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Celebrating a great award
In October 2013, Deputy Managing Director Reiner Dietsche accepted the "Grosser Preis (Grand Prize) for Medium-sized Companies" awarded by the Oskar-Patzelt Foundation. In the Baden-Wuerttemberg region, IKA took first place in the 'Industry' category. More than 4000 companies were nominated – they are not permitted to nominate themselves. The jury took into account all aspects of the workplace and training, modernisation and innovation, commitment within the region as well as service, customer proximity and marketing.
German Design Council selects UTTD control for a "special mention"
The IKA disperser "Ultra Turrax Tube Drive control" (UTTD control) was awarded a special prize in February 2014. In the competition for the "German Design Award 2014" it was selected for a "special mention". This acknowledges pieces of work whose designs display particularly successful features or solutions. Applications cannot be submitted for consideration for German Design Awards; products are nominated by the German Design Council. In 2012 the UTTD control received the red dot award.
First prize for many hands
More than 200 medium-sized companies from Baden-Württemberg applied for the award for social responsibility - and IKA took first place. Our project “HANDS For Children” thrilled the jury. Congratulations to the IKA retirees who raised money through voluntary work, which goes to the benefit of needy children and young people alike. For example, proceeds from this charity have been used to build schools in Ethiopia as well as provided for better infrastructure for in a Peruvian Andes village.
At the TOP for the second time
For the second time in a row, IKA is among the most innovative “Top 100” of the German medium-sized companies. An impressive confirmation for our forward-looking company with a long tradition of excellence! The scientific judge of the competition, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, who holds the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, praised the award winners by saying that they are extremely creative, innovative and professionally led companies.
Red dot design award – produkt design 2013
Another Red dot
The most sought-after red dot, namely the “red dot” for product design, was awarded for the Tube Mill control and the laboratory reactor LR 1000 - which means that not only are these products being exhibited online at red-dot.de, but also in the “red dot design museum” in Essen, which receives roughly 200,000 visitors a year.
As always, the competition was tough: This year, a total of 1,865 producers, designers and architects from 54 countries introduced 4,662 works. The jury evaluated them according to strict criteria focused on innovation, function and ecological compatibility. Our latest red dot award in product design proves that, once again, our sophisticated and innovative designs are setting international standards.
Two steps toward the podium
Another acknowledgment for our Design Center came from the Design Council. This internationally leading center for excellence in design nominated the Eurostar 40 digital agitator, the T 10 basic and T 25 dispersers as well as the UTTD for the “German Design Award”. The special thing about this award is that you cannot apply for it; the jury honors the best products amongst those awarded.
Good news also came from the Oskar Patzelt Foundation which awards the “Grand Prix for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises”: IKA has reached the jury stage of the competition. The place we achieve will be decided in October of this year.
Grand Prix of medium-sized businesses
IKA Works emerged as one of 24 finalists in the competition for "Grand Prix of medium-sized businesses in Germany, 2012". Almost 3,600 companies were nominated. In the second stage of the competition, the finalists prevailed against more than 1,800 favorites to reach the jury shortlist.
In this competition, being chosen as a finalist from thousands of participants confirms the level of commitment that IKA hasin all areas of its’ business practices.
No company can apply for this award by themselves. Each company must be nominated by a third party, and. approximately one in a thousand companies were nominated.
The criteria for this competition included such factors as the overall development of the company, the creation and securing of jobs, innovation and modernization, community service, customer service levels and marketing-related endeavors.
The „TOP 100“ award went to IKA in 2012 as one of the 100 most innovative mid-sized companies in Germany. These award-winning companies showed excellent inventive talent, exemplary innovation processes and demonstrated the ability to successfully bridge the gap from idea to market success.
The participating companies were scrutinised by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
ACHEMA Innovation Award
At the ACHEMA 2012 tradeshow, the new Tube Mill control made it into the shortlist of ACHEMA award’s on its’ first attempt.
The Tube Mill control is a world premiere that was unveiled to the public for the first time during the ACHEMA tradeshow. The Tube Mill control is the world’s first batch mill with disposable grinding chambers. This innovation enables mass screening to be performed under reproducible, cross-contamination free conditions.
Red dot design award – product design 2012
In April 2012, a total of five IKA products were distinguished with the globally coveted Red dot design award: Product design 2012.
After an evaluation process that occurs over several days, the coveted design awards were presented by an academic jury consisting of 30 members from the “Design Zentrum” of North Rhine-Westphalia. Among other things, this jury evaluated products based on their degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, intuitiveness as well as their overall symbolic and emotional content. In keeping with IKA® tradition, high standards were applied to each of these design winners. Thus, IKA not only displays an exceptionally creative design quality, but also understands that design is an integral part of producing innovative product solutions. Awards were presented to:
ULTRA-TURRAX Tube Drive control (UTTD): The IKA UTTD control system is a unique, patented and universal dispersion system that utilzes disposable, chemically-resistant sealable sample vessels. Infectious, toxic or odoriferous sample materials can be safely processed when using this system.
EUROSTAR 40 digital and Eurostar 200 control: IKA has further developed its agitation technology and presents the first agitator with a cable-free control unit. In addition, these units also feature flexible stirring with improved safety functions.
T 10 basic and T 25 digital: The technology and overall function of these disperser units has been revised to for a more enhanced, user-friendly experience.