Only those who conduct research are able to discover new things and create innovative solutions – so the Stifterverband says in its research seal brochure. All year round, the association collects data in Germany on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in order to seek out particularly innovative companies. Only those companies that stand out by a clear margin during the survey may use the seal.
“We're not just talking about innovations in the form of products or new patents,” explains Dr. Mark Glöckner, who is responsible for Weidmüller's Research and Development Division as a Controller. “It is also about making investments in the company's own research facilities or ensuring sustainable staff development.” With the Innovativ durch Forschung seal, Weidmüller is being honoured yet again for its exemplary innovation processes.
Research is driving innovations forward: A single research project, managed by Weidmüller's Dr. Jan-Stefan Michels, resulted in solutions like the self-correcting stamping and bending machine.
Awards for Weidmüller regarding innovative solutions
Back in 2013, Weidmüller received the “TOP 100” Award as one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. In the same year, Svenja Schulze, North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister for Innovation, Science and Research, and Garrelt Duin, North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister for Economic Affairs, Medium-Sized Businesses and Energy designated the Weidmüller Academy as an "Place of Progress".
Innovations have a long-standing tradition at Weidmüller
“Research, development and innovation all have a long-standing tradition at Weidmüller. Without them, we would not be competitive in the industry,” says Dr. Jan-Stefan Michels, Head of Technology Development at Weidmüller. “But we believe that awards like the "Innovative through Research" seal aren't just rewards for the work we have done so far; they also provide us with an incentive to keep the pace of our research and development activities high.” Weidmüller may now use the seal for two years, after which it will again have to prove its innovative capability and strength.
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