Published on 03 August 2021
Unusual visit for Broetje Automation: Tim Focken, sports shooter at SV Etzhorn and member of Team Germany at the Paralympics 2021 in Tokyo, visited Broetje-Automation at the Rastede site last week. In preparation for the competitions in Japan, he received a support rail specially made for him, which supports him in balancing the sports equipment.
Precision, balance and technology are essential in international mechanical and plant engineering to ensure the highest quality and efficiency in the production of large and complex components. With this combination, Broetje-Automation has become the world market leader for automated assembly systems in the aerospace industry. This know-how is now being used in a completely new context: The paralympic top athlete Tim Focken uses a support rail specially designed for him and manufactured by Broetje-Automation in Rastede to stabilize his sports equipment.
The sports soldier from Oldenburg was wounded in 2010 during the Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan and has been living with an upper arm plexus paralysis ever since. But that doesn’t stop him from do sports on world-class level. With the highest concentration – and with precision, balance and technique – he made it to the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2021 and was enthusiastic about the machines and systems that are delivered from Rastede all over the world.
Anthea Krug, who works as a development engineer at Broetje-Automation on the machines for the factory of the future and regularly trains together with Focken at SV Etzhorn in her spare time had the idea to connect with Broetje-Automation. In her spare time, she designed and constructed the rail now in use. The trainee workshop at Broetje-Automation was then used for production. Here, the component was manufactured by the trainees.
“We have many colleagues who volunteer. I am very proud of the great achievements that our employees perform far beyond their professional tasks,” emphasizes Lutz Neugebauer, Managing Director at Broetje-Automation. “It is thanks to Anthea that we can now support Tim Focken at the Paralympics. A great effort!”.
For the upcoming competitions, the team of Broetje-Automation is now keeping its fingers crossed for Tim and wishes him every success in Tokyo!