DEUTZ named one of Germany’s top innovators

DEUTZ AG has been named one of Germany’s TOP 100 innovators.

The TOP 100 Project rigorously analyses how SMEs manage innovation.

DEUTZ AG was recognised for its successful forward thinking and scored highly in the ‘Innovative Processes and Organisation’ category.

The award was presented on 28 June by science journalist and competition mentor Ranga Yogeshwar and Professor Nikolaus Franke, TOP 100 project co-ordinator and director of the Vienna University of Economics and Business’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

A ceremony was held at Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle events centre.

DEUTZ’s inhouse Innovation Center and next-level technology are helping it to address the challenges of the future

The centre is equipped with the latest technology and has created an environment in which employees with various strengths can collaborate on innovative concepts using new, agile methods.

“We use ‘scrum’ techniques at DEUTZ that enable us to rapidly design new electric and hybrid drives,” explains Dr. Frank Hiller, Chairman of the DEUTZ Board of Management.

“The individual parts of the project are broken down into short cycles, known as sprints, that make the work more agile and efficient. It’s how our engineers managed to develop our first electric drive prototypes in a record time of just six months.”

The free DEUTZ Connect service app, which plays a key role in the Company’s innovative digital strategy, enables remote engine diagnosis via a smartphone or a tablet.

It displays all relevant engine data in real time, which can then be assessed and, if required, sent directly to a service partner. Larger customers can use the app to effortlessly manage engines installed in their tractors and construction equipment.

Pictured above: Leslie Isabelle Iltgen, Senior Vice President Communications & Investor Relations (left), and Fabio Fischer, Marketing Manager (right), accept the TOP 100 award from science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar on behalf of DEUTZ AG.