Opening speeches by Bart Wigman and Ralf Banse
In front of over 150 invitees, the production facility was officially opened on Thursday, January 11th, by Bart Wigman, owner of the Gielissen Group, and Ralf Banse, director of Gielissen Innenausbau GmbH. What began 85 years ago in a shed in Eindhoven has grown into an internationally operating company specializing in interiors, exhibitions, and events. Long-term clients like Continental AG, Facebook, and Nike rely on Gielissen as a reliable partner.
After the opening, Katja Kottmann, Business Development Manager at Gielissen GmbH, and Arne Schultchen, founder and Creative Lead at design for human nature, introduced their joint project teo: a digital mini-supermarket supplying rural areas with groceries. The interior of this innovative supermarket is entirely constructed in Gielissen's workshop.
Teo is presented as the 'perfect neighbor,' being open 24 hours and fostering a sense of social connection. Teo's concept includes daily groceries, charging points for electric bikes, outdoor seating, and even a bookshelf. Already 400 communities and cities have expressed interest in placing a teo. This project was the focus of the subsequent panel discussion on retail development.