NORMA Group to sponsor Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s 2016 Manufacturing Management Award

FRANKFURT/MAINTAL, 01-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, is sponsoring the 2016 Manufacturing Management Award from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (“Frankfurt School”). The state-approved Business School awards this prize for the three best theses that deal with the manufacturing industry from the Master in Management (MSc) program. NORMA Group is awarding the prize money in the amounts of 1,500, 1,000 and 500 euros to the top three winners.

John Stephenson, COO of NORMA Group, honored the prize-winners at the award ceremony held in Frankfurt on October 28, 2016. “Supporting the experts of the future already today is extremely important to us. Practical research is essential, especially in the industrial environment because it leads to innovation and continuous improvement. Frankfurt School guarantees this approach and combines it with a high quality education,” John Stephenson said.

Marc Sanabras Garrido came in first place. His final thesis dealt with the question of whether a company can improve its performance by harmonizing its strategic sales initiatives. Second place winner Carmen Berger focused on how production strategies can be implemented efficiently. Liesa Stöbich, who finished third, worked on the topic of Industry 4.0 and consequent opportunities for companies.

“This year’s prize-winners have presented high-caliber papers on current industrial topics that are also highly relevant to society. NORMA Group’s generous and sustained commitment makes it possible for us to recognize and promote these promising young talents,” said Professor Dr. Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School, at the award ceremony held in the Paulskirche.

NORMA Group and Frankfurt School have been partners since 2012. The company regularly advises students on their master thesis and hires its graduates. Together with Frankfurt School, NORMA Group conducts programs on project management and development of managers. NORMA Group has also been supporting the assistant professorship on production management at Frankfurt School since the end of 2015.

Daphne Recker
Group Communications
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Group NORMA Group is a global market leader in engineered joining technology. The company manufactures a wide range of innovative connecting solutions and water management technology offering more than 35,000 products to customers in 100 countries with around 6,500 employees. NORMA Group helps its customers and business partners to react to global challenges such as climate change and increasing scarcity of resources. NORMA Group joining products can be found in vehicles and trains, ships and aircraft, buildings and water management as well as in applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The company generated sales of around EUR 890 million in 2015. NORMA Group operates a global network of 22 production facilities as well as numerous sales and distribution sites across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. NORMA Group has its headquarters in Maintal, Germany. NORMA Group SE is listed on the German stock exchange (Prime Standard) and included in the MDAX index.

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