Press release

Special recognition for water purifiers from Winnenden

JUDO awarded as “Germany’s innovation leader”

The F.A.Z. Institute for Management, Market and Media Information has awarded JUDO Wasseraufbereitung GmbH the certificate “Germany’s innovation leader”. The family-owned company from Winnenden was able to convince with its outstanding innovative strength and innovation leadership.

A total of 33,000 companies with patent applications were examined in the study – only about 10 percent of them met the criteria. JUDO is one of the winners and thus belongs to the top group of innovative companies from Germany. “We are very pleased about the award and proud to be among the top innovators,” emphasize managing directors Kathrin Reggi-Dopslaff and Hartmut Dopslaff.

Shortly after its foundation in 1936, company founder Julius Dopslaff applied for his first patents. Today, JUDO can look back on numerous inventions which have a decisive influence on water treatment. Among other things, the company developed the “vaccination bee” in 1952, the first fine dosing device worldwide. The first protective filter followed ten years later, and in 1975 the backwashable protective filter – an innovation that continues to define the industry today. With the market launch of the first fully automatic softener in 2009, JUDO once again set standards on the international market. Also at this year’s ISH trade fair the company surprised the trade visitors. There JUDO gave a first insight into the future of softening with the presentation of the i-soft UNI softener. The specialist for water treatment thus proves exactly the innovative ability that the F.A.Z.-Institut is looking for.

The F.A.Z.-Institut, a subsidiary of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, commissioned the economic research institute Prognos AG with the study. The evaluation is based on data from the EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT), the European Parliament. This database contains over 100 million patents from all the world’s leading industrialised and developing countries. All patents of German companies registered within the last ten years were analysed. Decisive factors for the analysis were innovative strength and innovation leadership.

“We draw on the wealth of experience of our more than 80-year tradition to develop forward-looking solutions for the use of water in domestic and building services engineering and industry,” explains Christian Pantow, responsible for product management and standardization at JUDO. One topic that is currently clearly shaping the industry and also the latest developments at JUDO is digitisation. “The digital revolution is changing the way we look at things, it is leading to intelligent devices which, not least, help to improve energy efficiency and sustainability in many areas of everyday life at home”.
The topic of smart living, for example, has therefore long been on the agenda of water experts. “Solutions from the fields of “Smart Home”, “Smart Building” or IoT also open up completely new possibilities for water treatment – especially with regard to service and convenience for our customers”. For example, JUDO’s premium devices can already be conveniently operated via app or voice control.

Germany's innovation leader certificate

Picture 1: The F.A.Z. Institute for Management, Market and Media Information has awarded JUDO Wasseraufbereitung GmbH the certificate “Germany’s innovation leader”.

JUDO Management

Picture 2: The managing directors of JUDO, Kathrin Reggi-Dopslaff and Hartmut Dopslaff, are happy about the award.