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Successful participation in the innovation competition · Ranga Yogeshwar congratulates the company in June.
Active Fiber Systems GmbH (AFS) from Jena has convinced with its innovation qualities and therefore received the TOP 100 seal 2023. Only particularly innovative medium-sized companies receive this award. On June 23, science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar will personally congratulate AFS on this success at the award ceremony in Augsburg. Yogeshwar accompanies the TOP 100 innovation competition as a mentor.
The competition is based on a scientific selection process. On behalf of compamedia, the organizer of the comparison, innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and his team examined Active Fiber Systems GmbH based on more than 100 criteria from five categories: Innovation-promoting top management, innovation climate, innovative processes and organization, external orientation/open innovation and innovation success. Of particular importance is whether a company’s innovations are just a random product or are systematically planned and thus repeatable in the future (further information on the test criteria can be found at www.top100.de/pruefkriterien).
Active Fiber Systems GmbH is based in the field of laser technology. The company has made a name for itself in the field of ultrashort pulse lasers in particular. AFS is a technology leader in high-power femtosecond laser systems. »Our employees have pushed the boundaries of what is possible in an impressive way over the last fourteen years,« says CTO Dr. Tino Eidam. »Our solutions range from compact laser sources to highly complex laser beamlines with multiple output ports.« All of AFS‹ high-power laser systems are based entirely on fiber amplifier technology developed in Jena and are currently delighting customers in the scientific sector in particular. Since January 2022, the company has been part of the Trumpf Group, making it one of the most important and innovative machine builders in Europe. Expansion into the industrial market is therefore imminent.
To ensure that all applicants have equal opportunities, the seal is awarded in three size categories: up to 50, 51 to 200 and more than 200 employees. In the anniversary year of TOP 100 – the current round is already the 30th edition of the innovation competition – interest was particularly high: 550 SMEs applied, 300 of them were successful and now bear the TOP 100 seal. A maximum of 100 companies per size category can be honored.
»TOP 100 is about the question of how important the innovation goal is within the company,« says Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, scientific director of the competition. »Do routines and habits dominate, or is the company capable of questioning the existing, thinking creatively and in new ways, and successfully implementing them on the market? We analyze this ability using more than 100 test criteria,« he explains.
On June 23, all the top innovators of 2023 will come together in Augsburg for the award ceremony at the German SME Summit. There, Ranga Yogeshwar will personally congratulate them on their success in TOP 100.
TOP 100: the competition
Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval to medium-sized companies for special innovative strength and above-average innovation success. Since 2002, scientific management has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. With 26 research awards and over 200 publications, he is one of the leading innovation researchers internationally. The mentor of TOP 100 is science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW association of small and medium-sized enterprises. The magazines manager magazin and impulse accompany the company comparison as media partners, ZEIT für Unternehmer is a cooperation partner. More information and registration under www.top100.de.
More information as well as general graphical material on the TOP 100 competition can be found on the Internet at www.top100.de/presse or by sending an e‑mail to ed.aidemapmoc@esserp.
Active Fiber Systems GmbH is based in Jena, the »city of photonics« in Germany. Active Fiber Systems GmbH (AFS) is a technology leader for high power femtosecond laser systems. Over the past decade, our employees have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Our solutions range from compact options to complex high power femtosecond laser beamlines with multiple output ports. All of our high-power laser systems are based entirely on fiber amplifier technology developed in Jena, Germany.
For more information about AFS, please visit: www.afs-jena.de