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Success at TOP 100






Success at TOP 100


Ewald Dörken AG is one of the innovation leaders in 2018

Überlingen – For the 25th time, the TOP 100 competition has selected the most innovative companies of the German Mittelstand. One of these innovation leaders this year is Ewald Dörken AG. This was the result of the analysis of the scientific director of TOP 100, Prof. med. Nikolaus Franke. As mentor of TOP 100, Ranga Yogeshwar is set to pay tribute to the company from Herdecke together with Franke and compamedia on June 29, 2018 at the award ceremony in Ludwigsburg in the scope of the 5th German SME Summit. This is the sixth time that Ewald Dörken AG has made the leap into this innovation elite. In the independent selection process, the company, with around 1,000 employees, was particularly convincing thanks to the consistent innovation focus of top management.

In 1892 Carl and Ewald Dörken founded a small company for the production of paints, varnish and anti-rust paints. 126 years later, Ewald Dörken AG employs a 1,000-strong workforce and unites four independent subsidiaries under one roof. As specialists in the fields of building sheets, micro-layer corrosion protection systems, house paints and intelligent toning technologies, the subsidiaries have made a name for themselves in their respective industries. More than 130 national patent applications in the past four years testify to the innovative strength of the family business. Logical consequence: The sixth award with the TOP 100 seal.

"Last year, we decentralized innovation management 100 percent. The managing directors and managers are fully responsible for this topic," explains Dr. med. Ilias Mokanis, Head of Product Strategy and Planning. This conversion has proven itself. Incremental improvements are being replaced by more and more radical development projects. "Compared to previous ideas, the new ones are now much bolder, and the technological leap is much bigger. This goes so far that we are now also moving into completely new customer groups," says dr. Mokanis. The medium-sized company now supplies not only the automotive industry, but also areas such as renewable energies or the construction machinery industry with the micro-layer corrosion protection systems of the Dörken MKS-Systeme subsidiary.

TOP 100-mentor, journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar (2nd from left) handed over the award to the Dörken Team - represented by Dr. med. Ilias Mokanis, Head of Product Strategy & Planning, Christian Harste, Managing Director Dörken GmbH & Co. KG, and Head of Development Dr. Ing. Thomas Bachon (from left to right). The ceremony took place on June 29, 2018 in Ludwigsburg.
Photo: compamedia

TOP 100: the competition
Since 1993, compamedia has awarded the TOP 100 seal of approval to medium-sized companies for outstanding innovative strength and above-average innovation success. Since 2002, the scientific direction has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Mentor of TOP 100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W & V accompany the company comparison. More information at
Ewald Dörken AG

Dagmar Riefer
Wetterstraße 58
58313 Herdecke
Telephone: +49221 615083
Telefax: +49221 615183
compamedia GmbH
Nußdorfer Straße 4
88662 Überlingen
Telephone: +497551 94986-33

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