Innovation has tradition: Fissler is again in "Top 100"

For the fifth consecutive year, the premium cookware producer Fissler has been honored for its innovative strength: Science journalist, TV presenter and mentor Ranga Yogeshwar presented the "Top 100" award at the Deutsches Mittelstands-Summit (German Summit for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises) in Essen on June 26.

The innovative achievements of Fissler for which the company has been rewarded since 2011 are clearly reflected in its trend-setting products. These include, for example, the self-sharpening bionic knife and also the digital cooking assistant vitacontrol® digital: The latter is connected to a vitavit® pressure cooker via Bluetooth and permits state-of-the-art cooking as never before. Fissler is planning further products incorporating clever details and digital features which are designed to open up now opportunities for the end consumer: "We cannot reinvent the pot and the knife," declares Managing Director Markus H. Kepka. "But we can develop application enhancements and thus constantly improve tried and tested products in line with consumer wishes."

The company from Idar-Oberstein with its long tradition also qualified for the award as a top company because of its exemplary innovation management: "Our good ideas and their quick implementation are a decisive competitive factor in our favor," explains Mr. Kepka. "Consequently we invest a great deal of time and effort in our innovation management. We rely on the creativeness of all our employees. They deserve my thanks for winning the 'Top 100' award."

At the Deutsches Mittelstands-Summit the long-established company was recognized as one of the most innovative small to medium-sized German enterprises for the fifth time. Studies of the Vienna University of Economics and Business justify the award: Scientists evaluated innovation management and innovative success of small to medium-sized enterprises on the basis of over 100 parameters in five categories. Who is ultimately honored with the coveted "Top 100" seal is decided solely by the scientific management.

Innovative thinking is a major feature at the company – this is shown by Fissler's history: Even in the early days of the 170-year corporate history, Carl Philipp Fissler attracted attention with innovative product ideas. Cooking utensils such as the practical metal lunch pail made everyday life easier for many working people. It enabled them not only to transport their lunch safely, but also to heat it up quickly when needed. Numerous other products with great consumer benefit followed, including the first pressure cooker with a patented, multi-setting valve, and the first pan with a nonstick coating. Further inventions include the first stainless steel pot with stay-cool metal handles, and the cookstar all-stove base.

About “Top 100”
Since 1993 compamedia has awarded the "Top 100" seal for particular innovative strength and above-average innovative success to small and medium-sized enterprises. Since 2002 Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business has been Head of Science. The scientist is one of the world's leading experts for user innovation.
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About Fissler
The German family business Fissler was founded in 1845 by Carl Philipp Fissler in Idar-Oberstein. Today the brand stands for the pleasure of and passion for cooking. Fissler is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality cookware. The company employs around 800 people. Fissler's premium products are "Made in Germany" and the company is represented in over 80 countries. Fissler bears the seals of quality "TOP 50 German Luxury Companies" and "Top 100", the latter recognizing it as one of the most innovative companies among German small to medium-sized enterprises.



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