In the Best Innovator competition 2007, sponsored by A. T. Kearney and Wirtschaftswoche magazine, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors was the overall winner in all five categories of innovation management.
This year's main focus was “Innovation management in the context of globalization”. The award ceremony will take place on November 15, 2007 as part of a festival event in Berlin.
With more than 3000 patents in the various aspects of optoelectronic semiconductors for illumination, sensing and visualization, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is one of the world's technology leaders. One of the outstanding developments from the Regensburg-based company is the super-bright OSTAR Lighting LED with a luminous flux of more than 1000 lumen. This light source is brighter than a 50 W halogen lamp and can be used above all in general lighting applications. Another innovation from the company is the world's smallest and first surface mountable high-power laser for cw mode. Only 2.5 millimeters high, dust-proof and powerful, this small laser can be used for example for traffic monitoring systems featuring license plate detection. For its powers of innovation OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has now received the Best Innovator 2007 award.
The criteria for the award were the principles that the management consultants A. T. Kearney identified as indicators of innovation management in successful companies, namely innovation strategy, organization and culture of innovation, the innovation process, supporting factors and innovation success. In all five categories OSRAM impressed the members of the jury – Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Detlef Leinberger, member of the board of the KfW banking group and Dagmar Wöhrl, German Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Technology.
Pioneer for new applications
“Today, light already makes many things possible, but in the future there will be applications that we can now only dream about”, said Dr. Bernhard Stapp, Vice President Technology and CTO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH. “We are developing the technologies for this future in an extremely dynamic environment. With our innovation management we are bringing customers, suppliers, science and engineering together so that we can pioneer new applications with high-performance opto-semiconductors”, said Stapp on the company's recipe for success.
Research and development is focused on future technologies such as lighting applications with organic light emitting diodes (OLED Lighting). The extensive semiconductor product portfolio of OSRAM includes high-power LEDs in various white tones and every desired color, high-performance infrared LEDs, high-quality optoelectronic detectors and high-power semiconductor lasers.