There is probably no other medium-sized company in Germany that has been honoured as often as PARAVAN. But no other company has such wonderful customers. For they have made us what we are; passionate Swabian innovators with social commitment and great success. Since the company was established in 1998, we have been presented every year with important awards that are always both an honour and commitment at the same time. Incidentally, the prize money always flows back directly into research and development. Here is a selection from recent years.
RESEARCH & APPLIED ENGINEERING AWARD 2015 presented to Roland Arnold
Roland Arnold, founder and CEO of PARAVAN GmbH, was awarded with the first prize for outstanding services in research and applied engineering at the ADED Annual Conference 2015 in Louisville / Kentucky for the development of the first street-legal drive-by-wire system with triple redundancy called SPACE DRIVE II.
This system allows disabled people to drive a car i.e. with a joystick (driven more than 120 million kilometers on public roads). Besides this, SPACE DRIVE II is the basis for autonomous driving, so the top-class jury with renowned scientists and economists.
The award was presented to Rolf Gramenske and Gregory Long, prepresentatives of PARAVAN GmbH.
German Entrepreneurs' Award 2012
At the OpernTurm in Frankfurt Roland Arnold, the founder and managing partner of Paravan GmbH, the world leader for perfectly adapted mobility solutions for the disabled, was presented with first prize in the German Entrepreneurs' Award in the category Social Business.
Before an audience which included the renowned Professor John R. Wells from American elite university Harvard, Arnold impressed listeners with his description of the company's strategic focus and the work carried out by its charitable foundation, the Roland & Martina Arnold PARAVAN-Stiftung. The decision of the high-calibre 35-strong panel to award first place to the firm was prompted by its strategies and economic approach: Paravan mobility park is gradually extending its portfolio with patented in-house developments and now boasts a unique "single source" product range ensuring absolute freedom for people whose movement is restricted. One special highlight was the social commitment shown by the Roland & Martina Arnold PARAVAN-Stiftung which is passionate about offering support to families with disabled children who are in need.
At the prize-giving ceremony, Arnold was not only presented with a winner's certificate and a trophy but was also offered the unique opportunity to attend a top-flight management seminar at Harvard University in Boston, USA. At the same time, Paravan's boss will have access to the exclusive network of Harvard alumni and leading figures from business, culture and science all over the world.
"I am delighted about this high-ranking award. It is wonderful confirmation of our work aimed at ensuring the mobility of disabled people over recent years – both for me and my staff. The next step is to maintain this success, living up to our motto: A personalised service wins out. He who stops being better stops being good." was the comment from Arnold.
The German Entrepreneurs' Award set up by the Harvard Clubs of Germany is one of the most prestigious awards for owner-operated SMEs and is only handed out every two years. The aim of this prize is to pay tribute to firms who act as an example to others and to foster public recognition of free enterprise. The initiators are partnered here by the leading Swiss bank UBS, the Dutch Triple A-rated Rabobank, Lufthansa, Harvard Business Manager and the internationally successful companies of the Conteam Group, Dorma and Goldbeck.
Based on the presentations made by the companies, the panel selected two finalists for each of the four award categories from a total of 21 firms. Belonging to many different branches of industry, all had fought off strong competition to reach the finals. Roland Arnold was then named as the winner of the 2012 German Entrepreneurs' Award in the category of Social Business.
GERMAN INDUSTRY AWARD 2012
At the "Night of Innovation" held at the world-famous Hanover trade fair, PARAVAN's Managing Director Roland Arnold was presented with the German Industry Award in the category of Automotive by Prof. Bruno O. Braun, President of the Association of German Engineers (VDI). The new, triple-redundant "Space Drive 2" driving system was singled out by the high-ranking 30-strong judging panel from over 500 applications.
Equipped with numerous new features, the evolutionary joystick steering collection from the PARAVAN mobility park offers the disabled absolute, unrestricted mobility with triple the safety. "The future of the automobile depends to a significant degree on the sophisticated technology used for disability vehicles. The patented innovations of the visionary Roland Arnold already open up an entirely new concept for vehicle interiors", remarked Professor Spiegelberg of the top technical university, TU München.No steering column, steering wheel or dashboard. But with a joystick, display and flat screen instead. This makes it possible to build smaller, more environmentally-friendly and more energy-efficient cars with more room inside and greater comfort. In addition, only environmentally-compatible materials are used in production: this even goes as far as designer water-based paintwork.A look into the next decade – leading scientists even see the "Space Drive" as paving the way for vehicle design in the next 20 years. The so-called PlayStation Generation, who grew up with games consoles, find a joystick easier and safer to use than a steering wheel and pedals. Since the introduction of the German Industry Award in 2006, there have never been so many applications as in this year. This meant that selecting the winner was no mean feat for the independent panel of judges, made up of university professors and well-known journalists from the trade press. Last Monday evening was the date chosen for the ceremony at the world's leading trade fair for cutting-edge technology in the capital of Lower Saxony: And the winner for the "Industry's Best", is……. Roland Arnold and the PARAVAN Innovation Team
News channel n-tv awards SME prize: PARAVAN mobility park is the "Hidden Champion 2012" in the category "Social Responsibility"!
In the framework of Global Business Week the SME prize "Hidden Champion" in the category "Social Responsibility" was awarded to PARAVAN's MD Roland Arnold by the n-tv news channel at a ceremony held at the Steigenberger Hotel in Frankfurt am Main. The high-calibre judging panel and board of trustees made up of figures from the worlds of business, media and society were won over by the corporate philosophy shared by all employees: to offer disabled people a new quality of life by supplying a full range of evolutionary mobility products. Arnold's mobility park beat off another 100 successful companies to win the category of Social Responsibility thanks to the social commitment the firm has shown. The decision in terms of responsibility towards society was clinched by the "Roland & Martina Arnold PARAVAN-Stiftung", which is committed to supporting families with disabled children who are in need. The award went to Otto Bock GmbH, the overall winner with its 6000 employees.
"It wasn't an easy decision", said the praising speaker, Hans J.M. Manteuffel at the prize-giving ceremony on Thursday evening, as there was very little to choose between the finalists. "Roland Arnold is however passionate about his objective of making life enjoyable for people with impaired mobility", emphasised the publisher of the Czerwensky intern business information service.
"I am delighted that tribute has been paid in this form to our innovations and the support we offer people all round the world whose movement is restricted. This proves that we – and with this I mean my entire PARAVAN team – are on the right track. I should like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this success and also congratulate Otto Bock GmbH on being the overall winner", commented Roland Arnold after the prize-giving ceremony.
n-tv's "Hidden Champion" prize for SMEs has been awarded since 2011 under the patronage of Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs. The categories of the award are Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Brand, Generational Transition and Overall Winner. The cooperation partners are the Maleki Group and the UBS Group.
"The SME sector is inextricably linked to the economic success of a country", emphasised Hans Demmel, the organiser and CEO of n-tv. Thanks to their sound judgement, the people heading up such firms have managed to skilfully steer their companies through every crisis and take responsibility for their workforce. Good corporate management is put into practice here on a daily basis.
Coming hard on the heels of the German Industry Award and the Bavarian State Prize, "Hidden Champion 2012" is the third award this successful company has notched up this year.
Excellence TOP-Rating 2012
Excellence TOP Rating – PARAVAN received the RATING "1" from the world-famous, internationally recognized ratings agency, Hoppenstedt. This means that PARAVAN is one of the few companies in Germany that managed to reproduce 2011's outstanding result in 2012. The company was thus presented with this coveted award for the second time running.