bebarmatic Parksysteme GmbH honoured as a top innovator

Lothar Späth awards the "Top 100" seal of approval to Duisburg-based systems provider for its outstanding innovations management.
Duisburg -bebarmatic Parksysteme GmbH is one of the 100 most innovative small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in Germany. So say the results of this year's "Top 100" corporate benchmarking competition -a cross-sectoral business initiative covering the entire Country. One key element of the firm's success in this, the 17th year of the renowned contest, was its finely-tuned innovations management. Lothar Späth. former state premier of Baden-Wurttemberg. will present the prestigious "Top 100" seal of approval to bebarmatic Parksysteme at an official ceremony in Konigswinter's "Gastehaus Petersberg" this Friday evening.

As patron of the SME initiative, he will be recognising the company's achievements in the five key categories of "Innovation-friendly Senior Management", "Climate of Innovation". "Innovative Processes and Organisation, "Innovations Marketing" and "Successful Innovations".

bebarmatic Parksysteme has been awarded the "Top 100" seal of approval for its extremely healthy climate of innovation. The company, which operates all over Europe, produces barriers and gates for vehicle and pedestrian entrances. lts 29 employees fulfil one of the fundamental conditions for innovation: they not only feel responsible for their own role in the business, they never lose sight of the welfare of the company as a whole. The PLATINUM***** car park management system developed in 2008, whose main systems components are made in Germany, is a result of this fertile working atmosphere. Back in 1994, bebarmatic pioneered the use of barcode technotogy in car parks in Germany using PCs with Microsoft Windows operating systems. lts third-generation products with a globally compatible web interface are once more setting ground-breaking standards. Director Caspar Berninghaus believes the company's successful innovations are the fruits of its long-standing, intense dialogue and regular, constructive discussions, particularly the company's Wednesday meetings. "Critical issues regarding current proiects are discussed as well as how to deal with the pool of around 20 individual projects, explains Mr Berninghaus.

To qualify for the award, bebarmatic had to undergo a stringent, two-stage process devised by the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. "Our results show that the 100 top innovators generally tackle challenges head on and are thus well-equipped to deal with the current economic situation, for example. Innovation is a matter of priority at management level for most of these campanies" commented Professor Nikolaus Franke, head of the research team, on the analysis. In the past three years, these award-winners generated two thirds of their revenue from innovations and innovative improvements, compared with 30 per cent in a sample of similarly-structured German SMEs. In addition, Top 100 firms were able to shave some 12 per cent off their Costs through process innovations, compared with a paltry 4 per cent on the part of "average SMEs". As a result, this year's "Top 100" contains 54 German market leaders, 22 of which are global leaders in their field. Caspar Beminghaus and his fellow director Thomas Stroinski are jubilant about the firm's success: "We are now officially classed among the most formidable innovators in the German SME sector. This is a great boost to our credibility and will inspire our employees, partners and, of course, customers with confidence. We could scarcely have hoped for better news in these times of crisis." Overall, 319 companies entered the "Top 100" competition this year.

All of the 100 top innovators are featured in the book "Top 100- the 100 most innovative companies in Germany's SME sector" edited by Lothar Späth, and featured on the website www.top100.de. The project is organised by compamedia GmbH, Überlingen, Germany. Companies interested in entering the competition can apply as of now via the website. The deadline for entries is 30 October 2009.
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