100 years, 100km and €100,000 raised
Piller exceeds €100k target riding the Harz Mountains
Osterode, Thursday 13th June
Piller MD's from each of the global offices marked the centenary of Piller's operation in Osterode, near Hannover, Germany with a 100km charity cycle ride yesterday.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Piller supporters and match funding by the group, the team raised more than €103,300 against their €100k target with all proceeds donated to The Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent charities.
In this special ride, dubbed ‘100 4 100’, the challenge was to cycle the spectacular and rugged Harz Mountains region of Northern Germany. The team completed a total distance of 102.51km in 5hr 10min, averaging 20km/hr.
There were several involuntary dismounts and a pedal failure along the way but otherwise the team remained relatively unscathed!
Andrew Dyke, Piller Global Managing Director, and team participant said:
“At the start of the year, we set ourselves an ambitious target of €100,000 for the chosen charities providing aid to world disasters; as a result we’ve not only reached the target, but exceeded it”.
Bernard Langley, Director of parent company Langley Holdings, congratulated the team on a fantastic achievement; he said not only did they finish in one piece in just over the 5 hour mark, but raised a magnificent amount of money for their nominated charities. He also said since introducing the group's match funding policy in 2015, open to all employees and their families, a substantial amount of money has been raised for numerous charities.
Piller thanked the organisers behind the scenes, the sponsor and all their supporters for their generous donations. The fund will be closing at the end of June 2019.
The team assemble at the start line. Left to right: Dr. Detlev Seidel, MD Operations; Andrew Vellender (India); Lanfranco Pedrotti (Italy); Dean Richards (USA); Tomas Arlegui (Spain); Jonathan Davis (Australia); Andrew Dyke, MD Global Business; Palaniappan Muthuraman (SE Asia); Mark Lee (UK);
Emergency stop: A few mishaps along the way but all in good spirit. Piller technical expert, Reinhard Engelhard, Product Manager Navy/GPU, quickly steps in to maintain uptime
At the finish. "We've done it!"
The day ended with traditional Harz hospitality attended by the Piller riders, support team and Langley group directors.
Piller is a world leader in power protection technology. The company builds electrical systems for mission-critical applications worldwide. Clients include many of the world's central and commercial banks, stock exchanges and other financial institutions, as well as broadcasters, airports, telecommunications networks, government departments and co-location operators.
Founded by the German engineer Anton Piller in 1909, more than a century on Piller is still headquartered and produces in Osterode and nearby Bilshausen, although today the company has subsidiaries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia and today employs approaching 1000 people worldwide. In November 2016, Piller Power Systems Inc, the US subsidiary of Piller Group GmbH, acquired the assets and business of Active Power Inc, the US kinetic energy storage specialist.
Piller is a division of the UK engineering and industrial group, Langley Holdings plc.