Unfortunately, the coronavirus came very quickly to the trade fair industry in 2020. This also presented Rosenbauer with a major challenge. There were many new products developed with the highest level of engineering, precision, and passion, which should now be presented to our customers, business partners, and dealers. However, since it was not possible to present these at a conventional trade fair, an alternative had to be found. Accordingly, a unique 360-degree campaign was created in marketing, which presents all of these new products via all communication channels. This required intensive collaboration with many departments such as product management, corporate communications, and external agencies. After the successful implementation of this campaign, the idea also came up to offer customers an even more intensive way of interacting with Rosenbauer products, asking individual questions or simply getting more general information. Due to the cancellation of many trade fairs, there was the opportunity to hold a virtual trade fair. This meant a special challenge in the preparation of data such as 3D models, the development of a holistic architectural concept, and of course the integration of the entire Rosenbauer sales network. Advantages of a virtual trade fair Cost in relation to range Less time spent Reusability of content such as webinar videos etc. No time commitment Flexible number of participants Optional anonymity New presentation formats are possible Various integration options for departments such as sales, product management, etc. Preparation points People are also dependent on the technology used by the end customer Of course, a virtual trade fair also brings with it various difficulties and challenges. Personal encounters and intensive physical exchanges are not possible. People are also dependent on the technology used by the end customer. This means that there could be problems with outdated browsers, for example. In order to make the experience as attractive as possible, the following points were important for preparation: Strategic approach including naming Selection of trade fair software providers Advertising plan (social media, newsletter, etc.) Course of the event and the respective program items Film production of webinars and “How-to…” videos 3D model implementation and 360-degree photography Production Integration On Virtual Platform After the strategic points had been worked out and the design for the trade fair had been defined, the entire content of the new products was integrated onto the virtual platform together with the technical software provider meetyoo and WEKA-Industriemedien. This required intensive coordination and precise project management in order not to lose track of the mass of content that is created here. After an intensive implementation phase, the Rosenbauer Online Product Days could now begin. First Virtual Trade Fair Appearance In December 2020 Rosenbauer CEO and CSO welcomed the visitors via video message It started with a trade fair for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in December 2020. Here customers, business partners, and Rosenbauer dealers were given an overview of all new products. After logging in on the platform, one went directly to the reception hall. Right at the beginning, Rosenbauer CEO Dieter Siegel and CSO Andreas Zeller welcomed the visitors via video message, and afterward, they could ask questions directly at the information desk. In a networking lounge one could exchange ideas individually, and with just a click one went into the so-called exhibition hall or one of the highlights of the fair – the auditorium. There, the latest products were presented again in detail in short videos by the respective product managers. It was a great opportunity to deal intensively with these products. Afterward, it was possible to ask Rosenbauer engineers and product managers questions directly at the respective product stands in the exhibition hall or to view the products in detailed 3D models. Various download options for information material, such as brochures and data sheets, were also available here. In addition to the presentation of great new product achievements, some new products also had the world premiere here, such as the introduction of RDS Connected Fleet or the presentation of the new firefighter boot BOROS. An opportunity for live interaction with Rosenbauer employees was available from 8 am to 5 pm. The Germany-Austria-Switzerland trade fair was generally accessible for 4 weeks, 24 hours a day. Questions and discussions could therefore also be held afterward. International Virtual Fair In March 2021 After this first virtual fair, which was a great success, it was decided to offer this opportunity to an international audience as well. This means that all content including webinars was translated into English and the entire global sales department was also involved. This trade fair took place on March 3rd and 4th. Customers were able to chat with Rosenbauer employees and ask questions across all time zones. It was generally a great challenge for the entire project team, as 24 hours (technical) support had to be ensured. But this was also mastered together and so interested parties from all over the world could or can still find out more about Rosenbauer’s new products. A virtual trade fair such as Rosenbauer Online Product Days is an interesting alternative to appearing at a conventional trade fair and offers advantages and simplifications and thus a valuable and contemporary alternative to traditional trade fair visits. The next few weeks and months will show whether this really is the future. What is certain, however, is that there will be more hybrid solutions that combine the best of both worlds.
