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Keller & Kalmbach awarded as TOP innovator

Family owned company is one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany 

Unterschleissheim, 22 June 2020: Keller & Kalmbach joins the ranks of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. On 19 June 2020, the Bavarian family owned enterprise from Unterschleissheim was officially awarded the TOP100 prize. This means that the specialist for fasteners and fastening technology is one of the TOP innovators in the 27th innovation competition in size class C (more than 200 employees). In the scientific selection process, around 120 test criteria were put under the microscope. Keller & Kalmbach was particularly convincing in the categories "Innovation-promoting top management" and "Innovative processes and organisation". 

"Keller & Kalmbach GmbH is consistently and consequently geared towards innovation. This is particularly evident in the design of innovation processes, i.e. in the organization of innovation,"confirms innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of the competition. Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, who acts as mentor of TOP100, finds it particularly important that innovative companies are given special visibility. He praises the fact that especially innovators sometimes see an opportunity in crises. 

On the way to becoming a global player and pioneer for C-parts management

In 1878 the cornerstone was laid by Keller & Kalmbach. Without entrepreneurial courage, a long-term corporate strategy and a continuous drive for progress, the company would probably have remained the small trading house for screws and blacksmith supplies it was at that time and probably disappeared from the market over time. Instead, today's family-owned company reinvented itself again and again and was thus also the first German screw wholesaler to supply the automotive industry with series production in 1962. "Innovations have always played a major role in our company and are, so to speak, our corporate engine," says Dr. Florian Seidl, CEO of Keller & Kalmbach. In 1987, the first kanban delivery to a major German technology leader marked the start of production supply. Since then, Keller & Kalmbach has invested repeatedly in the further development of C-parts management systems and today implements tailor-made logistics concepts in production and maintenance. Self-regulating solutions that meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 are increasingly being used. Today, the company is one of the leading suppliers to the industry in Europe and supplies industrial companies worldwide with a broad product portfolio covering all aspects of fasteners and fastening technology and MRO requirements. The company has also developed into a pioneer in C-parts management and places its special focus on intelligent logistics solutions to ensure a permanent supply of C-parts and to implement efficient processes. 

Keeping the future firmly in view 

Keller & Kalmbach develops innovations in the Enterprise Lab with Fraunhofer IML, among others. In the context of a learning factory, for example, new solutions and systems for the management of C-parts are brought to life and the entire supply chain for new technologies is examined in detail. "We are all the more pleased to have been awarded the TOP100 seal and thus to be able to count ourselves among Germany's innovation elite," says Seidl, who manages the company in the third generation with great passion. Automation and digitalization along the entire value-added chain as well as the networking of systems and other suppliers are just a few of the topics that Keller & Kalmbach is working intensively on in order to be prepared for future requirements. The company considers the optimization of running kanban systems to be essential and sees itself as a strategic partner and full service provider, often also acting as a sparring partner for customers. A new logistics solution from Keller & Kalmbach are MRO dispensers, which the company has named takeLOG®. They ensure an orderly and safe dispensing of tools and equipment of all kinds in the production environment. This avoids cost-intensive production line downtimes and guarantees material availability. The LISA information system, which has recently been developed extensively and uses real-time data as an instrument for managing, analyzing and optimizing kanban systems, enables customers to keep a close eye on their C parts. The platform is now equipped with an alarm system that automatically detects imminent supply bottlenecks. A variety of evaluation options at the touch of a button ensure that customers can count on transparency in the movement of their C-parts. "We are working intensively to develop solutions for our customers that take their C-parts logistics to a new level. It fills me with pride to see how committed our employees are to this. We continue to feel motivated to push ahead with our innovation strategy," says Seidl.

TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval for special innovative strength and above-average innovation success to medium-sized companies. Since 2002, the scientific direction has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is founder and chairman of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Mentor of TOP 100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W&V accompany the company comparison. More information is available at www.top100.de.


Keller & Kalmbach has been one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany since 19 June 2020.


Keller & Kalmbach, specialist for fasteners and fastening technology, is among the TOP innovators in the 27th innovation competition in size class C (more than 200 employees). 


Dr. Florian Seidl leads the family run business as CEO in the third generation and is delighted about the award as top innovator. 


Automated MRO goods dispensing systems extend the Keller & Kalmbach system family and ensure efficient management of C-parts in production. 


The LISA information system ensures transparency in the management of C-parts.