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Awards

Thank you, dear customers!
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.

List of exclusive awards in recent years in temporary form:

2013

Gold medal "Ruban d'Honneur" in 2013 European Business Awards in Istanbul

For the third time running, a TOP rating of 1. Awarded by the international ratings agency, Hoppenstedt.

The PARAVAN mobility park was awarded the automotive industry's prestigious 'Oscar', the "GELBEN ENGEL" (YELLOW ANGEL) of the ADAC automobile club at the Church of All Saints of the Munich Residenz.

2012
1st prize – GERMAN ENTERPRENEURS' AWARD, presented by Harvard Clubs of Germany at Frankfurt's OpernTurm. A major tribute from the world-famous elite university of Harvard in Boston, USA.

National Champion in the EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARD, presented at the British Embassy in Berlin

Silver in the Querdenker (Lateral Thinker) Award, presented at BMW Welt in Munich

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

Publisher "Deutsche Standards" under Dr. Langenscheidt recognises PARAVAN as a BRAND at the Frankfurter Innovationszentrum – inclusion in the register of German brands, DEUTSCHE MARKENLEXIKON.

1st prize -FRENCH INNOVATION PRIZE Autonomic Paris

2nd prize – STRATEGY PRIZE awarded by the German association Strategieforum

1st prize -n-tv award for SMEs, "HIDDEN CHAMPION" Category: Social Responsibility

1st prize -GERMAN INDUSTRY AWARD Category: Automotive.
Presented by the President of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Prof. Bruno O. Braun

1st prize – BAVARIAN STATE PRIZE. Awarded by Herrmann Lück, Department Director of the Bavarian State Ministry

2011
"OSCAR" WINNER AND 1st prize "Grand SME Prize"

1st
prize -"INNOVATION AWARD OF GERMAN INDUSTRY": the First Innovation Award In The World. Presented by Germany's Minister of Research Dr. Annette Schavan, Nobel prize winner Prof. von Klitzing and astronaut Dr. Ulf Merbold.

1st prize – Innovation Prize of the Chamber of Crafts in Reutlingen. Presented by the president of Baden-Württemberg's Chamber of Crafts Joachim Möhrle and Eugen Schäufele, Board Chairman of KSK Reutlingen savings bank

Excellence TOP Rating 1/2011, awarded by the renowned ratings agency, Hoppenstedt (The Hoppenstedt companies belong to the Bisnode group, Europe's leading provider of business information.) PARAVAN is thus among the 3.3% of the in total 4.5 million firms in Germany that have received the top credit rating thanks to first-class business management, an outstanding team of staff and their excellent reputation.

2010
1st prize -National Winner "Most Encouraging Company in the Country"

Enterprise Medal in Gold awarded to Roland Arnold for outstanding services to the economy of Baden-Württemberg Awarded by Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Ernst Pfister

2009
1st prize -GERMAN FOREIGN TRADE AWARD. Awarded by Germany's leading industry associations and the Federal Foreign Office under the patronage of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology.

"Selected Landmark for Disabled Vehicles in the Land of Ideas". Awarded by German President, Horst Köhler.

2008
1st prize – BAVARIAN STATE PRIZE. Awarded by Bavaria's Minister of Economic Affairs, Emilia Müller

1st prize – Baden-Württemberg's "CyberOne" Hightech Award for Technology. Awarded by Prof. Frankenberg, the state's Minister for Research

Innovation Prize of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Awarded by Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Ernst Pfister

2007
1st prize – Innovation Prize of Reutlingen Chamber of Crafts. Presented by Joachim Möhrle, President of Baden-Württemberg's Chamber of Crafts and Eugen Schäufele, Board Chairman of the savings bank KSK Reutlingen

2006
"TOP 100" hallmark of excellence. Awarded by Lothar Späth, former Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg.

2005
1st prize – GERMAN SKILLED CRAFTS PRIZE. Awarded by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Bertelsmann boss, Liz Mohn

2003
1st prize – VR Innovation Prize Baden-Württemberg. The most valuable award in Baden-Württemberg. Presented by Minister of State, Dr. Christoph Palmer and President of the GENO association, Erwin Kuhn.

Roland Arnold wins German Entrepreneurs' Award 2012

Roland Arnold erhält den "Deutschen Unternehmerpreis 2012"

Major tribute for PARAVAN MD from the world-famous Harvard University

Frankfurt, 6 November 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.

News channel n-tv awards SME prize: PARAVAN mobility park is the "Hidden Champion 2012" in the category "Social Responsibility"!

Aichelau/Frankfurt. 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.

PARAVAN presented with GERMAN INDUSTRY AWARD 2012

Hanover/Aichelau. 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!

Bavarian State Prize 2012
presented to Paravan

Munich / Pfronstetten. At a ceremony held at the International Congress Center Munich (ICM) Hermann Lück, Department Director of the Bavarian State Ministry, presented Paravan boss Roland Arnold with the coveted Bavarian State Prize 2012 for special design and technology achievements in the skilled trades sector.
The high-ranking panel were in raptures about the evolutionary seat collection produced by the Development department at Aichelau. An innovation that makes boarding and exiting simpler as well as easing discomfort in vehicles for the growing number of people whose movement is restricted – both in demographic and medical terms.

