Culture of Innovation


Schaeffler and its product brands INA, FAG and LuK have always been characterised by a spirit of invention and the resulting innovations. And that has not changed: Schaeffler still regularly sets standards with its inventions, hands out prizes such as the well-known "Innovation Award" – and regularly receives awards. This covers pure product innovation as well as numerous awards for quality management.

Global Quality Award 2012 from Nissan
Global Quality Award 2012 from Nissan

Most recently, Schaeffler was recognised by Nissan in the form of the "Global Quality Award" for its excellent performance as a supplier and service partner. The annual Nissan "Global Supplier Award" is used by the company to recognise its strategic suppliers in key areas such as punctual delivery, quality, innovation, sustainability, cost structures, social responsibility and customer satisfaction. Schaeffler was honoured principally for its good cooperation and communication as well as for the component production quality of engine components and dual mass flywheels.

PACE Award 2012 in the category
PACE Award 2012 in the category "Product"

In addition, Schaeffler again received the well-known PACE Award in the category "Product" in 2012. This is given for innovations in the automotive industry that are assessed as "game changers" due to their considerable influence in the market. The international jury was won over by the world's first electrohydraulic fully variable valve control system UniAir, which gives reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Schaeffler has already received this award three times and has been nominated six times.

Innovation Award 2011 for young scientists
Innovation Award 2011 for young scientists

As a leader in innovation, we see ourselves as a motor for knowledge, knowledge transfer and development of potential. For this reason, we give the Innovation Award for outstanding scientific work and special school projects – in order to find the brightest brains and enthuse young people at an early stage for engineering and sciences.


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