To mark the 125th anniversary of BEGO, guests from industry and politics together with customers and suppliers were invited to a reception June 26 in the upper town hall room in Bremen, Germany. The event got underway with a welcome address and included official speeches, and music was provided by the Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic's Future Lab. At the end of the celebrations, the approximately 350 guests were given the opportunity to visit the headquarters of this long-standing medium-sized family company.
For the owner-managed family company BEGO, which is now in its fifth generation, 2015 marks 125 years of dental history. To honor this milestone, the company invited guests to a reception in the Upper Hall of Bremen's Town Hall. Customers, partners, and friends of BEGO from across Germany took up this invitation, and some guests traveled from as far as Japan.
Christoph Weiss, Managing Partner of the BEGO Group, said in his welcoming speech: "Initially, I wanted to talk today about entrepreneurial freedom, courage, and values, as this would have fit well with our 125th anniversary and would also have provided an interesting look back at the company's history. But instead I would prefer to look ahead to what's still in store for us".
Prof. Dr. Heiner Weber, Medical Director at the Policlinic for Dental Prosthetics with Propaedeutics and Section "Medical Materials and Technology" in Tübingen, Germany, spoke a few words of greeting to those present: I first came into contact with BEGO in the early 1970s when non-precious alloys were launched onto the market as an alternative to expensive precious-metal alloys, and, for me, these offered an excellent treatment solution. Even back then I experienced BEGO to be a highly competent and reliable partner who is able to reach quick decisions", recalled Prof. Weber.
The official speech with the title "The miracle of innovation – turbulent times require creative minds" was given by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, member of the Fraunhofer Senate and former President of the Fraunhofer Society, Stuttgart, Germany. He spoke about the trends that will shape how we live in the future. According to Prof. Bullinger, "the innovations which companies like BEGO create will serve to secure our future".
In his role as President of Bremen's Chamber of Commerce, Christoph Weiss presented a congratulatory certificate from the chamber to his father, Joachim Weiss. After 70 years of active involvement in the company, the elder Weiss is now a member of BEGO's advisory board. He concluded by talking about how, thanks in no small part to the invention of the rotation method by BEGO's founder Dr. h.c. Wilhelm Herbst, the company has successfully transformed from a once small operation into an international enterprise with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions. "Ultimately, the key to success is the unabated commitment and performance of our staff. After all, success is always down to team work and I am extremely proud of this," stressed Joachim Weiss.
Those who so wished then had the opportunity to visit BEGO's production facilities. The doors of the high-tech CAD/CAM production centre, the BEGO Implant Systems Surface Technology Centre as well as other production areas were swung open to welcome visitors. The experts from BEGO explained all about the materials and processes and were on hand to answer any questions.