The award ceremony was attended by Sebastian Schuelke, managing director of the Hilchenbach‐based SICON, an engineering and plant‐building company engaged in environmentally efficient recycling plants for the scrap and steel industry. Sebastian accepted the award from jury‐member Dr. Birte Gall. The jury awarded SICON with the excellence award for its end‐of‐life‐vehicle shredder EcoShred® Compact, currently the most efficient shredder of its kind in the world.
In his acceptance speech, Sebastian stressed out the importance of this award to his company “Mid‐sized companies in Germany and especially in the area known as “Siegerland” contribute an important part to the German economy. With current world population exceeding seven billion, recycling and recovery of materials from waste is one of the most important ecological challenges of our time. Facing this challenge head‐on we offer an extremely efficient solution with our EcoShred® Compact end‐of‐life‐vehicle shredder, a fully automated machine 100% made‐in Germany. We agree that this effort is truly worthy of an own award such as the German Excellence Award and are tremendously proud and happy to have been chosen to receive this prize. This award confirms our continuous efforts and serves as a much‐appreciated signal to the entire team, the region as well as a valuable message to our partners and customers.”
Awarded winners had been selected based on presented ideas by high‐ranking members of business, media and sciences from over 150 applicants. The award is endorsed by Wolfgang Clement, former minister president of the state of North Rhine‐Westphalia and federal German minister who was also supported by Heiner Bremer and Peter Wippermann.