Dürr Application Technology is the world’s leading supplier of painting robots and application systems, especially for the automobile industry. Dr. Hans Schumacher, Business Unit Head, commented: “We pursue a holistic approach to complexity management that takes the entire value chain into account. We place great importance on transparency, communication, and involving all relevant functions – from the internal departments through to suppliers and logistics partners. In this way we achieve a high level of effectivity also with high business volumes and broad variant diversity.”
The other Top Five companies awarded by the University of St. Gallen for their complexity management are BMW, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Procter&Gamble, and the measuring and process engineering specialist Endress+Hauser. There were no individual rankings within the Top Five.
The Successful Practice benchmarking is an initiative of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen. The Institute seeks a closer link between research and practice as a means of furthering companies’ competitive strength. The University of St. Gallen is one of the leading business schools in the German-speaking area.