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USE TODAY TO THINK ABOUT TOMORROW

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Gisor Henkel has been with PRACHT since 1962 and signed his apprenticeship contract with Ludwig Pracht, the great-grandfather of today’s junior director. No other employee has known the company from near the university town of Marburg for as long as he has. Until his official retirement seven years ago, he served as the technical director at PRACHT. Today, he is both our senior technician and an ambassador in matters of train and railway lighting. But above all, he is a great networker.

THE RAILWAY SECTOR AS A LOCOMOTIVE
Being the supplier of luminaires for railway companies has always been a great privilege within the industry. The clients’ demands are high – making these projects a real testimonial. And it has always been that way, before and also after the German reunification. Many years ago, the so-called “Circle of Light” was founded, serving as a council that aimed at ensuring high quality standards in the equipment of railway companies in the private sector – great quality on dispersion levels, in underpasses, on platforms…

PRACHT as a manufacturer of luminaires and Gisor Henkel as its representative where in close contact with the members of this council. Gisor has very fond memories of those days. Lots of talks. Lots of contacts. Lots of connections. And Gisor pulling the strings for PRACHT. He travelled a lot, within Germany, throughout Europe and even to other continents. And all that in the name of PRACHT, a real global player. The company conducted projects all over the world, always in compliance with national regulations and conventions. Whether in the Netherlands or in Venezuela, Gisor was always part of the action. He was constantly on the lookout for new projects and new challenges that would help him take the operations to a new level.

ALL-ROUND REQUIREMENTS
Today, the council to the railway industry is called “Station and Service” – and the man carrying on Gisor’s know-how is Martin Droß. Since the beginning of 2018, Martin has been serving as PRACHT’s key account manager for transport services. He takes care of all our customers’ requirements and concerns in this market segment. Railway, subway, public and private sector – there are very specific challenges related to every single client and project. Train platforms and station halls are subject to different regulations than for example maintenance halls or pit holes.

Light and illumination always have to be aligned, transition areas require uniform lighting. How do visually impaired people get along inside the train station? Their safe journey has to be ensured at all times. And due to new regulations, it is to be considered that certain luminaires may not be used anymore.

UNDERSTANDING THE SIGNALS – AND PUTTING THEM INTO ACTION
There are further changes that Martin has to deal with. Train stations are no longer just a means of transportation, just like train stations are not only a place where people get on and off trains anymore. It is becoming increasingly important as a meeting place where people go to shop, eat, drink and seek entertainment. This turns train stations into “feel-good places” that represent the travelers’ emotions and that offers them a welcoming atmosphere: a place where you can pass the time, calm, slowing down, friendly and safe. This is ensured by proper lighting that is comforting and provides simple orientation, but also offers protection against graffiti and vandalism. Out of necessity.

ON TRACK TOWARDS THE FUTURE…
There are things that today’s technology can do that seemed impossible with yesterdays options, both Gisor and Martin say. Knowing what is going to happen the day after tomorrow is one of the most exciting challenges. Sensor technology, monitoring, recording motion profiles and luminaires made from renewable resources – thanks to the PRACHT Institute of Technology (PIT), the company’s own research institut for innovative lighting solutions, the future is already here.

WHERE EXPERIENCE MEETS VISION
Gisor Henkel, born in 1945, completed an apprenticeship at PRACHT to become a technician. Interrupted only by his time in military service, Gisor remained loyal to the company until his official retirement in 2011. Today, he holds a consulting position as the company’s senior technician.

Martin Droß, born in 1966, holds a business degree and gained professional experience both as an export manager and as director of sales with several companies. From 2011 to 2015, he worked in our export department and has now returned to the company, serving as our key account manager for transport services.


ERFAHRUNG TRIFFT AUF VISION: Gisor Henkel, Jahrgang 1945, absolvierte bei PRACHT eine Ausbildung zum Techniker. Er blieb dem Unternehmen, unterbrochen nur durch seine Bundeswehrzeit, bis zu seiner offiziellen Verabschiedung in den Ruhestand 2011 treu. Heute fungiert er beratend als Senior Techniker. Martin Droß, Jahrgang 1966, ist Diplomkaufmann. Er sammelte bei verschiedenen Unternehmen Erfahrung als Exportmanager und Verkaufsleiter und war von 2011 bis 2015 schon bei PRACHT im Export tätig. Nun ist er als Key Account Manager Verkehrsbetriebe zurück im Unternehmen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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