Around 250 guests were present on board to convey their best wishes and join in the festivities. Customers, shareholders, business associates and friends from all over the world turned up to pay tribute. Among those offering their congratulations were numerous representatives of regional industry and politics, including Bruno Walter, Mayor of Tettnang.
It was futronic's staff who were the centre of attention, however. It was their party and it was to them that thanks were especially due. As Wolfgang Lachmann and Michael Preuss emphasised in their joint keynote address, they are the soul of the company and their contribution to its successful development is vital. The two Managing Directors found suitably witty words for their brief account of the "futronic adventure story", which has also taken in a few stormy periods and all kinds of adversities. "Any success story is inevitably the story of people with courage and ideas", said Preuss in conclusion. "And the story of futronic is no exception: employees with innovative ideas and customers and partners with courage and faith in their abilities", Lachmann continued. The two "captains" simultaneously urged those present to keep up this faith in the future as the basis for fruitful cooperation.
250 smiling guests on a warm summer's night
Tettnang mayor Bruno Walter was likewise keen not to waste his words. He spoke of his pride at having a company like futronic in his town. He promised to do everything in his power to ensure that the company can continue to develop efficiently and successfully in the coming years. His tribute marked the end of the official programme before the buffet was declared open and the informal part began. With 250 smiling guests on board, the MS Graf Zeppelin sailed for four hours through the warm summer's night past Friedrichshafen, Romanshorn, Konstanz and Mainau. It was not until way after midnight that the last of the passengers alighted again in Friedrichshafen, the boat's home port.
Photo: "Captains" on board: Martin Jetter, Chairman of Jetter AG, futronic Managing Director Wolfgang Lachmann, Bruno Walter, Mayor of Tettnang and Michael Preuss, futronic's other Managing Director, celebrated forty years of futronic with a thoroughly enjoyable evening under the command of "real" Captain Martin Vollmer (from left to right). (Photo: futronic/Lisa Berger)