Heinrich Traublinger, President of the Munich and Upper Bavaria Chamber of Crafts and former member of the Bavarian Parliament, paid tribute to Arnold's achievement, describing it as the embodiment of quality, efficiency, modern design and innovative strength in the skilled trades sector.

The seat concept for both the driver and front passenger side that was singled out for the award is not available anywhere else in the world. Until now the steering wheel had restricted the space to manoeuvre to such an extent that it was not previously possible to assist drivers when boarding and exiting a vehicle with a rotating or swivel seat. Roland Arnold's motto of "We don't do No can do" helped him come up with a smart solution to this problem: it is only the seat surface and a small lumbar support that moves. The backrest does not change position in the vehicle, which means that the steering wheel no longer gets in the way during rotation. An innovative mechanism ensures that the user is moved around the B-pillar safely. At 120 degrees, the swivel range is especially generous. A stand-up function offers additional security. Both the driver and the front passenger seat have been crash-tested in accordance with the ECE R-17 guideline. Individual, ergonomic seat adaptation improves concentration in road traffic, so reducing the risk of accidents.

"We are delighted that our innovative efforts on behalf of everyone whose movements are restricted are not just appreciated in the state of Baden-Württemberg. A big thank-you goes to the government of Bavaria for this special tribute. But also to our customers and staff at the Paravan mobility park", remarked Paravan boss, Roland Arnold after the prize-giving ceremony.

PARAVAN awarded "Grand SME Prize 2011" in Würzburg

Würzburg/Pfronstetten-Aichelau: At the 50th gala of the Oskar-Plazelt-Stiftung, Paravan was presented with the "Grand SME Prize 2011". Würzburg's Congress Centrum was the venue chosen for handover of the coveted "Oskar" statue for SMEs to company founder and MD Roland Arnold before an audience of 500 guests, which included Dallas star Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing). Our innovative company fended off over 3500 small and medium-sized firms from all over Germany in this national competition. Factors which prompted the award included Paravan's outstanding overall development, the creation and securing of jobs (including for trainees), exemplary achievements in the different competition criteria of "Innovation and Modernisation, Commitment to the Region as well as Service, Customer Proximity and Marketing". The panel was particularly impressed by the integrated mobility concept that has been consistently developed by Paravan in recent years to cater for the individual needs of customers. A one-stop shop, everything under one roof. This is the motto of the ideas factory, combining a workforce of 120 employees with an impressive product portfolio, ranging from the company's own seat collection, designed to make boarding and exiting easier, to the evolutionary PR 50 power wheelchair through to the digital-electronic Space Drive driving and steering system. The benefit to the customer is clear. A single contact for customised mobility for the disabled. Tribute was paid to the company's unique commitment with the award of the "SME Oskar".

The "Grand SME Prize" has already been in existence for 17 years and ranks as one of the most important business awards for mid-sized enterprises in Germany due to the high numbers of entrants and the ISO-certified test criteria.

THE HIGHLIGHT IN 2011 – THE PARAVAN SPACE DRIVE SYSTEM - A MASTERPIECE WINS THE “INNOVATION AWARD OF GERMAN INDUSTRY, THE FIRST INNOVATION AWARD IN THE WORLD”

In the festive atmosphere of Frankfurt Congress Centre PARAVAN Managing Director Roland Arnold was presented with the Innovation Prize of German Industry by the Federal Minister of Research and Education, Annette Schavan PhD. The compère was Cherno Jobatey, the well-known and very popular radio and TV presenter.
Nobel Prize winner, Professor Klaus von Klitzing and the first West European ASTRONAUT in space, Ulf Merbold PhD, congratulated Roland Arnold and Andreas Frisch from PARAVAN: in their capacity as members of the jury they checked the SPACE DRIVE thoroughly and with enthusiasm, making it the winner by unanimous vote.

PARAVAN OWNER, ROLAND ARNOLD, IS CHOSEN AS GERMANY’S “MOST ENCOURAGING COMPANY IN THE COUNTRY”

Roland Arnold won the title of the “Most encouraging company in the country at a festive Gala with over 350 guests from politics, industry and the media in Tipi am Kanzleramt (a tipi by the Federal Chancellery).

The award reflects the creative strength and spirit of innovation with which Roland Arnold gives people with disabilities new courage to become mobile.

Exemplary entrepreneurs have often had to fight hard for their success. This is also extremely true of Roland Arnold. He started out right at the bottom. In a small garage workshop on his parents’ farm the ambitious car mechanic developed his first innovations with the objective of providing mobility for disabled persons. Initially mocked a little, at 44 he is now world market leader for individually adapted vehicles for the disabled. His Paravan Mobility Park encompasses a development and patent department, production halls, and an advisory centre for customers with handicaps. Tailor-made high-tech vehicles are created out of standard models over an area of 50,000 square metres. Thanks to sophisticated electronics, mechanics and digital technology, even persons with severe disabilities are able to drive cars for themselves. The products made by the Swabian boffs are in demand worldwide, even in New Caledonia.

