In March, the German Institute for Idea and Innovation Management presented HANNING & KAHL GmbH & Co. KG the German Idea Management Prize 2022. The family-owned company ranked Second in the category of “Best Idea Management”.
At HANNING & KAHL, idea management is an integral part of corporate strategy and brims with dynamic innovative ideas: with an input quota of over five ideas per member of staff per year as well as a participation rate of 69 per cent, the East Westphalian company has been honoured many years in succession. The jury was particularly impressed by the marketing activities and the integration of KAIZEN/CIP. Assessment focussed on the degree of innovation and sustainability as well as effectiveness, efficiency, impact and practicability.
The German Institute for Idea and Innovation Management is a partner for innovation-oriented corporate and staff development. The German idea management prize which is presented once a year is the highest award for idea management in Germany. An independent panel of experts from the worlds of science and industry honours companies and individuals who serve as role models.
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At the German idea management award-giving ceremony 2019, HANNING & KAHL from Oerlinghausen won third place in the category “Best Idea Management“.
Bodo Haverig, KAIZEN/ Improvement Idea Manager, accepted the prize at the gala evening event in Fulda.
The German idea management prize is awarded once a year by the German Institute for Idea and Innovation Management, the professional body for the promotion of idea and innovation management in science and business practice, for outstanding achievements in idea management. This year, the patron of the organisation is Dr. Andreas Weber, Direktor Prävention VBG – “Your statutory accident insurance”, for "Ideas make the future", an initiative of the top management of German companies to encourage and promote idea management in business and administration.
European Innovation Impact Award
At the end of September, HANNING & KAHL GmbH & Co. KG was presented the European Innovation Impact Award 2017 at the first ideasEurope-Konferenz in Brussels.
The conference took place in the European Committee of the Regions. It is designed to bring people together and to bring companies and organisations up to speed for the future via idea and innovation management.
HANNING & KAHL received an award for “Best Ideas Management“. The jury primarily focussed on how idea and innovation management is structurally anchored in each particular company, and the social and entrepreneurial significance of the ideas and innovations submitted.
The award covers six categories. Five of these categories are designed to positively shape the future of companies: “From Imagination to Impact“. This year, there was an additional category for health care. IdeasEurope sees itself as a network for decision-makers and experts from companies who successfully shape the future with ideas and management. It is also an innovation hub for partner organisations and international networks. Last but not least, its raison d’être is to help companies, organisations and political institutions to create innovation-friendly framework conditions.
(Frankfurt am Main, 04/04/2013). We were honoured by the German Business Management Institute on 4 June with the 3rd place in the GERMAN IDEAS AWARD. More than 100 companies from all kinds of industries put themselves forward for comparison with other German companies. Therefore, competition was fierce. Nevertheless, we still managed to get onto the winners podium. This is a fantastic HANNING & KAHL team performance. Belated thanks go to all employees who contributed in terms of quantity and quality through their good ideas. Many large enterprises are very impressed and perhaps even a little jealous of how our medium-sized company in Oerlinghausen has been able to successfully implement established idea management for years. Even some customers have been convinced by our KAIZEN philosophy and company suggestion scheme. However, this is not the time to rest on our laurels, and we have to really aim for the next step on the winners podium.
Global challenges, social changes and technology development continue to make innovative answers and sustainable solutions necessary. The technology-oriented visit and innovation programme TOP provides professionals and executives with the opportunity to visit suitable companies and inform themselves about innovative technologies and strategies. Dr. Philipp Rösler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, is the patron of the program. This year's TOP innovation prize was awarded to the company HANNING & KAHL GmbH & Co. KG from Oerlinghausen by the State Secretary Stefan Kapferer today. State Secretary Kapferer: "With its convincing practical dialogue in the companies, the TOP programme makes an important contribution to strengthen the innovation capacity of enterprises. The practical access to innovative methods and strategies of other companies encourages the willingness to consider new ways. It is an excellent example of the initiative of our successful German economy." Awards were also given to the three finalists Fissler GmbH, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG and ZF Friedrichshafen AG - Electronic Systems. More than 120 representatives of the host companies participated. For detailed information on the TOP programme which was initialised by the F.A.Z. Institut in 1992 please visit www.top-online.de.
