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Presentation of 17th Heinz Dürr Innovation Award


Bietigheim-Bissingen, April 27, 2018 – Dürr has presented the Heinz Dürr Innovation Award for the 17th time. This year, patron and Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Heinz Dürr, once again presented the innovation award for outstanding achievements by employee teams. Five of the 18 applicant teams won the coveted prize.

By presenting the award, Dürr recognizes innovative employee contributions to the company's competitiveness. This year's winners included a Schenck team that has developed a solution for the automatic unbalance correction of passenger car wheels. Another prize was given for HOMAG's intelliGuide software, which enables even untrained production staff to operate panel dividing saws. Also developed by a HOMAG team is an automated process for destacking wood panels. In the field of automotive painting, one of the Heinz Dürr Innovation Awards was presented to the developers of the EcoRP E043i robot, whose flexible hips make it almost as mobile as a human. Another paint systems innovation is the EcoDocu system for digital technical documentation. It displays production information on the PC or tablet in any language required.

Each of the five winning teams receives € 7,500 in prize money and is introduced, along with its innovation, in a short video lasting around 2.5 minutes.

All videos can be found on our website:

Video on automatic unbalance correction
Video on intelliGuide
Video on automatic destacking of wood panels
Video on Ecopaint robot with seven axes
Video on EcoDocu


The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms with extensive expertise in automation and digitization/Industry 4.0. Products, systems and services offered by the Group enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Dürr supplies sectors like the automotive industry, the mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and the woodworking industry. The company has 92 business locations in 31 countries. The Group generated sales of € 3.72 billion in 2017. Dürr has around 15,000 employees and operates in the market with five divisions:

  • Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paint shops and final assembly systems for the automotive industry
  • Application Technology: robot technologies for the automated application of paint, sealants and adhesives
  • Clean Technology Systems: exhaust-air purification systems and energy efficiency technology
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing equipment as well as assembly, testing and filling technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and equipment for the woodworking industry

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