Innovative through research
Boasting around 3,000 members from German industry, this charitable association is committed to an efficient science system.
"There are 3.5 million companies in Germany, and less than one percent of them undertake research – an extremely important group", according to an association statement. The "Stifterverband" therefore pays tribute to researching companies with the research seal of approval "for the special responsibility which they accept for the state and society".
A number of engineers and technicians are employed at Bischof + Klein. They are constantly developing innovative packaging and film solutions for industrial and consumer goods as well as technical films for new applications. In particular, B+K Lengerich offers unique development options since all processes for manufacturing flexible packaging are bundled under one roof here. The company is also able to exploit long-term collaborations with universities and offers students the opportunity to undertake project work for their bachelor or master degrees. Focus is placed on sustainable film and packaging solutions that are individually tailored to the products to be protected and which make sparing use of resources and can be produced with the greatest possible energy efficiency at the same time. Numerous utility models and patents protect the results of successful research and development projects concerning packaging solutions, special equipment or manufacturing processes.
The "Stifterverband" is one of the biggest private sponsors of science in Germany. In addition to its commitment to academic trainees, education and research, it has the task of scrutinising and assessing the German research and innovation system. How much is industry investing in research and development (R&D) in Germany? What impact is this having on the country's future viability? These are the central questions of the "R&D survey" which the association undertakes each year on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
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