On Wednesday, 2 December 2015, the German-French Economy Award was awarded for the third time in Paris for exemplary German-French cooperation in activities involving industry, environment, innovation, human resources and startups.
The award was established in 2011 through an initiative of the German-French Chamber of Industry and Commerce under the patronage of the German and French ministries of economy. Every two years, German and French companies are presented with this award for exemplary cooperation projects between both countries.
Besides the consortium consisting of Kelvion, Technip and Wieland, BASF France SAS also applied for the award with an agriculture project and CANSON SAS with an application from the chemical engineering field.
Kelvion had applied with the DIESTA joint project. DIESTA has been developed under the R&D partnership between Kelvion, Technip and Wieland. It is an innovative finned-tube technology for air-cooled heat exchangers that makes it possible to increase equipment efficiency and to reduce design costs in the field of natural gas liquefaction.
More than 400 leading French and German personalities from business and politics were invited to the award ceremony at the Pavillon Gabriel, including Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for SMEs and Tourism, and Matthias Feikl, State Secretary of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.