A company founded in an equal partnership, a cross-generational team at the top, and cultural and professional backgrounds complement each other: The Busch family demonstrated diversity when the concept was just a buzzword. For 25 years, Ayhan, Dr. Karl, Ayla, Sami, and Kaya Busch have jointly managed Busch Vacuum Solutions and collaborated on important decisions. For this corporate culture, the Busch family has been awarded “Family Entrepreneurs of the Year” by the INTES Academy for Family Business. This award began in 2004 and is the most prestigious family business award in Germany.
Ayla, Dr Karl, Sami, Ayhan and Kaya Busch (left to right).
“With its lived diversity between generations, genders and cultures, the Busch family stands for a form of forward-looking, economically very successful entrepreneurship that exceptionally implements the long-term securing of the company in the hands of the family,” said jury member and INTES* Managing Director Catharina Prym from the jury’s statement.
The family-owned company with worldwide annual global turnover of around one billion Euro is managed by the founding couple Ayhan and Dr Karl Busch and their children Ayla, Sami and Kaya Busch. Decisions are made jointly by the Busch family. With this attitude, they cultivate a culture of discussion which requires a great deal of discipline and strength, but at the same time ensures the best results.
“We are all Co-CEOs,” said Kaya Busch, and Ayla Busch said, “Everyone has a different view, criticism takes us further.” A constructive critical view, diverse perspectives and open words are also expected from the 3,800 employees worldwide who work at six production sites and subsidiaries in 45 countries.
This discussion-oriented corporate culture and cooperation can be traced back to the married couple Ayhan and Dr Karl Busch. In 1963, the engineer Karl Busch invented the first vacuum pump for packaging foodstuffs, the HUCKEPACK, in the basement of his home. From this innovation, the family company developed leading vacuum and overpressure technology. However, the ingenious invention would never have become so successful without Ayhan Busch. She expanded the organization and ensured the appropriate marketing of the product. From the very beginning, the founding couple pursued an equal partnership in which engineering spirit and entrepreneurship complement each other. The three children were “born into the startup,” as Sami Busch puts it. From an early age, they had the opportunity to accompany their parents on business trips and share their opinions on the company.
The company has remained loyal to its headquarters in Maulburg for decades, as local anchoring and regional commitment are important to the family. Busch Vacuum Solutions has already received awards for its social and cultural commitment. The family company is not worried about its long-term existence: Six grandchildren are already in the starting blocks to follow their parents and grandparents. “They all want to work for Busch once,” said Dr Karl Busch.
Busch Vacuum Solutions is one of the world’s largest producers of vacuum pumps, vacuum systems, blowers, and compressors. Its extensive product portfolio comprises solutions for vacuum and overpressure applications in all industries, including the chemical, semiconductor, medical technology, plastics, and food sectors. It also covers the design and construction of customized vacuum systems, as well as a global service network. The Busch group is a family-owned company and is still managed by the Busch family. Busch Vacuum Solutions has 3,800 employees in more than 60 companies in over 40 countries and agencies worldwide. Busch is headquartered in Maulburg, in southwest Germany. This is the location of Busch SE headquarters, as well as the German production facility and German sales company. In addition to Maulburg, Busch also has its own production plants in Switzerland, the UK, Czech Republic, Korea and the USA. For more information, visit www.buschvacuum.com.