HIMA's Innovation Lab himalaya takes off

Founded a year ago, HIMA’s himalaya Innovation Lab is on course for expansion.

(Bruehl, Germany, 13th April, 2022)

HIMA launched the himalaya Innovation Lab in early 2021, dedicated to initiating projects with a focus on new and novel business models. After completing various successful projects, the independent provider of safety-related automation solutions is taking its next step into the future by expanding the Innovation Lab team.

With himalaya, HIMA strengthens its innovative power and invests in sustainable growth. Thanks to the autonomous lab, the topic of innovation has gained new prominence across the HIMA Group. Alongside product innovations, which are still developed at the headquarters, emphasis is placed here on business models and transformation projects that are jointly driven forward with customers.

The himalaya Innovation Lab is located in the Green Business Park in the Taylor area of Mannheim. Surrounded by other innovative companies and taking advantage of carefully designed creative and inspiring spaces, the team has an excellent working environment for implementing innovation projects in a state-of-the-art facility, enabled by technology to enhance collaboration.

"The positive start validates our choice as shareholders to establish an in-house incubator to strengthen innovation and open up new business areas," explains Steffen Philipp, Managing Partner of HIMA.

The slogan 'Exploration Rocks' describes the core of the new organizational unit: Innovative ideas are highlighted and evaluated over a short period of time, and only the best ones are pursued further. As a result, HIMA employees, customers and other innovative companies are encouraged to develop and evaluate new ideas in a structured process that takes six to eight weeks and employs cutting-edge methods and concepts.

"As an independent family-owned company with 800 employees, it is quite exceptional to maintain our own Innovation Lab. However, its success proves that this is the right path to boost our innovation pace even further" explains Jörg de la Motte, Managing Director (CEO) at HIMA.

Within a year, the agile himalaya team established an extensive innovation network and evaluated more than ten innovative digital solutions, some of which are now being implemented. Two of these innovative projects are digitally-connected business models that HIMA intends to explore further. Based on the successful results and growing demand, the team will be enlarged by two additional Innovation Managers and additional working students.

"We are very proud to have already completed so many projects with HIMA employees, customers, potential users, research partners and start-ups. Although our project pipeline is well stocked, we welcome any new ideas and are glad to provide support," says Knut Haberkant, Head of Innovation Lab.

More information: www.himalaya.rocks

Youtube-Clip: Paula rocks himalaya: https://youtu.be/p7_XmyjqJN4

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Picture 1: The himalaya team drives innovation. (f.l.t.r.) Felix Köhler, Dr. Leontin Grafmüller, Nico Walter, Knut Haberkant, Nadine Kern
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Picture 2: (f.l.t.r.) Jörg de la Motte (CEO at HIMA) und Dr. Alexander Horch (Vice President R&D at HIMA) congratulate the himalaya team on its 1-year anniversary.
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Picture 3: The individual design at himalaya creates an inspiring working environment.
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Picture 4: The individual design at himalaya creates an inspiring working environment.
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Picture 5: Paula, the himalaya ambassador, was developed as a 3D figure and made her first appearance in a 3D animated film describing the working methods of the Innovation Lab.

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