februari 2010

SCHOTTEL founds the Josef Becker Research Centre

Today’s greatness and strength of the propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL is rooted in innovative product ideas that are ahead of their time. Creative solutions will be required in future, too, not just in modern shipping, but also in related fields. To strengthen its innovative potential, SCHOTTEL has now founded the Josef Becker Research Centre.

In this think tank, engineers from a wide variety of disciplines will work together to develop new solutions. SCHOTTEL is partly making use of its experienced existing workforce, while also looking to recruit new staff with previous experience in the shipbuilding industry. Professor Dr.-Ing Gerhard Jensen knows, better than most, the value of think tanks which are free to work on innovations away from the hectic pace of everyday operations. As Managing Director of SCHOTTEL and former Professor of Naval Architecture at Hamburg University of Technology, as well as the long-time head of the Hamburg Ship Model Basin HSVA, he knows just how necessary it is to have creative teams working at a distance from the pressures of day-to-day business: “The name of SCHOTTEL stands for ideas which have been a driving force behind shipping. Our company founder Josef Becker was honoured posthumously with the renowned Elmer A. Sperry Award for his pioneering invention, the Rudderpropeller. The Research Centre bears his name, and, following his example, we are working on new concepts for shipbuilding and beyond.” SCHOTTEL’s strategy is thus a classic example of acting countercyclically. Jensen continues: “Our company has so far been able to ride out the economic crisis very well. For sustainable development, however, it is important – now, more than ever – to invest even more in research and development. The think tank will make a valuable contribution to keeping us among the world’s leading propulsion specialists.”