Eugen Hehl receives award for lifetime achievement

VDI Medal of Honour for ARBURG Senior Partner

ARBURG Partner Eugen Hehl was awarded the Richard Vieweg Medal of Honour by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in Baden-Baden on 11 February 2020 in recognition of his outstanding lifetime achievement. On behalf of her father, ARBURG Managing Partner Juliane Hehl accepted the highest award given by the VDI Department of Plastics Engineering.

Medal of Honour for lifetime achievement
Dipl.-Ing. Kurt Gebert, Chairman of the Department of Plastics Engineering, outlined the reasons for awarding the Richard Vieweg Medal of Honour: “Eugen Hehl has worked with great dedication to advance the development of injection moulding technology and at the same time has promoted new technologies outside his industry. He delegated many of his employees to join the committees of the VDI Department of Plastics Engineering and made it possible for their expert knowledge to contribute to the collaborative technical and scientific activities of the VDI”.

Laudatory speech: long-term business associate Herbert Kraibühler
The laudatory speech was held by Dr.-Ing. E. h. Herbert Kraibühler, former Managing Director Technology & Engineering at ARBURG. “The award winner Eugen Hehl is a full-blooded entrepreneur who has made outstanding contributions to the global plastics industry over the past 60 years, in mechanical engineering, in the use and application of plastics, in training and in environmental protection”, said Kraibühler. “This made him a true global ambassador for the German mechanical and systems engineering industry, he played a decisive role in shaping our industry. For this we all owe him our gratitude!”

Juliane Hehl accepts Medal of Honour
Kurt Gebert presented the Richard Vieweg Medal of Honour to Juliane Hehl. She conveyed Eugen Hehl's greetings and expressed her gratitude on his behalf for the award and for the moving and sensitive laudatory speech. “He has never been on the ‘hunt’ for awards and prizes in his life – always following the philosophy of ‘substance over appearances’”, said Juliane Hehl, adding that he would gladly accept the Richard Vieweg Medal of Honour, however. As an award for his life's work that he was able to realize only with the support of many people who travelled this successful path with him.