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Inspiring employees for innovation, excellence, and sustainability

Since 2003, Heraeus has been honoring employees and teams with outstanding ideas creating products, improving processes, or solving critical problems for customers.

For the annual Heraeus Awards, employees can submit innovative products and projects in five categories reflecting different topics and life cycle stages along the value chain. In addition to its own research and development, Heraeus awards open innovation approaches and projects that address market challenges, sustainability goals or commercial and administrative performance.

The Heraeus Group is a broadly diversified and globally leading technology and family-owned company. Customers benefit from innovative technologies and solutions. This requires bold thinking, a commitment to excellence and a relentless focus on innovation.

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Heraeus Awards 2022 - Start of the 20th anniversary year

"Our employees are the engine of innovation and excellence. We want to recognize and celebrate the passion and achievements of our teams," said André Kobelt, COO and member of the Heraeus Group Executive Board as well as patron of the Heraeus Awards.

Heraeus employees and teams from 15 countries submitted almost 100 projects for the Heraeus Awards 2022. The presentation of the awards was celebrated in a worldwide broadcast via live stream. More than 1,000 employees followed the exciting presentations of the finalists and had the opportunity to vote for their favorite alongside a jury of experts.

During this year's award ceremony, however, not only were the participating teams and their achievements honored, but the year of the Heraeus Awards' 20th anniversary was also heralded.

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The five award categories at a glance

Early-Stage Award

Turning ideas into reality: The Early-stage Award recognizes the ability to develop an idea with potential and take it from the research lab to the market.

Scale-Up Award

Establish in the market: This category honors teams that have built their idea from concept stage to a successful and growing business. 

Impact Award

Making a difference: With the Impact Awards, Heraeus honors the work of employees and project teams who have found new ways to improve existing products, services, or processes. The winning projects have proven to be financially successful and sustainable. 

Sustainability Award

Creating value: With the Sustainability Award, Heraeus honors projects, business models and products, but also strategic initiatives that create and maximize social, environmental and economic value for customers, partner companies and also for Heraeus itself. 

Focus Award

Respond quickly: This category focuses on changing topics and initiatives that address current issues and requirements. These can be topics such as administrative or commercial excellence or the rapid adaptation to new market requirements.