On 10 April a ceremony was held to present six companies and research institutions with bauma Innovation Awards. The awards are presented at three-year intervals, and the ceremony is always held at the trade fair in Munich.
The Bavarian Minister of Economics, Ilse Aigner, praised the award winners and all participating companies, emphasising that the bauma Innovation Award “reflects the innovative strength of the construction equipment, building material and mining industries, both in Germany and internationally. Not only,” she continued, “does it show the things which are technically feasible, but it also gives us a glimpse of the future.” This year’s awards were given to the following companies:
- Kramer Werke GmbH, Pfullendorf (category: Machinery)
- IMKO GmbH, Ettlingen (category: Components)
- LEONHARD WEISS GmbH & Co. KG, Göppingen (category: Construction Process/Construction Work)
- Technical University of Dresden, Dept. of Construction Machinery Technology (category: Research)
- Groupe Mecalac S.A., Annecy-le-Vieux, France, and Technical University of Dresden (category: Design)
The award competition has been attracting rising interest among foreign companies, too, said Johann Sailer, Chairman of the German Association of Construction and Building Material Machine Manufacturers, which forms part of VDMA (the German Machinery & Plant Manufacturers' Association). Almost half of all applications apparently came from international companies. The award, said Sailer, sets signals for the entire industry, and the world’s leading trade fair, bauma, is an ideal platform for this purpose. He described the trade fair as “the absolute highlight” of the industry – an event which radiates an “immense charisma throughout the world”.
Bavaria’s Minister of Economics, Aigner, emphasised the significance of the award for the economy: “The winners we honour today have understood the signs of the times, and their innovations contribute actively to sustainable economic developments which are also highly practical.” The Minister referred to mechanical engineering as Germany’s and Bavaria’s flagship industry – the second biggest sector in Bavaria with a total of 220 000 employees. She believes that innovations are 'central' to the German mechanical engineering industry, enabling it to maintain and expand its leading role.
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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