tk Electrical Steel honoured with Ludwig Erhard Prize

by Hans Diederichs

A “lighthouse project” or an exceptional idea on their own aren’t enough to win this award – the Ludwig Erhard Prize is about far more: it honours holistic management which considers business success, competitiveness and social responsibility. And this award has now been won by thyssenkrupp’s electrical steel business.

thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel GmbH has around 1,700 employees worldwide. With plants in Gelsenkirchen in Germany, Isbergues in France and Nashik in India, the company has an international setup and supplies its customers with high-quality grain-oriented electrical steel, the core material in the transition to renewable energies. Electrical steel is an essential material for transformers and generators and thyssenkrupp is European market leader in this sector.

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The electrical steel specialist earned the Ludwig Erhard Prize (also known as the “German Excellence Award”) not just for its modern production network and customer-centric business model: the Gelsenkirchen-based company has initiated a change process spanning the entire organization. This process began in 2017 with an ORCA (Organizational Capability Assessment) survey. This detailed survey identified starting points for a tailored change process. Its success was reflected in improved results in a repeat survey in 2018.

The award was based on an assessment process during which the judging panel evaluated the performance of thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel on a wide range of criteria. Representatives of Initiative Ludwig-Erhard-Preis e. V. visited the company and conducted numerous interviews with employees.

“The assessors’ external perspective enabled us to identify good and interesting starting points for taking Electrical Steel forward as a company,” says Jonathan Weber, CFO at Electrical Steel, looking back over the project. “The fact that we have now won an award is credit to our team and their good work so far. We will continue to pursue this path.”

About Initiative Ludwig-Erhard-Preis e. V.

Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the prize is intended to promote the idea of the social market economy by honouring business achievements that benefit consumers, increase employee identification with the company and protect the environment. Activities which promote social harmony are also honoured.

Source and photo: tk Electrical Steel

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