You said you considered sustainability to be an important industry trend. How can JOST contribute to this?
Joachim Dürr: First, it is important to define what we mean by sustainability. For us, it includes many aspects, with safety being a particularly important one. As a manufacturer of safety-critical components, we take a high degree of responsibility for their quality and service life. Safety, however, also affects the issue of handling. We have to supply systems that allow the user to work safely. This is why our focus for the future is very much on sensor technology.
Lars Brorsen: Sustainability is also about environmental responsibility, of course. The law requires a substantial reduction in commercial vehicle emissions in the future. JOST can support this with weight-optimised products, something that we worked on at an early stage. But we can also make a major contribution by reducing the amount of grease used by vehicles. Our minimum lubrication system together with our new biodegradable high-performance lubricant delivers a solution that is not only sustainable but also saves our customers money. That’s another step in the right direction.
Dr. Ralf Eichler: It goes without saying that our sustainability strategy also addresses our employees. Here, we are concerned mainly with health and safety at work, which is a high priority for us. Automation can help here, of course, by making certain activities easier and safer for our employees to carry out.
Dr. Christian Terlinde: Good corporate governance is also an important part of sustainability. In 2018, we stepped up the dialogue with our stakeholders and introduced significant measures to optimize our governance organization and culture. As members of the Management Board, we have a responsibility to manage the Company effectively and in a way that ensures the sustainable financial success of the business.