The Steinbeis Foundation reported excellent results for the 2011 financial year at the board of trustees meeting in late March. The Steinbeis Network now spans more than 850 centers, most of these based at establishments of higher education, universities of applied sciences, and research institutes. In the year under review, sales totaled € 134 million. Prof. Dr. Michael Auer has been appointed chairman of the board to replace the departing chairman, Prof. Dr. Heinz Trasch. Manfred Mattulat was also appointed to the board.
The Steinbeis Network is a service provider in the field of knowledge and technology transfer with a focus on delivering tangible, application-based support encompassing consulting, research and development, training and employee development, and evaluations and expert reports across all areas of technology and management. In 2011, 88 new Steinbeis enterprises were founded, expanding the network to 855 centers worldwide. Depending on their focus and specialist field, Steinbeis enterprises are run as dependent legal entities like transfer centers, research and innovation centers, consulting centers, transfer institutes or even independent companies. These enterprises employed 1,462 people in 2011 as well as 3,631 freelancers and 697 professors, with a focus on transferring expertise between the worlds of academia and business and a strong emphasis on business application.
Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, long-standing Steinbeis Foundation board member and member of the management board of Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer (StC), was appointed Chairman of the Steinbeis Foundation Board on April 1, 2012. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Heinz Trasch, who has relinquished his role as chairman for age reasons after eight years. The Board of Trustees also voted unanimously to appoint Dipl.-Kfm. Manfred Mattulat to both the Foundation Board and the board of management of StC. Previously, Manfred Mattulat was managing director of Steinbeis Beteiligungs-Holding and was responsible for equity holdings managed by the Steinbeis Network.
At the board meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Committee, Dr.-Ing. Leonhard Vilser (J. Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG) expressed gratitude to the retiring Board Chairman for his commitment and wished the new management board every success in the future.