Helbling Management Consulting wins prize for “Best Strategy Transformation”
Litex Neon AG
Helbling Corporate Finance AG
ASCO Award for best Business Transformation
Litex Neon AG: successful turnaround thanks to a sound restructuring concept and consistent implementation
Litex Neon AG’s situation in August 2006 was marked by a significant debt overload and a potentially devastating liquidity crisis. Based on a restructuring concept devised jointly by the client and external consultants from Helbling Corporate Finance, the company was able to attract investors and, thanks to the consistent implementation of the reformulated strategy, begin generating a profit again by the end of 2007. Value creation in Switzerland was sustained with the aid of a comprehensive restructuring of production and assembly processes. This ensured the survival of one of the largest employers in the Canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden (AI).
Phonak and Cochlear, clients of Helbling Technik Bern AG, win the KTI Medtech Award 2007
We are very pleased to congratulate Phonak and Cochlear on receiving the KTI Medtech Award 2007 for the DACS project. The prize was presented to Bern University Hospital and Helbling Technik Bern AG has been involved in the DACS project for many years.
Cochlear Ltd. and Helbling Technik Bern AG win the Gold Medical Design Excellence Award in the USA
The Nucleus Freedom is the fourth-generation of cochlear implant technology developed by Cochlear Ltd. Modern cochlear implants enhance the ability for recipients to hear well in quiet situations as well as in difficult environments like restaurants with a lot of ambient noise. Helbling supported the mechanical design of the modular speech processor, externally worn by the patient behind the ear like a conventional hearing aid. One of the major design goals was to prevent ingress of liquid and contaminants into the speech processor, which was very challenging which was very challenging for a device containing microphones and batteries.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.
A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine and diagnostics.
We are honored to be associated with this product recognized by the MDEA judges, said Christian Péclat, Senior Vice President for Helbling Technik Bern AG. Our efforts helped to create an innovative product for Cochlear, which is now a successful product on the market. This is the best possible outcome for an engineering company like Helbling!
The 2006 Medical Design Excellence Awards winners will be honored at a June 7 ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, at New York Citys Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Gold and silver award recipients will be announced at this time.
ASCO Award for Best Business Transformation
On 23 May 2006, Helbling Management Consulting – together with Siemens – won the “Award for Best Business Transformation”.
We are delighted to inform you that Helbing Management Consulting, together with Siemens, has won the “Award for Best Business Transformation”. This accolade was awarded by ASCO (the Association of Management Consulting Switzerland) for the first time this year. It was presented on 23 May 2006 under the patronage of economiesuisse and with the support of the media partner, the Handelszeitung newspaper, along with the sponsors Raiffeisen, SAP and Basler Versicherung.
An independent jury of representatives from the fields of business and consulting (including Dr Rolf Schäuble, Chairman of the Board of Bâloise Versicherungen, Prof Christoph Lechner, University of St. Gallen, Dr Pierin Vincenz, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Raiffeisen Group, Toni Wicki, CEO of Ruag, and Ralph Büchi, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Handelszeitung publishing group) had the task of selecting the winner from a pool of around 20 interested candidates and 15 actual submissions. The governing criteria included:
- Sustainable business transformation
- Significant contribution to Switzerland as a centre of industry
- Evidence and extent of the causal relationship between the deployment of consultants and the success of projects
The project “One SBT”, which was conducted by Siemens Schweiz AG, Building Technologies Group, in collaboration with Helbling, fulfilled these criteria.
Post-merger and location integration of three Swiss companies at the site in Zug; integration of the corporate cultures of Siemens, Landis, Stäfa and Cerberus.
Consolidation of a head office with around 2,000 members of staff, for a company which employs approximately 30,000 people worldwide, at a site in Zug. The consulting team (initially made up of Kurt Gantenbein and Iwan Zwick, and later primarily Iwan Zwick and Christoph Brändle) played an evidently instrumental role in the success of the project, from developing the concept right through to the implementation stage. The project had an investment volume of approximately CHF 40 million.