Germany – The last Saturday in June saw Germany's most innovative medium-sized companies win awards at the Top 100 competition.
Top 100 mentor Ranga Yogeshwar and the jury presented awards to Germany's 100 most innovative medium-sized companies at the 26th edition of the Top 100 innovation competition.
Among the award winners were managing director duo from Kern Microtechnik Simon Eickholt and Sebastian Guggenmos. The machine manufacturer won the award for a innovation process it implemented in the company. Both were pleased that the standards Kern practices for innovation won remarkable attention from independent reviewers.
Innovations are synonymous with securing the future for companies in many different industries, Bavaria-based Kern says. It invests a lot in ideas of its employees and keeps ideas and innovations structured and clear. The innovation management of the manufacturer of high-precision machining centres is not limited to the operative business but also includes strategic development.
Commercial Director Eickholt noted: “We invest approximately 20% of our annual turnover in innovation projects. Naturally, not everything can yield immediate profits.” He added that Kern generates about half its total turnover from market innovations and therefore underlines how important innovation is.
The two company executives see a mix of measures as decisive for their success. One important factor is the intensive exchange with customers and co-operation with international universities and colleges. Technical Director Guggenmos explained: "We work with around 60 chairs worldwide. The scientists are inspired by our mechanical engineering as we are inspired by their feedback to break new ground.”
How these paths cross is seen in a new development - the Kern Micro HD, a machining centre that will premiere at EMO 2019. The first few production machines are being used by the company's own contract manufacturing facility in Murnau, Upper-Bavaria. "Our customers as well as Kern differentiate themselves from the market through high productivity and profitability, ” Guggenmos concluded.