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KNECHT receives regional prize for innovation

...from an article in the "Schwäbische Zeitung" (Swabian Newspaper) dated 3 December 2014

Mechanical engineering firm from the municipality of Bergatreute scores with grinding machines for hand knives


The "Dr. Rudolf-Eberle-Preis" (prize for innovation),  which carries a total prize money Euro 50.000, has been awarded by Baden Wuerttemberg state's Regional Ministry for Finance and Economic Affairs for the 30th time. The regional winner is KNECHT Maschinenbau, a mechanical engineering firm from the municipality of Bergatreute in Baden Wuerttemberg, which will receive a cash prize of Euro 20,000.

"Although we had expected to be one of the awardees, being the regional winners came as a surprise to us", such was the reaction of the Managing Director Manfred Knecht on the morning after the award ceremony in Ludwigsburg.

The firm was awarded the prize for developing a grinding machine for hand knives used in the meat-processing industry. ......

According to the Managing Director, the idea for the machine occurred to the firm for the following reason: In mincing factories with daily grinding volumes of 3000 knives, five to ten persons are exclusively occupied with the sharpening of hand knives. "This translates into millions of sharpening cuts daily, which are made by hand. Hence, we arrived at the idea of finding a mechanical replacement for this manual work", in the words of Knecht. And true to Swabian nature, they rolled up their sleeves and set to work on this immediately.

That this idea was a good one, has now been confirmed by this prize, which is awarded every year to small-sized and medium-sized companies from industry, crafts and technological services. "The award demonstrates the committed and innovative nature of the firms in the state of Baden-Württemberg", thus spoke the Assistant Ministry Secretary Guido Rebstock during the award ceremony at the Ludwigsburg castle. ....

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