Henkel Innovation Challenge kicks off
The global competition will have teams from 14 European countries and the Asia/Pacific region compete for a top place in the challenge. This year’s international final will be held in April 2012 in Poland, the home country of last year’s winners. The winning team will receive an around-the-world ticket and a travel voucher worth €1,000.
“This challenge has given international exposure to several young innovators in the previous years. Such has been Henkel’s association with these young innovators that several of them have chosen their career paths with the company after this enriching experience through the mentorship.”
For the last four years, winners were from Europe with Spain leading at the first year’s challenge. In the second year, the team from Netherlands was declared the winner based on their revolutionary concept of Persilair, which is a small bottle of ecological friendly gas connected to a washing machine which makes it possible to wash clothes without using water. For the third year, the German team won accolades with an innovative concept of a cleaning product entitled, ‘Terra BioNet’, which works as a biodegradable surface coating that cleans all kinds of surfaces through the use of long-lasting bacteria, thus replacing the need for regular cleaning. Last year, the team from Poland won the challenge by making a powerful case for ‘Persil Oxygen’, which ensures that laundry gets done with no noise and with total ecological compatibility while hanging in the wardrobe in a clothes bag.
As part of the challenge, students from any discipline will partner up in teams of two, to develop a concept for a product under a Henkel brand.
Students interested in business, innovation and who want to pit themselves against other students on an international level must register at www.henkelchallenge.com by December 12, 2011.
Photo material is available at http://www.henkel.com/press
The site also offers a press dossier with a wide range of information concerning the “Henkel Innovation Challenge”, plus photos and details relating to the competitions held in previous years.
Further information on recruitment and careers at Henkel can be found at www.henkel.com/careers
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 48,000 people and reported sales of 15,092 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,862 million euros in fiscal 2010. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX and the company ranks among the Fortune Global 500.
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