Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the GrindingHub organizer VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) explains: “The aims of the competition are to consolidate GrindingHub’s status as the meeting point for grinding technology, and also to show how the sector is combatting the shortage of skilled workers by promoting young talent. That is why we are pleased to have found such an influential partner in Anca and are looking forward to seeing the new generation in action.” The KSKomm agency from Ransbach-Baumbach is responsible for organizing and running the competition.


The preliminary round of the competition consists of a theory test and two days of training on the competition machine, an FX5 ULTRA 5-axis tool grinding machine, at Anca in Weinheim, Germany. The five best entrants will then give a live demonstration of their practical skills by grinding a workpiece or tool during the GrindingHub from 14 to 17 May 2024 in Stuttgart. Edmund Boland, General Manager Europe in Anca’s CNC Machines division, points out: “The diverse roles within the grinding industry are exciting yet challenging. As parts become more and more demanding in terms of accuracy and complexity, challenges for tool grinders also increase. ANCA products are designed to solve these complex tasks and also encourage the younger generation for these captivating high-tech professions. We are honoured to support the competition as main sponsor, addressing the crucial topic of skilled labour in the year of our 50th company anniversary.”


The prizes:

1st Prize:                               Training voucher worth € 3,500
(e.g. for participation in master classes, seminars, conferences, training courses, etc.)

2nd Prize:                              Training voucher worth € 2,000

3rd Prize:                               Training voucher worth € 1,000

4th and 5th places:            One training voucher each, worth € 500


The following conditions apply:

  • The competition is aimed at apprentices, career-changers, journeymen and women and trainee skilled workers in the field of metal grinding.
  • It is open to young talents from German, Austrian and Swiss companies which use grinding technology in their production.
  • These include occupations such as cutting machine operators, precision mechanics, precision tool mechanics, metal (cutting) technology specialists, specialist metal technology trainees, specialist cutting mechanics trainees, machine and plant operators, punching and forming mechanics, polymechanics, production mechanics and tool mechanics.


Further information can be found at



Application forms can be requested as of now until 26 February 2024 from bewerbung@grinder-of-the-year.de or directly from KSKOMM GmbH & Co. KG, phone +49 2623 79901-77, info@kskomm.de.