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Stuttgart business woman receives a lifetime achievement award at the sixthBaden-Baden Business Night


 Ursula Ida Lapp receives 2012 lifetime achievement award
 
1st October 2012, Stuttgart: Ursula Ida Lapp, chairwoman of the supervisory board at Stuttgart-based Lapp Holding AG, has played a key role in writing German economic history. On 19 October 2012, the 82-year-old business woman will receive the 2012 lifetimeachievement award at the sixth Baden-Baden Business Night. This prize is awarded to owners of medium-sized companies in Baden-Württemberg who have made exceptional achievements. To be eligible for the award, candidates must have demonstrated excellence in their field of business, courage and willingness to take risks, energy and drive, the ability to innovate, and commitment to social responsibility, among other attributes. The speech in honour of Ursula Lapp will be given by the former minister-president of Baden-Württemberg, Erwin Teufel. Head of the judging panel, Hans-Jürgen Wischhof, gives the following reasons for his decision: “The Lapp Group is an exceptionally family-friendly and socially-minded company that has made a wide range of key contributions to cultural and social projects.”
 
Together with her late husband, Oskar Lapp (1921-1987), Ursula worked with passion, drive, and a natural instinct for current market demands, to create an internationally renowned company. Today, the Stuttgart-based Lapp Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of integrated solutions and branded products for cabling and connector technology. In the 2010/11 financial year, the family businessrecorded total consolidated profits of almost 900 million euros. It employs over 3,000 people, operates 15 production sites and 41 sales companies and cooperates with approximately 100 partners worldwide.
 
In addition to its core industries – the mechanical and plant engineering and system and apparatus engineering sectors – Lapp products are used in applications that demand the very highest levels of safety and reliability. Examples include the Transrapid monorail in Shanghai, stage technology for the Rolling Stones, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, terminals at Munich and Heathrow airports, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Aida Luna luxury cruise liner. Lapp has also seen significant growth in the renewable energy, mobility and life science industries.
 
Things first really took off for the Lapp Group at the end of the 1950s. Ursula Ida Lapp’s husband, Oskar Lapp, had a brilliant creative mind and was a fantastic inventor. At this time, it was very difficult for electricians to identify the correct wires within cables when carrying out cabling tasks. Finding the correct end of each individual wire involved a laborious process because all of the wires were either red or black and not instantly recognizable. They were also extremely inflexible, making cable-laying an even greater challenge.
 
Oskar Lapp’s solution to this problem was to give each of the wires a bright colour, reduce their diameter and then wind them like the strands of a rope to create a flexible cable core. Following Lapp’s instructions, a cable manufacturer based in Wuppertal produced the first prototypes and so the very first industrially manufactured connection and control cables were born. This was soon followed by a further Lapp invention, the cleverly named ÖLFLEX®, which stands for “oil-resistant and flexible cable”.
 
In 1959, U.I. Lapp KG was founded, financed using a bank loan of over 50,000 German Marks – the initials U.I. stand for Ursula Ida. The company began life at the Lapp family home and adjoining garage in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Oskar Lapp took on the field work, while Ursula Ida Lapp remained at home to look after their three children. In the evenings, she wrote promotional letters and did the book keeping. She would often walk to the railway freight depot with a handcart full of cables that needed to be labelled and shipped to customers.
 
ÖLFLEX® was a case of “the right product at the right time” – the original product created by Oskar and Ursula Lapp set quality standards that are still applicable in global cable manufacturing today. They even produced cabling that incorporated up to 130 different coloured wires. Demand was enormous and the company’s first factory was opened in 1963 so Lapp could produce its own ÖLFLEX® cables. In 1965, the Lapp headquarters moved to Schulze-Delitzsch-Strasse in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, where the successful company still has its head office today. Just over a decade later, in 1976, the Lapp family had already taken a step towards internationalizing the company by founding the subsidiary, Lapp USA.
 
