HAWE HYDRAULIK SE

Award winner for
Business for Development (Category A)

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THE RECIPIENT

HAWE Hydraulik SE is a medium-sized, internationally active family business with headquarters in Munich. Its hydraulic components and systems for mechanical and plant engineering are in demand worldwide – especially in the fields of energy, infrastructure, efficient production and food/nature. The company has 19 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. For HAWE Hydraulik and its 2,500 employees, sustainable entrepreneurial action is a matter of course.

The project

Since 2017, trainees of HAWE Hydraulik SE have been involved in the project Pump up the chance for Africa to promote training in Africa. For this purpose, the trainees developed training concepts and built training models. At the training center in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, they conducted hydraulic trainings and trained local specialists. The project is part of the “Specialists for Africa” initiative of the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA). Similar projects are about to be launched in Nigeria and Kenya.

The company’s distinctive approach and the results of the project

HAWE Hydraulik has over 70 years of experience in the field of hydraulics. During the project, this valuable know-how could be passed on – from the company’s trainees to the trainers on site. Since then, the local trainers have been conducting the hydraulics trainings themselves at the training center in Botswana. In a follow-up project, HAWE specialists will teach how to independently service and maintain the required machines on site. Thus, the expert knowledge will not only be applied by foreign specialists, but also made available to the locals. In this way, qualified local personnel increases the industrial added value in the country.

How the prize money is used

With the prize money, HAWE Hydraulik organizes a maintenance workshop with experts in Botswana. The idea was born during a visit to the training center where the trainees discovered old and partly broken machines and equipment. The prize money will be used to train the specialists on site to carry out the repairs themselves and to maintain these machines and the new training models independently in the future. The trip of HAWE’s specialists to Botswana and the procurement of necessary spare parts will also be financed with the prize money.

Eleven men and women stand in front of a machine in an industrial hall. Some of them point their dirty fingers into the camera

At the training center in Gaborone (Botswana), HAWE Hydraulik trainees get their hands dirty together with local specialists. © HAWE

Two young men look at a machine in the entrance area of an industrial hall.

HAWE Hydraulik’s trainees get machines running at the training center in Gaborone (Botswana). Afterwards, the technical personnel on site will learn how to use and maintain them themselves. © HAWE

Four young men stand in a row in front of the camera. They point their thumbs up.

In Gaborone (Botswana) the HAWE Hydraulik trainees work together with their African colleagues. © HAWE