Excellence in Production

Welcome to the "Excellence in Production" website for the "Tool-Maker of the Year" competition, which has been redesigned to mark the competition’s tenth anniversary.

"Excellence in Production" is the annual competition held by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT to find the best tool-maker in the German-speaking world.

The competition has become well-established in the tool and die making industry – in 2019, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will be looking for the 16th "Tool-Maker of the Year".

The overall winner of the "Tool-Maker of the Year" competition is awarded a trophy

The overall winner of the "Tool-Maker of the Year" competition is awarded a trophy

Your tool and die making or fixtures building department or company has the opportunity to participate in the "Excellence in Production" competition. This is an anonymous and free way of comparing yourself to your competitors, and of discovering more about your strengths and room for improvement along the way.

Experts from the WZL of the RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer IPT will visit and analyze the best companies in four categories. The winners in each category as well as the overall winner of the "Tool-Maker of the Year" award will be named at a festive award ceremony.

Find out more about registration, participation, the competition process, the organizers and the history of the "Excellence in Production" competition.