AP&S: TOP 100 innovator 2018
This year AP&S International GmbH belongs to the TOP 100 innovation leaders of German SMEs. This is the result of the analysis, carried out by the scientific director of the TOP 100 competition, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his top-class jury. The TOP 100 project’s mentor Ranga Yogeshwar (a well-known radio and television presenter in Germany) honored the company together with Franke and compamedia (the organizer of the competition) on June 29, 2018 at the awards ceremony in Ludwigsburg, Germany. TOP 100 has been on the market for 25 years and is the only competition for innovation management in Germany. In the independent selection process, AP&S was particularly successful in the categories "Innovation Success" and "Innovative Processes and Organization", and thus positions itself as one of the most innovative companies in the market.
On Monday, 2nd July the success was celebrated at the company headquarters in Donaueschingen-Aasen. In the context of the 15th company anniversary celebration with 100 invited guests from politics, business and local organizations, the management announced the joyful news about the TOP 100 award. The official program included a review of the company history, a company tour with several information points on current topics such as human resources development and augmented reality / IoT as well as a visit to the production hall.
"The semiconductor industry, in which we operate, is one of the most dynamic and progressive in the world. The continuous development is a basic prerequisite for the success in this field. In recent years, strategically important investments and processes have been made at AP&S.” explains CEO of AP&S Alexandra Laufer-Müller. "The results of these actions are significant competitive advantages in the market and have now led us to success in the TOP 100 competition.”
To meet the extremely high requirements on the purity of the products in the semiconductor industry, the company recently invested in a ultra-high purity water system. The outcome: advantages for AP&S customers e.g. no long-term rinsing and cleaning process at the semiconductor fab is necessary anymore, tools can be much faster qualified and defect density requirements for production output can be achieved much faster. In regard to the digital transformation AP&S is well positioned too. Through taking a shareholding in the software company tepcon GmbH, AP&S has expanded its expertise in software, connectivity and IoT, which are playing an increasingly significant role in mechanical engineering, machine maintenance and control.
"It is incredibly fascinating how the TOP 100 companies address challenges. With their creativity, determination and courage they create what we as a society need: innovative solutions to problems and, as a consequence, prosperity, growth and employment", says the scientific director of TOP 100, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, on the occasion of the honoring of the companies. More information about the TOP 100 competition can be found here: https://www.top100-germany.com/