Celebrating innovation and tradition in the parquet industry
A total of 12 firms from the retail and skilled trades sectors and one leading light of the parquet industry have been honored with the Parkett Star Award 2020. The highpoint of the awards ceremony was when Austrian wood products entrepreneur Franz Neuhofer Sr. was presented with his lifetime achievement award.10 Jan 2020
It is the tenth time that parquet industry journal Parkett Magazin has presented the respected industry award. The winners were selected for their outstanding achievements in business and their innovative ideas and concepts for the successful marketing of parquet, as determined in the months and weeks leading up to the ceremony by a high-caliber jury of experts representing industry and trade cooperatives. This year, the diversity of the award winners was powerfully emblematic of the sheer breadth and dynamism of an industry that is home to people of all walks, from young entrepreneurs building up their business with the courage and conviction of their new ideas to seasoned business operators who, never resting on their laurels, are always embracing new approaches and ideas, to leading figures whose influence extends beyond their own companies and has shaped the entire industry.
The award for the best parquet presentation went to Fussboden Bauer (Motten-Kothen). Awards for the best commercial remodeling and newbuild projects went to Babschanik (Ebersbach/Fils), Parkett Neubert (Esslingen) and Sandhack Bauzentrum (Schenefeld). Glander-Gruppe (Lüneburg) took out the award for exemplary performance as an apprenticing company. Holzland von der Stein (Essen) and Koncepta (Dresden) were honored for their successful generational handovers. Special awards went to Thalhofer (Deisenhausen) for innovative marketing and Goiserer Parkett (Bad Ischl) for its success as a startup.
The highlight of the awards ceremony was when Franz Neuhofer Sr., of wood-profile manufacturer Neuhofer Holz (Zell am Moos), was presented with a lifetime achievement award. The Austrian businessman headed the then ninth-generation family firm from 1965 to 2000, during which time he put in place the systems and structures needed to secure the firm’s continued growth and prosperity – a success story that has continued right up until the present day. Apart for an infectious love of life, personal charisma and a strong sense of his roots as native of Upper Austria, his most notable qualities are his flair for innovation, his willingness to take risks and make investments, and his ability to make fast decisions – all qualities which have stood him in good stead in the course of his successful career.
The Parkett Star Award aims to promote the use of parquet flooring and encompasses allied areas of the skilled trades, retail and industry. The award has been offered since 2011 by Parkett Magazin, a major European trade journal for the wood, cork, laminate and design flooring sector published by SN-Verlag Hamburg.
Full list of award winners
Editorial Office, Parkett Magazin, tel.: +49 40 248 454 0, e-mail
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