10. June 2008

Dietmar Harting is awarded the trade fair’s honorary medal in gold

Walter Hirche, Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economic Affairs (left side), and Sepp D. Heckmann, chairman of the Deutsche Messe board (right side), honored Dietmar Harting (middle) with the trade fair’s honorary medal in gold.

In Hanover, Dietmar Harting, personally liable partner of the HARTING Technology Group, was awarded the trade fair’s honorary medal in gold in acknowledgement of his many years of valuable contributions to Deutsche Messe, and to the HANNOVER MESSE in particular.

HARTING, the Espelkamp headquartered family owned and managed company, has been attending the HANNOVER MESSE every year since the trade fair’s
inception back in 1947. As an active exhibiting company, HARTING has made key contributions to the overall development of the HANNOVER MESSE. Throughout the more than 60-year history of the event, Dietmar Harting was on the fair grounds every single year: in 1947 he accompanied his parents Wilhelm and Marie Harting to Hanover. In the years that followed, Dietmar Harting was on location at the HARTING trade fair stand, and after joining the company in 1967, he attended the annual HANNOVER MESSE as a member of company management.

Apart from participating in the trade fair, the entrepreneur from Espelkamp has been active in a wide range of panels and bodies of Deutsche Messe and HANNOVER MESSE. Dietmar Harting’s many years of commitment have made valuable contributions to advancing the development of Hanover as a trade fair location.
In his laudation, Walter Hirche, Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economic Affairs, and Supervisory Board Chairman of Deutsche Messe, commended Dietmar Harting’s technical competence and entrepreneurial far-sightedness. In the presence of the entire board of Deutsche Messe, Walter Hirche thanked Dietmar Harting for his exceptional commitment to the trade fair location Hanover, and especially his contributions to HANNOVER MESSE. "Thanks to your untiring efforts and your personal identification with the corporation and HANNOVER MESSE you have accompanied the activities of Deutsche Messe over the course of the years and generated decisive impulses for the expansion and the worldwide significance of trade fair activities in Hanover,“ as Walter Hirche continued in his speech.
The chairman of the Deutsche Messe board, Sepp D. Heckmann, also lauded the entrepreneur from Espelkamp: “Dietmar Harting has contributed to the HANNOVER MESSE and Hanover as a trade fair location in an exemplary manner. Above all, he has played a key role in the continuous further development of the HANNOVER MESSE. He has advanced topics and concepts, generated ideas and impulses, while also putting forward qualified criticism. His wholehearted commitment and passion for the most important technology event of the year worldwide are hallmarks of distinction.“

In addition to numerous positions at Deutsche Messe, Dietmar Harting also performs a number of leading functions with the German industry. He is honorary president of the Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e. V. (ZVEI), President of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN, Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.) as well as member of the BDI’s Presidential Board (BDI, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie).
The trade fair’s honorary medal in gold has been awarded three times to date. With this distinction, Deutsche Messe honors extraordinary personalities who have made especially valuable contributions to the development of the trade fair location Hanover.