KONRAD AUWÄRTER CELEBRATED HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY
On 24 August, Konrad Auwärter has celebrated his 80th birthday. Konrad is the son of Gottlob Auwärter, founder of the family bus company Gottlob Auwärter GmbH & Co KG in 1935. At his study at the Engineering College for Vehicle Body Construction and Automotive Design in Hamburg, in his graduation thesis he laid the foundation for the company’s extensive and successful range of double-decker buses in the years ahead.
In 1965 he was appointed to run the company repair shop, and in 1973 became manager of the second Neoplan manufacturing plant. Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus: "Konrad Auwärter is inseparably linked with the Neoplan brand to this day. He is an outstanding personality in the bus industry, and has made history." That history is recounted by Hans-Joachim Pilz in his book "Auwärter Neoplan Omnibusse", published this year by Podszun-Verlag to mark Konrad Auwärter's special birthday. In his 340-page work, the former Neoplan advertising manager and former Director of MAN Truck & Bus Germany traces the development of the business from a small wagon-building workshop to a global group of companies. Its success is down to many ground-breaking technical product developments and innovative ideas – from the invention of the double-decker coach, through the introduction of passenger-friendly low-floor technology, to the development of the 15-metre class and the high-decker model. Kuchta: "The entire bus and coach industry has benefited from the impetus provided by Neoplan. It's no accident that the brand is synonymous with innovation, exclusivity and stylish design."