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Bear-Machines Managing Director Mark Berendsen with the certificate for the Federal Innovation Award 2024 signed by Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

Mark and Stephan Berendsen were presented with the award in person in Munich by State Secretary Michael Kellner, who had previously visited the trade fair stand with Dr Kathrin Isele from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

Bear-Machines wins the Federal Prize 2024

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck has honoured Bear-Machines with the Federal Innovation Award 2024.

01 March 2024 – Munich

We are overwhelmed and proud to announce that we received the German Innovation Award for outstanding performance in the skilled trades at the International Crafts Fair in Munich last Friday!

This prestigious award is a great honour for us and underlines our commitment to innovation and quality, and the award ceremony was undoubtedly a highlight after an extremely successful trade fair, which was characterised by many interesting discussions and the sale of two additional machines. It fills us with pride to see our work and commitment to excellence in the trade recognised.

WHKT President Berthold Schröder, Deputy Managing Director of the Münster Chamber of Crafts Thomas Harten, Susanne and Manfred Verweyen (Bäckerei Verweyen), Lucas von der Forst and Rodja Trappe (Zauberzeug GmbH), Minister Mona Neubaur, Mark and Stephan Berendsen (Bear-Machines GmbH), Vice President of the Münster Chamber of Crafts Jürgen Kroos and WHKT Managing Director Dr Florian Hartmann (from left to right).


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Bear-Machines wins the 2023 Innovation Award for Craftsmanship of the State of NRW

Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Mona Neubaur has honoured Bear-Machines with the 2023 Innovation Award for Skilled Crafts.

01 December 2023 – Heek

The third North Rhine-Westphalia Innovation Award for Craftsmanship was presented in Solingen on 01 December 2023. Minister Mona Neubaur presented Mark and Stephan Berendsen from Bear-Machines GmbH with the prize, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. A total of three skilled trade companies from Heek, Havixbeck and Ahaus were honoured with the Innovation Award for Skilled Crafts 2023 for their outstanding contribution to greater resource efficiency, energy saving and sustainability. Bear-Machines was honoured in the category of companies with fewer than ten employees, Zauberzeug GmbH in the category of companies with at least ten employees and Bäckerei Verweyen with the special prize for innovations in the areas of energy saving and climate protection.

“Innovation is the key to change and to shaping the transformation. They ensure a strong, versatile, modern and therefore resilient economy. Innovation policy means that the state sets the right framework conditions on the one hand and incentivises innovation activities on the other. In North Rhine-Westphalia, we focus on the application of innovations in practice. We find the enablers for this in our skilled trades businesses. They put resource efficiency and sustainability into practice. The winners of the Crafts Innovation Award 2023 from Heek, Havixbeck and Ahaus have used their wealth of ideas, expertise and great commitment to strengthen their own competitiveness and make a concrete contribution to greater climate protection. This makes them a role model for other companies in North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond,” says Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Mona Neubaur.

The North Rhine-Westphalia Innovation Award for Crafts is sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Jens Spahn visits Bear-Machines at the maakwi Campus

Jens Spahn, Member of the German Bundestag and Deputy CDU Chairman tests Bear-Cut live on site in Heek

23 February 2023 – Heek

Mark Berendsen, Stephan Berendsen and Jens Spahn stand together at the Bear-Cut. Bear-Cut is a semi-automatic machine that allows tyres to be re-cut quickly and easily. After a short introduction, Jens Spahn already cuts the first new groove in the tread of a commercial vehicle tyre and is enthusiastic about the new technology and machine that Mark Berendsen has developed and made ready for the market. Again and again, it is these stories of start-ups from Münsterland, his home region, that bring a smile to the face of the deputy CDU chairman. In this case, turning an innovative new idea into a finished product also means saving important resources by extending the mileage of a “truck tyre” and at the same time contributing to reducing CO2 emissions. Bear-Machines is supported here by the maakwi Energy and Environment Campus in Heek. maakwi Managing Director Markus Niewerth is also enthusiastic about the idea and, as a former engineer, contributes valuable tips, tricks and contacts.