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On the occasion of the Internationanal Green Week 2012 we invite the Verbund Oldenburger Münsterland and the Agrar- und Ernährungsforum Oldenburger Münsterland to a reception in the Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen (Representation of the State of Lower Saxony) in Berlin on 23rd January. This year once again the association is representing the region at the Green Week (Niedersachsenhalle 20, Stand 110). On the occasion of this fair all the important opinion leaders in this field meet at the beginning of the year. "As an important location for agricultural as well as for the food industry we want to make use of this opportunity to nurture existing contacts and develop them further“, is how Association President Hans Eveslage described the objectives of the association.

The companies in the Oldenburger Münsterland are a guarantee for reliable and high-quality food. Further information can be obtained from: Rudi Hockmann, +49 (0) 4441 95 65-10, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In the Oldenburger Münsterland the lack of qualified staff is a big topic of conversation and the requirement for motivated employees is still increasing. In some neighbouring southern European countries youth unemployment in particular is very high. In order to escape from the threatening unemployment, many young people learn German after their vocational training or studies in order to improve their chances on the German employment market. In this context the Goethe Institute in Madrid offers companies from the Oldenburger Münsterland the opportunity to advertise job vacancies on the noticebord. They can be sent by mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Further information can be obtained from: Dr. Wolfgang Krug, +49 (0) 5494/98524, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hundred percent HAWITA subsidiary technoplant Kunststofftechnik GmbH in Emstek has now been visited by the Verbund Oldenburger Münsterland within the scope of our SME trips. With 50 employees and business premises extending over 8000 square metres, Technoplant produces synthetic products for horticultural use such as plant containers (window boxes, planters), irrigation systems which are economical on raw materials and the Palettino mulit-way-transport-system which has meanwhile become established on the market all over the world. Owner Hans Tabeling and his son Simon Tabeling report that half of the turnover in Emstek is made in springtime. Technoplant contributes 20 percent of the consolidated turnover. The Group’s export quota is approximately 50 percent. It sells to over 50 countries, increasingly also to America, Asia and the former Eastern Bloc States. There are additional plans to develop further markets. The turnover increase in recent years has been in the doubledigit range, with a consistently increasing tendency. Customers include gardeners, in a wholesale as well as retail context, and DIY-stores. Technoplant uses injection moulding exclusively and produces 80 percent for the commercial market gardening sector and 20 percent for the hobby area. According to Hans and Simon Tabeling there is still tremendous growth potential at Technoplant. Currently there are 25 000 pallet spaces in Emstek and production runs 24 hours per day with employees working in three shifts. The HAWITA Group of Vechta (450 employees) has developed into one of the largest and most efficient companies in the turf and compost sector. As a result of ongoing investments, creation of greater capacities and consistent market development, the HAWITA Group has developed into one of Europe’s leading companies in the commercial market gardening sector. Current production volume amounts to 1,500,000 cubic metres. This corresponds to around 17,000 loads per year. The Group operates throughout Europe in various horticultural sectors. There are 450 employees working at eight different locations in Germany and three in the Baltic States. The company cultivates over 4500 hectares of moorland. Hawita owns 1,000 hectares of high moor in Northern Germany. In the Baltic States a long-term lease has been concluded for a further 3500 hectares to be used for peat harvesting. In this way the company’s supply of raw materials is assured for a number of decades to come. And, furthermore, the HAWITA Group can thus guarantee consistently high quality and reliability of deliveries. Further information can be obtained from: Simon Tabeling, +49 (0) 4441 9395-0, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On commencement of the 2012 / 2013 school year at Adolf-Kolping-Schule in Lohne a special mechatronics training establishment is to be set up with a particular focus on industrial engineering. The two-year full-time course prepares students for the final examination to qualify as state-certified technicians. Moreover the students will also acquire the “Fachhochschulreife“ (certificate of aptitude for specialised short-course higher education). No study fees will be charged for the course. For over ten years now trainees have received instruction in mechatronics at the Adolf-Kolping-Schule. By way of an introduction of this profession the Rural Council of Vechta financed the original purchase of school equipment required for what at that time was a new profession. Students from all over the