Kettenbach once more elected a champion of innovation

Kettenbach once more elected a champion of innovation
Let go of the old and brave the new: Innovative medium-sized businesses
such as Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG in Eschenburg, Germany, have
no fear of change, instead embracing it as an opportunity. The company
impressed with this attitude once again in the 27th year of the TOP 100
competition for innovation. In the scientifically rigorous selection procedure,
the company excelled particularly in the categories “Innovationdriven
top management” and “Innovative processes and organization”.
Kettenbach is among the top innovators for the third consecutive year.
The medium-sized business from Eschenburg in the state of Hessen with its
dental division supplies dentists and dental laboratories with chemically based
dental consumables. The medical division of the threetime top innovator produces
special sponge materials that are used, for example, in wound care or
as a carrier material for allergy tests. Jens Kuhn, president of Kettenbach, referred
to the research and development that underpins the company’s success:
“Since 2016 we have generated 13 national and 17 international patents
in a continuous and well-organized process.”
Top management rewards employees in the Research and Development team
whose ideas have potential for patents using a formalized innovation process.
Independently of this, managers in all departments evaluate suggestions for
improvements from the entire workforce. Jens Kuhn emphasizes: “Appreciating
and honoring innovative performance of any type is a key component of
our business culture.” This enables the company to positively shape the future.
Read more about the company at
TOP 100: The competition
The initiator compamedia has awarded the TOP 100 seal to medium-sized
enterprises for exceptional innovation and innovative success since 1993. The
scientific administration has been in the hands of Professor Nikolaus Franke
since 2002. Professor Franke is the founder and chair of the Institute for Entrepreneurship
and Innovation at the University of Vienna. The mentor of TOP
100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the
Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research and the German
Association for SMEs (BVMW), manager magazin, impulse and W&V report
on comparing the companies as the media partners. More information at