Busy bees in the White Palace of our foundry

Our contribution to animal welfare and against insect mortality

Busy bees in the White Palace of our foundry

We wonder if Joe Biden is jealous of the busy bees at our White Palace. We don't know. What we do know is that wild bees, bumblebees, wasps and beetles have already visited our new insect hotel with its White Palace look. With the White Palace on the foundry site, we want to make our contribution to combating insect mortality and better protecting the little animals. This is in line with the Federal Environment Ministry's "We protect insects" campaign. After all, we don't just want to have bumblebees up our asses in the future.


The tree planting of our tree sponsorship is progressing

Our project partner #fokuszukunft shows us the progress

As a thank you for their excellent work, the employees of the Lößnitz foundry were given a tree sponsorship for Christmas. Wow, that's an extraordinary gift. But what has become of it? Our project partner #fokuszukunft shows that tree planting is making great strides. For more climate protection impact every day.

In the video down below, forester Peter Naumann takes us along to this mountain forest project in the Allgäu region:

Fokus Zukunft visits the mountain forest project in Allgäu


Climate protection despite energy intensity

The Lößnitz foundry has made it into the 2020 Annual Report of the Alliance for Development and Climate as a best-practice example.

Climate protection despite energy intensity

Bravo! The headline "Climate protection despite energy intensity" describes how the foundry offset 2,000 tons of greenhouse gases last year. This means that we are contributing to voluntary greenhouse gas compensation in Germany and have become an example worth emulating for the entire foundry industry. We are mighty proud of that.

In addition to several projects in Germany, we also support a reforestation project in Panama. This not only plants valuable mixed forests and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by a total of almost 3.4 million tons, but also gives local people a good job. Our goal here is to sustainably improve the livelihoods of as many people as possible!

To show our determination on the path to more climate protection, we signed the Alliance for Development and Climate's Declaration of Participation in October 2019 and have since committed ourselves to sustainable and resource-conserving production. So far with complete success!

Read the complete annual report of the alliance: https://allianz-entwicklung-klima.de/meldungen/jahresbericht-2020-der-allianz-fuer-entwicklung-und-klima


Facts of the foundry with our digital advent calendar

We can again support various projects in 2021

There was a lot to learn about the Lößnitz foundry in December.

With our digital Advent calendars on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin, our followers were able to find out about a new fact from the foundry every day. We are especially happy about the special gifts to our employees.

In cooperation with our partner Fokus Zukunft we can support two projects again this year and thus contribute something to the sustainability of our nature.

The first project runs together with the initiator of the bloom sponsorship at Lake Starnberg, Franz Grenzebach. He directly offers the opportunity to participate in the creation of a natural habitat for bees and insects through a flowering sponsorship. Thus, we have taken over the sponsorship of an 85m² flowering meadow for 2021, of which each employee has been given 1m² as a gift. This gives us as a foundry the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the promotion of bee culture and at the same time to do good for our environment.

The second project runs together with the cooperation Bergwaldprojekt e.V. Here Fokus Zukunft offers the possibility to acquire "nature premiums" in order to contribute to the protection and preservation of the local forests. For this reason, our employees were given the gift of a tree sponsorship in the Oberallgäu region for one year at Christmas.

We at the Lößnitz Foundry are grateful that we can contribute to the preservation of our nature and be a partner of these great projects.


International markets in the focus of the foundry

Opening up international markets during the company trip with the IHK Chemnitz

International markets in the focus of the foundry

In today's world, more and more companies are embedded in an international context. On the one hand, there is competition with other nations in terms of technology, service and innovation sectors. On the other hand, global and also economic developments have a direct impact on companies. However, the globalisation of companies also brings with it numerous opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. By stepping into new foreign markets, a medium-sized company can secure its existence in the long term and further expand its success. The foundry is now also focusing on opening up international markets.

