List of 3 Hidden Champions in Thuringia

List of 3 Hidden Champions in Thuringia

Thuringia is considered the “green center of Germany”, but with Eisenach, Gera and the city triangle of Jena-Weimar-Erfurt, it has also always had important industrial locations. (Not only) here you can find many a hidden champion like these three: The presented companies belong to the largest companies in Thuringia.

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1. asphericon GmbH, Jena: no current sales data available

asphericon in Jena specializes in the development, automated production and distribution of aspherical lenses and free-form surfaces for optical applications. The company was founded in 2001 by Sven Kiontke, Alexander Zschäbitz and Thomas Kursche. The two subsidiaries ASPHERICON INC. in Sarasota (Florida, USA) and asphericon s.r.o. in Liberec (Czech Republic) also belong to asphericon. The company employs 175 people. asphericon is regarded worldwide as a specialist for aspherical optical systems.

2. NIDEC GPM GmbH, Auengrund: 323 million euros in sales

NIDEC GPM GmbH is part of the AMEC division of the Japanese NIDEC Corporation. As a technology group, NIDEC has focused on the manufacture of electric motors and other electrical and electronic equipment. NIDEC GPM GmbH is one of the leading German and European development and system suppliers for water pumps, oil pumps and pump modules. Main customers are car manufacturers, but also producers of agricultural and construction machinery. The history of the company began in 1939 as “Karl Schmidt Präzisions-Flugteile”. In 1949 the company started with the production of water pumps. In the GDR, the company operated as “VEB GPM”. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the company was reprivatized and merged with the NIDEC Group in 2015. The company has around 1,000 employees.

3. TRUMPF Medizin Systeme GmbH + Co. KG, Saalfeld/Saale: 176 million euros in sales

Operating tables, surgical lights and ceiling supply units for operating rooms – that is the business model of TRUMPF Medizin Systeme. The company emerged from the former Zeiss plant in Saalfeld, whose origins date back to 1923. TRUMPF Medical Systems has two locations in Saalfeld and Puchheim (Bavaria) and employs over 500 people. Since 2014, the company has been 100 percent owned by the Hill-Rom Group, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois/USA. Hill-Rom is a US medical technology manufacturer that is active in various fields. Among other things, it produces patient beds, lifting and transport solutions for patients, solutions for clinical workflow and systems for patient monitoring.

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