Hanover, Germany -- Lower Saxony's Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport Joerg Bode presented an award to Purplan managing director Andreas Sandmann during the Ninth Niedersachsen Foreign Trade Day in Hanover.
The award acknowledges companies that set standards in doing business globally, and so contribute significantly to the internationalisation of Lower Saxony as a business location, said Purplan.
Beside Purplan's strong and steady growth, the jury was impressed by the promotion of young talents, technical progress and the sustainability-oriented approach of the Wallenhorst, Germany-based plant manufacturer.
"The competition was very strong," said Andreas Sandmann, in a statement from Purplan, adding that, "The prize is very important for us and our staff, because it indicates that we are on the right track and that our commitment is acknowledged. In addition, this award helps us to draw attention to our young and very dynamic company".
Founded in 2003, Purplan claims to have achieved an excellent reputation in plastics in a short time. With ever-increasing orders, the number of employees at its headquarters has risen to 125, and it has added additional sites: in 2009 in Shanghai and in 2011 in Freimersheim, Germany, and in the US.
Purplan's business model is to offer the worldwide plastics industry efficient and secure storage and processing of liquid materials. Its focus is on polyurethanes and synthetic resins, where Purplan designs and builds not only tank farms, mixing stations, resin plants and more, but also provides services such as automation, process consulting, remote support, training and more.
As well as customers and projects in Germany, Purplan said it is getting far more requests from abroad. It has completed numerous contracts, for example in the US, China and Russia and installed systems for storage of raw materials and mixing technology for the production of automotive parts.
Other examples are projects in the Middle East. Here, Purplan provides extensive on-site support and consulting for the industry regarding conversion to HCFC-free production, including setting up plants and processes to meet international environmental regulations.
PIC: Bode (right) presenting the award to Sandmann at the Hanover event