The dates for INTERSCHUTZ have been changed, with the event now taking place from June 20 to June 25, 2022. The decision to reschedule the world's renowned trade fair for the fire, rescue, civil protection and safety/security verticals was taken by Deutsche Messe, after a process of thorough deliberation and intensive discussion with key market players. INTERSCHUTZ In a context that has affected numerous other trade fairs and events taking place all over the world, the move was driven by the latest developments in the global status of the COVID 19 pandemic. Flagship trade fairs like INTERSCHUTZ have a long-range planning horizon and require a lead time of several months" "Flagship trade fairs like INTERSCHUTZ have a long-range planning horizon and require a lead time of several months. In addition, the industries that participate at INTERSCHUTZ, either as exhibitors or visitors, are among the people most heavily involved in dealing with the current pandemic across the globe," stated Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board. International trade event He adds, "INTERSCHUTZ takes place every five years. The community of people involved in fire and rescue services as well as civil protection has been eagerly awaiting the next edition of the event. Against this background, the decision to reschedule was a difficult one. But a series of intensive discussions with our partners and exhibitors as well as representatives of key visitor target groups made clear to us that this move was unavoidable.” Gruchow continues stating, “A staging of the event in the summer of 2022 has been welcomed by all stakeholders. This is the only way we can offer everyone the necessary planning security for their trade fair appearance. A flagship fair like this one thrives on a large number of international visitors and, in particular, face-to-face encounters. Based on the current international travel restrictions, our clients would not be able to adequately prepare for such a major, globally significant trade fair." Hybrid event The pandemic has made us all aware of the importance of the fire department, rescue services and civil protection" "The auspices for INTERSCHUTZ have been excellent for a long time," said Martin Folkerts, Global Director of INTERSCHUTZ at Deutsche Messe, adding "We had already signed up a record number of exhibitors for the originally planned edition of the event in June 2020. We are confident our exhibitors will now join us in organizing INTERSCHUTZ 2022, which will be staged for the first time as a hybrid event.” Martin further stated, “The pandemic has made us all aware of the importance of the fire department, rescue services and civil protection. In addition, we expect significant increases in investment in these sectors all over the world, which will present the ideal conditions for our marketplace. More than any other event, INTERSCHUTZ thrives on personal contact and direct networking. It is the platform for the worldwide community." Firefighting technology manufacturers welcome postponement "The manufacturers of firefighting technology within the VDMA expressly welcome the postponement of INTERSCHUTZ to 2022. For us, INTERSCHUTZ is the most important international trade fair for the industry. And our expectation is that it will seamlessly follow on from the great success of 2015. We are certain that the conditions will be in place in 2022,” said Dr. Bernd Scherer, Executive management member of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) and Managing Director VDMA Fire Fighting Equipment, commenting on the new date of INTERSCHUTZ in June 2022. Scherer adds, “Our highly innovative industry will have numerous exciting new products in its program by then. And the German and international visitors will make INTERSCHUTZ 2022 the big live event of the year as we know it," INTERSCHUTZ postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic Exhibitors also appreciate the direct contact with those who ultimately use their products and services" Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the German Fire Protection Association (VFDB), also welcomes the decision to postpone INTERSCHUTZ until 2022. He said, "Our emergency services are and will continue to be extremely busy in the coming months. As we know, INTERSCHUTZ is always a welcome opportunity for thousands of them to obtain information, exchange experiences and network. None of this would be possible at present in this tense situation.” Dirk adds, “However, without the many visitors, including those from the non-material world, INTERSCHUTZ would not be what it has always been. Exhibitors also appreciate the direct contact with those who ultimately use their products and services. The industry needs this exchange between suppliers and users." Ensuring safety and security of People Dieter Siegel, the Chief Executive Officer of Rosenbauer International AG, also welcomed the new date set for INTERSCHUTZ to take place in the summer of 2022. Dieter stated, "Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis still has a firm grip on all of us and does not yet allow us to hold trade fairs and major events safely at the present time. However, the safety and health of people is of course our top priority as a system provider in firefighting and disaster protection.” Dieter adds, “We are, therefore, in favor of postponing INTERSCHUTZ until 2022, because we all want nothing more than an INTERSCHUTZ as we know it, an unforgettable trade show experience and a meeting place for fire departments from all over the world, without compromising on the safety of our customers, visitors and guests." The next INTERSCHUTZ international trade event is scheduled to take place from June 20 to June 25, 2022, at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds, in Messegelände, Hannover, Germany.