Oldenburger Münsterland receive training in these special classes. Since summer 2004, in addition to electronics technicians specialising in energy and buildings technology, electronics technicians specialising in automation engineering have also been trained in Lohne. On account of these developments and the importance which the plastics industry has always had in the Rural District of Vechta, the Adolf- Kolping-Schule successfully applied for a model project in 2009, which was to be set up by the State of Lower Saxony with the orientation towards new technologies. The Innovation Centre which was set up in this connection makes it possible to provide practically oriented training in the areas of mechatronics, robotics, automation engineering and plastics technology. Students who completed their first vocational training in the field of mechatronics and electrotechnology will now have the possibility to continue their training further in the new mechatronics training establishment in the Oldenburger Münsterland. In order to get a place in this training establishment, applicants must have successfully concluded an apprenticeship and have worked for at least one year in their profession. The mechatronics training establishment focuses especially on industrial engineering and particularly features special orientation towards the areas of automation engineering, building systems technology and robotics. In addition to the training establishment for plastics technology which has been established at the Adolf-Kolping-Schule for some years now, the mechatronics training establishment offers a second possibility for acquiring the “state-certified technician” vocational qualification in Lohne. This training form prepares students for work in middle technical management. It has been set up in response to the development in the area of vocational training in the region. The setting up of the mechatronics training establishment takes into account the regional requirements in industry and craft. The development, erection and maintenance of technical equipment is to be taken care of by the qualified personnel of the companies which produced it, and will frequently by carried out by local craftsmen’s businesses. Furthermore students will also acquire knowledge of business and work organisation relevant for technicians in the context of project work. Subjects of general application such as German, English and Mathematics complete the lesson plan. Information from: Alfons Pille, +49 (0) 4442 951-114, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Another excellent assessment for the ALTE OLDENBURGER: For the eleventh time in succession the Cologne Rating Agency Assekurata awarded the ALTE OLDENBURGER the top “A++ = Excellent” assessment in its annual ratings. Thus the Vechta-based company is the only private health insurance company to have been able to uphold the top it “Excellent” assessment over a period of eleven years. “Once again the ALTE OLDENBURGER has provided evidence of its excellent corporate qualities“, an Assekurata spokesman reported. “We are particularly proud of the fact that we have now been able to achieve the absolutely top rating for the eleventh time in succession. We see this excellent result as a reinforcement of our competitiveness and as confirmation of our corporate policy“, said Georg Hake, Chief Executive Officer of the ALTE OLDENBURGER. For example, Assekurata gave excellent assessments to the Vechta-based Health Insurance company in its rating report in the categories of security situation, success and contributions stability. A continuous expansion of equity capital, a much better than usual profits situation as well as comfortable circumstances concerning reserves for adjustments of contributions are the main reasons for the excellent assessment. In the categories of growth situation and customer orientation the health insurance company was assessed as “very good”. These results also reflect a growth to an extent which is significantly higher than the average market growth rate as well as a high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty. Further information can be obtained from: Johanna Tellmann, +49 (0) 4441 905-109, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FHWT Führungsakademie moves into new premises in Cloppenburg. Together with Minister Hartmut Möllring, Cloppenburg MP Karl-Heinz Bley and Clemens gr. Macke as well as District Chief Executive Hans Eveslage, the additional training facilities in the renovated former Inland Revenue building were inaugurated. Thus, together with the University of Vechta, the FHWT has new facilities in Cloppenburg for executive training conducted by the FHWT Führungsakademie. Further information can be obtained from: Helga Ostendorf, +49 (0) 4441 915-100, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ludwig Südbeck Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH is amongst the winners of the MAN ServiceQualityAward 2011 and was in fact in second place worldwide. The three best MAN Service-Teams were selected from over 400 registered MAN truck service businesses in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (C. I.S.). They had the opportunity to prove their ability in four demanding rounds against their competitors. The 20 teams which qualified for the final round subsequently met to contest the final in Munich. The