30. Aug 2013
Hard work, a focused effort and the will to go for the best quality. These are just some of the nice words that were used about SCANPAN when the company received DI East Jutland's Initiative Prize 2013 before summer.
Here, most people know about SCANPAN's pots, pans, and other kitchen equipment - products that, in recent years, have also found their way to thousands of users in Australia, Asia and the USA, where the company is experiencing quite special export success at the moment.
It was DI East Jutland chairman Kim Boyter who stated the reasons for choosing SCANPAN as the recipient of the year's Initiative Prize:
– In DI East Jutland's board of directors, we are impressed by the focused effort SCANPAN has shown in order to break through in the distant export markets. It makes you realize how much it takes to achieve success. SCANPAN's story shows, among other things, how important it is to be physically present in the export markets. In addition, we are pleased to award a prize to a company that has kept production in Denmark, where we have an efficient production apparatus and a high level of quality.
To ensure the best possible quality, the production and the product development have, since the start in 1956, taken place at SCANPAN's own factory in Ryomgaard, Denmark. In 2004, the company decided to keep the production of pots and pans with non-stick coating in Denmark, and that has been maintained with great success.
Managing Director René Hougaard Brund from SCANPAN received the Initiative Prize on the company's behalf:
– We are very proud to receive the Initiative Prize. It is a great acknowledgment of the work that we and our employees perform daily – both here in Denmark and in our export markets. At the same time, it is a tribute to our decision and wish to continue producing SCANPAN's products in Denmark.
With the Initiative Prize, DI wishes to applaud the energy, creativity and creative urge among the smaller and mid-size companies in DI's membership circle. This year, DI has particularly emphasized that the prize winner should have a global perspective. The regional winner now moves further in the competition for DI's national Initiative Prize.
Today, SCANPAN exports to 50 countries, and especially the market in the USA appears promising, with expected growth rates of at least 25 per cent in the coming years. At the same time, the market in Australia has developed so positively that SCANPAN is now one of the largest Danish exporters to the country.