„Before talking about the internationalisation of the company, one has to internationalise oneself - and this does not work out of a hotel complex.“

A region that holds a lot of potential

From October 4 - 13, the IHK Chemnitz will be offering business trips to the most economically successful regions in Brazil. Brazil is one of the top 10 largest economies in the world and thus classifies itself as an important trading partner of Germany. New partners and investors are especially appreciated in the economically strong regions. As early as 2019, a Brazilian business trip led to the production sites of various industries on site, including iron ore producers and foundries. A trip in which Max Jankowsky already participated 2 times. 2020 again serves as an excellent opportunity for market exploration and market development for small and medium-sized companies and offers a characteristic insight into the current situation of this mobilized market.

Going global with our customer

Sustainability, future-oriented and globalized thinking, Max Jankowsky testifies to these characteristics with the thought of future markets abroad. The foundry Lößnitz, is mainly active in toolmaking for the automotive industry. The shape of German automobiles of well-known brands such as Porsche, BWM or Daimler, often results, thanks to press tools cast in Lößnitz. Jankowsky already set a sign for this by redesigning the foundry in a climate-neutral way.

„Our industry remains energy-intensive, of course - after all, we have now created transparency and, at the same time, an awareness of this among our employees.“

An implementation that not only delighted the local residents, but also customers in the automotive industry are pleased with this future-oriented thinking:

„We accompany them on their way into the automotive future, which will be more environmentally friendly.“

A growing automotive market is in South America, with access via Brazil. The Lößnitz foundry could therefore enter into cooperation with foundries in Brazil in the future.

„The country has the iron ore, it already uses sustainable energy sources such as hydroelectric power and has room for wind and solar parks - if necessary, we too can become active there as a supplier to OEMs.“

Jankowsky not only used the opportunity to build up partnerships, he also got to know the local working culture, heard about the hurdles and challenges at the Chamber of Commerce Abroad and thus gained an understanding of the diverse cultural perspectives:

„All in all, this gives an increase in practical knowledge that you can't get from books". Max Jankowsky will certainly also take part in the next entrepreneurial trip to South America: "I think you have to stay on the ball all the time - in order to be able to go down common paths with the customer at some point thanks to the expertise you have built up. Even if we only learn to sometimes think a little more creatively or freely, it has already paid off.“

Everything else can be found in the article of the IHK Chemnitz.


The foundry now has new hard-working employees

Since April a bee colony lives on the premises of the company.

The foundry now has new hard-working employees

A beehive has recently been erected on the premises of the Lößnitz foundry. This supports the beefuture project and the foundry thus makes an important contribution to the ecological balance in the region. The first honey can be harvested in late summer.

"Since April there has been a lot going on on our meadows", says the manager of the Lößnitz foundry Max Jankowsky "because our bees are tirelessly collecting pollen and nectar and make sure that our delicious honey comes from the flower into the jar". "Our most hard-working specialists," adds the engineer with a smile.

Max Jankowsky became aware of the "Beefuture" project through the network "Senate of the Economy", which is committed to the public welfare goals of sustainability in the sense of the eco-social market economy. The founder of "Beefuture", Frank Weiß (49),is committed to the fight against the worldwide bee mortality. Since 2015, Frank Weiß has been engaged in sustainable nature and environmental protection in the entire German-speaking region. The beefuture GmbH specialises in providing both companies and private individuals with bee colonies and taking over their care. Jankowsky has seized this opportunity, which enables the company to make a sustainable contribution to biodiversity!

"As a responsible company, the Lößnitz foundry also wants to make a contribution to the protection of the environment and nature," says Jankowsky. "Our main concern in this project is biodiversity and the protection of the bee in particular."

Since April, a busy bee colony has thus found a place on the company premises. This also benefits the employees. In late summer, probably at the end of August or the beginning of September - they also receive some of the bottled honey, the so-called "Lunkergold" (blowholes are missing parts in the casting). By summer, about 30,000 bees are expected and with the first annual harvest, up to 20 kilos can be expected. This will be honoured accordingly with a small honey festival.

The beefuture GmbH takes care of everything necessary. Every two weeks a professional beekeeper checks and looks after the colony.

