WAGNER has been awarded the “Innovative through Research” seal by the Stifterverband on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This is awarded to companies that participate in the survey on research and development. The aim is to obtain a picture of the German research and innovation system in the business sector. Despite the pandemic, WAGNER has been able to significantly increase its spendings on the department.
Graduate engineer Florence Daniault, Head of Innovation & Knowledge at WAGNER Group GmbH, explains the background: “Research & Development (R&D) is one of the drivers of our company. With our permanent R&D activity, we contribute to WAGNER having a secure future.” The graduate engineer has been working at WAGNER for more than 30 years, developing software and setting up the patent department in the company. Florence Daniault takes care of patents and standards in addition to the topic of innovations. She has witnessed the company’s development from a small company to a larger medium-sized enterprise and knows the importance of constantly developing and rethinking solutions.
Since research and development are important drivers of the German economy, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Development (BMBF) has had companies surveyed every two years since 2014 via the Stifterverband on how much money and creative energy they invest in R&D. The data collected is used as part of reporting by the German government, the EU and OECD and serves as a determinant for the direction of German research and funding policy.
“The pandemic didn’t stop us, and so we now employ significantly more people in R&D than we did two years ago,” Florence Daniault reports on the development at WAGNER. While in 2019 there were 42 employees, in 2021 there were 58 employees. “Our total R&D investment has also increased by around 40% over the same period,” says the engineer. “This means we are making an important contribution to achieving our targets as part of our corporate strategy WAGNER.2026.”