Patents made in Baden-Württemberg


Baden-Württemberg is the region with the greatest innovative power. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office in Stuttgart, drawing on data from the European Statistical Office Eurostat, which it evaluated according to six innovation criteria. Based on one million inhabitants, inventors from Baden-Württemberg file five times more patents to the European Patent Office than the average of all 27 EU countries.

According to statistics Baden-Württemberg owes its pole position to investment in research and development, the key significance of research-intensive industrial sectors and inventive genius. Large companies like Bosch, Dürr or Siemens contribute their share, but the small and medium-sized businesses are the true pride of the region. Dorfmüller Solaranlagen GmbH from Kernen in Remstal, for instance, a pioneering photovoltaic company, cooperated with the Centre of Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) to present an inverter for fuel cells. The company was honoured with the German Industry Award for Innovation for this innovative achievement. Its Balingen partner company specialises in sun-generated energy; their ”miniClever” DS product line can simply be deployed on a garage or carport roof. Connected to an electricity outlet inside, it produces domestic power for both the garage and home. Inventiveness has a long tradition in the southwest: because the state has few natural raw materials, from the dawn of the Industrial Age its inhabitants were obliged to rely on their own skills and ingenuity. And, necessity being the mother of invention, the people of the states of Baden and Württemberg invented their way to success. The country that calls itself the cradle of bicycles, cars and airships has become the traditional site of a manufacturing industry with a strong export focus and prestigious names like MANN+HUMMEL, Eberspächer or Balluff.

The success story of the power drill


Power drills are indispensable today in the trade and D.I.Y. sector. C. & E. FEIN GmbH laid the foundation stone for the rapid development of the world‘s first power tool.

The story began in 1895 with a ground-breaking idea: two FEIN mechanics were instructed to drill a large number of holes by hand. In order to save time they mounted the mechanical chuck on the shaft of a small electric motor ‚Äì thus devising the very first electric drill. The oldest son of the company founder, Emil Fein, recognised the market potential of this improvisation, and developed the world‘s first electric hand drill. It weighed 7.5 kilograms, was held in two hands, and had a drilling capacity of four millimetres in steel. A race to build better, lighter, safer, more powerful models ensued between competitors. FEIN had a major hand in shaping this development.

However Fein‘s Swabian inventiveness goes back much further. The company‘s success was driven by the ambition of the company founder Wilhelm Emil Fein. He founded the company in 1867, establishing it in the innovative electrical engineering industry of the day. Many of the electrical engineering pioneer‘s inventions came from his factory – like the first electric fire detector or the first portable telephone. In 1908 Emil Fein decided to focus the company‘s activities fully on building power tools for trade and industry.

The traditional family-owned company is still inspired by an inventive spirit. Over 145 years old and headquartered in Bargau near Schwäbisch Gmünd, the company is an internationally successful premium manufacturer that develops and produces professional, exceptionally reliable power tools for continuous heavy duty operation in trade and industry.