finalists had to compete in a further seven rounds. These included theoretical tests, for example concerning MAN original spare parts, warrantees and purchase guarantees as well as practical tests on trucks and buses. These included, for example, the location of defects in specially prepared trucks as well as practical tasks concerning the brakes and gears and also basic repairs to a bus. “Our customers appreciate competent advice and fast and professional service”, according to Lars Essmann, Senior Vice President After Sales at MAN Truck & Bus AG, at the prize-giving ceremony: “With the MAN ServiceQualityAward we ensure that we completely fulfil our customers’ requirements. Since the introduction of the awards in 2010, 2,800 service employees have gone through the demanding selection procedure and gone on to qualify further. Our customers all over the world benefit from the highly motivated and extremely well-trained service team”, Essmann continued. The winners can look forward to a trip to Sweden in February 2012. Further information can be obtained from: Günter Suedbeck, +49 (0) 4446 9620-22, g. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Öffentliche Versicherungen Oldenburg expand Board of Directors: Dr. Ulrich Knemeyer has been appointed a full member of the Board of Directors of the Öffentliche Versicherungen Oldenburg per 1st January 2012. This resolution was passed by the Supervisory Boards of the Oldenburgische Landesbrandkasse and the Öffentliche Lebensversicherungsanstalt Oldenburg. Knemeyer is to take over responsibility on the board for controlling and risk management. Other members of the Board of Directors of the „Öffentlichen“ are still Franz Thole as Chairman and Horst Schreiber as board member. 48 year-old Knemeyer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Provinzial Krankenversicherung Hannover AG and a member of the board of ALTE OLDENBURGER Krankenversicherung AG in Vechta, which is part of the health insurance group within the VGHVerbund. Knemeyer will also continue to perform his former mandates. Following his studies of industrial engineering Knemeyer began his professional career in 1989 at the VGH in Hanover. After participating in a trainee programme and on-the-job doctorial studies, he worked in various business divisions. After gaining initial experience in practical fieldwork for Osnabrück regional office, in 1993 Knemeyer became personal assistant to the VGH Chairman of the Executive Board at the time, Dr. Günter Schmidt. In 1996 the Executive Board appointed him head of the company controlling department and in 1999 he was appointed director, a function which he continued to hold until 2007. Since the beginning of 2008 Knemeyer has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Provinzial Krankenversicherung Hannover AG. He had already been a member of the board since 2002. He played a decisive role in the merging of the Provinzial Kranken with the ALTE OLDENBURGER Krankenversicherung AG in 2007. Knemeyer is married and has two children. Further information can be obtained from: Karin Willers, +49 (0) 441 2228446, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Business contact fair Career Day 2012 at the University of Oldenburg is to take place on 22nd May. Companies present themselves as regional or supra-regional employers in the lecture rooms of the Carl von Ossietzky University. They speak directly to interested youngsters (students, graduates und Young Professionals) of different disciplines. Furthermore companies will present career opportunities within the scope of a lecture and also publicise job vacancies and placement opportunities on the job walls. Companies can register online for Career Day: www.uni-oldenburg.de/careerday. Niedersachsenpark records an extremely positive balance for 2011: Nine years after the land development plan acquired legal validity, the intercommunal industry and business park can look back over a very successful development. Approximately 35 businesses have taken space here since 2005. Global players, PSA Peugeot Citroën, adidas and Grimme Landmaschinen, which were set up here in connection with the marketing of the industrial estate from 2008 onwards, contribute just as much - according to Managing Director Uwe Schumacher – as the numerous medium-sized companies to the fact that meanwhile a total of around 1000 jobs have been created in the Niedersachsenpark. This figure is expected to increase to 7000 within the next few years. Last year was the most successful so far for the Niedersachsenpark: “In 2011 we took a further impressive leap forwards with the commencement of building for the adidas and Grimme locations“, according to Schumacher: “We are delighted that now, in addition to PSA Peugeot Citroën, two further global players are going to be carrying out their international business from the Niedersachsenpark. “ The ideal location form a traffic point of view, the flexibility and the absolutely optimum space facilities had played an important role in the decision for the Niedersachsenpark. Thus the Niedersachsenpark has become established as an attractive industrial location in a regional as well as a supra-regional context. A total of 41 hectares have so far been sold in the Niedersachsenpark. Many companies have taken advantage of the option model and ensured an additional 31 hectares of optional space