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TOP 100: HARTING innovation leader among German SMEs Innovative products and solutions driving customers’ success


The HARTING Technology Group ranks among the innovation leaders of Germany’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The Top 100 were recently recognised for the 27th time. Science journalist and contest mentor Ranga Yogeshwar was impressed by the companies’ achievements, with the victorious SMEs demonstrating their innovative prowess in connection with an independent scientific analysis.


A total of 364 companies entered the competition for the TOP 100 seal, with 257 notching up success in three size categories (a maximum 100 per size category). The enterprises convinced innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team and subsequently received the award. “The innovation successes of the TOP 100 are highly significant,” as Franke, the competition’s scientific director, emphasized, adding that the winning companies are systematically geared towards the ability to innovate. “Their innovation successes demonstrate the positive effects of a good climate of innovation and innovation-oriented structures and methods,” as the scientific director went on to explain.

The TOP 100 companies were subjected to some 120 testing criteria. The enterprises detailed e.g. how they organise innovation processes within the company, how they structure employees’ working environment in order to spur their creativity, as well as which innovation strategies they pursue.


“We’re very pleased with the award, which demonstrates HARTING’s outstanding innovative capabilities. Drawing on these strengths, we are helping companies and people to achieve success in their markets with our products and services,” Gunter Galtz, Managing Director Development HARTING Electric, underlined.



The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 14 production plants and 44 sales companies. Furthermore, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2018/19 business year, some 5,300 employees generated sales of EUR 750 million. Founded on 1 September 1945, the company celebrates this year its 75th anniversary.

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