It was a party! 50 Years of Interprint - Party at Lake Sorpe
As a specialist for decors, Interprint knows everything about what should look good. But the celebration of the 50th anniversary, to which the decor printer from Arnsberg invited all local employees and their families, not only had a dreamlike backdrop with the beautiful Sorpesee in Langscheid. It was above all the family atmosphere that made us feel: Something very special is celebrated here today. White tents lined the lake shore when the first guests arrived on Saturday afternoon. The good mood of the approximately 540 adults and 100 children was not affected even by the somewhat autumnal temperatures and the partly changeable weather.
"Without our employees and the partners or families behind them, Interprint would not be what it is today: one of the leading international decor printers in the industry. We would like to thank you for this today," said Thomas Wrede in his opening speech. The Executive Board of the Wrede Foundation is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Wrede Industrieholding, Interprint's former parent company. The afternoon was also marked by a family celebration: the whole day was devoted to food and drink, delicious snacks were waiting as well as coffee and cake. The numerous children romped about the bouncy castle, had their make-up applied and were inspired by the balloon modelling, the play mobile and a magician. The highlight for everyone: the pedal boats on Lake Sorpe, which invited everyone to watch the festival from the water. All they had to do was be back in time for the raffle. Here, Interprint and its suppliers had promised exciting prizes: Tickets for a BVB game, travel vouchers and even a television were included and found a lucky winner.
Frank Reuther of Interprint's works council quoted Ninomiya Sontoku, who was much admired in Japan, in his speech: "If you want to achieve something great, you must not forget to pay attention to the small things. Because from the accumulation of small things grows the great." How this applies in particular to Interprint became clear when he reviewed the history of the company, which began 50 years ago with 7 employees - while today more than 380 alone at the Arnsberg location and 1,300 worldwide give their best every day.
Holger Dzeia, CSO of Interprint, also looked back proudly and with pleasure to the future: "After 50 years of Interprint as a family business, a new era is now dawning. Interprint becomes part of the Japanese Toppan Group. We have had a business relationship with this company for decades that is based precisely on our values - mutual fairness, respect and decency. This is the basis for a successful company history that will hopefully last at least 50 years, too."
Ralf Paul Bittner, Mayor of the City of Arnsberg, concluded the official part with the moving words "50 years of Interprint - that in any case stands for half a century full of innovations and passion, closeness to home and globality, success and growth and last but not least: good cooperation."
After the evening meal you could see how exactly this togetherness looks like: The guests stood and sat together for a long time and celebrated, as befits the Interprint family, until midnight.