with the result that 72 hectares of the total 300 hectares of building land have now already been allocated in the Niedersachsenpark. A total of 180 million euros have been invested so far. For the most part, local firms have been used for the building work. The success story continues, says Schumacher. More companies have expressed interest in setting up business there. Further information can be obtained from: Uwe Schumacher, +49 (0) 5493 5492-0, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Agricultural and nutrition research sees itself in a good position in the European Metropolitan Region Bremen- Oldenburg in North West Germany with numerous scientific institutions, providing optimum conditions for a successful collaboration between science and industry: The newly developed R&D Atlas – an innovation project by Food Nordwest (Nutrition Cluster of the European Metropolitan Region Bremen-Oldenburg in North West Germany) and NieKE (Landesinitiative Ernährungswirtschaft) – is intended to introduce greater transparency to the research situation in the European Metropolitan Region Bremen-Oldenburg in North West Germany. Consumers, and indeed some of the responsible parties themselves, are still not aware of the outstanding scientific competence which this region has to offer. “With the implementation of the R&D Atlas the interface between science and industry will be further expanded so that available knowhow in our region can be used more effectively“, stated Dr. Marie-Luise Blaha, deputy director of NieKE and responsible for the R&D Atlas project. The R&D Atlas lists all research institutions which are relevant for the sector including universities, universities of applied science and non-academic research establishments in the European Metropolitan Region Bremen- Oldenburg in North West Germany. Also included is a list of experts from science and research, whose competences can be classified in this very interdisciplinary area or which have points of connection with it. As from immediately the R&D Atlas can be called up on the websites of the initiators under www.food-nordwest.de and www.ernaehrungswirtschaft.de. Further information can be obtained from: Dr. Marie-Luise Blaha, +49 (0) 4441 15-442, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Vogelsang of Essen/Oldb., market leader in disposal systems for rail vehicles as well as special supplier of pump, comminution and distribution technology for agriculture, industry and municipalities, is presenting the PierPump at boot 2012 in Düsseldorf from 21st – 29th January 2012 (Hall 11, Stand A67). Sewage and bilge water can be pumped from boats and yachts within a few minutes. With the PierPump operators of harbour facilities offer boot owners a closed system which is also easy to operate. The hose which is attached to the casing of the pump simply needs to be connected with the sewage water tank on the boat and then the pump can be started. It operates on a fully automatic basis. With optional equipment such as coin fixtures or time measuring devices, the pump can be adapted to suit the requirements of every harbour. Visitors to the fair have the opportunity to come to the Vogelsang stand and see for themselves, on the basis of a model, exactly how the pump works. Further information can be obtained from: Holger Eggert, +49 (0) 5434 83-231, eggert@ vogelsang-gmbh.com.

Werbeagentur Hagedorn of Neuenkirchen-Vörden has implemented a QR code concept together with Kotte Landtechnik (Garant) of Rieste. Following intensive development work a complete, Smartphone-optimised spare parts shop for Kotte has been created on the Hagedorn business premises. As from immediately susceptible machine parts at Kotte are to be given QR codes. By means of Smartphones the user has direct access to the required spare part in the shop and can order it directly or make an enquiry in advance – without losing any time, in real time, straight from the field. Decisive added value which, in addition to technological progress, also boosts Kotte’s image on a sustainable basis by means of this unique, modern service. Further information can be obtained from: Norbert Hagedorn, +49 (0) 5493 9876-0, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hendrik Ganseforth and his team have now moved to the ecopark in Emstek where they finally have enough space for creativity and technology. The media producer is in raptures about his new surroundings: “The special attractiveness of the ecopark suits us, our guests as well as our customers are also very impressed. And naturally the location, adjacent to the motorway, makes it just perfect. “ After all, the film-makers are meanwhile active all over Germany as well as abroad. Shortly before the move from Bösel to the industrial estate adjacent to the Hansalinie A1 motorway the film makers used the spacious recording studio of their striking new domicile: Project Manager Christian Wohlfarth produced a film report and interview concerning an innovative bakery counter for a demanding shopfitter from the Emsland and his internet-TV. The concept and implementation are individual on the one hand, on the other hand, however, they bear a very recognisable signature. Further information can be obtained from: Hendrik Ganseforth, +49 (0) 4473 941480, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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