Awarded: Altendorf Group receives World Technology Leader Award

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The Altendorf Group from Minden, Germany is the world market leader in the manufacture of premium-class sliding table saws and edgebanding machines. Now the company has been awarded with the internationally renowned World Technology Leader Award – with a fantastic third place in the public online voting placed ahead of global corporations such as Apple, Samsonite and Jabra. 


Minden, February 15, 2023 Altendorf was nominated for its revolutionary HAND GUARD system, globally the first and only certified and AI – controlled safety assistance system for sliding table saws. Two cameras monitor a large area around the saw blade. When a hand is detected and gets too close to the saw blade, it is stopped and driven down in a maximum of a quarter of a second. No damage is done to the sawblade and the system can be operated again after max. 10 seconds. Many customers such as industrial companies cutting plastics or aluminum, educational facilities or woodshops are using HAND GUARD to increase the safety for their workforce. HAND GUARD is an important pillar in Altendorf’s commitment to safety and innovation. The Altendorf Group will continue its efforts to make working with wood and other materials safer and more efficient for professionals around the world. HAND GUARD is available through Altendorf’s worldwide dealer network.


Fantastic 3rd place in public online voting
The winners of the WTLA were determined in a public online voting that ended with a new participation record: more than 43,000 votes from more than 80 countries were placed. With a total of 4,496 votes, the Altendorf Group came surprisingly in third place behind the company ASML and the joint venture BMW and Nvidia. Consumer electronics manufacturer Apple landed in fourth place, followed by other well-known brands such as Jabra, Samsonite, Cosco or Sixt. The Altendorf Group is proud to be part of this prestigious community of leading companies and thanks all participants for their active participation in the public voting. 

About the World Technology Leader Award
The award World Technology Leader and the inquiry and voting process is organized by Diana Research Pte. Ltd./Singapore. The market intelligence and research company, specialized on the identification and analyses of leading companies worldwide. Its services and rankings are used by renowned international media companies as well as universities and research institutes. Chairman of the WTL Award is Michael Oelmann, longtime editor in chief of the German business magazin Wirtschaftsblatt and former chairman of the Family Company Owners Association Die Familienunternehmer in NRW. 

About the Altendorf Group

The Altendorf Group is the world market leader for the manufacture of premium sliding table saws and is one of the hidden champions of the German SME sector. The company was founded in 1906 and has a strong brand recognition worldwide. Its most successful product is the F 45 sliding table saw, also known as “The Altendorf”. It is internationally synonymous with the sliding table saw product category. The latest innovation is HAND GUARD. A globally unique early detection system with two cameras that protects man, machine and material. Since 2018, the Hebrock company with its high-quality Hebrock edgebanders has been part of the Altendorf Group. With subsidiaries in Australia, China, India and the USA, it employs more than 400 people worldwide. 

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