July 6, 2022 – He reached retirement age many years ago. But he wasn’t interested. “An entrepreneur remains an entrepreneur, until the very end,” said Dietmar Harting. Even the 50 years of service he logged in 2017 did not result in a stoppage. Today, the senior executive at the head of the HARTING technology group has a very extraordinary event to celebrate: his golden anniversary “plus”. With 55 years of hard work behind him, he beats every other long-serving employee in the family business.
It was truly an era that saw this German SME rise to the rank of international technological titan. And no one scored or did more strategically or technologically to propel this era than Dietmar Harting, who stepped up in 1967 after graduating from business school to take responsibility for the business, first with his mother, later with her brother (who died in infancy), and since 1987 with his wife Margrit. With barely 1,000 employees and an annual turnover of 29 million marks, HARTING was one of the smallest players in the technology sector at the time. A good decade after his arrival, Dietmar Harting made the decision to expand internationally (“to date, my most important decision”), embarking on a journey that paved the way for leadership on major world markets. The first foreign subsidiary was created in France in 1979.
By the time he handed over operational responsibility in 2015 to his son Philip (CEO) and Maresa Harting-Hertz (Director of Finance, Purchasing and Facilities Management), HARTING ranked among the leaders in the industry. Naturally, Dietmar Harting did not rest and spared no effort. His usual place of work remains his office at the company’s headquarters in Espelkamp. Even his special birthday was not spent at home in his chair. He takes a keen interest in and reads everything about the industry, developments in technology and the standards system, and he is rarely inclined to put his reading aside except for a game of Scrabble with his Margrit wife. Even that is played with passion. And so it was that he led not only the course of his own business, but also the work and development of international standards organizations, technology and trade associations, in roles such as President of the Deutsches Institut für Normung eV (DIN), Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie eV (ZVEI), as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Messe AG and as a member of the Technology and Research Councils set up by the Federal Chancellors Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel. Awards and honors have been bestowed on him for his outstanding commitment, including the German Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class, an honorary doctorate from the Leibniz University of Hanover and the Erich Gutenberg Prize.
The town of Espelkamp made him an honorary citizen. At the company headquarters, it was Dietmar Harting, formerly active in the local handball association, supporter of sports clubs and teams, who financed the construction and modernization of the sports facilities. This is how this entrepreneur has for decades combined cosmopolitan business with an active commitment to his home base.
The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of data, signal and power and has 14 production plants and 44 sales companies. In addition, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial serial use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications. in the fields of automation technology, mechanical and industrial engineering, robotics and transport engineering. In the 2020/21 financial year, around 6,000 employees achieved a turnover of 869 million euros.
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