Andreas Kaufmann Honored by Wetzlar

Mittelhessen.de reports, Andreas Kaufmann Receives Honorary Gift of the City (in German). The honorary gift of Wetzlar is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the social, political and economic development of the city, and has been awarded 49 times to date. This time it was Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of Leica Camera AG who was due to receive it. In a ceremony on October 8, 2013 (Tuesday) at the Palais Papius, city mayor Wolfram Dette said of Kauffmann, "You are a person who has left a mark in Wetzlar... and made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of this business location, to securing and creating jobs, urban development and not least, through its capital contribution in difficult times." About 100 million Euros were invested in Wetzlar, and the development of the city was affected most positively with the creation of the new Wetzlar Park headquarters.

Translation to English (via Google):

Wetzlar. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Board of Leica Camera AG has been awarded on Tuesday at the Palais Papius with the honorary award of the city of Wetzlar. "This award means a lot to me," Kaufmann said before the magistrate receiving numerous guests.

"You are a person who has left its mark in Wetzlar., You have to look Wetzlar adjusted and brought forward new," said Mayor Wolfram Dette (FDP) in his speech. Kaufmann had "made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the business location, to securing and creating jobs and urban development" - not least "through its capital contribution in difficult times." About 100 million euros of investment in Wetzlar, the development of the city were affected positively.

Since 2002, the Salzburg Kaufmann have been involved over the ACM project development GmbH in Wetzlar optical precision engineering companies. This included 2002 Uwe Weller precision engineering in Wetzlar, 2003 VIAOPTIC GmbH in Wetzlar since 2004, Leica Camera AG, Solms.

This company had at that time can be reorganized in a difficult economic situation by the personal and financial commitment businessman and his ACM project development GmbH. "You have had the vision that the unique Leica technology has a future," the mayor stressed. At the same businessman had realized his vision of the traditional company attributed its origin back to Wetzlar.

He had the Leitz Park GmbH - a 100 percent subsidiary of the ACM project development GmbH - founded. This bought by the City of the Leitz Park site in Spilburg and developed initially for the Uwe Weller Precision Engineering GmbH VIAOPTIC and the new building.

With the construction of Leica Camera AG, which is currently underway, creating jobs for over 600 employees in Wetzlar, a particular highlight will also architecturally set. "Here we see a special signature, that was your concern," Bernadette said. The connection with the city of Wetzlar've already brought Kaufmann reflected in the fact that he had designed the roundabout at Leitz-Park with a globe in front of the Hessentag at his own expense. "This commitment is unparalleled," Bernadette said to the applause of those present.

This is only possible when entrepreneurs such as Kaufmann have a personal connection to a city. "This is something special," said Bernadette.

In the third phase in the Spilburg - on the site of the former city official operating a Leica world is planned - Bernadette sees "a great opportunity for tourism." Every year, more than 50 000 international visitors are enticed to Wetzlar. "This makes the whole ensemble look Wetzlar revive" the town hall boss. Even at a time when the Leica Camera AG was in the consolidation phase, Kaufmann had also joined the Viseum Club and have financially supported the realization of the exhibition. Kaufmann also have a new company in Wetzlar - CW Sonderoptic - founded the developed world with a staff of 25 lenses for film cameras for the movie industry and manufacturing.

"We need a good staff, clean finances, especially something that provides the charm," the former Waldorf teacher Andreas Kaufmann said in his acceptance speech. "I have an awareness of this region," said Salzburg, the "something special again" announced for the third phase of construction.

The gift of honor of the city of Wetzlar is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the social, political and economic development of the city. She has been awarded 49 times to date.