(Oerlinghausen, 15 September 2009) - The results of the “Excellent Knowledge Organisation” project supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology are in. HANNING & KAHL is one of 25 small and medium-sized companies throughout Germany and Switzerland to have been awarded this title. These companies impressed the expert jury with their intelligent solutions. As examples of excellent practice, they should now give other companies practical ideas on how to ensure their use of knowledge as a resource is both effective and efficient. The companies chosen have between four and 500 employees and come from various industries. An award ceremony will be held on 30 October 2009 at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin. HANNING & KAHL was evaluated across various dimensions along with another 50 applicants. The jury paid close attention to the sustainable use of knowledge at management level and in business processes and projects and also with respect to the knowledge of employees and external partners, all supported by a knowledge-oriented infrastructure. According to the jury, HANNING & KAHL stood out thanks to its conscious and integrated knowledge management across all of the stated dimensions. Its solutions are also innovative and pragmatic and can be applied to other companies.
Otto awards 2012 Innovation Prize
(Berlin, 23 October 2012). Hans-Joachim Otto, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, presented the 2012 innovation prize to 3M Deutschland GmbH in Berlin.
Medium-sized mechanical engineering company HANNING & KAHL GmbH & Co. KG also received an award, along with Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG. The companies took part as hosts in the Technology-Oriented Visit and Innovation Programme (TOP), which is under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler. The programme promotes knowledge transfer between specialists and managers with respect to new technologies, methods and processes. More than 100 innovative companies act as hosts in this, opening their doors to an exchange of information between specialists and managers from other companies.
State Secretary Otto: “The companies honoured are distinguished by their innovative spirit and selfless willingness to make their practical knowledge available to others through the programme. The host companies thereby provide important ideas for successful innovations in Germany. This commitment is unique and exemplary.” An external evaluation of the TOP has shown that almost 80 percent of the innovations demonstrated during the discussions under the programme are implemented in the host companies.
HANNING & KAHL is “Selected Landmark 2007” in Land of Ideas
(Oerlinghausen, 21.08.2007) – Today, the long-established German mechanical engineering company HANNING & KAHL was awarded the title “Selected Landmark 2007“ in Oerlinghausen by Bernd Hirschfeld from the corporate banking division of the Deutsche Bank. This means the company now officially is one of the “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” selected by the “Place-Branding Initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” and their project partner the Deutsche Bank.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of interested guests. Mrs Thomann-Stahl, the President of the administrative district of Detmold, and Professor Dr. Pörner, Managing Director of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB), welcomed and congratulated the place branding initiative and the company on the accolade. During the evening, visitors could also view the “idea” live for themselves on a tour of the company.
In his laudatory speech, Bernd Hirschfeld stressed the company’s sense of responsibility and its sustainability: “At HANNING & KAHL, responsibility is a genuine value proposition. With innovative technological excellence and a modern approach to management, the company generates sustained successes for customers, employees and public transport. This way, the global player from North-Rhine Westphalia designs part of our future.” Wolfgang Helas, Managing Director of HANNING & KAHL is delighted with the award: “We are very proud to be a selected landmark in the Land of Ideas. Our motivation for taking part in the competition was to see where we stand. To be selected from over 1,500 companies, is an amazing accolade for our employees who live out our idea and our philosophy and make the success possible in the first place”, said Wolfgang Helas.
HANNING & KAHL was one of over 1,500 landmarks who took part in the competition “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas“ which was staged by the Deutsche Bank and the Place-Branding Initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas“.
The Deutsche Bank as exclusive partner of the initiative makes this unique action possible. “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” paves the way for a network of performance potential, visionary thinking, creative passion and entrepreneurial courage in Germany“, is how Bernd Hirschfeld explained his commitment. “Germany – Land of Ideas” is the joint branding initiative of the German government and of the German Economy, represented by the Federation of German Industries (BDI). The objective is to convey an image of Germany as an innovative and cosmopolitan country, at home and abroad. The patron of the initiative is Federal President Horst Köhler.