Word travelled fast that our company GRP GmbH & Co. KG belongs to the Top 100 Innovators of the year for the 2nd time in a row between us employees and it made us proud. After all, we’ve all worked a lot and hard to achieve our goals and satisfy our customers.
On June 24th, our managing directors, Manfred Keuters and his daughter and Prokurist Janina Keuters, were finally able to receive the seal personally.
The ceremony took again place in front of the impressive backdrop of the Essen Coloseum Theater. To get into the evening, the two managers, like the other top innovators, were allowed to walk over the red carpet and enjoy the flashing lights of the photographers. The seal was presented to them by science journalist, TV presenter and Top100 mentor Ranga Yogeshwar.
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team from the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business examined the 414 applications thoroughly. In the challenging, scientific selection process, the jury examined the 305 finalists in more than 100 parameters in five rating categories.
This year, the GRP was able to score points at TOP100, especially with its outstanding innovation climate and its consistent orientation towards the outside world.
The 40 employees have the opportunity to exchange ideas during the weekly developer meetings. These are subsequently recorded by a special software and discussed further at other meetings. More than 200 proposals for improvement have come together in recent years, more than half of which have actually been implemented.
The GRP always works customer-oriented. Managing Director Manfred Keuters explains: “During the development phase we work with pilot customers, who test our software in everyday life. This way we get valuable feedback “. He also emphasized: “We propose to every company only the innovations that correspond to the personnel and technical conditions in the production”.
After the solemn presentation of the seal, the Top100 innovators of the German middle class had the opportunity to get to know each other and to network. Whoever felt like it could even compete against the world champion of table football and prove his or her ability.
Linda Zervakis, who is known as a Tageschau spokeswoman and presenter, conducted the evening program following the award ceremony. Further highlights were the show act by the IT professor and cabaret artist Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Heinemann.
As beautiful as the award ceremony was, Janina Keuters thought of something very different as her personal highlight that night: the event and the innovators themselves. “It is nice to see the potential and wealth of ideas in the German Mittelstand (SME)! The focus of public perception is rarely set on our innovations, but we who are present here tonight have so much to offer! ”
At the end of this very successful evening, the organizer compamedia then gave some statistics to confirm Janina Keuter’s statement.
Figures show the exception of the top innovators: among them are 101 national market leaders and 26 world market leaders this year alone. Over the past three years, they have filed a total of 1,226 international and national patents. Their sales growth in the previous five years was 20 percentage points above the growth of their respective industries. At the same time, they achieved 38% of their sales with new market innovations and innovative improvements. This balance makes the companies job engines: By 2018, they should create almost 9,500 new jobs.
The German middle class is an innovation engine and the GRP is part of it. We are looking forward to the upcoming challenges.