Textile machinery manufacturer Trützschler, which operates service locations in the Gaziantep and Kahramanmaraş areas, took action in solidarity with its employees after the earthquakes in Türkiye. As an immediate relief measure, the company set up an internal fundraising campaign across all of its sites worldwide. A total of 260,000 euros have been collected thanks to current and former Trützschler employees and their networks. Trützschler has 80 employees working at service bases in Gaziantep and Kahramanmaraş.
Trützschler CEO Dr. Ulrich Schwenken said that the news naturally hit them deeply and stated: “We wanted to act immediately and effectively. Our crisis team in Mönchengladbach was in close contact with our site manager in Türkiye to get an overview of the situation and implement the first immediate measures with a team in the affected region.”
“It has shown that Turkish employees of Trützschler are not alone”
Ad hoc measures included providing relief supplies such as (baby) food, clothing and hygiene items, as well as shelter in earthquake-free areas. In addition, Trützschler launched an internal fundraising campaign at its sites worldwide. 122,323 euros were collected thanks to a large number of generous individual donations, as well as donations from various organizations. The company then added to this and reached a final donation of 260,000 euros.
Christoph Weber, head of the Turkish service company TEMASA, disclosed that they are very impressed by this global effort and the great empathy of everyone involved, saying; “It has shown our Turkish employees that they are not alone – and this spirit of togetherness particularly characterizes us as a family company.”
Trützschler is making sure these donations directly benefit affected colleagues in Türkiye, as well as their families and local communities. The company has expressed its particular thanks to everybody who donated to this campaign, as well as to the teams who are coordinating measures in Türkiye.