RORA MOTION recognised as a leading innovator
RORA MOTION GmbH & Co. KG is one of this year’s leading innovators in the German SME sector. The Bad Reichenhall-based company will be presented with the Top 100 award, now in its 24th year, by Ranga Yogeshwar, Professor Nikolaus Franke and compamedia. This is the second time in succession that RORA MOTION has joined this elite group. The independent panel of judges praised the company’s climate of innovation and its adoption of open innovation principles.
Parts made by RORA MOTION are built into virtually every car and Airbus aircraft. The company, based in Bad Reichenhall, develops and manufactures elastomers, multicomponent-parts and assemblies. It supplies sealing systems for filters, as well as other parts combining rubber and plastic, or rubber and metal, to the automotive industry.
Often it is a look at the customer’s requirements that drives innovation at this small business in southern Bavaria. For example, RORA MOTION had been supplying rubber seals for the cooling system of an automotive supplier for some time. This company then received a matching plastic part from another manufacturer and had to find a way to combine the two. So the engineers at RORA MOTION offered to develop a single part made out of both components – plastic and rubber. The customer enjoys several benefits as a result: it saves time, and the product is less fault-prone and costs less to make.
Founded in 1993, the family-run business employs 16 people in Germany (135 worldwide) and strives to create a good climate of innovation within the company. “When developing our products we particularly rely on our employees’ innovativeness,” says CEO Daniel Meister. On average, the company offers each employee twelve training days a year. And this approach has been rewarded: this is the second time that the company has won the Top 100 accolade.
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. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is one of the world’s leading innovation researchers and has won 18 science awards and published over 200 articles. The Top 100 is mentored by science journalist and television presenter 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. Further information is available at www.top100-germany.com.