Success in TOP 100: ELATEC is one of the 2018 Innovation leaders

ÜBERLINGEN, Germany – For the 25th time the TOP 100 competition honors the most innovative German SMEs. This year ELATEC GmbH is counted among the ranks of these innovation leaders. The results are based on the analysis of the scientific leader of TOP 100, Prof. Dr. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. As mentor to TOP 100, Ranga Yogeshwar honored the Puchheim-based company together with Franke and compamedia on June 29, 2018, at the award ceremony in Ludwigsburg as a part of the fifth “Deutscher Mittelstands-Summit.” In the independent selection process, the company, which has around 90 employees and 14 locations worldwide, did particularly well in the category “Innovational Success.”

Those searching for clever technology for contactless identification can’t go wrong with ELATEC GmbH’s RFID products, solutions and services. The company’s primary areas of expertise are the development and sale of short-range contactless writer/reader modules (RFID, NFC, Bluetooth) and contact writer/reader modules (smartcards). ELATEC’s product portfolio is oriented toward customer value. At ELATEC you’ll find the optimum solution for all your needs – precisely meshed and from a single source. The systems are future-proof and integrate into a broad range of industrial applications – from secure printing and access control to point-of-sale systems and many more.

“Readers and transponders need to meet specific requirements for each situation. Our readers have the benefit that they support all internationally established RFID technologies and meet all vital requirements,” explained CEO Stefan Haertel. Thanks to the wide compatibility of ELATEC’s systems, the SME has become one of the world leaders in its branch and is a driver for innovative usage areas such as the wireless Internet of Things (IoT). From its headquarters in Puchheim, near Munich, and at 14 locations worldwide, the TOP 100 company and its approximately 90 employees work hard for further innovation. How well it is going can be seen in the numbers of the TOP-Innovator: In the past 5 years, the Bavarians’ revenue has multiplied many times over.

The Top 100 competition
Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the Top 100 seal of approval to SMEs with a particular ability to innovate and above-average success rates for innovations. Professor Nikolaus Franke has coordinated the project since 2002. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. The Top 100 is mentored by science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar and organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW). Media support for the company benchmarking competition is provided by manager magazine, impulse and W&V. Further information is available at