per Artur Fischer, l'inventore del TASSELLO, l'AWARD INVENTOR EUROPEAN alla carriera
Il 17 di GIUGNO è stato assegnato ad ARTUR FISCHER l'AWARD INVENTOR alla CARRIERA.
Artur Fischer is one of the world’s most prolific inventors with more than 1 100 applications for patents and utility models in Germany alone and countless more around the world. Best-known for his most popular invention, the expanding wall plug, the 94-year-old “king of the wall plugs” succeeded in revolutionising the construction industry.
Sixty-five years ago, in 1949, Fischer received his first patent for the synchronised photo flash. A long list of inventions and patents followed: from cup holders and CD boxes to storage trays, ventilation nozzles – and even children’s toys.
But it is the small plastic plug Fischer invented in 1958 that has been produced and copied in every corner of the world. This wall plug, or screw anchor, allows screws to be fastened in materials that wouldn’t usually support heavier objects. Rivalled only by screws and nails, it is one of the most frequently used building supplies in the world: About 14 million wall plugs and anchors are produced every day.
Fischer’s invention transformed construction and do-it-yourself markets and quickly replaced all previous types of wall plugs. But the “Fischer wall plug” was only the starting point: Fischer influenced more than a few new solutions to construction problems, including steel anchors, drill units, chemical fixings and adhesives, and his inventions are being used billions of times a day and all over the world.
Fischerwerke GmbH, the company Fischer founded in 1948, now has several divisions, including fischer Automotive Systems and fischer Consulting, and is world-market leader in a variety of fixing system-market segments.
The family-owned company, led since 1980 by Fischer’s son Klaus, includes 42 international subsidiaries, employs 4 000 people worldwide and sells its products in more than 100 countries. In 2012, Fischerwerke reported a turnover of EUR 618 million producing 14 000 different products. While the company has production facilities across the world, more than half of the products it sells are still produced in Germany.
About the trophy
Winners of the European Inventor Award are presented with a trophy in the shape of a sail. An enduring symbol of exploration and human ingenuity, the sail recalls how an inventive idea can propel humankind to uncharted shores. The trophy was conceived by German industrial designer Miriam Irle and is crafted with new materials every year, highlighting the ever-changing nature of innovation.
For 2014 the trophy has been elegantly fashioned by KPM – the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin – which has been designing high-quality porcelain ornaments for over 250 years. Renowned the world over, the KPM sail will provide the winners with a memorable souvenir of the Award Ceremony in Germany’s capital.