"In 2021, outstanding companies will once again show how they are continuously developing, using the latest technologies and approaches, and thus strengthening their competitive position." This is the conclusion drawn by Dr. Marc Lakner, Partner Strategic Operations European Lead, Kearney on this year's competition.

Congress Program 2022 (PDF)

Companies have learned their lessons from Covid-19, the container crisis and the chip shortage. They are now accessing information in a much more targeted way that they didn’t use before in order to remain competitive despite raw material shortages and supply issues.

The winners were announced on November 15, 2021 and honored at the conference on May 10-11, 2022 in Ludwigsburg and online.

As usual, the conference was moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh, director of the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, as well as by Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl, institute director Fraunhofer IPA. TV host Kathrin Müller-Hohenstein was leading the gala evening on May 10, 2022.

Awards were given to 5 companies in the following categories:.

  • Factory of the Year
  • Global Excellence in Operations- GEO-AWARD
  • Safeguarding locations through digitization
  • Excellent Site Development
  • Excellence in series production


Additionally, our  well-known Startup Challenge took place for the fifth time. Founder teams got the opportunity to pitch their solutions and ideas for production in front of the expert audience of the conference. At the end, the audience voted via app for the startup with the best solution.


February 28 and March 1, 2023 in Ludwigsburg, Germany

Winners 2021

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Hotel contingents

Current Hygiene Concept

Due to the impact of the Corona pandemic, we will decide individually until further notice whether a face-to-face or a digital event is possible. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will decide based on official recommendations. We will proactively inform participants, speakers and partners. For the protection of all parties involved, we ask all participants for our face-to-face events to perform a certified daily antigen rapid test that is not older than 24 hours. In addition, we recommend wearing an FFP2 mask on site indoors.


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Speakers 2022

Prof. Dr. -Ing.

Thomas Bauernhansl

Institute Director, Fraunhofer

Sabrina Bouchenak

Manager, Kearney

Eckard Eberle

CEO Process Automation, Digital Industries, Siemens AG

Thorsten Fugel

Plant Manager, ABB AG, Werk Ratingen

Michael Gensicke

Technical Plant Manager and Managing Director, Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH

Bernd Kaufer

Managing Director Coburg plant, Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG, Coburg

Manfred Kirchberger

Head of Global Manufacturing Excellence, Siemens AG

Katharina Klein

Sustainability Manager, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Ralph Knecht

CEO & Managing Director, Kurtz Ersa


Marc Lakner

Partner & Managing Director, Co-Leiter Operations Practice Europa, Kearney

Sebastián Marchante

Factory Director, Beiersdorf Manufacturing Tres Cantos S.L, Madrid, Spanien

Daniel Stengel

Director & Project Lead “Factory of the Year”, Kearney

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.

Günther Schuh

Executive Director of the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen University, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Director of the Research Institute for Rationalization (FIR) at RWTH Aachen University.

Markus Vejvar

Manager, Kearney


Philip Wessely

Partner, Kearney

Michael Wiesinger

Head of Production Technology Würzburg Factory, Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG, Würzburg


Sabrina Zellmer

Head of Division, Fraunhofer-Institut für Schicht- und Oberflächentechnik IST


SV Veranstaltungen
Division Management

Franziska Blume

SV Veranstaltungen
Sponsorship & Trade Exhibitions

Alexandra Nämack

SV Veranstaltungen
Conference Management

Kathrin Schricker

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Advisory Board

Jörg Cwojdzinski

Vice President Supply Chain Management, ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG, München

Katrin Fricke

Director Corporate Strategy and Digitalization, Diehl AKO Stiftung & Co. KG

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Evi Hartmann

Chair of Supply Chain Management at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Nuremberg

Johann Kraus

Senior Vice President Production, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, München

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Uwe Loos

Former CEO of FAG Kugelfischer AG, Schweinfurt, and DEKRA AG, Stuttgart

Roman Löw

Former automotive company plant manager and managing board member, currently working as a consultant, coach and interim manager for major industrial companies

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.

Reimund Neugebauer

President of the Fraunhofer Society, Munich

Heinrich Nottbohm

Former manager of the Chemnitz Engine Plant, Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH

Torsten Ratzmann

CEO of egeplastinternational GmbH


Bernd C. Schmidt

Vice President Operations Strategy & CI at BU Transformers, Hitachi Energy

Prof. Dr.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.

Günther Schuh

Director of the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Peter Wiedemann

CTO, Rational AG