Rosenbauer opened a new production plant at Karlsruhe's Rheinhafen in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, high-ranking representatives of the Baden-Württemberg fire brigades as well as partners and guests. It is the first robot-supported production of ladder sets for turntable ladder vehicles worldwide. The almost complete digitization of production has created a factory of the future that not only brings advantages in terms of productivity, process reliability, component precision and quality of the end products, but also secures qualified jobs. digitized production plant Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International: “We have invested a total of 4.2 million euros in robot-supported production and high-quality workplaces. With the new, digitized production plant, we are taking a big step towards industry 4.0 and securing our excellent, international competitive position in aerial rescue equipment in the long term.” We have been involved in Karlsruhe for 22 years and operate the location as a competence center for aerial rescue vehicles" “We have been involved in Karlsruhe for 22 years and operate the location as a competence center for aerial rescue vehicles. Today, with the turntable ladders and aerial rescue platforms that are developed and produced here, we are technologically leading and successful with customers around the world. ” The key technology of the new production is the welding of the ladder sets on the most modern, completely newly developed robot systems. articulated turntable ladders With articulated turntable ladders with a rescue height of 30 meters, these consist of over 500 different components and more than 1,500 individual parts. Every single part and every plug connection is designed precisely and unmistakably (Poka Yoke principle) and digitally recorded. This ensures that they fit together like a lock and key and that any errors in the production process are excluded from the outset. The parts come into production as data sets, are precisely cut to size on laser machines and provided with precisely fitting slots, holes, tabs and tenons. In the next step, they are positioned on special fixtures and stapled before they are welded together by robots. The welding robots have laser scanning and stereo cameras in order to be able to see precisely where a weld is to be made. Robot-Assisted production The new, digitized production was implemented in cooperation with numerous partners from the region Daniel Tomaschko, CTO of Rosenbauer International: “With its robot-assisted production, the Karlsruhe location is the world leader in the production technology of turntable ladders. We can manufacture even the most complex ladder sets with high precision and in parallel, and we are working with a completely new logistics concept.” “This makes the entire production process extremely efficient and we can raise productivity potentials of up to 40 percent compared to traditional ladder set production.” The new, digitized production was implemented in cooperation with numerous partners from the region. These include primarily Carl Cloos welding technology, which supplied the welding robots, Sondermaschinenbau Calvörde, from which the devices originate, and Leisinger Germany, the partner in laser technology. technology-Oriented companies The project was supported by the regional business associations and the city of Karlsruhe, which creates the best possible location for technology-oriented companies such as Rosenbauer. Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup: “I am very pleased that this investment by the Rosenbauer Group is a clear commitment to Karlsruhe as a location and to securing jobs.” Rosenbauer Karlsruhe GmbH is and will remain one of the most important local players" “The long history of the development of fire-fighting equipment in our city is thus continued and Karlsruhe is further strengthened as an innovation location. Rosenbauer Karlsruhe GmbH is and will remain one of the most important local players that carries the strengths of Karlsruhe as a business location to the outside world. ” aerial rescue platforms The Karlsruhe location is the Rosenbauer development and production center for turntable ladders and aerial rescue platforms according to European standards with its own service and training center. Rosenbauer employs around 500 people here, who produce 200 aerial rescue devices a year and deliver them to customers all over the world. A cross-section of the vehicle range was on display during the opening of the plant, including six turntable ladders with 32 m rescue height for customers in Germany, Austria, Serbia, Saudi Arabia and Australia, two turntable ladders with 24 and 27 m rescue heights and compact bogies, three aerial rescue platforms with 32, 45 and 55 m working height as well as the brand new L32A-XSF, whose official market launch will take place at the Florian fire brigade fair from October 8th to 10th in Dresden.
