More than 500 inventors gathered virtually for Endress+Hauser’s 21st Innovators’ Meeting. Because last year’s anniversary event had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, two innovator cohorts were invited in 2021 to honor the creativity and inventive spirit of the Group of companies.
Inventive spirit: Endress+Hauser’s 2021 Innovators’ Meeting took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic
Innovation as a success factor
Growth driver: CEO Matthias Altendorf presents a multi-sensor system for monitoring fermentation processes at the 2021 Innovators’ Meeting
“Innovations drive Endress+Hauser’s growth,” emphasized CEO Matthias Altendorf. If nothing else, digital tools helped bridge the physical distance during the pandemic, he said. “But people need other people.” Virtual exchange cannot replace face-to-face encounters in the long run; relationships and trust are only built through direct contact. That’s why the CEO is convinced that “cooperation, collaboration and creativity need physical proximity.”
Progress in many areas
For 20 years, Endress+Hauser has been promoting the protection of intellectual property with its Patent Rights Incentive Program. In this context, the annual Innovators’ Meeting offers the global Group’s inventors a platform for meeting and exchanging ideas. Economically significant patents and particularly creative inventors are awarded prizes. Around 50 employees stood virtually on the winners’ podium for this event.
“At its heart, innovation is always about customer benefit,” explained Chief Operating Officer Dr Andreas Mayr. This benefit can be created by new products and technologies, but also by smoother cooperation or accelerated development projects. For this reason, Endress+Hauser has also been presenting awards for the improvement of processes and the reuse of previously developed solutions for a number of years. Dozens of employees were honored for this at the 2021 Innovators’ Meeting.