4. PTFE as material has been around for 80 years, Berghof Fluoroplastics has been working with this material for more than 50 years. Isn’t this subject long exhausted?
I am quite certain: This subject will never be exhausted. We are constantly facing new tasks that we have never had before. That’s why we are always telling new members of the team: No need to worry about monotony – you will never get bored with us. The new production building that we opened in 2017 gives our experienced team more than ever the possibility to show again and again just how versatile the areas of applications for PTFE are. Our experience also shows: Every problem that is solved successfully on the basis of PTFE, such as the cooperation with the NASA, leads to new projects. Because many of our customers are so satisfied with the cooperation that they are happy to recommend us further. This has enabled us, for example, to almost double the percentage of products from our porous PTFE material Permeaflon® from 2006 until today – and continuing to rise strongly. Internationally too, with a current export rate of 26 per cent to countries outside the EU, we still have a lot of potential for further growth which we will achieve together with strategic partners all over the world. There is no end to the ideas for innovative material solutions from our materials.
5. You have already mentioned the versatility of PTFE. That is why you and the entire Berghof Fluoroplastics team are dealing with many different industries. What helps you personally to cope with this challenge?
Back in my days as a holiday jobber, we had a lot of fun puzzling things out and pondering about the production processes. And I am completely in my element when it comes to getting down to the bottom of a new problem quickly and comprehensively with my colleagues in the team. I am also a fan of open communication. I therefore enjoy making new contacts at trade fairs, adapting to new customers and tasks and asking directly about “pain points”. These two issues are probably the main reason why I rise to the challenge again and again, because I simply enjoy it.
6. Speaking of rising to the challenge: Are you a person who enjoys competing, even in your free time?
Yes, as a private person I am also ambitious. I fought in karate competitions very intensively for many years. Today, it is more the boards that mean the world for me. After my karate career, I started skateboarding. Now, I spend every spare minute in summer with wakeboarding. And, suitable to that, in winter I am often out on my snowboard. But it’s more the togetherness than the competition that counts for me today. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the scene, the common fun of trying out new tricks and mastering new downhill runs. That’s where the circle closes when I come to think of it: Because constantly facing new challenges successfully – that is also what appeals to me in my job.