A culture of innovation for long-term success The Stabilus Innovation Race

Human beings have the capacity for creativity. How can this strength, lying dormant in the minds of every single employee, be harnessed in a more goal-oriented way? 

How can fresh ideas as well as designs based on years of expertise be integrated into a long-term strategy for growth? These questions are what drove us at Stabilus to launch the internal competition known as the Innovation Race.

f.l.t.r.: Dr. Alexander Reiser, Ulrich Probst, Vladimir Friesen, Philipp Spitzley, Dr. Hubert Pomin, Dr. Michael Büchsner

Clever minds, clever solution: unique temperature-compensating gas spring

More than 20% of Stabilus employees participated in the first round of our global challenge in 2019. The path to winning was a multi-step process: A jury first selected the top 15 ideas as part of an initial selection round. Coming out of a final evaluation round were six teams that qualified for finals. The ultimate winner was the team that won the judges over with their clever solution for compensation of the temperature-dependent forces of conventional gas springs.

The aftermath of the competition was equally thrilling:  The first orders for the temperature-compensating gas spring for use in the automotive industry have already been placed. Production is set to begin in 2023.