Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation

AMANN Group is part of Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation, which was established by its namesake in 2005. By transferring his shares to the
foundation, Hanns A. Pielenz ensured the continued existence of the traditional family business and long-term support for regional cultural and charitable institutions.
The non-profit foundation is the majority shareholder of AMANN Group. The foundation’s purpose is to raise funds for the promotion of art and culture, for
the promotion of science and research and for the promotion of education and training. This includes regular support for regional projects and institutions.

“Global Learning” for sustainable fashion consumption

Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation supports the pilot project “Global Learning” initiated by Friedrich-von-Alberti Grammar School in Bad Friedrichshall, which aims to sensitise students from a total of ten schools to the subject of sustainability – one of the 17 UN objectives – and supports them in taking their first steps. 

Knowledge of the 17 sustainability objectives should encourage students to look at their own lifestyles and embark on a path of change. The topic of fashion is dealt with under the aspect of “Sustainable Consumption” – Objective 12. This involves, for example, the consumer’s ignorance of the conditions of the “textile chain”. The aim is to motivate students to take more responsibility for their own behaviour and actions.

ARCHE IntensivKinder in Kusterdingen

ARCHE IntensivKinder offers intensive care and a home for children with permanent respiratory condition. Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation supported the furnishing of the new building in Kusterdingen near Tübingen back in 2014. In 2018, the foundation also financed the purchase of a portable sonography unit. 

The occupants of ARCHE are children, who have to be permanently ventilated due to serious illnesses. It is not possible for them to live with their own family because of the intensive medical care they require. ARCHE IntensivKinder offers them a home and their parents the certainty that their child is safe and in caring surroundings. The facility was founded in 2007 by Christiane Miarka-Mauthe and Sabine Vaihinger.

Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation funded the equipping of the new ARCHE building with 200,000 euros in 2014. A further large donation enabled ARCHE to acquire the long-wanted portable sonography unit in 2018. It saves the ARCHE children from having to take many trips to the hospital and contributes to being able to offer high-quality medical care in a cosy, childlike and cheerful home.

Playground equipment and projectors for kindergartens and schools

Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation regularly supports the municipalities of Bönnigheim, Erligheim and Augsburg in Germany with donations. Most recently, these were used to buy playground equipment and projectors for local kindergartens and schools. 

For example, the day-care centre in Bönnigheim’s Schlossfeld estate has been provided with new playground equipment, including slides and climbing frames, while the Erligheim children’s house has received a “Heinzelmännchen train” and an “Elephant piano”. Further donations went towards the purchase of eight new projectors for the Erligheim-Hofen primary school. The Bobingen secondary school (Augsburg site) used the donations for workbenches, vices and robotic kits.

Baden-Baden Festival Theatre: “Teach the Teacher"

For many years, Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation has supported the children and youth work of the Baden-Baden Festival Theatre. In the workshop project “Teach the Teacher”, teachers receive suggestions from international artists on simple ways to integrate music into their daily teaching.

Since 2014, Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation has been supporting the “Teach the Teacher” project with an exclusive partnership. The quality of the musical mediation work in schools is strongly dependent on the training of the respective teachers. The “Teach the Teacher” project is an advanced training and motivation programme for music teachers, interested educators from other fields, and students of school music. The aim is to inspire teachers with new ideas for their daily work. Through the links with the Festival Theatre programme, important works of music history, internationally active artists and regional talents can be integrated into the work.

Scholarship by Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation

Equal opportunities for all: In cooperation with Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences, Hanns A. Pielenz Foundation supports future students from China and Bangladesh who have obtained particularly good grades. The aim of our programme is to enable an academic career that many families would not be able to pursue on their own without some form of support. Practical experience is provided by involving the scholarship holders in everyday working life at AMANN. The foundation also provides support for life far away from home. 

The Founder

Hanns A. Pielenz was born in Heilbronn on 22 November 1939. After leaving school, he first completed an apprenticeship as a banker before moving into the textile industry and studying at the Hohenstein Institute. After successfully completing his studies, he began his professional career in the family business Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, which his great-grandfather had founded in 1854.

His profound expertise, tireless dedication and entrepreneurial talent led to his appointment as CEO of the AMANN Group in 1968 and to successfully managing the company’s business for several decades until his retirement in 2005. Under his leadership, the traditional family company has developed into a global, innovative group of companies in the textile industry, known for the superb quality of its products and services. Even after his retirement from day-to-day business, Hanns A. Pielenz remained in close touch with the AMANN Group and continued to be a valuable consultant and discussion partner to the management team.

His innovative strength and associated achievements for the entire textile industry were just some of the reasons why he was awarded the Otto Mecheels Medal in 2009 – an award presented by the Hohenstein Institute for outstanding achievements in science, industry and society.

If all this sounds like a full working life, it was far from enough for Hanns A. Pielenz. During his time at the helm of the AMANN Group and the company’s globalisation, he already built up a second empire in the USA and became CEO of URS, a cold storage company based in Atlanta. Once again he succeeded in building a successful company with vision and innovation, which under his leadership became one of the largest cold storage companies anywhere in the US.

Many other enterprises in the USA followed – Hanns A. Pielenz was always full of motivation and the drive to break new ground. His success proved him right. He was an entrepreneur with an unerring sense of business, always open to a promising idea and ready to take on entrepreneurial risk and responsibility.

But it wasn’t just his business sense that made him such an extraordinary entrepreneur. It was also the passion for his work, the courage to try out new things, and above all the respect and esteem he showed his fellow human beings. He was a mentor and sponsor of many business people and young entrepreneurs with whom he shared his experience and knowledge.  He was always willing to listen to his employees, appreciated and sought contact with them, and in return was respected and esteemed.

For many years, Hanns A. Pielenz was also very successfully involved in the pharmaceutical industry and in the field of medical engineering. When he himself fell ill with myelofibrosis, he initiated and financed research into a new cure for this disease. Unfortunately, the results came too late for him personally. However, the initial tests on patients were very promising and this commitment will continue to have a positive effect for a long time to come. Hanns A. Pielenz died on 13 June 2013 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida.