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Gautsch & Summer Festival at Interprint

Summer - sun - water. After the popular Gautsch and summer festival had to be cancelled in the last few years due to Corona, this year over 800 guests - including employees with their families and friends - came together for a sociable get-together on the company premises.    

Water from below, water from above and finally cool wetness from the inside. 

"Packers, dig in!" With these words, the “Gautschmaster”, Technical Manager, Steffen Rieth had the first “Kornuten” (aspiring apprentice printers) fetched and seated on a chair with a wet sponge. After that, the sponge holder provided a pair of "wet" ears before the packers dipped him into a wooden trough filled with water. Symbolically, this washes away any bad habits and mischief which may have come about during the apprenticeship. The “Gautschen” is sealed with a pint of beer and the “Gautschbrief” in the form of a certificate. All in all, 8 apprentices were elevated to official journeyman´s/journeywoman´s status after completing their apprenticeship -   a really wet affair! 

Interprint is happy to uphold this great tradition which goes way back to the 16th century. The actual term "gautschen" describes the first dewatering step after the paper is scooped, the depositing of the scooped paper sheet from the wire mesh onto an underlay. 

The “gautschen”, the openly-arranged programme and tasty snacks from various food trucks, ice cream and cold drinks, contributed to a relaxed but also family atmosphere – as is normal for Interprint. Even the smallest guests were also considered in the plans - in addition to a bouncy castle and face painting, they could prove their skills at the fire brigade's fire wall. At the same time this was an ideal opportunity for many old faces to meet again and new faces had the chance to meet other colleagues.