VIPA GmbH was founded by Wolfgang Seel as a system house for automation engineering in Erlangen in 1985. At the beginning own hardware components were developed which led to the production of the first PC-based machine operating panel in 1990. Thereafter further control and communication modules have been developed.
Among the first customers there were companies from automobile and food industry, conveyor technique as well as machine and plant construction. Already since 1995 VIPA has been selling internationally. More than 62 own branch offices and service partners in 58 countries ensure global coverage and local support.
VIPA´s corporate success is based on teamwork, innovation and a commitment to quality leading to continuous improvements and successful launch of innovations. Thereby great emphasis is placed on entire customer satisfaction. With the continuous development and introduction of a variety of processors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) VIPA is setting trends nearly each year and has gained various awards:
- Industry Prize 2008: awarded by the business initiative for medium-sized companies (Initiative Mittelstand) for the CPU 314SC, the fastest programmable control processor.
- Profibus Connector with Microcontroller: the Profibus connector "EasyConn PB" was prized 2nd place by the readers of the trade magazine "A&D".
- Innovation Prize 2007: awarded by the business initiative for medium-sized companies (Initiative Mittelstand) for SPEED7, the fast control system in the world.
At the moment VIPA has 150 employees. In the past years the number of employees has grown by about 20 - 25 per year. This trend is expected to continue in 2009.
The "Jobstar award" was introduced by the Regional Marketing Association of Nuremberg Metropolitan Region e.V. (Regionalmarketingverein Metropooregion Nürnberg e.V.) to honour companies which are especially committed to creating new employment and training posts in the region. Each month an entrepreneur is being selected who has been especially dedicated to this aim.
Besides the attractive Jobstar trophy the prize comprises free advertising on Franken TV and an article in the German news service "RegioPress" of Regional Marketing Association of Nuremberg Metropolitan Region e. V.(Regionalmarketingverein Metropolregion Nürnberg e.V.).
The Jobstar award is a surprise for the entrepreneur. It has been captured by a camera team of Franken TV and will be broadcasted by the end of this month.