100 years of passion for technology and innovation
2023 is the year in which Phoenix Contact turns 100. What makes us strong are our successful connections between employees, customers, and partners.
We are celebrating our company’s history and this anniversary in very different ways around the world. You can find out more about these inspiring connections, individual projects, and our innovative products and solutions here.
Impressions from our anniversary year We strengthen our connections with each other at numerous events around the world.
We connect people and technologies
Innovations, solutions, and friendships are created through teamwork. Goals are achieved when we work together to achieve them. Progress happens when we implement ideas together. Bonds grow when we share common interests.
We report on all these ties and connections here. From everywhere we call home. From around the globe and in the various constellations between colleagues, customers, and partners. Colorful and diverse. Multifaceted. And inspiring in the best sense. Allow us to inspire you, too, and to learn more about our strong connections.
Network for women engineers Forging links and inspiring the next generation
More and more young women are pursuing STEM careers, but studies show that retention is low and fewer women engineers achieve middle and upper management positions. Melissa Sommer and Shahd Mansour belong to a network for women engineers within the company. In the network, they exchange ideas with like-minded individuals and share their experiences and successes, both locally and globally.
To encourage young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, Shahd, Melissa, and other members of the network volunteer at local schools and events. They share their love of engineering and empower the next generation.
Working together for the success of control cabinet building Strengthening the industry by connecting manufacturers and users
Digitalization and Industry 4.0 provide the German control cabinet building industry with a large number of opportunities coupled with major challenges. To be able to drive these developments forward in a targeted manner, five companies have joined forces to form the SchaltschrankGESTALTER initiative: EPLAN, Phoenix Contact, Rittal, Siemens, and Wago. A knowledge network has been developed within a non-competitive and innovative environment that brings together expertise and people. The common goal of the SchaltschrankGESTALTER is to strengthen the industry and make it fit for the future.
The platform enables the exchange of knowledge and ideas, the networking of experts, and the promotion of innovations. In this initiative, manufacturers and control cabinet builders jointly address regulatory requirements, technological developments, and global trends and develop solutions together.
Hand in hand to a sustainable building The goal: Building and operating buildings in new ways in the future
The planning and consulting company Drees & Sommer and Phoenix Contact have been working together successfully for several years on the future of constructing and operating buildings. Today, an integral approach is needed when new buildings are being planned or existing ones converted. In other words, all the players involved in construction must work together at an early stage. The aim is to increase energy efficiency and at the same time to take approaches to ensure maximum flexibility in the of use of the buildings.
The OWP12 Energy-Plus Office in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany, is a sustainable and digital blueprint for office buildings of the future. From the very beginning, the experts have been discussing together how the perfect interaction between people and buildings can be reached. Christof Göbel, Drees & Sommer, and Sebastian Palmer, Phoenix Contact, look with pride at the result of their forward-looking alliance: a building that is flexibly oriented to the needs of people and the environment.
Learning and practical experience Training connects
Phoenix Contact’s mechatronics training program was the first of its kind to be certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the USA. Noah Greene began his training in 2016. Noah told Barry Carter, his classmate at the local college, about his experience as a trainee and Barry felt inspired to pursue a training program as well.
After Noah, Barry also completed his training, and both are working in different areas at Phoenix Contact. They agree that the combination of classroom and hands-on learning, as well as the mentoring they received from engineers and technicians, proved ideal for launching their technical careers.
Enthusiasm for technology and innovation transcending national borders Power supply specifically for use in machine building
Despite the growing popularity of Push-in technology, screw connection has long been the norm for power supplies in machine building. When it came to the further development of a power supply, Japanese product manager Toshihiro Kimoto supported his German colleague Alexander Haneke with important requirements for the Japanese market. This resulted in a smaller product design featuring Push-in Technology and an integrated fuse.
In order to launch a power supply tailored to the needs of machine building customers, the two colleagues cooperated to contribute their experience to the project.
100 years of real-life connections The UPDATE anniversary edition
Our strength has always been in our real-life connections, such as those with our location in Blomberg, with our customers, on an international level, or even among work colleagues.
Read these exciting stories from the past 100 years, which bring Phoenix Contact to life, in UPDATE, our customer magazine.
Then, now, and in the future
For a future worth living, our greatest concern is to act responsibly. To find the right solutions for this, we look to the past and incorporate these experiences, for example, into international sustainability projects and our vision of a better world: the All Electric Society Park in Blomberg. It is there that the All Electric Society is truly brought to life.
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