"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.

Program of the past congress 2021 (PDF)

Attention, new date! The congress has been postponed to May 10 and 11, 2022.

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 will be announced on November 15, 2021 and honored at the conference on May 10-11, 2022 in Ludwigsburg. As usual, the conference will be 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, and Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl, institute director Fraunhofer IPA. TV host Kathrin Müller-Hohenstein will lead the gala evening on May 10, 2022.

Look forward to 5 companies being awarded 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


For the fifth time, our Startup Challenge will take place. Founder teams get the opportunity to pitch their solutions and ideas for production in front of the expert audience of the conference. At the end, the audience votes via app for the startup with the best solution.


May 10 and 11, 2022 in Ludwigsburg

Winners 2021

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Sponsors and exhibitors

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Participation details

Hotel contingents

Current Hygiene Concept 2G+

To ensure the safety of all participants and our staff, all events will be held according to the 2G+ principle until further notice. Only those who can prove that they have been vaccinated or have recovered in conjunction with an official identification document (ID card, passport or driver’s license) can be admitted to the event. In addition, a daily negative rapid test certificate must be carried or a rapid test must be carried out on site. For multi-day events, this is considered a daily requirement. Until further notice, the wearing of an FFP2 mask is mandatory. If the circumstances change, we will inform you in the “short advance letter”.


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Speakers 2022

Prof. Dr. -Ing.

Thomas Bauernhansl

Institutsleiter, Fraunhofer

Eckard Eberle

CEO Process Automation, Digital Industries, Siemens AG

Thorsten Fugel

Werksleiter, ABB AG, Werk Ratingen

Ralph Knecht

Managing Director, ERSA GmbH, Werk Wertheim


Marc Lakner

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

Sebastián Marchante

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


Holger Pitsch

Geschäftsführer Werk Würzburg, Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. Kommandit­gesellschaft, Würzburg

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

Günther Schuh

Geschäftsführender Direktor des Werkzeugmaschinenlabors WZL der RWTH Aachen, Direktor des Fraunhofer-Instituts für produktionstechnologie IPT, Direktor des Forschungsinstituts für Rationalisierung (FIR) an der RWTH Aachen

Thomas Spangler

Executive Vice President Operations, Brose Unternehmensgruppe


SV Veranstaltungen
Division Management

Franziska Blume

SV Veranstaltungen
Sponsorship & Trade Exhibitions

Alexandra Nämack

SV Veranstaltungen
Conference Management

Kathrin Schricker

The competition

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Advisory Board

Jörg Cwojdzinski

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

Katrin Fricke

Plant Manager, Diehl Controls, Wangen im Allgäu factory

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 Schmidt

VicePresidentOperations Strategy& CI at BL Transformers, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.

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






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