Award: Simcon ranks among the TOP 100

In the 26th TOP 100 innovation competition, Simcon kunststofftechnische Software GmbH of Würselen was ranked amongst the best.

The company will thus be receiving an award in Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle from Ranga Yogeshwar, the mentor of the competition, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of the company comparison, and compamedia. TOP 100 employs a scientific system to assess the innovation management of small and medium-sized enterprises and the successful innovations that result from this. In the independent selection process, the company with its 43 employees was able to impress the panel in the categories “Outward looking/Open innovation” and “Climate of innovation”.

Simcon kunststofftechnische Software develops software programs to simulate the injection molding process and combines these with testing assignments, engineering services and series-process optimizations – a unique offering worldwide. The challenge lies not only in producing plastic parts at a low cost, in an environmentally-friendly manner and without functional or aesthetic defects, but also in ensuring that the parts retain their dimensions when they are demolded. The industry software produced by the TOP 100-company is able to simulate this process in a precise manner, thus avoiding a situation where molds need to be elaborately corrected several times over.

When it comes to innovations, the top innovator relies on the many ideas put forward by its 43 employees as well as on development partnerships with companies like Arburg and HELLA and institutes that include the globally leading IKV Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University and a number of Fraunhofer Institutes. “Through our national and international research projects, we have a lead over our competitors with our innovations”, says managing director Dr.-Ing. Paul F. Filz. The Simcon company uses innovative in-house tools for project planning and internal communication. And, at the latest during their twice-yearly performance reviews, employees are called upon to take a look into the future. “We want to know: What would you change if you were the company manager for a day?”, explains managing director Dipl.-Psych. Ines Oud. This not infrequently produces good ideas that are then put into practice.

TOP 100: The competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval to SMEs which have a particular innovative strength and have achieved above-average success with their innovations. Professor Dr. Nikolaus Franke has been the scientific director since 2002. Franke is the founder and a board member of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Scientific journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is the mentor of TOP 100. The project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and Germany’s BVMW association for SMEs. The media partners accompanying the comparison of entrants are manager magazin, impulse and W&V. M

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