Helping to kick start the spring semester 2019, MSE Business Engineering and Production students and program head, Prof. Dr. Sascha Götte, spent Friday 8th March off campus, visiting Komax AG and the Siemens Building Technologies headquarters – putting theory into context and exploring potential future career opportunities.
For the first company visit, the group met in the morning at the Komax AG headquarters in Dierikon, in the vicinity of Lucerne.
Komax manufactures equipment that aids in the processing of wires, servicing 1st tier suppliers to OEMs, in the automotive, telecom, industrial and aerospace market segments. An established Swiss SME, Komax is the current market leader, with 80% market share, contributing its success to; being a market and tech leader, having the broadest product portfolio, the highest innovation power (investing 40 million annually- 10% of its revenue in R&D), and the broadest sales and service network.
After an introduction to the company and current strategy held by Roger Müller, VP Investor Relations and Corporate Communication, students gained specific insight from Komax employees in the positions of product and project managers, and their respective daily jobs and responsibilities. Following this, a demonstration of Komax’s product portfolio was given in the show room, before a tour of the on-sight production facilities and explanation of their approach to operations management.
During the afternoon session, the group traveled to the new Siemens Building Technologies head-quarters in Zug.
Siemens Building Technologies provides technologies and services for commercial, industrial and public buildings and infrastructure, specifically in the areas of energy and sustainability, building automation and control, HVAC products, fire safety, and security. The division is a part of Siemens AG, headquartered in Zug, and employs more than 27, 000 people worldwide.
The group was introduced to Siemens Building Technologies (BT) in the new ‘Experience Room’ of the Inspiration Center, where they learnt about the core value propositions of the company in “4D” (including artificial weather conditions, such as wind and fog).
Following this, students were presented with opportunities of potential research projects and working positions, before receiving insights from the head of production in Zug, Florian Schnitt, and his approach to Lean principles (with reference to his master thesis he completed earlier with Siemens).
Concluding the day, the group spent time in the Siemens innovation space “Spark”, an open work space for employees, encouraging cross-collaboration, creativity and innovation.