RK Rose+Krieger is one of the TOP 100


 

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

TOP100 2016

The fifth time in a row "top innovator"

For the 23rd time, the TOP 100 most innovative German SMEs are being honoured. For the fifth consecutive year, RK Rose+Krieger GmbH is part of this innovative elite. The Minden-based company participated in a demanding scientific selection process beforehand. This included an evaluation of innovation management and innovation success. The mentor of the innovation competition, Ranga Yogeshwar, will honour the top innovators as part of the German Summit for Medium-Sized Companies on 24 June in Essen.

This year, RK Rose+Krieger GmbH is celebrating a special anniversary at the TOP 100 innovation competition: The Minden-based company is receiving the coveted award for the fifth time in a row. The subsidiary of internationally operative Phoenix Mecano AG specialises in linear, profile and tube connecting technology – a wide field: “Companies that produce components for a virtually unlimited market have to meet unique challenges,” states Managing Director Hartmut Hoffmann, who employs around 200 members of staff.

 

Top management relies on the Japanese method, Kaizen

KAIZEN project teams supported by qualified LEAN Masters

KAIZEN project teams supported by qualified LEAN Masters

In order to be successful in this market, the company founded in 1972 established exemplary innovation processes which are continuously revised on the basis of the Japanese management approvement method, “Kaizen”. Taking on this practice, the teams openly identify and analyse problems. A select group are responsible for implementing the results as concrete measures. The employees receive corresponding training as optimal support for this procedure, for example in order to become “Lean Office Master” or “Lean Production Master”.

RK presents its innovations at numerous trade fairs. General Manager Hartmut Hoffmann in discussion with NRW minister of economics Garrelt Duin.

RK presents its innovations at numerous trade fairs. General Manager Hartmut Hoffmann in discussion with NRW minister of economics Garrelt Duin.

For each product area of RK Rose+Krieger, a Product Manager bears responsibility and reports directly to the Technology Manager. The Product Managers are responsible, among other areas, for the innovations which end up in the product ranges: If new developments targeting series products are concerned, the Management, Technology Manager and Sales test ideas that have been developed, for example as a result of trade fair visits. For selected projects, a pre-development phase is completed which includes tests and feasibility studies. If the results are convincing, then the innovation is approved for production. “Customised developments follow this procedure as well, but due to our close cooperation with our customers, these are more flexible,” explains Hoffmann.

 
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.”

 

The TOP 100 are regarded as pacesetters in their industries

More than 4,000 companies were interested in being one of the TOP 100 companies this year. 366 of these applied to participate in the qualification round. 284 companies made it into the final round. 238 were selected to be listed in the TOP 100 (maximum 100 in each of the three size classes). Assessment of the companies was completed by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team from the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Their assessments were based on over 100 parameters in 5 evaluation categories: “Innovation-friendly Senior Management”, “Climate of Innovation”, “Innovative Processes and Organisation”, “Innovation Marketing”, and “Innovatory Success”. The TOP 100 are regarded as pacesetters in their industries. The figures from the assessment prove this: Among the companies, there are 97 national market leaders and 32 world market leaders. On average, they achieved 40 percent of their turnover with market innovations and improvements which they launched onto the market ahead of the competition. Their growth in turnover was thus approx. 28 percentage points above the industry sector average. Altogether, these SMEs have filed 2,292 national and international patent applications over the past three years. These innovations also propel job growth: The TOP 100 plan to hire 9,500 employees in the next three years.
 

"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 www.top100.de.