When Oskar Lapp died of heart disease in 1987, just a year after falling ill, Ursula Ida Lapp took the reins at the company, helped by her two sons, Siegbert and Andreas. They worked together to expand their international footprint, and the result was a company that now has a presence on all key global markets – either in its own right or through representatives.
Ursula Ida Lapp has played a key role in shaping the company – the international family business represents and nurtures a corporate culture characterized by the set of values “customer-oriented, friendly, innovative and success-oriented”. At the same time, there is a firm focus on sustainability and responsibility for employees.
 
The Lapp family firmly believes in social responsibility – exactly 20 years ago, the Oskar Lapp Foundation was created in memory of the man himself. The foundation supports young researchers working in the areas of heart and cardio-vascular disease by awarding the Oskar Lapp research prize and the Oskar Lapp bursary to outstanding young scientists each year. The Oskar Lapp Academy also offers employees and trainees extensive development opportunities.
 
The company also hosts a whole range of internal events for employees all over the world, including annual international football, volleyball and tennis tournaments. Lapp also provides sponsorship for many local projects – the construction of the Möhringen community centre, for example, was only made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Lapp family. For 20 years now, Siegbert Lapp has been an ambassador for the Kind e. V. organization that campaigns for better childcare facilities for working parents. Andreas Lapp is honorary consul for the Republic of India in the German provinces of Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland Pfalz. Ursula Ida Lapp’s youngest son, Volker, doesn’t work for the family business.
 
Ursula Ida Lapp is passionate about business. Even now, she still comes into her office on the fifth floor of the company headquarters nearly every day. In her own words: “My greatest desire is that my grandchildren should carry on the work of my husband.” The course has certainly already been set.
 
Over previous years, the Baden-Baden Business Night has transformed from a social event into an occasion not to be missed for anyone with an interest in German business. On 19 October 2012, the event will be taking place for the sixth time in the Bénazetsaal at theBaden-Baden Kurhaus.
 
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Ursula Ida Lapp, chairwoman of the supervisory board at Stuttgart-based Lapp Holding AG
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About the Lapp Group:
Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, the Lapp Group is a leading supplier of integrated wire, cabling and connector products and solutions. Its offering includes electrical and fibre optic cables, industrial plug-in and screw connectors, cabling solutions, automation technology and technical accessories. Lapp Group’s core markets are in the mechanical and plant engineering and electronics manufacturing sectors, with rapid market expansion in the renewable energy, mobility and life science industries.
 
Lapp Group has remained in continuous family ownership since it was founded in 1959. In the 2010/11 financial year, it recorded total consolidated sales of 847 million euros. It employs some 3,000 people, operates 15 production sites and 41 sales companies and cooperates with approximately100 national partners worldwide.
 
About LAPP INDIA:
LAPP INDIA is a 100% subsidiary of the LAPP GROUP which manufactures Cables, Connectors, Cable Glands, Conduits and Accessories. They are the pioneers in introducing the concept of "Total solutions in Electrical Connectivity" in India, with an unbeatable range of products.
 
LAPP INDIA started it India operations in 1996 with a manufacturing unit in Jigani, Bangalore. Today our Bangalore manufacturing unit is the third largest manufacturing facility of the LAPP GROUP, producing about 100,000 km of ÖLFLEX® connecting and control cables and insulated single cores each year. LAPP INDIA has trained regional marketing organisation in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai along with 23 sales offices and a strong network of dealers throughout the country.
 
Some of our flagship products include: ÖLFLEX® Power and control cables, UNITRONIC® Data communication systems, ETHERLINE® Data communication systems, HITRONIC® Optical transmission systems, EPIC® industrial connectors, SKINTOP® Cable glands, SILVYN® Protective Cable Conduit systems and FLEXIMARK® Cable marking products.
 
Founded by Mr. Oskar Lapp in 1957 in Germany, the LAPP GROUP is one of the leading cable companies in the world that is known for its bold initiatives to bring in innovations over the years.
 
LAPP INDIA
Senior Manager- Marcom
Gurucharan K S
gurucharan.subramanya@lappindia.com
 
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Gutenberg Communications
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