Gear Up for Glory: Calling All Young Talents to the Ultimate Grinding Showdown

Attention, aspiring grinding experts! Frankfurt am Main, Germany – The ‘Grinder of the Year’ competition beckons, inviting young talents to showcase their theoretical prowess and practical grinding finesse. The coveted title of ‘Grinder of the Year 2024’ is up for grabs, alongside training vouchers worth up to €3,500 and a host of other enticing rewards. Whether you’re an apprentice, journeyman, journeywoman, or even a career-changer, mark your calendars and submit your application before February 26, 2024. This electrifying event is brought to you by GrindingHub, the premier trade fair for grinding technology, in collaboration with Anca, the renowned Australian grinding machine manufacturer and principal sponsor.

Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of GrindingHub organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), underscores the competition’s dual objectives: to reinforce GrindingHub’s position as the epicenter of grinding technology and to champion the sector’s efforts in nurturing young talent to combat the skilled labor shortage. With Anca onboard as a formidable partner, anticipation runs high to witness the next generation in action.

The KSKomm agency from Ransbach-Baumbach takes charge of orchestrating this thrilling contest. The preliminary round kicks off with a rigorous theory test followed by two days of intensive training on the competition machine, the FX5 ULTRA 5-axis tool grinding machine, hosted at Anca’s facilities in Weinheim, Germany. The top five contenders will then dazzle audiences with live demonstrations of their practical prowess by grinding a workpiece or tool during the GrindingHub event from May 14-17, 2024, in Stuttgart.

Edmund Boland, General Manager Europe at Anca’s CNC Machines division, emphasizes the dynamic nature of roles within the grinding industry, noting the escalating demands for precision and complexity. As challenges mount, ANCA’s innovative solutions pave the way for aspiring professionals to delve into these captivating high-tech vocations. Proudly supporting the competition as the main sponsor, Anca commemorates its 50th company anniversary by championing the critical cause of skilled labor.


1st Prize: Training voucher worth €3,500 (applicable for master classes, seminars, conferences, training courses, etc.) 2nd Prize: Training voucher worth €2,000 3rd Prize: Training voucher worth €1,000 4th & 5th Prizes: Each awarded a training voucher worth €500

Here are the eligibility criteria:

The competition targets apprentices, career changers, journeymen, journeywomen, and trainee skilled workers specializing in metal grinding. Open to young talents hailing from German, Austrian, and Swiss companies utilizing grinding technology in their production processes. Occupations encompass cutting machine operators, precision mechanics, precision tool mechanics, metal (cutting) technology specialists, specialist metal technology trainees, specialist cutting mechanics trainees, machine and plant operators, punching and forming mechanics, polymechanics, production mechanics, and tool mechanics.

Original source MMI

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