Trip to Merck KGaA and DB Cargo AG
In the winter term 2016/17 the Department of Management and Logistics organized a one day field trip for seminar participants and other students of the department as well as interested external students. The focus was on giving an insight into logistics systems of several companies and on showing up job-relevant key qualifications. About 20 bachelor and master students of TU Darmstadt who have chosen a focus on logistics studies in their curriculum participated in the event. On a freezing day in January, the students were given the opportunity to get to know the enterprises Merck and the DB Cargo Railport in Darmstadt as well as the possibility to socialize.
The first stop of the field trip led the students to Merck KGaA, an enterprise of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Darmstadt. First, the representatives of the enterprise welcomed the students. Mr. Müller (Director Distribution Center Darmstadt), Mr. Abbe (Group Leader Storage and Assignment) and Mr. Seitel (Manager Central Warehouse Darmstadt) explained briefly their individual professional background. After that, the group was divided for a tour through the central warehouse and the distribution centre which offered the possibility to get to know the real time logistics processes reaching from the receipt of goods and product testing over the central storage of dangerous materials, preliminary and final products to the distribution centre including assignment and the goods issuing department. By midday, both groups met again for short refreshment and the possibility to discuss their questions.
The second stop of the excursion was at DB Cargo Railport near the central station of Darmstadt. The railport, as storage and transhipment hub serving also Merck products, has been able to expand its business from a focus on paper industry to further industries (chemical or construction industry) during the last years. Mr. Langendorf (Head of Controlling, Manufacturing Centre Frankfurt) and Mr. Hörnig (Railport Manager Darmstadt) taught the students about the challenges they tackled during the past years and how they developed and implemented new concepts for the railport. Mr. Hörnig then led the group around the site. Besides gaining an interesting insight on the railport concept, the participants of the field trip were given the extraordinary opportunity to get behind the wheel of a wheel loader daring to manoeuvre the vehicle across the area.
Merck KGaA: Thorsten Müller, Michael Abbe, Peter Seitel
DB Cargo AG: Klaus Langendorf, Martin Hörnig