Norbert Steinkemper

Cooperation between the Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences, the Economic Development Department of the City of Emden and Broetje-Automation: regional strengthening through collaboration.


Broetje-Automation, the City of Emden’s Economic Development Agency and Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences are embarking on a cooperative path from 22.04.2024 to develop and implement innovative solutions to future challenges in the field of sustainability. This will be driven by the “Sustainable Product Development in Mechanical Engineering” course, which has been offered at Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences since last year.

Collaboration on Sustainable Product Development

“Broetje-Automation is looking forward to collaborate. The cooperation with the regional universities is important to us both for new impulses and for attracting motivated and committed talent. We also hope to contribute to innovative solutions in the area of sustainability for the company.”

Lutz Neugebauer, CEO

The new Sustainable Product Development in Mechanical Engineering course pursues a project-oriented approach and offers commercial enterprises the opportunity to cooperate and come into contact with committed students. “This gives our students a direct link to businesses and they learn about the challenges that sustainable product development poses in practice,” says Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz, President of Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences.

The cooperation is a further step towards sustainable corporate development, which Broetje-Automation has been actively promoting for several years. “The signing of the cooperation agreement creates new opportunities to develop, promote and implement innovative processes. The exchange of specialist knowledge and resources benefits companies, the university, business development and the environment in equal measure,” explains Professor Dr. Agnes Pechmann, who helped launch the course.

From left to right: Jeanette Prescher; Prof. Dr. Esther Held; Prof. Dr. Christoph Jakiel; Stefan Neeland; Prof. Dr. Thomas Schüning; Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz, Präsident HS E/L; Martje Merten; André Baumann; Prof. Dr. Dirk Rabe; Prof. Dr. Agnes Pechmann; Lutz Neugebauer

Breaking Ground for the Region

The three cooperation partners – Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences, the business development agency and the internationally active mechanical engineering company – want to break new ground together, which is characterized by innovative ideas and brings a breath of fresh air into business practice. The main focus here is on the forward-looking projects that arise from the many years of experience of Broetje-Automation GmbH and the new knowledge of young students.

“By combining business and academic expertise, we hope to find pioneering solutions in our field,” says André Baumann, Head of Project Management at Broetje-Automation. “For us, sustainable development is an essential part of our corporate strategy, so working with the Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences offers us the perfect opportunity to try out new approaches and integrate them into everyday industrial life.”

Martje Merten, Managing Director of Wirtschaftsförderung- & Stadtmarketing Stadt Emden GmbH, is also convinced of this: “This close connection between business and science can lead to new innovative approaches from which many other companies in East Frisia can benefit in the future.”

Broetje-Automation is looking forward to the cooperation and is convinced that it will be a strong basis for innovative technologies.