The concepts of "tradition" and "innovation" don't appear to have much in common at first glance. For tradition seems to be more rooted in the past and innovation geared to the future. However, a closer look will soon reveal that the terms – at least for our company, Mannesmannröhren-Werke, and the Salzgitter Group – are in fact closely related.
We regard tradition not as backward-looking, but in fact as the foundation for our future. We as a company and our customers benefit equally from the numerous strengths that we have developed and acquired in the course of time – due to the ongoing refinement of our innovative products and services.
In our cover story, we run the gamut from the beginnings of brothers Reinhard and Max Mannesmann through to the future. We take a look at the field of research & development so important for innovation and also illuminate the role that women play in our company. We report on the current state of practical use of our PMT® lite, the world's first app for mobile operations at the pipeline, and on our Offshore Day devoted to an exchange of ideas and views among developers, manufacturers, users and customers.
As always, of course, we also present a selection of exciting projects. We kick off in Copenhagen with the spectacular project of a waste incineration plant on which skiing will be possible on high as of 2017. From the High North, we then plunge to the depths of the "Katharina" underground gas storage facility in Saxony-Anhalt and from there to the Swabian Jura. We drop in on Vienna's Technical Museum and, to round things off, we take a trip Down Under and report on our first project in Australia.
And while we're on the subject of premieres, the new issue of Line Pipe Global is now available for the first time in a Web edition. Here, again, we want to offer you an innovative service – read it when, where and how you like, as a printed magazine or an online edition
And now enjoy what we hope will be a stimulating read!
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Managing Director Sales & Marketing