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Nomination for the Diesel Medal

PARAVAN among the 2020 nominees for Germany's oldest innovation award

We are pleased to be nominated for the Diesel Medal 2020 in the category "most sustainable innovation". On 3rd April 2020, the Institute for Inventions e.V. will award Germany's oldest innovation prize for the first time at the Technical University of Munich, under the new patronage of President Prof. Thomas Hofmann.

The nominees in the categories "Most Sustainable Innovation", "Most Successful Innovation", "Best Innovation Promotion" and "Best Media Communication" are PARAVAN GmbH, Schöck Bauteile GmbH, DRÄXLMAIER Group, OHB SE, GOLDBECK GmbH, Busch Vakuumpumpen und Systeme SE, Steinbeis Stiftung für Wirtschaftsförderung, TheoPrax Stiftung, experimenta gGmbH, Aktion Plagiarius e.V., republica GmbH and Terra X Lesch & Co.

Nominees in the category "Most Sustainable Innovation" are:

  • PARAVAN GmbH, based in Pfronstetten-Aichelau, Baden-Württemberg, for its handicapped accessible vehicles, digital steering and braking systems and wheelchairs, which are in demand worldwide.
  • Schöck Bauteile GmbH, an internationally active company in the construction supply industry, is a leading provider of thermal and sound insulation solutions. The company has made a lasting mark on the construction industry with its load-bearing thermal insulation element Schöck Isokorb®.
  • The family-owned company DRÄXLMAIER Group, worldwide operating automotive supplier, market leader in the premium segment of wiring systems as well as interior systems and inventor of the customer-specific wiring harness.

We would like to thank the German Institute for Inventions e.V. for the nomination as well as the prize winner of the previous year, Dr. Manfred Wittenstein, for the motivating congratulations. With the nomination we are pleased to be part of the unique history of the Diesel Medal in the German industry. This is a special recognition for us. The multi-redundant and road-approved gas, brake and steering system Space Drive - developed to enable people with significant physical disabilities to participate in road traffic in a self-determined manner - is also a key technology for autonomous driving in Level 4 & 5. It can be individually adapted to various safety-relevant automotive applications, from drive-by-wire solutions in vehicles for the disabled to the control of test and commercial vehicles. With our handicapped accessible vehicles and innovative wheelchairs, we are sustainably committed to the mobility of physically handicapped people.

About the Diesel Medal

The Diesel Medal, Germany's oldest innovation prize for economically successful, entrepreneurial innovation achievements, has been awarded since 1953 in memory of the innovator Rudolf Diesel. The Diesel Medal is awarded to individuals and institutions for special achievements in the field of invention and innovation culture. The Diesel Medal is awarded by the non-profit German Institute for Inventions (D.I.E. e.V.). The winners are selected by the Diesel Board of Trustees, which represents the industrial management elite with technical expertise in Germany. They are around sixty technology directors of world-leading, medium-sized technology companies, which together employ half a million people and achieve sales of over 100 billion euros.

The Diesel Medals will be awarded to the winners at a ceremony with invited guests on the 3rd April 2020 in the Audimax of the Technical University of Munich. This is also the first time that the Diesel Medal for the “Best Forward-looking Idea” has been awarded. This is a new award for the winners of the Open Innovation competition of the same name.

You can find out more about the Diesel Medal at

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