HGF group collaborates with students in industrial design willing to do their master thesis.
“We want to give them a real professional experience and share our knowledge about molded rubber production. My role is to create content, support and give orientation to their work. Every year we have students from Halmstad University. We enjoy the experience, it provides us fresh and outside of the box ideas. Recently students have worked with us on important topics like the update of tool design standards for our machinery, a new design for automotive floor mats, and the creation of a new shoe size for our rubber horseshoe brand Öllöv.” -Zaheer Ahmed, Industrial Designer at HGF and mentor for students.
“We believe in the power of the Lean philosophy and we want to inspire as many students as possible to learn more about it and hopefully work with it in their future careers. A local and regional industry with a higher degree of Lean development will undoubtedly benefit HGF.” - Christian Kiks, CEO at HGF
Apart from the master thesis collaboration, every year a group of students and their professors visit our Halmstad plant for a Lean Production training given by Christian Kiks, awarded Swedish lean price. The training is given by Christian Kiks, CEO at HGF:
The partnership flourishes over time. HGF has received support to develop solutions for a harbor fender system, the “De:fender”, an innovative project for the marine industry. Halmstad University and HGF also gather to brainstorm about what the next innovation and strategic development for HGF might be. The synergy between HGF and Halmstad university has a bright future.