PARAVAN BOSS ROLAND ARNOLD RECEIVES ENTERPRISE MEDAL IN GOLD

At the New Palace in Stuttgart Roland Arnold received the highest distinction for entrepreneurs from Ernst Pfister, Minister of Economic Affairs in Baden-Württemberg. Roland Arnold’s endeavours for the wellbeing of disabled people all over the world impressed the high-calibre jury which carried out the test procedure at the suggestion and based on the report of the certified court expert under public law, Oliver Raach.

SME Prize for social responsibility – PARAVAN among the TOP FIVE.

Franz Dotterweich Prize 2010 – Major accolade awarded in recognition of the social commitment shown by PARAVAN MD Roland Arnold for the benefit of the disabled.


Roland Arnold nominated to take part in Baden-Württemberg's entry for "Most Encouraging Company in the Country"

Arnold is proud of his staff and attributes this triumph to his outstanding team, thus receiving resounding applause.

The "German Foreign Trade Award 2009" goes to PARAVAN for making a new quality of life reality for wheelchair users and persons with walking disabilities all over the world

PARAVAN Managing Director Roland Arnold and his wife Martina receive the extremely reputable and prestigious GERMAN FOREIGN TRADE AWARD 2009 in the festive atmosphere of Bremen’s guildhall.
The guildhall in Bremen became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Where normally only prominent politicians and industrial magnates from all over the world are granted admittance, the PARAVAN Mobility Park was given this honour under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology.

German President Horst Köhler designates the PARAVAN mobility park a "2009 Selected Landmark for Disabled Vehicles in Germany, the Land of Ideas".


In his speech, state government representative Dieter Hillebrand, the delegate for the disabled of Baden-Württemberg's government, passed on the warm wishes of Minister-President Günther H. Öttinger to Roland Arnold and his team from PARAVAN.
In his speech. Prof. Kaps, head of the Paraplegia department at the hospital BG Tübingen, summed up the decision as follows: "PARAVAN's new mobility park finds a solution for every medical condition. I've seen this for myself".

PARAVAN awarded the 2008 Dr. Rudolf Eberle Prize, the Innovation Award of the State of Baden Württemberg

Following the Bavarian State Prize handed over by the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Emilia Müller at the beginning of the year and the Hightech Award CyberOne from the Minister for Research and Science, Professor Frankenberg, PARAVAN managing director, Roland Arnold and his innovation team were awarded the 2008 Dr. Rudolf Eberle Prize, the Innovation Award of the State of Baden Württemberg.


On 8 May, 2008 Baden-Württemberg's Minister for Science, Research and Art, Prof. Frankenberg, and bwcon Board Member Klaus-Dieter Laidig presented PARAVAN with the No. 1 technology prize, the "CyberOne Hightech Award " for disability vehicles and steering, braking and acceleration components.

PARAVAN MD Roland Arnold is presented with the 2008 Bavarian State Prize by Bavaria's Minister of Economic Affairs Emilia Müller in recognition of the company's outstanding design and technology achievements in ensuring the mobility of disabled people throughout the world.

Recognition of PARAVAN's striving towards innovation by the Bavarian government.

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Baden-Württemberg's Minister-President Günter Oettinger congratulate Roland Arnold and his innovative PARAVAN team on receiving the German Skilled Crafts Prize, the highest award in the country for businesses in the skilled trades sector. This was in recognition of the company's outstanding achievements in all corporate areas.

Martina and Roland Arnold with former minister-president Lothar Späth at the awarding of the "TOP 100 in German industry" and with Markus Seiz from Ernst & Young, the auditing and consultancy company, at the awarding of the "Entrepreneur of the Year" prize.


VR Innovation prize - the most coveted award at national level.

Innovative technologies, high product quality and customer-oriented reasoning in the field of vehicle conversions for the disabled, for self-drivers and for wheelchair users and for families with disabled children by PARAVAN® convinced the jury of experts headed by minister of state Dr Christoph Palmer and president of the GENO association Erwin Kuhn. In his laudatory speech, minister of state Dr Christoph Palmer honoured Roland Arnold with the words, "An example for companies in Ländle".


Following extensive driving tests and having tested the SPACE DRIVE collection, former minister-president Erwin Teufel didn't miss the opportunity to personally ring-in the new era of Drive-by-wire technology.

Former minister-president Erwin Teufel was visibly impressed by the pursuit of innovation shown by the hard-working Swabians, and opened the PARAVAN visitors' book with his entry. A big thank-you for this great honour.

 

The honorary president of the Chamber of Handicrafts in Reutlingen, Günther Hecht, and the chairman of the board of the district savings bank in Reutlingen Eugen Schäufele present Martina Arnold with the fifth innovation award in Baden-Württemberg for outstanding innovative performance.


The download section contains a list of PARAVAN awards which lastingly and impressively documents the company's continuity from 1997 through to the present day, and the innovation of PARAVAN quality in all fields.


These awards reinforce our efforts to keep on improving, to get even better with regard to mobility throughout the world.

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