The TOP 100 competition
Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the Top 100 seal of approval to SMEs with a particular ability to innovate and above-average success rates for innovations. Professor Nikolaus Franke has coordinated the project since 2002, and is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The TOP 100 is mentored by science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar and organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW). Media support for the company benchmarking competition is provided by manager magazin, Impulse, and W&V. Further information is available at www.top100-germany.com.
Überlingen – BETEK GmbH & Co. KG, a company based in Aichhalden, in the Black Forest region of southern Germany, has made it into the TOP 100 in the 26th year of the innovation competition. It will receive its award on 28 June from competition mentor Ranga Yogeshwar, TOP 100 coordinator Professor Nikolaus Franke and compamedia at Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle events venue. TOP 100 uses a rigorous process of analysis to assess how SMEs manage innovation and how successful they are in bringing these innovations to market. BETEK, which has 340 employees, particularly impressed the independent panel of judges in the ‘Innovative Processes and Organisation’ category. This is the third time that the company has joined this elite group.
The innovative company produces the sort of tools needed when the going gets really tough. Whether drilling, milling, cutting or crushing – these tools have got to be able to put up with a lot. BETEK’s products are used in specialised civil engineering projects, such as excavations for bridge foundations, in the forestry and recycling sector for shredding or chopping up wood, tree trunks and roots, and for ploughshares in the agricultural technology sector. The company has also developed a compressible, water-based carbide granulate which increases the tools’ resistance to wear and protects the environment while saving resources at the same time.
The carbide specialist, a three-time TOP 100 award winner, is currently building a 6,500 square metre production hall. As part of this project the company has acquired a new PTA machine that applies hard coating to brazed carbide using a thermal process. This creates plating which provides additional protection for the tools. But they’ve also got their eyes on the future in Aichhalden. “We see the digitalisation and automation of our processes as key components of our lasting success,” say the two company directors, Tobias Hilgert and Dr Marc Siemer.