BEUMER Group receives
Axia award for the
second year in a row

BEUMER Group from Beckum is once again the recipient of this year's Axia award. The auditing firm Deloitte honoured the intralogistics specialists for its mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy on Monday, February 18, 2013 in Düsseldorf. That means: BEUMER has grown steadily through the targeted takeover of companies and was able to develop itself further in this manner. With the presentation of this year's award, BEUMER is also the first company to receive the prize two consecutive times.

Within the scope of the event "Wachstumsmotor Mittelstand – Wege zum Erfolg" (Growth Propeller Medium-Sized Business – Paths to Success), the prize was awarded to medium-sized businesses that, according to information from Deloitte, were able to strategically expand and strengthen their market position through constant development and Best Practices. The special importance of family businesses in this context was also highlighted by Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, and Commerce of North Rhine-Westphalia, in his welcoming speech. 144 companies had applied for this award.

"Precisely because of our declared goal to grow in a manner that is organisationally stable, we have strengthened ourselves consciously in our core sectors through corporate acquisitions", explained Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO of BEUMER Group. "With these acquisitions, we can expand our expertise, supplement our portfolio and strengthen our global presence. Only on this foundation is continued, long-term growth possible in our markets".

BEUMER Group impressed in particular due to its consistent and targeted takeover of companies. BEUMER has supplemented its organisational growth over the past four years by acquiring companies abroad. In considering candidates for acquisition, it is important to the intralogistics supplier that the acquired companies fit BEUMER Group, not just strategically, but also culturally. BEUMER developed the "Strategy 2013" so that the incorporation runs smoothly. This is considered to be the "Best Practice" for the professional development of a corporate mission statement. The core of this mission statement states: Our goal is not the short term profit, but the long term success. "We view the diverse cultures in our global group of companies as a chance to learn from each other and strive to create a work environment in which everyone respects each other's individuality", stresses Dr. Beumer. "On this basis, we succeed in quickly integrating our new colleagues in the company, who have joined BEUMER Group in recent years." This is a crucial factor for the success of the international expansion strategy.

Dr. Tom A. Rüsen from the Wittener Institute for Family Business presented the study "Wachstumsmotor Mittelstand – Wege zum Erfolg" (Growth Propeller Medium-Sized Business – Paths to Success). "The winners have succeeded extraordinarily in expanding their market position thanks to an ongoing development of their success factors. They achieve excellent accomplishments in M&A, internationalisation or branding." In particular, family businesses impress with their classic strengths: high product quality and close contact with the customer.

BEUMER Group
receives Axia Award 2011

The BEUMER Group from Beckum is the recipient of this year's Axia award. In Düsseldorf on Monday, February 6, 2012, the auditing firm Deloitte commended the intralogistics specialists for their sustainable corporate management.

According to Deloitte, this year's prize was awarded to medium-sized businesses with a clear strategic focus, as well as efficient and flexible controlling and human resources management. The importance of family businesses in this context was also highlighted by Harry Kurt Voigtsberger, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of North Rhine-Westphalia, in his welcoming speech.

"We think it's fundamentally wrong to view employees as a cost factor", explains Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO for BEUMER Group. "We can only achieve a high level of customer satisfaction and a sustainable, successful market presence when the whole team is involved in the corporate strategy in the long term. This is what we have been living since the company was founded more than 75 years ago, and it holds true for the future."

Deloitte considers BEUMER's "Strategy 2013" to be the "Best Practice" for the professional development of a corporate mission statement. Its key message is that the company's goal is not the short term profit, but the long term success. "That only works with excellently trained and motivated employees", says Dr. Beumer. Another key aspect of this corporate strategy is the commitment to the highest ethical standards toward customers, business partners, employees and society. "We view the diverse cultures in our global group of companies as a chance to learn from each other and strive to create a work environment in which everyone respects each other's individuality", stresses Dr. Beumer. "On this basis, we succeed in quickly integrating our new colleauges in the company, who have joined BEUMER Group in recent years."

In the past years, BEUMER Group has grown both organically and through acquisitions. In mid-2009, BEUMER acquired, among others, the Danish company Crisplant AS. With this addition, the group counts among the international leaders in high-capacity sortation technology for airports, courier, express and parcel services. In Autumn 2011, with the takeover of the Indian company Enexco Teknologies, BEUMER strengthened its presence in the cement industry in one of the most important future markets.

Dr. Tom A. Rüsen of Witten-Herdecke University presented the study "Fit für Morgen - Effiziente und flexible Unternehmenssteuerung" (Fit for the future - efficient and flexible corporate governance) during the awards ceremony. In his estimation, family businesses are currently faced with the challenge of finding suitable qualified employees and managers. This issue is even more relevant to the companies interviewed in the study than the overall economic situation or concerns about another recession. "Family businesses are able to impress with their traditional strengths: high product quality and close contact with the customer", Dr. Rüsen pointed out. These elements are, in his opinion, the "DNA of success for family businesses."

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