Good experience with the integration of refugees: Berliner Glas intends to recruit additional staff

Berliner Glas participated in the first “job fair for refugees” that was held in Berlin in January 2016 – with great success. Two new employees with a refugee background joined Berliner Glas in August 2016 and another new colleague was employed within the framework of an internship in December 2016. Today they are valuable members of their teams and they have integrated in the workplace at Berliner Glas very well.

Berliner Glas is one of the world's leading providers of optical key components, assemblies and systems, as well as high-quality refined technical glass. The components, assemblies and systems from Berliner Glas facilitate to utilize light for high-tech applications. They are applied in many sectors and technical systems: in equipment for the production of microchips as well as OLED displays used in smartphones and tablets, in satellite systems that control the communications in space and in medical equipment. Well-trained specialists realize the design, development and production of these sophisticated products.  

Dr. Regina Draheim-Krieg, Head of Human Resources at Berliner Glas, said: "The integration of refugees into everyday work does not succeed just by pressing a button. Many conditions have to be fulfilled and willingness from both the company and the refugee to try something new is essential. At every facility, in every job and in each team the same challenges apply: a high degree of appreciation, flexibility and openness. In this context language plays a decisive role. Learning German is and remains the basic condition for integrating employees with a refugee background."

The second relevant pillar in addition to language competence is a specialist qualification. Berliner Glas, together with the job center, has prepared various solutions for the retraining and advanced training of people who are new to the industry and, for example, offers introductory trainings to persons with a refugee background.  

The good experience, that Berliner Glas has gained so far, encourages the company to offer additional jobs to people with a refugee background. This is why Berliner Glas will also be participating in the second job fair for refugees and migrants. This job fair will be held on January 25, 2017 in the Estrel Hotel and Congress Center in Berlin.

Interested visitors are invited to visit the Berliner Glas booth (A18) to obtain information about the company and the job offers.


In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: BERLINER GLAS KGaA