EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH from Arnstadt has made the leap to the top in the 26th edition of the TOP 100 innovation competition. On June 28, the company will therefore be honored by the competition's mentor, Ranga Yogeshwar, as well as the scientific director of the award committee, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, and compamedia in the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt. Using a scientific system, TOP 100 evaluates the innovation management of medium-sized companies. In the independent selection process, the company with 130 employees was particularly convincing with its innovation success. For the second time since 2014, EPC has been ranked among the innovation elite.
Within a few years, EPC Engineering & Technologies has grown from a classic plant engineering company to a process technology provider. The TOP 100 company supplies its clients with services from a single source: "We design the plant, hand it over as a turnkey project and supply the appropriate technology. There are only a handful of companies that can do this - and we are one of them," explains Jens Henkel, who manages the family business with his three siblings, which already looks back on five generations of engineering tradition.
EPC's engineers realize industrial and chemical plants worldwide, be it in the fields of polymers and fibers, fine chemicals, pharmaceutical and biotechnologies or renewable energies. The plants from Thuringia will, for example, produce around one million metric tons of polycarbonate, free of toxic phosgene, per year in the future. This corresponds to a world market share of about 30 percent.
A Global Strategy Manager is responsible for coordinating the company's internal innovation processes. He identifies new growth markets and is the link between development, sales and marketing. Together with his team, he ensures that all threads converge and that innovative processes are created for large production volumes all over the world.
TOP 100: the competition
Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal for special innovative strength and above-average innovation success to medium-sized companies. Since 2002, the scientific management has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is the founder and chairman of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. The mentor of TOP 100 is science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W&V accompany the company comparison. More information at www.top100.de.