#Pioneers

Obsessed with reduction
In Motion
Obsessed with reduction
95 years ago, a young man made aviation history. In May 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic in a solo non-stop flight. His success formula was to save weight. He even chose not to have a radio and parachute on board.
May 2022
“Less but better”
Future Life
“Less but better”
What does mountaineering have in common with business? “A lot,” according to Benedikt Böhm, a successful brand manager and speed mountaineer. Reduction is essential on the way to the top.
April 2022
Game changers
Engineering
Game changers
Do you know to whom we owe the zipper, industrial paper production or ferroconcrete? Nine brief, exciting portraits of people without whose pioneering spirit today’s world would be a different one.
February 2022
Idea + X = success
Future Life
Idea + X = success
Startups have a pioneering spirit deeply rooted in their DNA. The following examples show how an innovative startup scene develops clever ideas further so that they achieve success in the marketplace.
February 2022
“A craving for new challenges”
In Motion
“A craving for new challenges”
Jutta Kleinschmidt is the first and, so far, only woman to have won the Dakar Rally, the biggest “horsepower marathon” in the desert. An interview with a motorsport legend about motivation and limits.
February 2022
A matriarch with foresight
Engineering
A matriarch with foresight
Will she rise to the challenge? This question occurred to many observers when Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler took the helm of the company in 1996. Today, 25 years later, the answer is: yes, she did.
February 2022
Delving into history with high tech
Digital
Delving into history with high tech
In the quest for traces of our ancestors, archeologists dig up Earth’s past – and increasingly avail themselves of pioneering technologies in the process.
January 2022
Transparent data for eternity
Digital
Transparent data for eternity
Researchers have developed a new high-speed method of storing huge information volumes on crystal 5D discs for billions of years.
December 2021
Shipping electricity
Think Green
Shipping electricity
Does shipping offshore wind power to onshore grids make sense? A Japanese start-up says yes it does.
December 2021
Flying Star Trek-style
In Motion
Flying Star Trek-style
In the Star Trek movies, spacecraft powered by ion thrusters dash through the universe. In the United States a rather earthly aircraft recently completed an initial test flight with such a system.
December 2021
In motion for the last 75 years
Engineering
In motion for the last 75 years
It is one of the greatest “Made in Germany” success stories: The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is celebrating its 75th anniversary today.
December 2021
Wind of Change
Think Green
Wind of Change
Only when the human, nature and technology triad is in perfect harmony will sailors stand a chance of finishing the Vendée Globe. Mental agility is a key skill in the world’s toughest non-stop regatta
April 2021
The mastermind
Future Life
The mastermind
Gyro Gearloose is the innovative mastermind in Disney’s Duckburg universe. As we’re seeing today, many of his inventions were definitely those of a true visionary. But read for yourself …
December 2020
A stroke of genius
Engineering
A stroke of genius
70 years ago, Dr.-Ing. E. h. Georg Schaeffler filed a patent application for the cage-guided needle roller bearing that has revolutionized bearing technology until today.
June 2020
Off to new shores
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Off to new shores
Acting with consistency, thinking with agility, responding with flexibility. These globetrotters have mastered the art of planning as perfectly as the art of adaptation.
April 2021
Out of office
Future Life
Out of office
It doesn't always have to be a desk. These ten people have a slightly different workplace.
December 2019
How ideas turn into success
Engineering
How ideas turn into success
Ideas need people who believe in them and make them reality. Four examples described illustrate how Schaeffler manages to transfer innovative stimuli into successful projects.
April 2019
Challengers of partiarchy
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Challengers of partiarchy
Resourcefulness, sharp intellect, and enormous willpower: for centuries, bold women have been stunning the world with pioneering acts and causing patriarchal walls to crumble.
February 2019
New worlds
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New worlds
In the depths of the ocean, the vast expanse of the sky, or the boundlessness of the desert. Many of these challenges were only mastered with the help of technical instruments and tools.
February 2019
This man loves challenges
Engineering
This man loves challenges
London, Paris, Madrid – what sounds like the stops on a tour of a TV commercial for hairspray in the late 1980s may also at times be hairy routine for Christian Schuster.
January 2019
The da Vinci formula
Engineering
The da Vinci formula
No other artist and engineer who passed away a long time ago fascinates us as much as Leonardo da Vinci. However, innovation prowess was the result of very specific principles of success.
December 2018
Energy personified
In Motion
Energy personified
CEO, family man, driving force – Dr. Georg Schaeffler would have been 100 years old this year. A portrait of a man brimming with vigor.
September 2018
The subtle difference
Engineering
The subtle difference
Are men interested in machines and women are not? Before this question provokes a public outcry, it’s worth taking a look at a few statistics and the changes that are currently taking place.
December 2017
The philisopher's stone of energy
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The philisopher's stone of energy
Energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared. This physics equation marks a breakthrough, as well-known as the man who first wrote it down 112 years ago: Albert Einstein.
April 2017