Today, the second NEXUS newsletter of our edition was officially published on the Nexus website and sent out to all students of the FHNW School of Business. We are happy to share our experiences we made during our On-Site seminar together with you and encourage you to take a look at it!
The newsletter can be found here
Our last company visit started in the early morning. A one our coach drive took us to our last destination Jakob Rope Systems. At the entrance of the production plant the CEO and member of the founder family Peter Jakob warmly welcomed the project team and delegation to their facility. Jakob Rope Systems is an international Swiss company which was founded in 1904 and is currently active in more than 50 countries. Peter Jakob took us back in time where the company history started. After producing rope systems on a handmade basis, the company always strived to find a good mix between automatization and handmade production. Peter Jakob provided us with very interesting insights into projects where the ropes currently are or were utilized in the past. Industries like zoo, suicide prevention, greening of buildings and many other areas are booming the last couple of years, especially in Vietnam. This is the reason why the management of Jakob Rope System decided to move out of their old production plant in order to have more capacity to grow in the future. After a very interesting morning at the facility of Jakob Rope Systems, Peter Jakob invited us for lunch at a marvelous golf resort close to the production plant. In the afternoon Peter Jakob offered us the opportunity to visit their new plant which is still under construction. It was very interesting to see how the modern architecture in Vietnam looks like and how their own products are used to improve energy efficiency. The use of renewable energy such as solar panels will allow the company to produce energy in a more sustainable way. With the use of the solar panels, Jakob Rope System will be able to cover more than 100% of the energy which is needed from a production point of view. After a very interesting day full of valuable insights, the project delegation made its way back to the hotel to explore Ho Chi Minh City further by night.
Today we met early in the morning to fly to our last destination of the onsite seminar. After a two-hour flight we arrived in hot and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. We had a short break at the hotel to check in and rest or explore the city before we travelled to the KOTO cooking class restaurant. KOTO is a non profit organisation founded by an Australian with the purpose to help at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam through hospitality training programmes. We were warmly welcomed by the KOTO team and had a short introduction on what they are doing. Then, we visited a local market where a chef from the KOTO team showed us some local products. Afterwards, the cooking class started. Our goal was to prepare and cook three local dishes form the north of Vietnam. First, we prepared fresh spring rolls with pork and prawn which were quite tricky to roll perfectly. The next dish was a fresh papaya salad with spicy beef jerky. At last, we marinated pork with fragrant herbs and spices which was served with noodles and a dipping sauce. To have the chance to cook this menu at home, the delegation received a recipe book with detailed descriptions. Overall, we were provided with interesting insights into the Vietnamese cuisine and useful cooking tips. After eating our delicious self-cooked meals, we went back to the hotel full and happy.