Volvo Penta has been collaborating with its longstanding customer Rosenbauer to develop an electric driveline for the platform and industrialized version of the company's Concept Fire Truck (CFT), known as "Revolutionary Technology" (RT). By walking away from conventional commercial vehicle concepts and developing an electric solution for the truck's driveline instead, Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer introduced a completely new vehicle architecture that looks set to revolutionize the fire service industry and bring benefits such as zero exhaust emissions and significantly reduced noise levels. With its electric driveline, the fire truck boasts excellent ergonomics, functionality, and safety, as well as high loading volumes, compact dimensions and one-of-a-kind agility. The RT is currently undergoing intensive testing and will soon pass its next major milestone, when it enters real-world customer testing later in 2020 with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai. Collaboration with Rosenbauer "After many years of successful collaboration with Rosenbauer, we're proud to be pioneering electric drivelines and partnering with them on this revolutionary project," says Paul Jansson, Chief Project Manager at Volvo Penta. "Our close partnership and deep understanding of our customers' needs guided us in the development of the electric driveline for the new fire truck. Starting customer testing really brings home what the teams have managed to achieve together. This is our first industrial OEM partnership in the area of electromobility and it's a big step towards creating a new product platform of the future." Electric driveline delivers great performance The Volvo Penta-powered RT truck will help fire departments around the world reduce their fuel costs The new fire truck aims to provide an answer to global megatrends such as climate change, shifting demographics and urbanization - and their impact on fire departments' work. Firefighters responding to a call need a vehicle capable of high speed, rapid acceleration, hard braking and maneuverability. The RT's electric driveline, paired with independent suspension and a hydropneumatic chassis, delivers a high standard of safety and a great driving performance. The Volvo Penta-powered RT truck will help fire departments around the world reduce their fuel costs as well as improve safety and functionality. Each axle of the truck is powered by an electric motor and the energy storage system allows for an electricity-powered journey with ample time for operation at the rescue site. In addition, the new electrically powered truck has a backup diesel engine on board in case the journey or operation takes longer than expected. Electric fire truck "The teams at Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer have been working together closely to design a tailored solution that enables the electric fire truck to do its job in a more safe, effective and sustainable way than a conventional vehicle," says Dieter Siegel, CEO at Rosenbauer International. "Together, we have created the most revolutionary and progressive vehicle in the fire service industry. We have been collaborating with Volvo Penta for many years, they are the experts in this field and they truly understand our needs." Proven Volvo technology As part of the Volvo Group, Volvo Penta leveraged proven technology and competence from Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses and adapted it to meet the performance requirements of a fire service application. An important job, since the electric driveline is the heart of the electric vehicle. The result is a proven Volvo Group technological solution that is tailored to meet Rosenbauer's needs. "At Volvo Penta, we see ourselves as partners, not suppliers to our OEM customers - so collaborating with Rosenbauer in this way is not unusual for us," concludes Björn Ingemanson, President of Volvo Penta. "We want to become the world leader in sustainable power solutions and help our customers to future-proof their businesses by meeting the increased demands for cleaner, quieter and more efficient power solutions. This project demonstrates an important step in this journey."
Berlin Fire Department's "eLHF" project, an abbreviation of "electric firefighting and rescue vehicle" in German, is a scheme backed by the Berlin Program for Sustainable Development (BENE). The main aim of this program, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, is to procure and pilot-test an innovative firefighting and rescue vehicle equipped with an electric drive to get it from A to B and run its extinguishing technology. Austrian specialist Rosenbauer, the world's manufacturer of systems for firefighting and disaster protection, is playing a vital role in the "eLHF" project. The Concept Fire Truck (CFT) study devised and produced by Rosenbauer already features technical solutions that may well resolve the issues firefighters will face in the future. Ergonomically and ecologically optimized vehicle According to Rosenbauer, the electric CFT is an ergonomically and ecologically optimized vehicle that adapts to a wide range of requirements and is intuitive to operate. Connectivity, globalization and knowledge cultures - key trends incorporated into the CFT technology - are said to reflect the importance of communication and digitalization in the society. The growing significance of networking between humans and machines is also expected to be crucial in ensuring firefighting missions are successful. "Our innovation partnership with Berlin Fire Department represents an important milestone as we work toward the series production of our Concept Fire Truck," says Dr. Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International.
