In 1998, there were plans to replace Hong Kong International Airport. In the course of this construction project, a tender was put out for equipping all terminals with mobile luggage trolleys, and this represented a huge opportunity for Wanzl to establish a greater foothold in Asia. Wanzl obtained an appointment with the airport planners to introduce its products and services and – following the principle: “trust no-one’s hands but your own” – Gottfried Wanzl decided to take a prototype of the luggage trolley with him on the journey as oversized luggage.
The model withstood the journey well to this point and, with sweat on their collective brow, the Wanzl team stood watch over the prototype on the ferry. But no one could have known that there was a much more dramatic baptism of fire on the horizon. And why? Wanzl and his colleague, in their hurry, had unfortunately boarded the wrong ferry and were heading very much in the wrong direction – and the appointment was very soon! “Forget a taxi – we will have to run!”Two men in business suits, pushing a luggage trolley, ran along bumpy roads and paths, past dealers,