Coburg entrepreneur receives the ERNST BLICKLE AWARD


Martin A. Kapp has received the 100,000-euro ERNST BLICKLE AWARD from the SEW-EURODRIVE Foundation. The Board of the Foundation recognized the special accomplishments of Mr. Kapp during a ceremony at Bruchsal Castle. He is now the 18th recipient of the research prize, which was first awarded in 1991.

Professor Klocke (left) honors Martin A. Kapp (right)
Professor Klocke (left) honors Martin A. Kapp (right)
Professor Klocke (left) honors Martin A. Kapp (right)

Successful research work and the courage to implement visionary ideas can no longer be taken for granted in our fast-moving world. However, every two years, the SEW-EURODRIVE Foundation presents the ERNST BLICKLE AWARD to exactly the kinds of people who do precisely this. The award shines the spotlight on individual achievements, but in and of itself represents only a relatively modest level of recognition.

Martin Kapp is an exemplary representative of small and medium sized companies in the manufacturing industry. He shows how continuous innovation can develop outstanding market positions and successfully maintain them in international competition. The corporate principles he has shaped are based on reliability, contract compliance and respectful interaction. With his high level of personal involvement in associations and institutions such as the Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders' Association, VDW) and the Sector Association Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems in the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Organization), as a member of the board of Forschungsvereinigung Antriebstechnik (FVA, Research Association for Drive Technology), as chairman of the VDW and member of the board of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) and the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO), of which he was president, Martin Kapp has made contributions to the development of the manufacturing industry and applied sciences that go far beyond the boundaries of his own company.

Use of the award money

Award winners are always free to use the money as they see fit – either for research purposes or for a personal cause.

This is what Mr. Kapp will do. In his acceptance speech, he said the money would be used to support people with autistic abilities. He feels industry could benefit greatly from the skills of these very special people. He is convinced that autistic people are capable of much more than they are given credit for.

Recipients of the Student Award with the Board of the Foundation
Recipients of the Student Award with the Board of the Foundation

Student Awards

Twenty-three students were also awarded prizes by the SEW-EURODRIVE Foundation for their bachelor and master theses.

The Student Award is presented annually to master’s and bachelor’s candidates in the fields of:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Business studies

The candidates are required to perform to a high standard, including submitting an excellent thesis in an appropriate timeframe. The Board of the Foundation work with the institutions to choose the candidates.

It is not possible to apply for the Student Award, which comes with 2,500 euros in prize money.