Top 100 competition success

KEMMLIT-Bauelemente is one of the innovation leaders in 2018

Ludwigsburg – The TOP 100 awards for Germany's most innovative SMEs have been selected for the 25th time and, this year, KEMMLIT-Bauelemente GmbH is among the innovation leaders. The results were determined by an analysis performed by TOP 100's scientific director, Professor Nikolaus Franke. The Dusslingen-based company will be honoured by the competition's mentor, Ranga Yogeshwar, together with Franke and compamedia, at the awards ceremony in Ludwigsburg on 29 June 2018 as part of the fifth German SME Summit. This is the seventh time that KEMMLIT-Bauelemente has joined this elite group. The company, which has 190 employees, particularly impressed the independent panel of judges in the 'Climate of Innovation' category.

Since its foundation in 1967, KEMMLIT-Bauelemente GmbH has become Europe's largest provider of sanitary cubicles. The family-owned company from southwest Germany also designs, produces, and distributes cabinet systems and cleanroom furniture. This is the seventh time that KEMMLIT-Bauelemente has received an award in the TOP 100 competition for German SMEs.

One of the key factors in the company's success is the creative potential of its 190 employees. As managing director Markus Reisch commented: "What makes our team special is its willingness to go the extra mile." Accordingly, KEMMLIT attaches great importance to a good climate of innovation, and regularly organises workshops to sound out new opportunities for improvement. The management also goes into a closed session once a year to explore potential future scenarios. The company is currently paying particular attention to the digitalisation of its business processes, and has recently seen a marked rise in revenue after setting up a new online shop for sanitary accessories. KEMMLIT has also significantly reduced delivery times for its entire product range.

The TOP 100 competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval to SMEs with a particular ability to innovate and above-average success rates for innovations. Professor Nikolaus Franke has coordinated the project since 2002, and is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The TOP 100 is mentored by science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar and organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW). Media support for the company benchmarking competition is provided by manager magazin, Impulse, and W&V. Further information is available at