The BALLY WULFF family Berlin, the 23.05.2012. With over 240 employees has a company much to celebrate. This time it was Gerhard van Laak, who was honoured by the Board of Directors for his work line of in recent years. For 30 years, Gerhard van Laak at BALLY WULFF is employed in purchasing. “Since there really is not much to report”, Gerhard van Laak said, as he is addressed by his colleagues on the last 30 years with BALLY WULFF. But when he first starts to remember back he comes right in the telling.
Originally from the vicinity of Coesfeld where the today’s investor by BALLY WULFF, the SCHMIDT Group, headquartered at first he made an apprenticeship as industrial clerk, was still a specialist and worked for a time in Oberhausen. After that, it was in 1973, went the journey to Berlin, where he worked for Siemens for van Laak. in 1982, he finally began as trade buyers at BALLY WULFF and was responsible for the electronics sector. It was with the electronics even brand new for BALLY. “And now this area is a very exciting field, because it is dependent on good contacts and so many factors depends on which you can not schedule in advance,” says van Laak.
For after E.g. in March 2011 in Japan until an earthquake and a tsunami, then raged out of control, there were major delays with TFT screens. And in this case it was also again important good contacts with various dealers. Because the disaster was so bad, but the devices had produced further. One of his previous favorite products is clearly the flipper. Then came the request from the parent company in the United States and the shopping should be concerned, as the game machine in Germany could be produced. We have taken apart then the whole flipper, gone with the items to the manufacturers and have asked them to produce patterns. “And so it went very fast, you bribed also the master with a bottle of cognac,” said van Laak, laughs and explains: at that time were There are still many small items, which amounted to a device. A classic money game device consisted of E.g. exactly so many items, like a VW Beetle at that time. Today we buy”complete units directly from the suppliers. At the many changes and professional challenges, van Laak has repeatedly pulled his energy from the support of his family. “What I’ve learned over the years is that the family is the most important”, says van Laak and thoughtfully adds: and somehow are also the colleagues from BALLY become almost a kind of family, which together support forms new energies and sits together for new products. “