Milestones
2018

 

Jan

 

Nutritional trends: “Grandma’s kitchen” with traditional, regional meals, products with clean label ingredients and organic food, energizing superfoods like chia seeds and fish with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, appetizing dishes that can be successfully shared on Instagram – these are just a few of the European nutritional trends that are reflected in the “Thermomix® Food Trend Report 2018”. How practical that the Thermomix® has a fitting recipe with guaranteed success for every taste.

Feb

 

Cleaner quicker: Two working steps in one, that is something only the Kobold SP600 can manage. Whether parquet, laminate, stone or tiled floors – in combination with the Kobold VK200 Upright Vacuum Cleaner or the VT300 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, it vacuums and wet-cleans hard floors in just a single working step at the push of a button and thereby makes house cleaning much simpler.

Mar

 

Happy Birthday: JAFRA Cosmetics started its sales activities in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2013. Five years later the company takes third place in the ranking of JAFRA markets reporting the highest revenue. At a large-scale event in Bandung on 17 March, thousands of cosmetics Consultants, as well as those wishing to become one, celebrate the company’s birthday anniversary.

Apr

 

80 years of Folletto: On 9 April 1938 Vorwerk established its first foreign subsidiary: Vorwerk Folletto commenced business in Italy and started with the sale of vacuum cleaners under the Folletto brand name. Thanks to the more than 4,300-strong sales force, demonstrating the Folletto vacuum cleaners with great enthusiasm in customer homes, the Milan-based company is today the largest revenue contributor within the Vorwerk Group.

May

 

It’s TeaTime: At a press conference in May, Vorwerk unveils its new Temial business segment. The Temial tea maker fast forwards the traditional way of making tea into the 21st century with innovative technology such as a touchscreen and Temial Code. Different types of tea, confectionary and accessories round off the offer.

Jun

 

Worth the money: Originally, akf was founded in 1968 to finance vacuum cleaners & co. In the meantime, akf group has evolved into a large leasing and financing institution with operations in the industrial, agricultural, IT, yacht, consumer finance, Servicelease and factoring sectors in Germany as well as funding activities in Spain. Staff and their families celebrate the 50th birthday anniversary with a company open day on 23 June.

Jul

 

Electric feeling: A quick business trip from the Wuppertal headquarters to the colleagues in Düsseldorf, Hilden or Wermelskirchen and save on CO2 in the process? That has been possible since July thanks to two electric cars. The pool vehicles are “refueled” with renewable energy. In this way CO2 emissions, nitrogen oxides and fine dust are reduced. For a cleaner future!

Aug

 

Winner: At the international architecture and design competition “ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Architecture”, the Vorwerk flooring product “EXCLUSIVE 1015” prevails in the “Innovative Architecture – Winner” category. The carpeting  stood out on account of its exceptional design and special, iridescent 3-D effects.

Sep

 

Distinction: Dr. Jörg Mittelsten Scheid, the Honorary Chairman of Vorwerk’s Supervisory Board and head of the Vorwerk family, receives the “German Founder’s Award” in Berlin for his lifetime achievement. Some 400 guests witness the event at ZDF’s television studios in the capital.

Oct

 

Endowed professorship: Professor Dr.-Ing. Tobias Meisen is the new professor for “Technologies and Management of Digital Transformation” at the Bergische University of Wuppertal. He is thereby the first professor in North Rhine-Westphalia, who in terms of tutoring, research and transfer will be entirely dedicated to the topic of digital transformation. Vorwerk & Co. will support the creation of this professorship till 2021 with a total of EUR 1.5 million.

Nov

 

5 million TM5s: The 5-millionth Thermomix® TM5 rolls off the assembly lines at the French facility in November. The two production locations in Cloyes-sur-le-Loir and Wuppertal have thereby set up a joint record.

Dec

 

Store expansion: An event at the beginning of December marks the opening of Vorwerk’s first store in Great Britain. In Vorwerk’s own shop in the Bentall Centre in Kingston upon Thames, near London, customers can test and then also buy the products from the Thermomix and Kobold divisions. 

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