The Ten Finalists of the ‘Hessen-Champions 2015’ Competition

The Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Regional Development and the Union of Hessen Trade Associations* will recognize outstanding business success in the categories of Global Market Leaders, Job Creators, and Innovation for the 15th time this year. Seventy companies entered the competition, and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the ten finalists.


Finalists in the Global Market Leaders category

DE-CIX Management GmbH, Frankfurt am Main
DE-CIX is the world’s leading operator of fail-safe and scalable platforms for the exchange of data traffic over the Internet. Data throughput of more than four terabits per second makes DE-CIX Frankfurt the world’s leading Internet exchange point. Over 700 Internet service providers from 60 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and North America use DE-CIX to handle a large amount of their Internet traffic. The company had a global market share of eight percent in 2014 with 130 competitors.

GESIPA Blindniettechnik GmbH, Mörfelden-Walldorf
Founded in 1955, GESIPA® has developed into a leading international company for blind rivet technology. GESIPA® offers comprehensive solution expertise from a single source and an innovative complete system consisting of a joining element, riveting tool, and joining method. The company has 600 employees based at eight production facilities throughout the world, including three in Germany. Eight subsidiaries and more than 40 agencies abroad are responsible for international sales. GESIPA® had a global market share of 95 percent in 2014.

JUMO GmbH & Co. KG, Fulda
The JUMO Group employs over 2,200 people all over the world and is one of the leading manufacturers in the field of industrial sensor and automation technology. JUMO products are used in industry areas such as heating and air conditioning, food and beverage, and water and wastewater. The Group encompasses five branches in Germany, 24 subsidiaries abroad, and more than 40 agencies around the world. JUMO generated turnover of €221 million in 2014. The company has a global market share of 75 percent.


Finalists in the Job Creators category

Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH, Bickenbach
‘Sensible for People and the Earth’: This vision inspires Alnatura to develop organic products and operate its own organic supermarkets. The current range of brands includes over 1,200 foods, which are available in 100 dedicated stores in Germany and Switzerland, the Alnatura online store, and in around 5,400 trade partner stores in 14 countries. Götz Rehn established Alnatura in 1984 and continues to act as CEO and sole shareholder. Alnatura employs 2,300 people, including 700 in Hessen. The company has created around 500 new jobs since 2013.

EDAG Engineering GmbH, Wiesbaden
EDAG is a startup from the 1970s that has now become the largest independent development partner of the international automotive industry. The company employs a total of 7,600 people, including 1,600 in Hessen. The company trains 220 young apprentices every year, all of whom are subsequently employed by EDAG. EDAG has created around 1,300 jobs since 2013 alone, including over 320 in Hessen.

Laetus GmbH, Bensheim
Laetus is the leading global provider of innovative quality and security inspection systems and complete track-and-trace solutions for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, medical technology, and FMCG industries. The company is a member of the privately owned Coesia Group with over 6,000 employees. Laetus GmbH currently employs around 200 people and has created close to 60 jobs over the past two years.

SAMSON AG, Frankfurt am Main
SAMSON AG has successfully developed innovative measurement and control technologies for over 100 years. Over 1,600 employees work at the company’s headquarters in Frankfurt. SAMSON develops, manufactures, and markets high-grade and reliable devices and systems for process plants. Customer proximity and flexibility are the key success factors for the SME. SAMSON AG employs over 4,200 people, including 1,690 in Hessen. The company has created around 200 jobs around the world since the beginning of 2013.


Finalists in the Innovation category

Sensitec GmbH & Co. KG, Lahnau
Sensitec GmbH was founded in Lahnau near Wetzlar in 1999 and has been part of the Körber Group since April 2013. Sensitec is a leading global provider of high-quality and innovative magnetic sensor solutions used to measure positions, distances, angles, magnetic fields, and electric currents. The main industrial customers include industrial automation, the automotive sector, medical technology, the aerospace industry, drive technology, and the renewable energies sector. Sensitec has developed innovative sensor technology, based on the tunnel magnetoresistive (TMR) effect that sets new standards for energy efficiency.

Texmer GmbH & Co. KG, Fulda
Texmer GmbH & Co. KG has been a reliable partner of the textile industry for over 30 years and supplies spare parts for machines of nearly all manufacturers. Texmer has also attained a leading global position in the production of special creels. The company now supplies bobbin creels for all windable materials that can be drawn off both tangentially and overhead. Continuous further development and new technologies have put Texmer in a position to meet customer requirements, from construction right through to initial operation. The company’s contact-free thread tensioning control is an absolute innovation. This makes it possible to manufacture components that are more cost-effective, sturdier, and lighter than during production with other wire tighteners. The product is an entirely proprietary development. Texmer has already sold over 5,500 units around the world. Customers are primarily from the fields of aerospace industry, automotive construction, and mechanical engineering.

Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Allendorf (Eder)
The Viessmann Group is a leading international manufacturer of heating, industrial, and refrigeration systems. Founded in 1917, the family company employs 11,500 people and the Group’s turnover is €2.2 million. With 22 production divisions in 11 countries, sales subsidiaries and representative offices in 74 countries, and 120 sales offices around the world, Viessmann is an internationally orientated company. Some 56 percent of sales are generated abroad. Viessmann ’s Vitovalor 300-P is the first mass-produced fuel cell heating appliance in Europe. It impresses consumers with its compact design, installation that is no more complex than installing a compact gas-fired condensing boiler, and its low maintenance requirements.


The ‘Hessen-Champions 2015’are:

  • JUMO GmbH & Co. KG
  • EDAG Engineering GmbH
  • TEXMER GmbH & Co. KG


The ‘Hessen-Champions’ Competition
The Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Regional Development and the Union of Hessen Trade Associations* is responsible for holding the competition with support from the  Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Hessen mbH (MBG H) which has been a cooperative partner since 2011. Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI) is responsible for organizing the competition. All companies headquartered in Hessen are eligible to enter into the Global Market Leaders, Job Creators, and Innovation categories. A renowned jury of business, political, and media experts will select the winners. Every year, the winners are honored in front of 1,000 guests invited to Hessen Entrepreneur Day.

www.hessen-champions.de (in German only)


*(VhU Vereinigung hessischer Unternehmerverbände)

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