We are ATH.
Lukas Näfken

We are KROENERT, COATEMA, DRYTEC and ZAE. We are the companies of the ATH Group would like to introduce ourselves in more detail through our team.

Lukas Näfken

Project engineer in sales and product development at ZAE

Mr Näfken, why don't you start by telling us something about yourself?

I was born in 1991, I’m an engineer, hobby musician, hobby pilot – originally from Schleswig-Holstein, I now live in Hamburg.

At ZAE I work as a project engineer in sales and product development. In addition to customer projects, I also work on the further development of the ZAE product range.

What did you do before you started working at ZAE?

Before joining ZAE, I studied mechanical engineering with a focus on product development. I did my bachelor's degree in Hamburg and my master’s in Baden-Württemberg. I was already employed as a working student and intern at ZAE during my studies.

How did you become aware of ZAE?

When I was in in 12th grade I was keen to do my school internship in industrial mechanical engineering, and in the course of my internet research I came across ZAE. After the introductory interview for the internship, I already knew that I was enthusiastic about drive technology and working in an industrial environment.

What do you think makes a good employee in your field of work?

Technical expertise and quick comprehension are necessary to be able to think your way into customer applications and be a good contact person.

In addition, you have to drive forward the continuous development of the company by contributing new ideas and experience from the market.

What keeps you going on a day-to-day basis?

Every day I look forward to working with my great colleagues and the very varied activities relating to the products that I can identify with. That gives you a lot of motivation.

What is your motto in life?

“The real secret of success is enthusiasm.”

 (W. P. Chrysler)

“If we don't make mistakes, it means we’re not trying out enough new things – especially in product development.”

(P. Knight)