BEUMER Group is
Top 100 Innovator

BEUMER Group, headquartered in Beckum, has been awarded with the "Top 100" seal as one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. The science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar honoured BEUMER Group with the prestigious award on the Deutschen Mittelstands-Summit in Essen on June 26, 2015. BEUMER Group has undergone a two-step scientific procedure beforehand. The intralogistics single-source provider is proud to call itself top innovator for the second time.

Success thanks to entrepreneurial vision

For the systematic planning, management and control of innovations, BEUMER Group has integrated an innovation management into its business strategy. In the past two years, BEUMER Group has applied for almost 100 patents. The developing process for so many patents requires careful planning. "Our strategy consists of three key elements," says Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman and CEO of BEUMER Group. "Idea management, coordination of research and development, and strategic product management." The employees are the ones who have the best ideas. Idea scouts collect these ideas and pass them on to the innovation management. The persons in charge of product check the potential of each idea and evaluate the possible market success.

"Our success won't be possible without our highly motivated employees," explains Dr. Hermann Brunsen, Technical Manager at BEUMER. "Every day they ensure high customer satisfaction and a long-term, successful market presence." BEUMER Group is an international manufacturing leader in intralogistics in the fields of conveying, loading, palletising, packaging, sortation and distribution technology. BEUMER Group employs about 4.000 people and will celebrate its 80th company anniversary this year.


Basis of the award is a two-step analysis. It has been developed by Dr. Nikolaus Franke und his team of the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. The scientists analyse the innovation management and the success of medium-sized companies based on more than 100 parameters in five categories. The prizewinner is selected solely by the scientific management.

This year, Franke and his team had many applications – more than ever before: 234 out of 302 companies made it to the finals. 178 companies in three categories (max. 100 companies per category) have been honoured with the award. Among them are 71 national market leaders and 31 global market leaders. Together, the top innovators have applied for 3,405 patents in the last three years. They generated almost 41 percent of their turnover by launching improved products and technology new to the market faster than their competitors – the average of all small and medium-sized companies (KMU) in Germany is 6.6 percent. Success is not just the matter of chance: the top innovators invest an average of 10.5 percent of their turnover in development and research – all small and medium-sized companies in Germany invest 1.5 percent. Two-thirds of the Top 100 are family-owned enterprises.


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