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Gerresheimer Essen opens its factory doors for “Lange Nacht der Industrie”

Four eyes spot more than two! Making glass containers requires continuous inspection and monitoring.

Düsseldorf, August 15, 2018. The “Lange Nacht der Industrie” – a initiative for German manufacturing companies meaning the “long night of industry” – will be held on October 11. Gerresheimer Essen GmbH will also be involved this year. Anyone wanting to experience glassmaking at close quarters should hurry and book a place for the plant tour. The Essen site manufactures glass packaging for the pharmaceutical, perfume, and cosmetics industries and for specific segments in the food and drink sector. Put simply, it’s highly likely that you have a bottle of cough mixture or roll-on deodorant at home that came off the production line at Essen. 

“Working in glassmaking is truly special,” says Dr. Jürgen Unruh, CEO of Gerresheimer Essen GmbH. Dr. Unruh has completed a doctorate in mining engineering and likes comparing the working atmosphere at “his glassworks” to his previous work in mining. He believes the culture is tough but heartfelt and people stick together, what with glass production requiring precise and sophisticated teamwork, from the “hot” right through to the “cold” end. These are the names given to the two large areas where future glass containers are injected into moulds on the production line as hot, glowing drops and, after several work steps, ultimately go on to be packaged fully automatically at the cold end.

Gerresheimer Essen opens its factory doors for “Lange Nacht der Industrie”


This is precisely the route that participants in tour 42 of the “Lange Nacht der Industrie” will be taking through the glass production facility on October 11. It is free to attend and the tickets will be drawn in a raffle. If you don't want to miss the chance to visit Gerresheimer Essen, you can put it down as your first choice company when you register.

“We are a well-known and popular employer in the Essen region,” says Jörg Schilling, HR Manager at Gerresheimer in Essen. “We believe it’s important to train up the next generation of specialists ourselves.” You can follow any of nine career pathways at the Essen site, including glass process engineering, mechatronics, machine fitting, and industrial business management. Many people choose to stay on at the factory once they have learned the ropes. “Our programs fit our own needs,” explains Mr. Schilling.

There are numerous training options at Gerresheimer for anyone looking to kick-start their career, including short internships, training programs in a number of professions, dual degree courses, and the individually tailored trainee program GxGo!

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer operates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With our plants in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, we generate revenues of approximately EUR 1.4 billion. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: Insulin pens, inhalers, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles, and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

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