2018-07-31 | Company-News
Summer, sun...summer fair!
Faller is celebrating in Waldkirch.
The sun shone bright on Saturday, 30 June 2018 for the Faller staff party. After the traditional Gautschen (printers’ dunking ceremony), team games were next on the agenda. All of the participants and spectators had great fun with the dry ski slope and Bobby Car races. Knocking over all the beakers in the tin can alley and hitting the bullseye in darts turned out to be harder than it looked.
A food truck provided gastronomic delights and a cocktail bar added colour to drinks orders. True to the motto “Faller in motion”, a DJ brought the beats for dancing, inviting those present to stay a while longer.
The traditional Gautschen ceremony of dunking printers and media designers cooled things down and added great variety.
This year, the “media technology printing” and “media designer” trainees were also dunked, as well as long-standing employees who had not taken part in the ceremony yet. “Grab hold! Let his rear end fall on this wet sponge until both cheeks are sodden” read the rites from the Gautschbrief [Gautschen deed] of the Badenia Buchdruckerei of 1930. Under the supervision of the Master of Ceremonies and the staff, you take a bath in the water basin and are presented with the Gautschbrief. “Only then have you really finished your training,” says Jürgen Herr, head of printing and printing services at the Waldkirch site. The mandatory water bath is always the highlight of the works party.
Gautschen is a printers’ tradition dating back to the 16th century in which a trainee, after passing their final exams, is dunked in a barrel and/or sat on a wet sponge during an exoneration ceremony. The term “Gautschen” originally refers to the first step of draining the paper after dipping it, of taking the freshly dipped paper off the sieve and placing it on a felt pad.
More information on Gautschen is provided by Bundesverband Druck und Medien.