The history of the competition

The "Excellence in Production" competition was established on November 18, 2003 by representatives from the fields of science and media and celebrated it’s tenth anniversary in 2013.

Our aims

The goal of the competition was and is to strengthen the public perception of the tool-making industry – even though tool-making has a crucial influence on the productivity of the German manufacturing industry, no one really seems to take note of it. The competition was also intended as a forum for learning from the best in the business – so that all participants could become more competitive. Many important trade associations, industrial and media companies and personalities from the fields of industry and research have lent their support over the years.

New categorizations

The first major change to the competition was introduced in 2012 – its 9th year – when the organizers redefined the existing categories. The categories divide applicants according to the number of employees – the new limit was 50 and had previously been set at 100.

The new categorization was a reaction to the characteristics of smaller companies in terms of their use of planning systems in controlling, operational organization and customer acquisition. The categories still differentiated between internal tool-making departments and independent external tool-making companies.

New Contest mode

Since 2017 the contest will be divided into two phases. To evaluate the companies’ performance in the first phase, the participating tool shops are invited to answer several key questions in a questionnaire. Following up the participants will receive an indicator analysis, which gives a first classification of the company’s situation in the market and a clear comparison to other competitors. In close connection to the first phase the companies are asked to answer the outstanding questions of the questionnaire in the second phase.

To be part of the contest it is necessary to fill out both phases of the questionaire.