The TOP 100 awards for Germany’s most innovative SMEs have been selected for the 25th time and, this year, MMM Münchener Medizin Mechanik GmbH is among the innovation leaders. The results were determined by an analysis performed by TOP 100’s scientific director, Professor Nikolaus Franke. The Stadlern-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 third time that MMM Münchener Medizin Mechanik has joined this elite group. The company, which has nearly 580 employees, particularly impressed the independent panel of judges with its innovation successes and in the ‘Outward Looking/Open Innovation’ category.

Hygiene is of paramount importance not only in hospitals but also in scientific institutes, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. These are exactly the kind of customers served by MMM Münchener Medizin Mechanik GmbH from Stadlern in Bavaria. This TOP 100 company develops, manufactures and in-stalls sterilisation and disinfection equipment. Among its most recent innova-tions are two new resource-saving systems for cleaning and disinfection, which have doubled capacity for the preparation of sterile materials but only increased costs by 25 per cent. A further new product is the mobile processing unit for medical products (MPU). Customers rent or buy this container system which allows them to continue operating their medical departments while they are being refurbished or renovated. “Our MPU dramatically reduces construction times because it can take over while the department is being refurbished or renovated,” explains managing director Robert Eibl.

The family company is such a strong innovator because it brings together various areas of expertise. Eibl draws on the insights not only of his own experienced employees but also those of people from other sectors who are able to offer different perspectives. Working groups are formed that include representatives of companies from ancillary sectors, such as surgical instrument manufacturers, process chemicals companies and water suppliers. The company also holds innovation meetings with customers and maintains close links with universities.

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 www.top100-germany.com.