HOMAG honored with top innovator award

HOMAG Holzbearbeitungssysteme GmbH was awarded the “Top 100” seal at the Deutsche Mittelstand Summit (German SME Summit) held in Essen on June 27, 2014. With the “Top Innovator” award, HOMAG joins the ranks of Germany's most innovative companies.

The leap up to the Top 100 followed a tough selection process by the innovation researcher Prof. Nikolaus Franke of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The examination focused on innovation management and innovation success. Amongst other aspects, the award underscored HOMAG’s innovative power combined with the company’s direct links and proximity to its customers as well as the environmental alignment of its products.In the Company's history spanning more than 50 years, HOMAG has developed, realized and established numerous revolutionary ideas in the market.This includes the continuous refinement of edge processing – from the world’s first edge banding machine to zero joint technology with laserTec and airTec, which became the established standard in record time – or the revolutionary control concept powerTouch, that enables control over all machine functions by directly touching the display.

Dr. Christian Compera, managing director of HOMAG Holzbearbeitungssysteme GmbH emphasizes: “We view this award as acknowledgment of our joint efforts within the company and, in particular, as a prize for our employees. After all, our many years of success are based on people with ideas and vision, and the courage to implement them with passion and dedication. That is how we have become the global market and innovation leader, a position we want to build on going forward.”

According to Prof. Franke, the distinctive feature of companies as top innovators is that “the ‘Top 100’ manage to turn their ideas into market success stories in exceptional ways”. That is the hurdle at which many other companies stumble. The top innovators master these challenges with an excellent team spirit, efficient processes and frequently also with the early involvement of customers and external partners at the development stage.”

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