Emergency scenarios will be able to be dealt with quicker, safer and more efficiently, thanks to a new strategic partnership between Rosenbauer International AG, a renowned manufacturer of fire service vehicles and firefighting equipment, and DJI, a renowned provider of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. From now on, the two companies will work together to bring the benefits of digital emergency response management to anyone involved in being called to tackle an emergency situation. Whether used by a private company at an airport or industrial facility; or a local fire department called out to an emergency due to severe weather, an aerial perspective combined with Rosenbauer's operation management system enables the situation to be quickly assessed and informed decisions made regarding the safest and most efficient deployment of personnel. emergency service teams This cooperation with DJI enables us to consolidate our role as a digital pioneer while we work together" "Speed and a truly complete overall picture are key criteria for success when emergency service teams have to make purposeful decisions under time pressure. We have already supported their efforts to meet these criteria with our IT solutions, which range from efficient vehicle management to navigation, right through to alarm applications," says Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International. "This cooperation with DJI enables us to consolidate our role as a digital pioneer while we work together to develop an integrated technology for comprehensive, data-based firefighting and disaster management." fire truck manufacturing Jan Gasparic, Director of Strategic Partnerships: “DJI is proud to bring its drone technology to support Rosenbauer’s excellence in fire truck manufacturing and its vision of empowering firefighters with the best possible tools for emergency response and disaster relief. At DJI, we aim to provide reliable, scalable drone offerings that empower firefighters, search and rescue and public safety teams to benefit from this technology." "It plays an increasing role in saving lives, time and resources on a daily basis. This integration is an important step for this long term partnership, and our commitment demonstrates an increasing maturity in the adoption of drones for firefighting professionals.” information management system The data is synced with all mobile end devices so that every operational team has the same information Rosenbauer's operation management system is the information management system for firefighting operations that supports emergency crews on site with relevant information such as fire safety maps, hazardous material data or vehicle rescue sheets. Data from DJI's drone fleet management software, FlightHub, will be seamlessly integrated into Rosenbauer's operation management system giving additional visual and thermal data to the decision maker of the operation. This information can then be relayed to operational units at the scene on a tablet or displayed on monitors back at the command center giving a full overview of the situation. Informed decisions can be made in real-time regarding the efficient and safe deployment of resources such as personnel, vehicles and other equipment. operation management system Data safety is paramount and all information that is delivered to the Rosenbauer operation management system in real-time; and from DJI's FlightHub, is stored on a server in a highly secure computer center of a well-known European telecommunication firm. The transfer of data is encrypted. During deployment the data is also synced with all mobile end devices so that every operational team has the same information and it is kept in a closed loop.
