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Award for PlaTeG GmbH, Siegen, an innovative company in Germany
"Green Production Technologies", a new book about the most innovative companies in Germany was published. Mrs. Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister for Education and Research revealed together with Dr. Manfred Wittenstein, President of the VDMA the first books in a ceremony at the last Hanover fair.
"This book represents at 568 pages the most innovative products from German companies producing not only 'green' but also economically", Dr. Wittenstein said. It is published by the Association of German Machine and Plant Engineering (VDMA) together with the 'Deutsche Standards'.
"Investments in environmentally friendly, resource-saving technologies ensure long-term jobs and growth. This applies particularly to the production in industry", Prof. Schavan said at the presentation.
It is a show case from production and research in Germany. It provides insights into the resource-sparing as material and energy efficient technologies from about 100 German high-tech companies - from A to Z, like Audi to ZF Friedrichshafen.
One of these is PlaTeG GmbH, based in Siegen/Germany. It was selected by a jury to demonstrate its innovative and resource-saving technologies of industrial plasma processes.
A first copy of the book was signed by Minister Schavan personally and handed out to Dr. Reinar Grün, managing director of PlaTeG.
The PlaTeG GmbH is a world leader in the field of innovative, environmentally friendly surface treatments. Industrial applications are the PulsPlasma®Nitriding of steel for increasing hardness and wear resistance. Specific surface treatments of hard coatings for wear and corrosion protection are other application areas.
Main advantages of modern plasma processes are saving of energy and process gases. Such benefits allow the economic treating of very large tools as used in the automotive industry.
Thus PlaTeG delivered last year a very large system with a vacuum chamber of about 10 meter long and of 4.3 meter in diameter to Korea. Major tools up to 40 tons are being treated for Korean car manufacturers.
Such treated tools represent a good contribution to environmental protection and resource saving in two ways: First in the application of the process itself by significant savings in energy and used media, especially compared to other conventional methods such as gas nitriding using toxic ammonia. Secondly in the increased life time of these tools with savings by reduced service needed and a later investment in new tools.