Four apprentices and one student were given the "Hans Joachim Boekstegers Award" by MULTIVAC for their excellent achievement. The new awards for advancement are bestowed on the best apprentices in the commercial and technical sectors, as well as on students with an outstanding academic thesis. The award ceremony took place on 5 February: Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, the awards were presented by Group President, Christian Traumann, to three prize winners at the Group's headquarters. Other participants were present via video conference - among them the other two winners, Hans Joachim Boekstegers the previous CEO of MULTIVAC, and the apprentices from the last teaching year with their instructors, as well as the students currently completing their thesis within the company.

The "Hans Joachim Boekstegers Awards" are bestowed in two categories: "Best Technical/Commercial Future Professional" and "Best International Graduation Work." They are each endowed with 1,000 euros (1st  place and thesis) or 500 euros (2nd  place). All the prize winners were chosen in an intensive selection process by an internal committee with representatives from different business units.

The training of future professionals has always had a high priority for the company of packaging specialists. By bestowing the new award, MULTIVAC is consolidating the aim of honoring the commitment and will to succeed of its young employees, and thereby also firmly anchoring this within the future staff of the company. “A company like MULTIVAC needs committed and responsible future professionals, who will strive to ensure that we continue to set the benchmark in the market with our groundbreaking packaging and processing solutions,” explains Christian Traumann, Group President of MULTIVAC. “And at the same time we want to honor our long-serving and much appreciated CEO, Hans Joachim Boekstegers, by naming these awards after him. He was always particularly committed to research and development, as well as training and apprenticeships within our company.”

The gold prize for "Best Commercial Future Professional Award" went to Annika Hummel (MULTIVAC Wolfertschwenden), while the silver prize was awarded to Isabelle Appold (FRITSCH, Markt Einersheim). Both passed their "Chamber of Commerce & Industry" final exams in Industrial Business Management in 2020 with flying colors, and they were nominated by their instructors for the award.

The first prize in the Technical section was won by Markus Bühler (MULTIVAC Wolfertschwenden), who completed his training as an industrial mechanic in July 2020, and who can now enjoy the gold prize for "Best Technical Future Professional Award". The silver prize in this category was awarded to Andreas Kainz (MULTIVAC Lechaschau), who successfully completed his training as a mechatronic engineer in the early part of 2020.

By virtue of his thesis on "Conception and implementation of online management in the configuration of packaging machines", Marco Weber won the prize for "Best International Graduation Work Award". He had completed his Masters degree in Business Information Systems at the University for Applied Sciences in Munich, and was subsequently writing his academic thesis at MULTIVAC.

Christian Traumann, Hans Joachim Boekstegers and the representatives of the Award Committee congratulated the prize winners on their outstanding performance, and they wished them all every success in their future professional careers at MULTIVAC.

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