Saxon instrument maker a finalist for the SME award

400 employees manufacture high-quality wind instruments for Buffet Crampon in Vogtland. The business concept has now received an award.

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Pleased to be among the five finalist award winners for the "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes": Sales and Marketing Director Volkmar Kühnle, Managing Director Volker Voigt, Finance Director Jochen Keilwerth of Buffet Crampon Germany (from left). Photo: Buffet Crampon

By Annett Kschieschan

Markneukirchen. The company Buffet Crampon Germany is in the final of the competition for the Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Businesses. In Markneukirchen in the Vogtland region, more than 400 Buffet Crampon employees manufacture woodwind and brass instruments for a total of twelve brands of the international manufacturer. The business concept convinced the judges, who have now awarded the company one of five finalist prizes. The jury looked at the overall development of the company, the focus on securing jobs and apprenticeships, the will to modernize and innovate, and the commitment to the region.

"Our joy is immense," says Volker Voigt, Managing Director of Buffet Crampon Germany, and adds: "The company's employees give their best every day in the manufacture of our musical instruments. The award should be dedicated to them. It's not for nothing that musicians all over the world appreciate the quality workmanship that we produce in Vogtland and Geretsried."

The Oskar Patzelt Foundation's "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" competition has been held annually since 1994. Since then, more than 20,000 companies have been nominated, which together employ more than 3.5 million people. This year, there were 4,075 nominations nationwide, including 466 from Saxony. The second stage - into the so-called jury list - was reached by 22 companies from Saxony and 485 from all over Germany. This was followed by the awards list and thus the selection of the finalist prizes, one of which now goes to Vogtland.

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