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Review: Successful Appearance of VIAOPTIC at the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting 2019
From September 23rd until 25th 2019, the leading heads of the industry met in Darmstadt at the ISAL 2019 for the most important conference in the field of automotive lighting technology to present their latest research results and developments.
As a supplier of components for lighting applications for the automotive industry, VIAOPTIC presented its high-precision polymer optics, its expertise in optic design and antireflection-coated components.
CEO Bernhard Willnauer drew a very positive conclusion. VIAOPTIC was able to take many interesting impulses from Darmstadt. With regard to future challenges such as communication between autonomous vehicles, the improvement of driving comfort and traffic safety through adaptive high beam or light projections onto the road, VIAOPTIC sees itself positioned very well. "The fact that VIAOPTIC’s innovative and sophisticated high-performance products meet the high demands of our customers has been confirmed in Darmstadt once again,” said Willnauer.
The ISAL is organized by the Laboratory of Lighting Technology of the TU Darmstadt and takes place every two years. It is a meeting place for around 1000 international designers, engineers, scientists and decision-makers.
Brückenlauf: VIAOPTIC Runs for Charity
It is tradition for a long time already. Also this year VIAOPTIC took part in one of the largest sports event in Middle Hessen. 13 running-enthusiastic colleagues joined this event and run the two-kilometer circuit through the old town of Wetzlar in fine summer weather. In the end, the VIAOPTIC teams were happy about a total managed number of 28 laps. The success was celebrated with a dinner.
“We are always looking forward to being part of this event,” says Bernhard Willnauer, CEO of VIAOPTIC. “The Brückenlauf offers a great team experience – and it’s a great feeling to work together for a good cause”.
A total of 3900 runners from companies, clubs, schools and authorities in the region competed in the 20th Wetzlarer Brückenlauf. This year, the entry fees raised an amount of 2715 €, which will be donated to a Dance Project at the Fröbel School.
After VIAOPTIC GmbH had already implemented an environmental management system in accordance with EMAS in 2015, the company was also certified in accordance with the internationally valid environmental standard DIN EN ISO 14001 a year later. This standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system with which organizations can improve their environmental performance, fulfill legal obligations and achieve their own environmental goals.
On 18 June 2019, the successful recertification audit took place in Wetzlar; at the same time, the updated environmental statement according to EMAS was presented.
As part of the audit, the company demonstrated the independent environmental verifier the measures taken to achieve continuous improvement in environmental performance. For example, by investing in new injection molding machines, the pump control was significantly optimized, resulting in energy savings of 20 percent. An investment in the optimization of the compressed air system has an even better effect: 27 percent electricity could be saved by installing a new compressor with a controlled electric motor.
But also the waste management concept, which has been effective since 2017, shows a positive effect: Due to the disciplined waste separation behavior of the employees, a separate collection rate of nearly 90 percent was achieved in 2018. Compared to 2017, the amount of the residual waste thus has been decreased by 300 percent.
“We work daily on reducing the environmental impacts from our company and our products. To be successful, the contribution of the employees is most important. The responsible and active participation of our team makes us proud,” say Bernhard Willnauer and Uwe Bommersheim, Managing Directors of VIAOPTIC.
The new certificate is valid until July 2022. In combination with the environmental statement it transparently shows the environment-oriented corporate culture of VIAOPTIC GmbH to its employees, customers, business partners and the public.
Trade Fair Review: VIAOPTIC presents Gold Reflective Coatings and Solutions for IR Cover Glasses
Already for the 24th time the LASER World of PHOTONICS took place in Munich from June 24 to 27, 2019. In conversation with our experts, the international trade audience was given a detailed overview of the variable and diverse application possibilities of gold-coated polymer optics and their special performance in the field of IR laser applications. In addition, the focus was on black and IR transparent plastic covers. Which solutions VIAOPTIC offers for challenges such as anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint or surfaces with a heating function, aroused the interest of the trade visitors.
Intensive discussions, the lively exchange with existing and future partners and the networking at the joint booth of OptecNet Deutschland e. V. made the fair a great success for VIAOPTIC.
"We are delighted about four extremely successful days at the fair and have once again firmly planned our participation", commented Bernhard Willnauer, CEO of VIAOPTIC.
The next LASER World of PHOTONICS will take place in June 2021.
Career & care: ministry for social and integration
VIAOPTIC signed the charta for agreement of career and care at the “Haus der Wirtschaft” in Frankfurt on September 4th, 2018. By signing this charta, VIAOPTIC joins the ministry for social and integration and indicates its willingness to support and relieve employees with family members in need of care. The agreement forms the basis for a modern organizational and corporate culture.