The "Factory of the Year" is one of the most prestigious industrial competitions in Europe. The winners of the current benchmark competition will be honored at the congress in March 2020. The current competition round is already closed. The winners will be announced in fall. The application deadline for the Startup Challenge runs until the end of September.

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Startup Challenge: Call for ideas!



Past winners

Apply now for the Startup Challenge!

Pitch your idea for the industry of tomorrow at Europe’s largest conference for production.

Important information on the Factory of the Year competition

Process and deadlines




Winners 2018

More than 2,000 factories have taken part in this benchmark competition since its inception in 1992. Here are 2018’s winners.

You could win an award in any of these categories

There are seven main categories, plus a special “Best Startup” category

Factory of the Year 2018

GEO Award

Excellent Big Series Assembly

Excellent Small Series Assembly

Excellent Production Network

Excellent Location Safeguarding by Digitalization

Excellent Location Development

Best Startup Category

This year’s Startup Challenge is the third of its kind. Further information and the application can be found here.

Best Startup