GELITA AG among the TOP 100 most innovative companies

Award at the 4th German SME Summit

Top 100 (lifePR) ( Eberbach, )
GELITA AG, one of the leading manufacturers of collagen proteins, has been welcomed into the select circle of innovation leaders among small to medium-sized companies in Germany. At the award ceremony of the 4th German SME Summit in Essen on June 23rd, the Eberbach company was honored with the TOP 100 seal. In the independent selection process, the concern particularly won over the jury with its excellent innovation processes.

GELITA AG is the global market leader in the production of gelatin and collagen peptides, and a pioneer in the industry that thinks ahead and paves the way. In addition to the continuous improvement of production processes, the focus is on the development of innovative products. At the 4th German Summit SME award ceremony held in the Colosseum Theater in Essen, GELITA AG was named one of the TOP 100 innovation companies for its outstanding innovation processes. Every year, the organizers of TOP 100 determine the hundred most innovative companies on a transparent and scientific basis. They examine how innovation-friendly the structures of the company are and how they use their resources, if a climate is created that enables innovation over the long term, and how successful each individual plant is.

Award for innovation management
In the category "Innovative Processes and Organization", GELITA was ranked among the top 10 at this year's TOP 100 innovation competition. "We are very proud of this prize and will continue to systematically develop innovative ideas to achieve sustainable economic successes", says Michael Teppner, Marketing Manager at GELITA AG, who accepted the award at the official ceremony. The prize was presented by the mentor of the TOP 100 competition, science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar.

Always on the lookout for good ideas
GELITA fosters a holistic culture of innovation in which every one of the 2,500 employees worldwide can and should contribute their ideas and suggestions. Chief Executive Officer Dr Franz-Josef Konert is aware of the fact that this is especially challenging with 22 plants all over the globe: "Continuous innovation is our driving force and an essential part of our continued success. Excellently structured processes and the incorporation of constructive ideas from all our employees are the foundation for maintaining our leading position."

Competition as an ideal platform
The TOP 100 award is intended to provide established companies with the attention they deserve. Together with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the most innovative German SMEs are determined annually in three size classes - companies with up to 50 employees, 51 to 250 employees, and more than 250 employees. The experts evaluated a total of 414 applicants in the company comparison. 305 of them reached the final. They had to make an impression in the five categories "Innovation-friendly Senior Management", "Climate of Innovation", "Innovative Processes/Organisation", "Outward looking/Open Innovation" and "Successful Innovations".

The GELITA group is one of the leading producers of collagen proteins in the world with 21 plants on all five continents. Collagen proteins are used as gelatins in food and pharmaceutical products and for technical applications. Collagen peptides are active ingredients in products against joint and bone pain, for muscle building, weight loss, and wrinkle reduction.

In 2016 the company achieved a turnover of 694 million euros with more than 2,500 employees, and succeeded in strengthening its leading position in the world market. The headquarters of the GELITA Group are located in Eberbach, Germany. GELITA is an active supporting member of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.
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