On Saturday 13 September 2008 Danish Grundfos, the world's largest pump manufacturer, received two fine medals for its contribution to the Expo exhibitions over the latest years.
Bureau International Des Expositions, BIE, presented Grundfos with The BIE Gold Medal for the company's long Expo-engagement and for the finest company exhibition, at a ceremony in Zaragoza, Spain.
Grundfos is especially honoured for the exceptional and long participation at the Expo exhibitions since the world exhibition in Sevialla in 1992. In the motivation it was mentioned that Grundfos with its technology and innovation has demonstrated global thinking and has shown millions of Expo visitors that Grundfos has three fundamental values: responsibility, foresight and innovation. Besides Grundfos received the award for the best pavilion in the category "company pavilions".
Grundfos’ Group Senior Vice Presiden Kim Klastrup was honoured to receive the medals:
- We have a long tradition of using Expo as the exhibition window for our ideas and products, both for customers, cooperation partners and employees. We do not just exhibit, we have always been suppliers to the Expo plants as well. This year we were main sponsors of the exhibition in Zaragoza, and we have our own very big stand. Expo is a fantastic event that brings people and companies together to show and discuss new ways that people can arrange their lives as citizens in the modern world. It is an excellent opportunity for us to invite the most important customers and share our thoughts about the future with them. Furthermore, we can explain and market our principles of sustainability to all the visitors, Kim Klastrup explains.
Facts about Grundfos and Expo:
1992 Sevilla, Spain:
Grundfos participated in the Danish pavilion and was supplier of pump for the exhibition's plants.
1993, Taejon, South Korea:
Grundfos was co-sponsor of the Danish pavilion and also developed a music controlled fountain. The fountain is now in a sports hall in Bjerringbro.
1998, Lisbon, Portugal:
Grundfos sponsored volcanic fountains and was selected as the preferred supplier of the Portuguese organizers.
2000, Hannover, Germany:
Grundfos was again co-sponsor of the Danish pavilion with a special exhibition of pumps' importance for the modern life in houses and larger buildings.
2005, Aichi, Japan:
Co-sponsor of the Nordic pavilion. Among other things a new sun-driven pump was exhibited.
2008, Zaragoza, Spain:
Grundfos has been main sponsor for the exhibition and has had its own pavilion with among other things a 3D cinema.
2010, Shanghai, China:
Grundfos will participate in the Danish pavilion.