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Honored as Top 100 Innovator at the German middle class summit

— Ranga Yogeshwar honors SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH on the occasion of its success in the TOP 100 innovation competition. The award ceremony as part of the German SME Summit took place on Friday evening, June 24, 2022, in Frankfurt am Main for all SMEs that were awarded the TOP 100 seal at the beginning of the year. Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar accompanied the innovation competition, which was held for the 29th time, as a mentor.

Top 100 honor by science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar

Dr.-Ing. Ilko Rahneberg (Technical Director, SIOS) and Dr. Denis Dontsov (Managing Director, SIOS) accepts the TOP 100 award from science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar on behalf of the entire SIOS team // Photo: KD Busch / compamedia

Without the innovative spirit of the founding fathers and the entrepreneurial risk they took in the early years, SIOS would not be what it is today: a TOP 100 innovator. SIOS is proud to have preserved and continued the innovative spirit of the company founders - which is impressively proven by the repeated award as TOP 100-Innovator.
Many SIOS products still benefit from the ideas of the early days, but all of them are subject to constant further development. When it comes to solving current measurement tasks, SIOS can draw on its many years of technical expertise. The new development of standard devices, but especially the realization of customer-specific projects in the OEM area as well as the construction of individual single measuring systems requires a high innovation effort. It is therefore not surprising that 28 percent of the workforce is employed in the development department, and that SIOS thus has a comparatively large number of developers on its staff. 

The basis of all innovation activities is the close cooperation of all company divisions. This is the only way to successfully transfer applied science to marketable products, including their manufacture in SIOS' own industrial production. From the very beginning, the essential idea is how the innovative edge gained can be shared with many customers.

“The know-how of my 43 employees starts where others resign. We also accept the orders that are too demanding for other companies in the industry,” reports Managing Director Dr. Denis Dontsov. “Most of the time, we solve very specific customer problems that require an extremely high level of consulting. “ *
“However, during the Corona period,” continues Dr. Dontsov, “both the management and our staff had to show great flexibility and willingness to change. The main issue here was how we could maintain or even further optimize business operations despite all the restrictions, for example, with the help of new communication channels, through modern agile processes, modified target group approaches and the like. That is why our special thanks at this point go to the actual innovators - our SIOS employees. They have managed to combine childcare, homeschooling, shifting working hours, home office, research, development, production and customer orientation every day anew.”

The entire SIOS team is delighted about the appreciation in the form of the awarded TOP 100 seal.

“The award as a Top 100 Innovator makes us proud and confirms once again that we are on the right track with our striving for the highest accuracy. We are looking forward to the challenges of the future and are sure that innovative strength will continue to be one of the most important success factors of SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH,” says Denis Dontsov.


*Excerpt from the TOP 100 company portrait. Click here for the complete portrait:

Congratulations TOP 100 Innovator 2022

Thuringia's Minister for Economy, Science and Digital Society Wolfgang Tiefensee congratulates the SIOS team on their success via video message.

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Once again, SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH has proven that it is one of the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. With the renewed inclusion in the renowned ranking of the top 100 most innovative medium-sized companies, the now 30-year history of your company experiences a further highlight.

As a leading manufacturer of technologically extremely sophisticated and precise measuring systems, innovative developments and manufacturing have always been part of the corporate DNA of SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH. This is reflected not least in the strong connection to science, which your Ilmenau-based company has lived on from the ground up to this day, and on which your high-quality products are based.

I am extremely pleased to be able to congratulate you on behalf of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Southern Thuringia on this award for your company, especially because it is bestowed on very few Thuringian companies.

For the future development of SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH, I wish you and your team all the best and much success, and I look forward to working with one of the most innovative companies in our region.

Dr. Ralf Pieterwas
Chief Executive Officer of the IHK Südthüringen


Greeting, PDF document

"I congratulate SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH on the well-deserved award as TOP100 Company of the Year 2022. With this award, an Ilmenau company once again joins the ranks of Germany's best innovators. As a hidden champion, SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH exemplifies the development of technology-oriented medium-sized businesses in Ilmenau. I wish SIOS much success for its further development."

Dr. Daniel Schultheiß
Lord Mayor of the City of Ilmenau