I would like to start by saying – Thank you.
Festo is a new supplier at my day job and I have to say that I was incredibly surprised when I was offered a trip to join them at Hanover Fair in Germany after only working with them for a few short weeks.
Festo is the leading pneumatic control company in the world and is a completely new tangent from my usual basket of tricks in the automation world. I have to admit that even I only thought of them as valves and cylinders. To my surprise, they are also a leading automation and bionics developer and technology leader. With over 26,000 employees in Germany alone and office in virtually every country in the world, I was part of the “International” delegation, which consisted of 8 Canadians – more on that in a bit – 3 from India, 3 from Mexico, 6 from Colombia and 4 from the US. We Canadians consisted of four Festo employees and four customers, including me.
By the end of the trip, which consisted of nearly 10 days, and countless hours travelling by bus together we all got to know each other quite well and I’m happy to say I forged several new friendships on the trip.
So, I am sharing my gallery of my more “touristy” images here for all to enjoy. So far, I have only sorted through the first day in Esslingen, near Stuttgart. Home of the Festo worldwide head office. A small crew including myself, Rakesh from Festo Moncton and a couple of Festo Didactic people from Montreal took a walking tour of the small German town. Small meaning there is only a population of about 100,000 people. 😉
After walking and enjoying a local cafe and the Sunday market in the town square, we hopped on the bus and too a tour of the incredible Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart. I cannot tell you how many times I said “I want one!” during the self guided tour.
Then after nearly 42 hours of travelling, walking, touring, more walking, museums, drinking and even more walking, I finally settled in to bed for a well deserved sleep. Of about 3 hours.
Then jet lag set in. Watch for Day 2 and posts from the rest of the week coming over the next few days.
And enjoy the gallery here.