GELITA AG among the top 100 most innovative companies

GELITA, one of the leading manufacturers of collagen proteins, has been welcomed into the select circle of innovation leaders among small to medium-sized companies in Germany

Michael Teppner (left) and Dr Alexander Raab (right) receiver the awards from science journalist and TV moderator Ranga Yogeshwar

At the award ceremony of the 4th German SME Summit in Essen on 23 June, the Eberbach company was honoured with the Top 100 seal.

In the independent selection process, a contributing factor that won the jury over was the company's excellent innovation processes.

GELITA AG is the global market leader in the production of gelatin and collagen peptides, and a pioneer in the industry that thinks ahead and paves the way.

In addition to the continuous improvement of production processes, the focus is on the development of innovative products.

At the 4th German Summit SME award ceremony held in the Colosseum Theater in Essen, GELITA was named one of the Top 100 innovation companies for its outstanding innovation processes. Every year, the organisers of Top 100 determine the hundred most innovative companies on a transparent and scientific basis.

They examine how innovation-friendly the structures of the company are and how they use their resources, if a climate is created that enables long-term innovation and how successful each individual plant is.

Award for innovation management

In the category "Innovative Processes and Organisation", GELITA was ranked among the top 10 at this year's Top 100 innovation competition.

"We are very proud of this prize and will continue to systematically develop innovative ideas to achieve sustainable economic successes," says Michael Teppner, Marketing Manager at GELITA AG, who accepted the award at the official ceremony. The prize was presented by the mentor of the Top 100 competition, science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar.

Always on the lookout for good ideas

GELITA fosters a holistic culture of innovation in which every one of the 2500 employees worldwide can and should contribute their ideas and suggestions.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Franz-Josef Konert is aware of the fact that this is especially challenging with 22 plants all over the globe: "Continuous innovation is our driving force and an essential part of our continued success. Excellently structured processes and the incorporation of constructive ideas from all our employees are the foundation for maintaining our leading position."

Competition as an ideal platform

The Top 100 award is intended to provide established companies with the attention they deserve. Together with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the most innovative German SMEs are determined annually in three size classes — companies with up to 50 employees, 51 to 250 employees, and more than 250 employees.

The experts evaluated a total of 414 applicants in the company comparison; 305 of them reached the final. They had to make an impression in the five categories: Innovation-Friendly Senior Management, Climate of Innovation, Innovative Processes/Organisation, Outward Looking/Open Innovation and Successful Innovations.