"We take over the care and support of the peoples", says the beefuture managing director. "However, we intervene as little as possible in the life inside the hives, because we value natural processes - this protects the bees and allows a particularly high quality honey to be produced as a by-product".

"It is an incomparable partnership for us, which enables us to become active in nature conservation even without know-how," emphasizes Jankowsky. "Because together we are strong to tackle the progressive death of the bee," Jankowsky is convinced.

Max Jankowsky already has other ideas for the future. So it will soon be possible to produce a live transmission to the beehive with the help of a webcam.
So everyone can enjoy the diligent work of the bees!


Max Jankowsky new managing director of the family business

Max Jankowsky sets new accents in the traditional foundry in the Erzgebirge.

Max Jankowsky new managing director of the family business

The Lößnitz foundry is 170 years old and iron has been cast here for such a long time. Jankowsky is 26 years old. When his grandfather, together with his business partner Frank Kattermann, bought the former GDR company from the Treuhand in 1992, Max Jankowsky was not yet born. Since 1.1.2020, he has taken over the management alongside the managing director Jörg Kattermann and can thus formally hold the position that he already occupies informally today: one of the pioneers in the company who defines what needs to be done.

The new managing director radiates tradition and modernity. Rooted and open-minded cosmopolitanism. And the family foundry is both. An ancient process in the foundry hall, where the scrap metal supplied is processed in the coke-operated
cupola furnace to produce new castings weighing several tons. Castings that will shape the future. Lößnitz produces forming and punching tools for automobile production. Jankowsky's castings bring sheet metal into shape.

"We are looking at the cars of the day after tomorrow - cars that will be on the market in two or three years," says the boss.

And in the more traditional world of the Erzgebirge Max Jankowsky is setting new accents. His latest accent is the "climate-neutral company", as the Lößnitz foundry may call itself from 1 January for the entire year 2020.


Climate neutral company for the year 2020

Why are we a climate-neutral company?

Climate neutral company for the year 2020

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity since the end of the Ice Age. There is now global agreement that we urgently need to counteract man-made climate change.

The success of emission reductions depends to a large extent on voluntary and consistent action on the part of industry in the industrialised countries. So we too are prepared to take responsibility for the world we leave to our children and grandchildren.

For this reason, we have had the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our company's activities recorded and offset by purchasing a total of 2,000 climate protection certificates for 2020. With these certificates we support a reforestation project in Panama (Gold Standard),a sustainable forestry project in Uruguay (VCS) and a wind power project in India (UNCER).

Download the complete report of the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry here:

German BDG Report

Greenhouse gases are evenly distributed in the atmosphere. It therefore makes sense to avoid emissions where the costs are lowest. In addition, projects in emerging and developing countries contribute to improving the economic, social and ecological situation and support the realization of the sustainability goals of the United Nations. For emerging and developing countries, emissions trading is a key driver for the transfer of clean technologies and sustainable economic development.

Why we do this? Because we have understood what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has conclusively stated: Preventing emissions costs only 0.6% of annual value added, while repairing the damage costs many times as much if we continue to do so.

We are aware of our special responsibility as a company towards future generations and have acted accordingly. The impact of our company on the climate has given Fokus Zukunft GmbH & Co. KG has determined the climate impact of our company for us: Our CO2 footprint amounts to approx. 1,830 tons of CO2-equivalent pollutants per year.

To illustrate: On average, a German causes about 11 tons of CO2 per year through his lifestyle.

For the compensation of our greenhouse gases we have received the award "climate neutral company".

This makes our company one of the first in our industry to voluntarily offset its emissions under the Kyoto Protocol.

Download the full report on the Alliance for Development and Climate here:

German Climate Report

More information about the environment


Senate of Economy

Max Jankowsky was appointed to the Senate of Economics of Germany.

Senate of Economy

Bonn. Industrial Engineer Max Jankowsky represents GL Gießerei Lößnitz GmbH as Senator in the Senate of the German Economy. The certificate of appointment was awarded on 14.06.2019 in Bonn by the Chairman of the Board of the Senate of the Economy, Honorary Consul General Dieter Härthe, and the President of the Senate, Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher.

