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wta’s Carsten Weser sets the pace

September 11, 2017

Carsten Weser completes the Hero Trail

In ideal cool and damp running conditions, wta’s Carsten Weser sets the pace completing the 64.9 km “Hero’s Trail” in just under 8 hours fifteen minutes.

Several hundred runners gathered last weekend (9 September) at the former Simson Motor Works in Suhl, Germany and for the past 20 years the home of wta Carsten Weser GmbH (wta), one of Germany’s leading cartridge remanufacturers.

This year wta is celebrating their twentieth birthday, and the company hosted the annual trail run as well as an open day, children’s play area and flea market all in the grounds of the former Simson Motor works.

Over three hundred runners started off from as early as 5 am on the annual South Thüringen Trail from the race start/finish outside of wta’s new facility. The first of three routes is 17.4 km and rises 559m over the trail. The second “Marathon” route is 47.5km and rises 1932m, and the “Hero” trail is 64.9km and rises 2491m through the South Thüringen forests and truly tests the stamina and endurance of the runners.

While the runners were out trail running through the South Thüringen forests, the less energetic could take a tour of the wta factory and spend some money in the flea market and visit some of the sponsor’s stalls and exhibits. 

The factory tour begins

wta is one of the larger employers in Suhl, and the one-hour factory tour was for members of the local community to see how the 130+ workforce keeps busy remanufacturing toner and inkjet cartridges. The Recycler tagged on to one of the tours of the factory and saw the inkjet and laser cartridge in action.  The tour was impressive, not just in how our guide expertly explained remanufacturing to the members of the public, but the contrast between well maintained and listed building to the state of the art “technology in action” facilities and the incredibly clean and well-organised layout inside the building.  

Find out more about the wta history and tour in the next issue of The Recycler.

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