RK Rose+Krieger recognized as innovative leader


RK succeeds once more in making the list of Germany’s innovation elite / presentation by TOP 100 mentor Ranga Yogeshwar

TOP100 2017

The fifth time in a row "top innovator"

RK Rose+Krieger GmbH is amongst the innovative leaders of Germany's small and medium-sized businesses once again this year – for the sixth time in a row. Ranga Yogeshwar, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and compamedia awarded Minden's specialist for linear, connecting, profile assembly and module technology with the TOP 100 seal, which has now been awarded for the 24th time. RK Rose+Krieger was able to impress during the independent selection process, above all with innovative processes and the company's excellent internal innovative climate.

RK Rose+Krieger turned a crisis into an opportunity in the most impressive manner to realign internal innovation processes. In 2009, like so many other businesses, the manufacturer of components, modules and solutions for automation technology, founded in 1972, was caught up in the maelstrom of the global economic crisis. Managing Director, Hartmut Hoffmann, who has been in the post since 2008, used the situation as the impulse for modernisation of the medium-sized business. He knew that the innovative processes required radical revision and outdated structures had to be broken up. For this purpose, he introduced the Japanese Kaizen management method, which is based on a continuous process of improvement.

KAIZEN project teams supported by qualified LEAN Masters

KAIZEN project teams supported by qualified LEAN Masters

Hoffmann, who has dedicated half of his working life to innovation work, paid particular attention to the participation of all employees, i.e. the creation of a good innovative climate, when restructuring. "If you want to be innovative, you have to abandon the idea that the boss knows everything better and tells employees what they have to do", is his motto. The motivation of the 208 employees at the TOP 100 company is suitably high: on average every second member of staff submits one improvement suggestion per year.


As part of the Kaizen system, employees of the leading innovative company were trained as "Lean Office Masters" or "Lean Production Masters", and took on comprehensive responsibility for processes of continuous improvement. The experiment has been a success across the board. "We now turn over more with the same team, and much more calmly, than before the crisis", says Hoffmann with satisfaction. Rose+Krieger has been recognized as a top innovator for a sixth time.

Ranga Yogeshwar, the Mentor of the TOP 100

Ranga Yogeshwar, the Mentor of the TOP 100

The Mentor of the TOP 100, science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar is impressed with the quality of the companies and hopes for a signalling effect: “The way in which the TOP 100 generate new ideas and develop pioneering products and services from these is remarkable in the truest sense of the word. I am glad that recognition of these TOP 100 companies draws attention to these qualities. Hopefully, this encourages other companies to follow in their footsteps. In the future, this innovation culture will become more and more important for all companies.”


TOP 100: The competition

Back in 1993 compamedia began awarding the "Top 100" seal to SMEs which demonstrate particular innovation strength and out-standing innovative success. Since 2002, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration has been this project's scientific head. Prof. Dr. Franke is one of the leading experts for user innovation in the world. The science journalist and TV presenter, Ranga Yogeshwar, is the "Top 100" project mentor. The Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research acts as a partner to this project and the German business magazine "manager magazin" is the media partner. For more information, go to