A feeling of responsibility for one’s home town and fellow human beings has moved us to lend a helping hand. That is why for many years we have supported three projects particularly close to our hearts.
The first project is the everyman cycling team, the Citek Röltgen Cycling Team. As members of this amateur cycling team, young men and women race all over Europe with great success. The school pupils and students come from all over Germany. We support the team by providing clothing and various bicycles, which by now have developed into expensive high-tech products.
You will find our team at the “Rund um Köln” (“around Cologne”) race and the “Rad am Ring” (“cycling at the Ring”) race at the Nürburgring, as well as at the Gran Fondo race in the Alps. Gran Fondo races are long-distance races (covering several hundred kilometres) normally held in very mountainous landscapes. We wish the team every success.
Our second project is the nurseries of Solingen. Each year we donate a sum of money to the nurseries at the “Zöppkes meal” (Zöppken means knife in Solingen dialect), a charity gala for the businessmen and women of Solingen, organised by the town’s local savings bank. The money donated helps disadvantaged children and facilities for children in Solingen. Because everyone knows that children are the future and should be given the best possible conditions to help them develop.
The third project which we sponsor is the “Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs” (Hendrichs Drop Forge) industrial museum in our very own neighbourhood. This museum, which is maintained by the Rhineland regional authority, shows visitors how scissors were forged in the 19th century and in some cases even into the 20th century. In the 19th century, Solingen was considered the “workshop for the world”.
School classes in particular take advantage of the opportunity to experience first-hand how the large drop hammer forges the scissors blank. With a loud clang, the piece of glowing steel is beaten into shape. Where else can you marvel at this being done these days?
Other long-forgotten machines and equipment are also on display, without which production would not have been possible in days gone by. For example, there is the old furnace and the 250-horse-power engine which drove all the machines by means of a belt. And the great thing is, these machines are still running, which means that the children can hear the hissing and buzzing and feel the vibrations and the heat, too.