Joachim Weiss celebrates his 90th birthday
The celebrations were officially opened by Christoph Weiss, Joachim Weiss' son and Managing Partner of the BEGO Group. He is the fifth generation to stand at the helm of this medium-sized family company. The afternoon got underway with a funny yet thoughtful poem written by Weiss junior which took a look back at his father's life. Following on from this, Henning Scherf listed the jubilarian's achievements for the city of Bremen. Mr Scherf was visibly impressed by BEGO's corporate principles, which Weiss developed together with the staff at BEGO 25 years ago and which remain valid even today – here, the focus is very much on working in partnership. "You have provided the city with an example of partnership and are a role model for Bremen", said Scherf.
Arend Vollers, former chairman of the East Asian Association in Bremen (OAV) and long-standing friend of the Weiss family described other stages in the life of his companion and friend Joachim Weiss. Over the course of six decades, the two have shared many private and professional experiences. Master Dental Technician Henning Wulfes, Head of the BEGO TRAINING CENTER, recalled Mr Weiss' years at the company in a picture presentation and showed that "he was able to make far-sighted decisions when it mattered, and set the course for the company's further development in doing so". The two have known each other for 40 years. Together Wulfes and Weiss senior witnessed the various phases of development in dental technology which, according to Wulfes, Joachim Weiss played a key role in shaping.
The celebrations were accompanied by musicians from the German Chamber Philharmonic and concluded with the presentation of a sculpture produced using the selective laser melting technique by Carsten Vagt, Head of Technology at BEGO Medical, on behalf of all employees. The sculpture represents the latest milestone in BEGO's history – the Varseo 3D printer – and symbolises the progressiveness of the company which, without the solid foundations established by Joachim Weiss, would not be possible today.