WORLD MARKET LEADER 2018 – Champions. Pioneer of Industry 4.0 and Hidden Champion: The Felss Group.
According to the Wirtschaftswoche of January 29, the University of St.Gallen determined that Germany was home to approximately 1,200 to 1,500 world market leaders – representing everything from consumption and industrial goods to food products. However, there are not always world-famous brands behind these world market leaders. It is successful German medium-sized companies that produce many of the “Hidden Champions.” This is what companies are called that are market leaders in their industry but are for the most part unknown. Other criteria are an annual turnover of more than 50 million euros and branch offices on at least three continents. According to the Univeristy of St.Gallen ranking, the Felss Group, with its base in Königsbach-Stein near Pforzheim, also belongs on the list. The globally active Felss company group has produced machines for metal processing for various industries, such as the automotive industry, for many years and offers the most sophisticated component production. Felss is a pioneer in the linking of forming technology with Industry 4.0. The company has made it its task to maintain and expand upon the competitive strength of producing operations in the segment of forming technology by accessing the potential of Industry 4.0 at an early date and actively contributes to designing the digital structural transformation of the industry. Felss develops intelligent machines and innovative solutions to this purpose, and is working on also remaining one of the leaders of the industry in future. Felss has already been honored in the past as one of the “100 enterprises for resource efficiency” and one of the “100 places for Industry 4.0.” In 2017, Felss received the environmental technology prize of Baden-Württemberg, with which the “Generation e4.0” was distinguished in the category of “Energy Efficiency.”
Source: wiwo.de (Status: February 8, 2018)