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Culture of Innovation


A proactive culture of innovation includes the continuous expansion of knowledge and regular exchanges of information. Schaeffler supports its research through initiatives and events such as the "Innovation Days", the "Schaeffler Symposium" and the "Forum of Inspiration".

Open Inspiration

Open Inspiration

The global changes in industry and society are opening up a multitude of possibilities for helping to shape the future by means of innovative solutions. Working together closely, in some cases beyond the boundaries of market fields and sectors, represents enormous potential in this respect. In keeping with the corporate mantra "Together We Move The World", Schaeffler has brought into being a new series of events in order to create a hothouse environment for such innovations. "Open Inspiration" offers a framework for the exchange of ideas and challenges, for inspiring each other and for gaining a view of the "bigger picture".

Innovation Days

With the Innovation Days for the Industrial Division, we have created an international technology and networking platform for customers. Every two years, the Innovation Days offer more than a hundred participants from both home and abroad an opportunity for the exchange of technical information – as well as receiving guidance from Schaeffler experts and attending exclusive papers and podium discussions on forward-looking trends in technology and markets. Due to substantial interest, we have now expanded the concept of the Innovation Days beyond Germany to include international events which take place in Italy, Brazil and China.

Forum of Inspiration

Our employee’s need to exchange knowledge and experiences on a regular basis was what led us to establish the Forum of Inspiration. The first event was held in Bühl in 2006. The extremely positive response from engineers, technicians, and other visitors to the event meant that it soon became a firmly established platform of exchange within the company. Since then, the Forum has provided an annual opportunity for all specialist departments from Germany and abroad to present their ideas and products and thus to initiate exchanges across locations and departmental boundaries. Opinions are exchanged on a wide range of topics, including new manufacturing processes, future working methods, and suggested solutions for the mobility of tomorrow. According to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Gutzmer, CTO of Schaeffler AG, a company’s technological leadership begins in the minds of each and every one of its employees.

Ideas are developed and evaluated by visitors in the Arena of Inspiration, with the Inspiration Award going to the best idea.

Schaeffler Symposium

Every four years, we also the Schaeffler Automotive Symposium for our customers, with up to 600 participants. This presents the latest developments and products from Schaeffler that contribute to the mobility of future generations – such as innovations for reducing emissions and fuel consumption or for alternative drive technologies. In addition, keynote presentations give valuable insights into the most important trends relating to transport and mobility. All contributions are subsequently combined in a conference proceedings publication.

Schaeffler demonstrator vehicle System 48V
One of the highlights displayed during the Symposium in Baden-Baden was the Schaeffler demonstrator vehicle System 48V.
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