WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary: Young tradespeople compete with each other in 20 disciplines - ‚Global Sponsor Partner’ Würth congratulates Andreas Seeburger from Tuttlingen

Tuttlingen. Innovative, committed and inspirational - this is how WorldSkills presents itself, the international not for profit membership association whose mission it is to promote the status of vocational education and training on a worldwide basis. The international WorldSkills Competition took place from 1 to 7 September 2009. In Calgary/Canada over 900 craftsmen under the age of 22 from 48 nations – for the most part trainees still – tested themselves against demanding international standards.

In regional and national skill competitions throughout Germany, 23 participants from 20 disciplines had qualified for the WorldSkills competition. They were very successful indeed in the international competition: They returned home with three gold, two silver and two bronze medals as well as twelve medals for exceptional excellence - and this ranks Germany among the Top Ten in the world.

Since July 2009, the Würth Group has been supporting WorldSkills in its function as ‘Global Sponsor Partner’. With its support, the company emphasizes its role as partner of the crafts in its core business, the trade with fasteners and assembly material.

In Tuttlingen Michael Streif, sales representative of Würth, visited Andreas Seeburger, who brought home with him a price in the discipline CNC milling. In the company where Andreas Seeburger is a trainee, the sales representative gave a small gift to him on behalf of the Würth company and congratulated him on his outstanding success. “It was a very good and unique experience both professionally and of life. I am of the opinion that the participation is absolutely desirable also for other trainees," summarized Andreas Seeburger his impressions.

About WorldSkills

WorldSkills was already founded in the 1950s and currently has 51 members. The organization runs a broad range of activities whose pivotal point is the international WorldSkills Competition. This is the biggest vocational competition worldwide organized every other year in one of the member countries/organizations and in which more than 45 skills and trades are represented in just as many disciplines – from cabinet-maker to chef all the way to the web designer.

On the Würth Group

The Würth Group is the world’s market leader in its core business, the trade in assembly and fastening material. It currently consists of more than 400 companies in 84 countries and has about 58,000 employees on its payroll. Of these, more than 28,000 are regular sales representatives in the sales force. In the business year 2008, the Würth Group attained a worldwide sales volume of EUR 8.82 billion.

In its core business, the Würth Line, the product range for craft and industry comprises more than 100,000 items: screws, screw accessories, dowels, tools, chemical-technical products and protective clothing.

The Allied Companies – businesses of the Group trading under their own name – supplement the range with products for DIY-stores, material for electrical installation, electronic components such as circuit boards as well as solar modules and financial services. They account for roughly 42 per cent of the Würth Group's total sales volume.