As promise, here is the second part of our Vienna study tour 🙂 I’ll cover the afternoon part of the second day and the third. Let’s get started! And thanks to Nina Choakpichitchai, Chawin Thanasakkosol, Chang Song, and Benny Tjahjono for all lovely photos.
After having lunch at Voestalpine Plant in Linz, we moved on to the BMW plant in Steyr – another exciting place to visit. BMW’s Steyr plant is in charge of manufacturing the heart of BMW’s vehicles – its engines. All of BMW’s cars with diesel engines sold across Europe are manufactured within this plant. Working three shifts a day, around one million parts are processed and produced within the plant. We received a good opportunity to visit and explore their production processes from end to end, as well as the history of BMW’s engine development. It was fascinating to see how the company invested so much in R&D. It has developed its bulky engines to the smaller-size descendants but with higher horsepower and quality. It was very knowledgeable.
Reception hall at BMW Steyr Plant.
Happy faces after the two-hours plant tour .
Look at that charming smile of our faculty, Benny Tjahjono Always love the time we spent with him.
Group photo in front of the reception.
After visiting the BMW plant, we returned to Vienna. That night we had a group meal together. The food was nice. We enjoyed the chit-chatting and the excitement after the tour.
Everyone looked so serious when choosing their meals! (Even more than when we did our assessments, lol).
Then it was the individual return. Some decided to head off to enjoy the night view in Vienna. Some went for a few more drinks. But for me and my friends, we were quite exhausted from the trip. So we decided to go back to the hotel so that we could be fresh and ready for the next day!
Waiting for the tube in Vienna. Everyone enjoyed their time together, having fun sharing their experience.
Photo with our lecturer, Benny Tjahjono. Smile!
On the third day we had quite a late start. We left our accommodation at 9.00 for Mondi Group (which was good because I got to sleep a little longer!). Mondi Group is a paper-packaging manufacturer. Their products range from white A4 and A3 papers, dog-food plastic printed packages, corrugated boxes for wine glasses, and more. We visited its headquarters in Vienna. The office was right in the middle of the city. The view was extraordinary and the presentation session was extremely fun. It was very interactive. Some of Mondi’s actual past business scenarios were thrown at us to analyse, criticise and explore. We laid down our ideas to discuss with Mondi’s representative, Mr. Michael Stadler – Mondi’s Consumer Packaging Business Unit Supply Chain Manager. He helped correct us and shared actual practices Mondi implemented for those case studies. We had so much fun and learnt so much more about packaging after the session.
The reception area at the 17th floor of Mondi’s Austria Head Quarter.
Samples of Mondi’s products are presented in the hall. We explored around to get ourselves accustomed to Mondi before the actual presentation.
The presentation has started. Get yourself buckled up!
Mr. Michael jotted down our shared ideas. He would then go through one by one of them explaining why Mondi implemented each of the strategies.
Since the presentation room was on the 17th floor, which was the highest of the building, we went out to the balcony to enjoy a panoramic view of Vienna.
Mondi’s balcony image.
Vienna’s awesome city view. Man, this makes me want to work in Vienna’s Mondi! It’d be brilliant if I can enjoy this view every day.
Group photo at Mondi’s reception 1st floor.
Before moving on to the next place, we scattered around to have our individual lunch. My friends and I had Korean food. It was so yummy!
After our lunch, we left for Brauerei Ottakringer’s beer factory. It is the last large brewery factory remaining in Vienna. It is located in Ottakring, the 16th district of Vienna. So the brand’s name was taken after the district name where it originated from. It was also a two-hour visit, starting with Ottakring’s history, brewery processes (sourcing, fermentation, quality control and bottling), supply chain presentation, and beer tasting.
Ottakringer representative gave us information about Ottakringer’s history when we made our way to the fermentation silo.
A traditional lorry for beer delivery.
Inside the giant wooden beer barrel. Challenge yourselves to get in there!
Logistics presentation on Ottakringer delivery to pubs and restaurants.
Now, the long awaited event has finally arrived, beer tasting! Pick any flavour you like and enjoy a chilled beer after an exciting tour.
But before that, the representative gave us a short introduction to each Ottakringer’s beers.
There you go! Chilled beer in a nice warm spring afternoon.
Group photo for the unofficial end of the study tour.
Apart from the visits to the different companies, we still had some free time after the tours and a whole free day on the fourth day before heading back to Cranfield. We took loads of photos, here are some of them!
The white statue in the back is Mozart. We spent a lot of time just trying to find him to take photos.
Real star on Vienna’s red carpet (So many people were looking at us when we set up this pose :P)
Vienna’s Opera House at the back.
This pose worth a million golds.
The tour was brilliant. We had so much fun and learnt so much. We got to see the practices we learnt in classes play out in actual operations. The experience was priceless, especially the time we got to spend with our friends before going our separate ways to complete our theses. However, all of these wouldn’t happen without the support from our course director, Denyse Julien; all arrangements from Melanie Ellis, our Student and Academic Support (SAS) staff; Nicky Yates and Benny Tjahjono, the faculties who took care of us during the tour; and other current and previous faculties who helped set up the tour. I am very grateful and had so much fun. Thank you so much!
So that concludes our Vienna study tour. I know it’s a long one, but hope you all enjoying our blogs 🙂 See you next time.