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NIDEC GPM named innovation champion

This was the company's convincing argument in the 27th round of the TOP 100 innovation competition. NIDEC GPM will officially be among the TOP 100 as of June 19 in 2020. In the scientific selection process, the company in the C size category (more than 200 employees) impressed particularly with its innovation success. NIDEC GPM is among the top innovators for the fourth time.

Electromobility is one of the major topics of the future in the automotive industry: sustainable, low-consumption drive concepts are to save emissions and energy. Not only engines contribute to this, but also individual components such as the electric pump for battery temperature control and engine cooling in NIDEC GPM.

Research and development has always been a high priority for the four-time TOP 100 company. One in ten of the 1,000 employees works in this field. And with great success: the medium-sized company has already registered 150 patents. Thüringen is a technology leader in mechanical water pumps that can be controlled and switched. The top innovator is now striving for this pioneering role with its electric main water pump, which is the only one on the entire market based on the so-called glanded pump concept. Here, the pump's motor runs in the air, i.e. "in the dry". The process is extremely low-friction and reduces energy consumption by up to 3 percent compared with electric pumps whose motors are based on the glandless principle. In order to be able to produce this innovation in large quantities, NIDEC GPM converted its production and automated it with robot technology.

By the way, good ideas pay off not only for the company: Employees receive rewards for patent proposals and bonuses when the idea is turned into a series product, such as the electric main water pump.

TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval for special innovative strength and above-average innovation success to medium-sized companies. Since 2002 the scientific management has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is founder and chairman of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Mentor of TOP 100 is the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W&V accompany the company comparison. More information is available at

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Shaping the future with the electric water pump.

Our latest creation proves that the demanding objectives of our research and development work are having an effect. Our electric water pump combines a mechanical water pump from NGPM and an electric motor from NIDEC Motors & Actuators.

So far, the automotive industry has mainly used electric wet-runner water pumps.

However, we have identified significant advantages in the dry-running concept in terms of size, weight and performance. Our new family of dry-runner water pumps combines all these advantages. In addition, the coolant flow can be fully variable regulated. The family consists of three types: a small supplementary water pump, a large supplementary water pump and a main water pump.

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80 years NIDEC GPM

NIDEC GPM was founded in 1939 and began manufacturing pumps in 1949. We have been working on advanced pump technologies for 80 years and have been developing them continuously. Thanks to the innovative results, our products make a valuable contribution to reducing CO2 and saving fuel – combined with incomparably good reliability.

The merger with the NIDEC Group in 2015 enabled us to combine our outstanding know-how in the field of pumps with NIDEC's excellent capabilities in the field of electric motors. This opened up new perspectives because we were already a leader in the market for mechanical, switchable and variable-speed pump systems. As part of the NIDEC Automotive Motor & Electronic Control Business Unit, we have taken another leap forward and can offer thermal management solutions for all drive systems – regardless of the renewable source.

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NIDEC GPM is among Germany‘s innovation leaders.

On behalf of the F.A.Z.-Institut, Prognos analyzed the patent applications of 33,000 companies operating in Germany for the study "Germany's Leader in Innovation". Not only was the number of patents evaluated, but also their relevance. NIDEC GPM belongs to the top group of innovative companies in Germany!

This analysis is based on the patenting activities of companies and research institutions. Patents provide a more far-reaching insight into the research activities of companies and research institutions than any other data source can provide. They provide a unique, highly differentiated picture of the nature and technological field of innovation and its inventors. Last but not least, it should be borne in mind that the field of industrial research and development is often subject to strict secrecy. In many cases, patents are the only publicly available source of a detailed description of companies' research and development activities.

Innovation leaders are specific companies and research institutions. They can be characterised by two central characteristics:
-They are highly innovative.
-Their innovations significantly influence the corresponding field of innovation.

They lead the innovation competition. The innovativeness and leadership of companies in Germany are measured by two metrics that are well established in the literature:

-Leadership - how strongly does an invention influence other inventions? For each patent family we count the number of citations by other patent families, the so-called forward citations. The more often a patent family has to be cited by other patent families, the more strongly this invention influences and thus leads.

-Novelty/innovativity of the invention - to what extent can an invention differ from previous inventions? We count here how often a patent family cites other patent families - the so-called backward citations. The less often a patent family has to cite other patent families, the newer and more innovative the invention. These two metrics form the core of the identification of German innovation leaders.


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