We are proud to be able to celebrate another major recognition for our 90th anniversary. Following the TOP 100 Award and the Plus-X-Award 2018, we have now been recognized with the German Brand Award.
An award for pioneering brand management
Ospa receives the coveted seal of quality for 2019 in the category of "Industry Excellence in Branding – Heating & Bathroom." The Rat für Formgebung ("Design Council"), initiated more than 60 years ago by the German Bundestag and known as the organizer of the renowned German Design Award, awards this prize to pioneering brands and brand creators – and in doing so, emphasizes the importance of brand management as a crucial success factor for companies.
Exceptional in five categories
Submissions are evaluated according to the criteria of independence and brand-typical features, brand conciseness, differentiation from competition and target group relevance. Brand management should consider aspects such as sustainability, innovation, continuity and future viability. Factors such as the design quality of the brand presence, the homogeneity of the brand experience and economic success also play a decisive role in the judging process.
Of 1250 submissions, a total of 24 companies received the coveted seal of quality in the category of Heating & Bathroom.
Innovations for 90 years
An independent jury of brand experts from a variety of disciplines is responsible for the decision to grant the German Brand Award. It is brand values that have made Ospa a market leader and a driver of innovation in the swimming pool industry: our Swabian, family-owned business has been creating wellness pools since 1929. In order to continually support its reputation as a top innovator in the swimming pool industry, the company invests a great deal into the development of new products and processes. The latest example is the Ospa TopSwim, the first all-in-one counter-current swimming system for all pools.
Thanks to innovation, sophisticated products, sustainability and exceptional quality, Ospa swimming pool technology was honored as the best brand of 2018 in the sanitary industry with the sought-after X Plus Award. In addition, three Ospa products were also recognized by the top-level jury with the Plus X Award for "Best Product of 2018." The Plus X Award represents a significant purchase recommendation for advancement that directly benefits the customer. It's the factor that makes life simpler, more convenient and is ecologically sensible.
The 15th innovation prize for products from the areas of technology, sports and lifestyle recognized the products Ospa BlueControl® IV Web, Ospa PowerSwim 3.5 and Ospa WellSwim in the categories of innovation, design, operating convenience and high quality.
"Just as with earlier recognitions, we not only feel very honored, but also validated and committed to continuing to develop future-oriented innovations for our market!" affirmed Michael Pauser, CEO of Ospa swimming pool technology. Innovations are the foundation of permanent success for companies – including Ospa.
The innovation of versatility
With the new Ospa WellSwim , Ospa presents a versatile water feature. It is a hybrid between a counter-current system and a massage station. The user decides themselves, by the touch of a finger, between a wellness massage and a comfortable counter-current swim. In addition to the functionality, the high Ospa quality of this new product was recognized in particular. Its exceptional design integrates harmoniously into any pool. It is a consistent overall concept that the Plus X Award takes into account with its recognitions.
Exceptional functionality, maximum operating convenience
Ospa BlueControl® 5 Web took home a total of 4 awards. Particularly in the areas of functionality and operating convenience, it surpassed other products. It controls and monitors all functions of the swimming pool, the water features as well as lighting and ventilation in an energy efficient manner. The new touch screen, with a modern design, makes operation more intuitive and comfortable than ever before. In addition, all functions can also be easily controlled via smart phone or tablet.
Best product of the year
Ospa PowerSwim 3.5 won in a total of 5 categories. It enables counter-current swimming in an entirely new dimension and converts any pool into a challenging swimming channel. With 6 individually adjustable training programs, the system offers something for everyone, from relaxed counter-current swimming to powerful, long-distance training.
For the 23rd time, the TOP 100 most innovative medium-sized German companies were recognized. For the second year in a row, Ospa Schwimmbadtechnik Pauser GmbH & & Co. KG is part of this innovative elite. The company from Mutlangen first participated in a challenging, scientific selection process. Innovation management and innovative success were examined. The mentor of the innovation competition, Ranga Yogeshwar, honored the top innovators during the Summit of German Mid-Sized Companies on June 24th in Essen.
The success of its innovative products was particularly decisive. Founded in 1929, the family-owned business provides private, hotel and therapy pools with clear and clean water with its water treatment systems. In doing so, the company employs energy-efficient technology and a particularly gentle water treatment process. This not only saves energy, but also prevents the usual chlorine odor. This approach pays off – and not only in Germany. More than 65,000 water treatment systems from Ospa are in operation around the world. The Top innovator is the only company in the industry to use completely in-house productions when building these systems.
In addition to the development of new products, the continuing development of existing offerings is a permanent component of the company's innovation strategy. "There is enormous potential in the products we have already successfully launched, which we continually reinterpret to the benefit of customers," explains CEO Michael Pauser. A number of products were improved by new ideas and considerations this year, as well. Further development of the Ospa Superfilter , for example, produced the new Ospa Filter SuperS , which produce improved filtration results with simultaneously reduced overall height. The Ospa BlueControl® IV Web swimming pool control was provided with new functions, adapted for future requirements. And the new Ospa BlueClear® disinfection systems provide for even more efficiency in water treatment.
