Even today, aerospace remains a core business area for the small company, in which all five of Spitzner's children have a stake. Spitzner Senio, himself a development engineer, worked at Airbus for 20 years before starting out on his own. The bold step, he says, was driven by a desire for variety and new challenges. Today, Spitzner Engineers have direct supplier status with Airbus, working together with CTC Stade, for example, in the field of composites and structural design. A majority of the company's customers are based at ZAL, where Spitzner Engineers has also rented rooms. "Bringing our climate ideas back to aerospace is something people here are keen to hear about, especially in the growing research field of electric flying," says a delighted Spitzner.
"Cross-clustering in action" is what Spitzner calls this leap between industries, and he benefits from the collaboration between multiple networks here in the city and region. The Renewable Energies Cluster honoured the innovative rotor blade with the German Renewable Award for "Project of the Year" in 2013. He got to know the zweigrad design agency through the Hamburg Aviation network, and is currently working together with the agency in the field of energy harvesting.
Descendant of a family of mariners, he enjoys leisure time on the water as a counterbalance to his work with wind and aerospace. A passionate yachtsman with a love for the Elbe and the Baltic Sea, the grandfather of seven has turned to motor boats as a favour to his wife. He points out, though, that this hobby does not have the best ecological footprint, despite bio fuels; here, too, though Spitzner has some ideas. There have been ideas for producing fuel from CO2 and water for some time now. This much can be revealed: Spitzner wants to focus on this field with his clean energy one company, and he is currently looking for investors.
Maybe there will soon be a few more notes stuck to the ceiling at Hein-Sass-Stieg.