Distinguished personalities of German mid-sized companies are honored for their outstanding innovation strength and performance in this yearly contest.
The renowned prize “Entrepreneur Of The Year” aimed at distinguishing leadership excellence in mid-sized German companies was awarded in its 19th edition. Dr. Ralf Köster was chosen as winner of the category “industry”. Since 2004, Dr. Ralf Köster manages the global BARTEC Group, headquartered in Bad Mergentheim, as CEO. In awarding the price, the jury particularly recognized Dr. Ralf Köster’s exemplary commitment, entrepreneurial vision as well as the motivation to succeed as a team. This clearly marks a strong contribution to the innovation strength and competitiveness of the German business environment.
“I feel honored in receiving this distinction which I would like to share with the whole company – our employees, management teams and shareholders. Our joint effort was a key driver of the BARTEC Group’s dynamic growth, its emergence as Global Player and its positioning as one of the most innovative mid-sized German companies”, Dr. Ralf Köster points out. “A clear focus on customer requirements and solution providing, consistent internationalization and efficient organizational structures in light of increasingly complex market environments were important preconditions for becoming a world market leader in explosion protection.”
The distinguished leaders received their awards at a gala event in the German Historical Museum, Berlin, at which prominent guests from the worlds of business, science, politics and media participated. An independent jury of experienced business and science personalities selected the finalists in a multi-stage selection process. The most important decision criteria included innovation strength, vision and potential for the future, sustainability of company development, responsibility for employees and broader society as well as personal engagement of the entrepreneur.
BARTEC is a world-leading provider of explosion protection. The specialists at BARTEC Group develop innovative products and solutions preventing explosions wherever hazardous substances such as flammable liquids, gases and dust could occur to ensure the safety of both people and the environment. The main customers of the global corporate group include the oil and gas industry as well as chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical companies from all around the world. The comprehensive product portfolio ranges from complex measurement and analysis technology via innovative heating technology solutions to explosion-proof components and systems for automation, control and communication. In order to offer international customers comprehensive services on-site, BARTEC operates worldwide with an international network consisting of 14 production sites, own sales units in over 35 countries and around 50 sales partners.