutschorden-Gymnasium Bad Mergentheim for excellence in the natural sciences. The scholarship winner receives monthly financial support for his or her studies. The institute's mission is to strengthen the next generation of scientists and engineers in the region and stem the decline in engineering student numbers.

Jugendtechnikschule Taubertal

Enthusing young people about technology

The Jugendtechnikschule Taubertal provides children, teenagers and young adults with fascinating insights into the realm of technology. Engineering concepts are made tangible in a variety of workshops, courses and projects which help the next generation deepen their knowledge and develop their inventive spirit. The Centre invites those taking part to discover new worlds and gain a better understanding of complex technologies. An interest in modern science, engineering and IT disciplines is aroused and encouraged in the long term. WITTENSTEIN plays an active role in this joint initiative, which brings together numerous local partners.

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Girls' Day

Girls` Day be ider WITTENSTEIN AG

At the annual Girls’ Day, WITTENSTEIN invites interested female students to learn about training opportunities and careers in the IT and technology fields. For this event, we focus on communicating the material in the most exciting and engaging way possible. No wonder there is always such a great public interest.

WITTENSTEIN private view

Since February 2000, WITTENSTEIN private view takes place three or four times a year. Artists from the Tauberfranken region exhibit their works in our head office in Igersheim-Harthausen. We thus offer artists the opportunity to present their creations to a wider public. Moreover, the exhibitions serve as a source of inspiration to our guests and employees.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Fellbach Playground

WITTENSTEIN Spielplatz Fellbach

We have built a playground next to our urban production site in Fellbach, which our local neighbors enjoy using. In line with our products, the playground equipment reflects the themes of gears and motion.

Creative Thinkers

Junge Kreative Köpfe Logo

In 2002, WITTENSTEIN created a new inventor competition entitled "Creative Thinkers". Its aim is to awaken the spirit of invention and discovery in young people. Moreover, we can also gain insights into our business and reinforce the spirit of innovation and growth potential in our region.


To this end, competition serves as a platform to implement ideas: Throughout the entire creation process, the young inventors receive guidance from experts to help develop their designs into functional models. Some of the inventions have even been registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office.

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Josefspflege

Scheckübergabe der WITTENSTEIN AG an die St. Josefspflege Mulfingen

In 2002, WITTENSTEIN created a new inventor competition entitled "Creative Thinkers". Its aim is to awaken the spirit of invention and discovery in young people. Moreover, we can also gain insights into our business and reinforce the spirit of innovation and growth potential in our region.


To this end, competition serves as a platform to implement ideas: Throughout the entire creation process, the young inventors receive guidance from experts to help develop their designs into functional models. Some of the inventions have even been registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Employee sponsorship

We support our employees in their leisure activities. Their activities range from sports, culture and training to youth and voluntary work.

Igersheim site promotion

Bürgerbus Igersheim

We have demonstrated our commitment to our home town of Igersheim and provide support in the form associations, kindergartens, various events, etc.

Endowed professorship

We are involved in funding an endowed professorship for the International Business Administration degree program in Bad Mergentheim. The professorship is primarily intended for our new Industrial Marketing profile.

Remstal Werkstätten

WITTENSTEIN bastian supports “Remstal Werkstätten”, a non-profit institution belonging to the Diakonie social services organization in Stetten, near Fellbach. Regular donations from WITTENSTEIN bastian help make a few dreams come true for the disabled people who work there, such as wall bars in the gym and activity area.