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STEINWAY EMPLOYEE: deputy team leader in the coating department

At Steinway & Sons, a company steeped in tradition, the coating plays a crucial role. Since completing the new coating center in 2023, employees have significantly more space and improved working conditions. In this contemporary cutting-edge space, true works of art are created that reflect both craftsmanship and attention to detail. With his experience in the automotive industry and a passion for high-quality products, Alex Hlawatschke has also found his calling in the coating of grand pianos at Steinway since 2018.

As deputy team leader in the coating department, he has taken on an administrative role since 2021. He remains responsible for the smooth flow of parts, orders, and quality controls, including the thickness of the coating layer. Getting the layer thickness right ensures no need for sanding in subsequent departments.

Follow Alex through his day at Steinway and discover the differences between painting a car and painting a Steinway — and why the unexpected makes his job so appealing.

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