"It is a great honour for me to be active in the Senate of the Economy in order to make a sustainable contribution to our country. We have a great and internationally resilient German middle class and I would like to contribute to the future generation of this heritage." Max Jankowsky

The Senate of the Economy is made up of personalities from business, science and society who are particularly aware of their responsibility towards the state and society. Together they contribute to the practical implementation of the common good-oriented goals of sustainability in the sense of an eco-social market economy.

The Senate of the Economy is thus reviving the traditional idea of the Senates in antiquity. A balanced circle of friends of independent minds followed the common good, instead of only particular interests.

The Senate of the Economy is purely oriented towards the common good and in constant dialogue with representatives from politics and science. Our honorary senators Sigmar Gabriel, Jean-Claude Juncker, Prof. Günther Verheugen, Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Rosi Gollmann and many other experts are exciting initiators.

The ethical principles of the Senate can also be the basis and guideline for the economic actions of the members of the Senate. Fairness and partnership in business life as well as the social competence of entrepreneurs and executives characterize the work of the Senate.

Bundeskonvent des Senats der Wirtschaft
(f.l.t.r. , Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher., Max Jankowsky, , Honorary Consul General Dieter Härthe, Divisional Director Benedikt Grütz)


Municipal day in Lößnitz

The delegation was welcomed at the GL Gießerei Lößnitz GmbH

Municipal day in Lößnitz

District Administrator Frank Vogel continued his municipal days in the district in March 2019. In the last two years, he has already dedicated a full day to 18 municipalities in order to inform himself locally about developments in the municipality.

"The mayor of the respective municipality himself designs the content and schedule for the respective municipal day. I am interested in progress that has been made in recent years, but problems should also be openly addressed. Only together can we work on solutions", said the district administrator.

On 20 March 2019, the municipal day was held in the town of Lößnitz. In addition to the district administrator, Dietmar Bastian, head of municipal supervision, and Jan Kammerl from Wirtschaftsförderung Erzgebirge GmbH also took part. The delegation was welcomed by Mayor Alexander Troll and employees of the city administration at GL Gießerei Lößnitz GmbH.

"The special feature of this first station is that the foundry is located in the middle of the city. The company has faced immense challenges in recent years to improve the air," says the mayor.

The management was able to explain in more detail what was undertaken in a joint discussion.

"It used to smell like foundry gases. In the meantime, we have managed to get rid of the smell using new technology. Our process is unique in the foundry industry," says Max Jankowsky, assistant to the management of GL Gießerei Lößnitz GmbH.

"There was a significant reduction in odour emissions from the foundry to the environment. Our operating facilities were extended by a 5 million Euro exhaust air cleaning system."

Gießerei Lößnitz has been located in the city for 170 years and has been family-run since 1992. The 82-strong workforce produces around 12,500 tons of castings per year - mainly for the automotive industry. District Administrator Frank Vogel informed himself about the workforce and the demand for skilled workers.

"With an average age of 37, our workforce is quite young," explains Managing Director Jörg Kattermann. "Several generations work here. Our castings make cars, we are part of this process - that makes the employees proud."

The company also sees itself prepared for the future.

The managing director: "The automotive industry continues to need cast parts. In addition to investments for the environment, there have been continuous improvements, such as the new smelting plant. One can say: "We are competitively positioned".

During a guided tour through the foundry, the casting process was demonstrated up close and the procedures explained. Mayor Alexander Troll thanked the management for the steps taken to secure the location.

District Administrator Vogel: "Gießerei Lößnitz is an example foundry for environmental protection".

Mayor Alexander Troll thanked the district administrator for his visit at the end of the municipal day:

"We tried to present our city from a slightly different perspective. Many topics were addressed and we as the city administration are pleased that we were able to discuss problems so openly with the district administrator".

The next municipal day will take place in Jöhstadt.