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“SDG and WSW are the evidence that German quality is worldwide recognized and appreciated,” said Olaf Wiertz.

cludes also well-established methods of heat treatment or welding procedures,”

Wiertz explains.

Strict Control

The head of engineering and R&D at

SDG, Klaus Pfeiffer, said: “Safety and reliability of our products are critical cri- teria for our customers. Therefore we put quality on top of our company philoso- phy. Based on our quality management we perform stringent controls on all our materials and products in all relevant processing-stages. This is supported by our own laboratory where the mate- rial tests are performed.” This procedure has been rewarded with certi? cates by classi? cation societies including DNV


NKK and KRS.”

Investments in the Future “As mentioned before, the foundation of our success are our employees. They have a tremendous level of self-initiative and creativity,” said Wiertz. “Their con- tribution to the success and development of both, SDG and WSW, is invaluable.

With on-going training measures and target-oriented support of young poten- tials we, the management, take care for keeping our leading position also in the future. We always give young people the opportunity to see what we are doing and let them stick their nose in our business.

This is done by practical trainings.” “During the next years we will focus our sales activities on the BRICS-Coun- tries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and

South Africa),” said Wiertz. “We see potential for growth in big bore engine components, including crankshafts, con- rods, camshafts and steel pistons.” 29

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