W. Dimer GmbH is one of this year’s leading innovators in the German SME sector.
The Laufenburg-based company will be
presented with the Top 100 award, now
in its 24th year, by Ranga Yogeshwar,
Professor Nikolaus Franke and compamedia. The independent panel of judges praised the company’s climate of innovation
and the success of its innovations. Award-winner W. Dimer GmbH specialises in creating new products from what many would
consider waste. The plastic foam packaging manufacturer processes remnants, such as those left over from cutting polyurethane
foam blocks, into new products, including EsCoBis ® compound foam and DIM Foam moulded parts. Products that use these
materials include customised foam packaging, moulded parts for the furniture industry and noise proofing for machines and buildings.
“We have also developed a new line of machines,” says Managing Director Armin Dannenberger.
Together with a new photovoltaic system these machines have helped to improve the company’s environmental credentials.
And the two measures have also paid off in other ways as they have produced a 10 per cent increase in revenue for the
Laufenburg-based company. In addition to quality and sustainability, there is also a particular focus on hygiene at W. Dimer GmbH.
Besides the ISO certificates 9001 (quality) and 14001 (environment), W. Dimer has once again secured 15593 (hygiene) certification.
Senior management at this family-run company, which was founded in 1930, devotes a third of its working time to innovations.
A key part of this is to get the company’s 40 employees involved in the brainstorming process. “The input from our specialists carries
a lot of weight.
After all, it is they who have to implement most of the ideas,” Dannenberger adds. His working day begins with a visit to production,
where he discusses the current status with his staff. And that in itself could already be the first step towards a new idea.
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.
He is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and
Business Administration and a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is one of the world’s
leading innovation researchers and has won 18 science awards and published over 200 articles. The Top 100 is mentored
by science journalist and television presenter
W. Dimer GmbH
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