The seven pillars of Vollmer sustainability

August 04, 2022 - 07:00am
Vollmer sustainability

"A passion for perfection" – for decades, this quote has stood for reliability and quality from Vollmer. The company has delved deeper into this concept.

The quote embodies the sustainable handling that, across generations, has turned the sharpening specialist into an international technological leader for machines for machining rotary tools as well as circular and band saws.

Now, the company uses the motto "Sustainable sharpening." Because the future demands precision, the machine manufacturer is consolidating their sustainability into a mantra that rests on seven pillars: sustainable solutions; real service; loyal customers; reliable suppliers; loyal employees; an environment worth living in; our company.

Sustainable solutions. Real service.
Two pillars stand for ideas and innovations. The company says it started with an idea – and Heinrich Vollmer had this idea in 1909 -- when he invented the first saw-setting and filing machine and founded his company.

His vision of developing maximum sharpness for cutting tools and saw blades, is still being lived by at Vollmer today.

The machine manufacturer is therefore looking deeper into sustainable solutions rather than merely looking at the power consumption of a sharpening machine in watts.

For machine developments, Vollmer is therefore looking at service life, energy efficiency, automation, use of resources, digitalization and also maintenance services, as well as reuse.

Vollmer machines are equipped with numerous energy saving features. But it is about so much more – and one thing is certainly true: Products with a long service life and a high capacity for repair and recycling are economically sustainable.The realization is simple – the implementation is complex.

The experiences that Vollmer has gained from its 113-year history mean that it can find the perfect interaction between materials, technologies, kinematics, automation, and services. Vollmer machines are therefore in use by customers for a very long time.

Vollmer backs up their sustainable solutions with real services for maintenance, service, training, upgrades, or digitalization. These allow for a long service life and optimal operation and ensure that defective machines are quickly up and running again – or that they do not fail in the first place.

Vollmer achieves customer proximity thanks to subsidiaries in 14 countries across the world, as well as via digital V@dison solutions for holistic machine control. Using the Visual Support app, the web based Vollmer help desk can be integrated into the maintenance process, and spare parts that have been available for many years can, in future, be ordered any time by a customer via their personal digital customer portal.

Loyal customers. Reliable suppliers. Loyal employees.
Three of the pillars focus on people. For Vollmer, people are at the heart of sustainability, starting with Vollmer's customers and their staff, right through to suppliers and partners in associations and organizations. This involves strengthening personal relationships over the long term and developing fair cooperation.

Vollmer is therefore a reliable partner to its customers where, for example, joint product developments are involved. When it comes to suppliers, Vollmer relies on long-term partnerships and where possible, local procurement.

Loyalty is the sustainable link that connects companies and employees. Vollmer is proud to take on an above-average number of trainees and trains young people in technical and commercial professions. They offer flexible working hours, continuous further training, in-house health days, ergonomic workstations or even leisure activities.

The aim is to have a high retention rate for trainees – more often than not, employees remain with VOLLMER for their entire working life. Appreciating performance means that families often remain loyal to the company across generations.

An environment worth living in. Our company.
Two pillars for a sustainable company. Vollmer always considers the economics from an ecological standpoint. An environment that is worth living in and one's own company are the factors that have a sustainable impact on the structure and culture.

This includes energy efficient manufacturing as well as the energy consumption for buildings or logistics. Vollmer therefore ensures that packaging material, such as pallets or boxes, are produced in a sustainable manner. Sustainability also means taking responsibility for the workforce and the region.

For the company, this means recognizing perspectives early on and being open to them. This not only applies to products and services, but also for the structure of the company. As a foundation, Vollmer is secure in the long-term and will continue to be a reliable partner for customers, suppliers and employees across generations.

Furthermore, the Sieglinde Vollmer Foundation supports the training of young people and promotes projects that focus on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"With regard to supporting young people, we have already awarded the Sieglinde Vollmer Award on two occasions to young researchers who have engaged in STEM projects outside of school," said Dr. Stefan Brand, CEO of the Vollmer Group. "For us, people are at the heart of sustainability – they always have been and always will be the key to our tradition and our innovative strength."

Related Glossary Terms

  • bandsaw blade ( band)

    bandsaw blade ( band)

    Endless band, normally with serrated teeth, that serves as the cutting tool for cutoff or contour band machines.

  • filing


    Operation in which a tool with numerous small teeth is applied manually to round off sharp corners and shoulders and remove burrs and nicks. Although often a manual operation, filing on a power filer or contour band machine with a special filing attachment can be an intermediate step in machining low-volume or one-of-a-kind parts.

  • sawing machine ( saw)

    sawing machine ( saw)

    Machine designed to use a serrated-tooth blade to cut metal or other material. Comes in a wide variety of styles but takes one of four basic forms: hacksaw (a simple, rugged machine that uses a reciprocating motion to part metal or other material); cold or circular saw (powers a circular blade that cuts structural materials); bandsaw (runs an endless band; the two basic types are cutoff and contour band machines, which cut intricate contours and shapes); and abrasive cutoff saw (similar in appearance to the cold saw, but uses an abrasive disc that rotates at high speeds rather than a blade with serrated teeth).

  • web


    On a rotating tool, the portion of the tool body that joins the lands. Web is thicker at the shank end, relative to the point end, providing maximum torsional strength.


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