In response to the rapid, ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Austria and the work stoppages announced by some of chassis manufacturers, Rosenbauer will be temporarily cutting production at its Austrian locations. In an initial step, the annual shutdown of the Austrian locations, which was originally scheduled for August, will therefore be brought forward to April 6-17, after which short-time work is to be requested as a precautionary measure in consultation with the Works Council. Critical functions and customer service to continue The direct and indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our company is currently still limited" The exact details are currently being planned. Critical functions and customer service will remain in place; disruptions for international Group locations are to be avoided wherever possible. Rosenbauer kicked off the year 2020 with a record order level of more than €1.1 billion, and there have been no cancellations so far. “The direct and indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our company is currently still limited. Material supplies are largely in place; individual vehicle hand-overs to customers are delayed. But the situation is changing daily. The announcement by a number of suppliers to temporarily halt production heralds a new and critical development, and more will follow,” says Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International. “This is why we have decided to take the precautionary measure of requesting short-time work following an early annual shutdown and careful preparation. I would like to take the opportunity at this juncture to express my sincere thanks to our fantastic employees who, despite their justified concerns, are performing outstandingly under these circumstances.” Implementation of government measures The reduction of normal working hours as envisaged in the Austrian government’s short-time work model created in response to the coronavirus outbreak aims to ensure that vehicle production can be temporarily reduced in a controlled manner and, in turn, production processes can be planned more effectively. It will also reduce social contact in production. Rosenbauer hopes that this strategy will safeguard as many jobs as possible beyond the duration of the crisis. Protecting employee health Protecting the health of its employees is a major concern for Rosenbauer, which is why the Executive Board wasted no time in applying the government measures against the coronavirus in the form of a rigid set of procedures governing everyday work. This encompasses not only the general medical recommendations concerning behavior, but also provisions for remote working, a ban on face-to-face meetings, new rules concerning the use of common rooms and more frequent cleaning/disinfection of workstations. Rosenbauer employs almost 1,600 permanent staff and approximately 340 temporary workers in Austria. The headcount includes around 110 apprentices.
Over the coming months, Schiphol’s fire service will be phasing in 13 new Rosenbauer fire engines, also known as crash tenders. The airport’s fire service will be using them to deal with aviation incidents. The crash tenders belong to the largest and fastest category of fire engines. They will replace the current vehicles, which have reached the end of their service life after a period of 15 years. The new fire engines are equipped with the very latest fire-extinguishing technology. The fire service personnel can already fight a fire while approaching it in the vehicle, therefore extinguishing it even more quickly and safely. Simultaneously Extinguishing A Fire Navigation systems and infrared cameras will enable the fire service to drive safely through the airfield The vehicles can be driven while simultaneously extinguishing a fire, using large quantities of extinguishing agent in a short space of time: 13,300 liters of water, 1,600 liters of foam and over 250 kilos of powder. This extinguishing capacity will enable Schiphol to satisfy the strictest requirements in the future as well and allows the largest aircraft. Schiphol has an unusual site, with a lot of grass and fields. The new vehicles have special wide tyres and are equipped with technical features to enhance their all-terrain capacity. Navigation systems and infrared cameras will enable the fire service to drive safely through the airfield in adverse weather conditions such as fog, rain or snow. State-Of-The-Art Features “Schiphol’s fire service is permanently on call, day and night, ready to reach a runway within three minutes if necessary. We prioritize the safety of passengers and staff in our operations. I am proud of the fact that we will be using these advanced crash tenders,” says Dick Benschop, CEO of Royal Schiphol Group. "A complex environment such as Schiphol requires its own approach to safety. With a fire brigade that has been specially trained for the airport and with its own equipment for the specific environment of Schiphol. I am proud and happy with such innovative equipment that we can also deploy outside Schiphol if necessary,” says mayor of Haarlemmermeer Marianne Schuurmans. We are very proud that Royal Schiphol Group has placed their trust in us" “The vehicles represent the very latest in firefighting technology. They offer exceptional performance, are safe to operate and are equipped with state-of-the-art features, including the Rosenbauer tracking and navigation system. We are very proud that Royal Schiphol Group has placed their trust in us,” says Dieter Siegel, CEO Rosenbauer International AG. Fire-Fighting Techniques The fire team’s emergency response service consists of approximately 150 employees who can operate the new vehicles. Over the past 18 months, all the firefighters have undergone intensive training to ensure that they have the right skills. This year, Rotterdam The Hague and Lelystad Airport will also deploy new Rosenbauer crash tenders, three and two respectively. These vehicles are somewhat smaller, however, as smaller aircraft land at these airports. They are six-wheel drive (6x6) vehicles that can hold up to 10,000 liters of water, 1,300 liters of foam and 250 kilos of powder. Otherwise, the vehicles are virtually the same as those used at Schiphol. This standardization offers advantages for the maintenance and management of the vehicles, the fire-fighting techniques and of course the education and training of the fire service personnel.