"Good ideas and fast, customer-focused implementation play a crucial role for us in competition," said Ospa CEOs Stefan and Michael Pauser at the presentation of the award. "Continually adapting innovation management provides for continually new developments. We rely on the wealth of ideas from our dedicated employees. They are also owed our thanks for achieving the 'Top 100' award again this year."
This demonstrated innovative capacity has made Ospa into a leading manufacturer of treatment systems for swimming pool water. In private, hotel and therapy pools at home and abroad, more than 65,000 Ospa systems reliably perform their services - Ospa develops and produces all components for water treatment at the company headquarters in Mutlangen.
About Top 100
The companies were again evaluated by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team from the Department for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics. They polled more than 100 parameters in five evaluation categories: "Innovation-promoting top-level management," "Innovative climate," "Innovative processes and organization," "Innovation marketing/outward orientation" and "Innovative success."
The TOP 100 represent the pacesetters in their fields. This is documented by the evaluation numbers: the companies include 97 national market leaders and 32 world market leaders. On average, they most recently achieved 40 percent of their revenue with market innovations and product improvements which they brought to market before their competition. Their growth rate was 28 percentage points above the respective industry average. Together, the small and mid-sized businesses registered 2,292 national and international patents over the past three years. This innovative force is also reflected in jobs: The TOP 100 plan to hire about 9,500 new employees in the next three years.
The TOP 100 mentor, the science journalist and TV host Ranga Yogeshwar, is impressed by the quality of the companies and hopes for a signaling effect: "The way that the TOP 100 generate new ideas and develop them into pioneering products and services is remarkable, in the truest sense of the word. That's why I am glad that this award calls attention to these qualities. Hopefully their success will encourage other companies to do the same, because this culture of innovation will become more and more important for all companies in the future."
Small and mid-sized companies have been awarded the 'TOP 100' seal for special innovative strength and extraordinary innovative successes since 1993. The scientific leadership has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics, since 2002. The mentor of the TOP 100 is the science journalist and TV host Ranga Yogeshwar. The Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW are project partners. manager magazin supports the corporate comparison as a media partner. More information about the Top-100 seal can be found at www.top100.de.
Pinnacle celebration at the German Small and Medium-Sized Business Summit in Essen: On June 26th, Ospa management was presented with the "TOP 100" award, as one of the most innovative small and mid-sized German companies, by TV host Ranga Yogeshwar.
The 'Top 100' seal is probably the most well known and most coveted award given to German small and medium-sized companies. The award is based on a two-stage analysis developed by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team from the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics. Scientists examine the innovation management and innovative success of small and medium-sized companies based on more than 100 parameters from five categories.
Ospa's continuous and foresighted innovation work in particular impressed the jurors this year: since the company was founded in 1929, three generations have continually optimized water treatment and anticipated future needs, they concluded. It is precisely this demonstrated innovative capacity that has made Ospa into a leading manufacturer of treatment systems for swimming pool water. In private, hotel and therapy pools at home and abroad, more than 60,000 Ospa systems reliably perform their services, and Ospa develops and produces all components for water treatment at the company headquarters in Mutlangen.
"Our good ideas and their customer-focused implementation are crucial competitive factors for us," said Ospa CEOs Stefan and Michael Pauser at the award ceremony. "That's why we invest a lot of time and effort into our innovation management. We also rely on the wealth of ideas from our employees. They deserve our thanks for earning the 'Top 100' award."
The awarding of the seal is another success for Ospa, after the Ospa BlueControl® III Web and the Ospa PowerSwim 3 were already recognized with Plus X Awards as "The Best Product of the Year" in 2014.
TOP 100 - Ospa is Top Innovator 2015 - English certificate
In 2014, two products from Ospa were recognized with the Plus X Award. The 11th innovation prize for products from the fields of technology, sport and lifestyle recognized the Ospa BlueControl® III Web and the Ospa PowerSwim 3 as "Best Product of the Year" for the quality advancement in the respective product categories . It is a seal of quality that includes four award categories in each case.
"These awards don't just honor us, but also commit us to continuing to develop future-oriented innovations for our market!“ affirmed Michael Pauser, CEO of Ospa Schwimmbadtechnik. Innovations are the foundation of permanent success for companies – including Ospa.
One of the award-winning innovations from Ospa is the intelligent Ospa BlueControl® III Web measurement and control system. It precisely controls and monitors all functions of the swimming pool or whirlpool, saving energy while ensuring that all water parameters are always in the green. The new touch screen, with a modern design, makes operation more intuitive and comfortable than ever before. In addition, all functions can also be easily controlled via smart phone or tablet.
The Plus X Award represents a significant purchase recommendation for advancement that directly benefits the customer. It's the factor that makes life simpler, more convenient and is ecologically sensible. For example, in addition to the Ospa BlueControl® III Web , the especially powerful Ospa-PowerSwim 3 counter-current system was able to win over the top-class jury. It enables counter-current swimming in an entirely new dimension and converts any pool into a challenging swimming channel with 6 individually adjustable training programs. A top-rate athletic swimming experience, which has also been captured on film. More information on the video "The Duel" and the "Making of" the PowerSwim 3 can be found here!