Healthy and qualified ageing in the automotive industry – participation and inclusion from the start (PINA)

Due to demographic changes and the resulting increase in retirement age, the proportion of older workers in businesses will increase further within the coming years. Therefore, more and more companies are concerned with the question how to contribute to maintaining the health and work ability of their employees.

The decisive point will be to develop employment and human resource policies that takes into account the course of development throughout working life. Corporate fields of application i.e. work organization, qualification, health promotion, human resource development and career planning, should be conceptualized accordingly. A number of approaches have been developed. Regarding the implementation of these measures, only few scientific findings have been generated, especially concerning the connection between different measures and procedures.

The PINA project runs from September 2011 to August 2014 and is a collaboration between the Institute for Ergonomics at the TU Darmstadt (IAD) and the Unit for Labour and Vocational Rehabilitation at the University of Cologne. The aim of the project is to analyse current age management in the automotive industry, to identify successful concepts and to develop a practical and transferrable model with the help of the associated companies. The focus is set on improving networks between the different players and procedures within companies as well as with external players involved in prevention and rehabilitation, e.g. health, accident and pension insurance funds.

The Adam Opel AG, Audi AG, Daimler AG with Mercedes-Benz Mannheim and their subsidiary Evobus GmbH, the Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, Ford Werke GmbH and Volkswagen AG participate in the project; furthermore, the Robert Bosch GmbH as a component supplier is involved. Moreover, the project is supported by the Working Committee of the Representative Bodies for Disabled Employees in the German Automotive Industry.

Results will be reported regularly in scientific paper and other sources. From December 2011 on, up-to-date information will be provided at


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