“We have always been rather unconventional”
Back in 1965, Alexander Hawrylenko opened the Hawrylenko Technik in a vacant Basel kiosk. Fifty years later the name of the biotechnology specialist still incorporates his initials. By now, INFORS HT has become one of the world’s most prestigious developers and manufacturers of shakers, bioreactors and software. However, in this anniversary year 2015 the Swiss-based company is not just celebrating its own achievements but above all giving something back to its staff and to society at large.
The fact that the history of INFORS HT did not begin in an extravagant business loft symbolizes the culture that still typifies the business today. “We have always been rather unconventional,” President Michael Hawrylenko explains. This unconventional aspect, open flexible thinking and a highly personal family atmosphere remain an important part of the corporate philosophy. They also guarantee sustainable success. Today, the family business has 200 employees with subsidiaries in Germany, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, China, Malaysia, Canada and the USA.
Traditionally Swiss, Traditionally Solution Oriented
INFORS HT has long pursued a global strategy. Nevertheless, Swiss values such as conscientiousness, diligence, commitment to quality, independence and helpfulness are all integral to the business. “Success can never be taken for granted,” Michael Hawrylenko points out. “Alongside a strong commitment, knowledge and diligence, you always need luck and the goodwill of many people. As a token of our gratitude we now intend to give something back to society.” In its jubilee year, INFORS HT is making a substantial contribution each month to support a public interest institution. The choice will fall on organisations from all over the world and in different sectors. In January the company made a start with its local roots. The contribution will go to the Society for the Protection of Animals in the two Basel Cantons. In February INFORS HT will be making a donation to the aid project “Water means Learning – Chonyonyo Girl School Tanzania” of Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. (Engineers without Borders).
Vitalizing Activities in the Anniversary Year
Personal and familial values are also a key focus of INFORS HT in its anniversary year. Alongside various monthly activities a big two-day event awaits staff in September. All INFORS HT employees from around the world are invited. The exact venue for the event in Switzerland and the attractions in store for staff are a well-kept secret for the time being.