The Kübler Group based in Villingen-Schwenningen belongs to the leading specialists worldwide in the fields of position and motion sensors, as well as counting, process and transmission technology. The products of this top innovator are keeping drives and motors running all over the world. The com-pany scored at TOP 100 mainly with its innovation marketing, but also its innovation successes, both in Germany and abroad, are considerable. "We have an export share exceeding 60 percent, currently eight international group members and agencies in over 50 countries“ explains proudly Managing Director Lothar Kübler. His brother Gebhard Kübler, who also manages the company, adds: "We grew considerably in the last ten years and we are glad to count many renowned companies among our customers."
This family company founded in 1960 draws many ideas from technology discussions and application workshops it organizes all one to two months.
Jointly with selected customers, the developers determine the probable challenges the target sectors will be faced to in three to six years and which products, architectures and structures the customers will then need. Mission and Vision of the Kübler Group: "We clearly focus on our core sectors and our goal is to be among the Top 3 in these sectors" explains Development Manager Dr. Jochen Bolte. This targeted working extends on all company divisions - regardless whether it concerns international expansion, employees or innovation projects. "We want to understand exactly the real requirements of our customers and adjust our ideas management accordingly“, so the Managing Directors.
Over 4,000 companies were interested this year in participating in TOP 100. 366 of them applied for the qualification round. 284 of them reached the final round. 238 finally reached the TOP 100 (maxi-mum 100 in each of the three size classes). This year too, the companies have been rated by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team of the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Economic University of Vienna. They evaluated 100 parameters in five valuation categories.: "Innovation-fostering top management“, "Innovation climate“, "Innovative processes and organization“, "Innova-tion marketing/External orientation" and "Innovation success“.
The TOP 100 belong to the pacemakers in their sectors. This is demonstrated by the figures of the evaluation: Among these companies, 97 are national market leaders and 32 global market leaders. They achieved lastly 40 percent of their turnover with market innovations and product improvements they introduced on the market before the competition. In this context, their turnover growth was about 28 percent above their respective sector average. Together, these medium-sized enterprises filed in the three past years 2,292 national and international patent applications. This innovative strength also pays off in the jobs: The TOP 100 plan to hire about 9,500 new employees in the coming three years.
The TOP 100 mentor, the science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar, is impressed by the quality of the companies and hopes this will have a signal effect: "The way the TOP 100 generate new ideas and develop them to pathbreaking products and services is literally remarkable. I am therefore glad that this award makes these qualities visible. Hopefully their success will encourage other compa-nies to follow their example. Because this innovation culture will become increasingly important in the future for all companies."
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