TOP 100 Award Winner

Dekodur International awarded TOP 100 seal of approval

Medium-sized company from the Neckar Valley wins innovation competition in scientific selection process

Award-winning innovative strength: DI dekodur International GmbH & Co. KG from Hirschhorn a. N. was awarded the TOP 100 seal 2021. For 28 years, highly innovative medium-sized companies have been honoured with this award. In the run-up to the award, dekodur had proven its innovative strength in a scientific selection process.


Top100 Innovator 2021Who awards this prize?

On behalf of compamedia, the organiser of the TOP 100 innovation competition, innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and his team examined dekodur's innovative strength on a scientific basis. The researchers used around 120 test criteria from five categories: Top management that promotes innovation, innovation climate, innovative processes and organisation, external orientation/open innovation and innovation success.

In essence, the question was whether innovations are the result of a planned approach or more of a random process - basically, to determine the extent to which innovation performance is reproducible or repeatable. But it is also about whether and how the corresponding solutions establish themselves on the market (further information on the test criteria can be found at For the first time, the entrepreneurial reaction to the Corona crisis was examined in this round. dekodur was convincing in all categories.


What characterises DI Dekodur International?

Featuring an infinite amount of properties, HPL offers many decoration possibilities with customised structures/textures.
Antiviral? No problem at all. Non-slip? Of course. Anti-fingerprint? Here you go. And by the way, they are also food-safe, magnetic and non-flammable.
Impact-resistant, scratch-proof, abrasion-resistant, highly durable, metal, plain colours, fantasy décors, digital prints, designed by artists, compact, etc.
An innovation engine that will not stop to add further properties to ensure that our customers' desires will continue to be fulfilled.

dekodur has made a name for itself worldwide as a problem solver, especially in the field of high-quality high-pressure laminates made of real metal (HPL). For more than 60 years, the Hirschhorn-based company has been putting its innovative strength and expertise at the service of its customers. dekodur not only developed the first HPL with a decorative real metal surface, but also a worldwide patent for non-combustible laminates in the form of deko FireSafe®.


deko FireSafe® - we have the solution for a burning problem!


deko FireSafe


In terms of fire protection, deko FireSafe® combines the highest level of safety with pure aesthetics and enables the same decoration/surface for building sections with the specification "non-combustible" as in areas with low or normal flammability.




With ECO-HPL, dekodur makes a significant contribution to environmental protection with the world's first CO2-neutral laminate panel, free of formaldehyde and phenol.



Antiviral and antibacterial surfaces

Last but not least, dekodur proves to be an innovative problem solver in times of Covid 19 with antiviral and anti-bacterial surfaces made of copper, dekotech CU 711. The antiviral HPL has been proven to offer lifelong effectiveness against germs and micro-organisms and effective protection right from the start.

The now award-winning innovative strength of dekodur continues to be a driving force for the medium-sized company.

antivirales HPL

Comments & Quotes

Rolf van den Berg, CEO of dekodur, is delighted about this award and is convinced:

„The fact that we are now one of the top 100 most innovative medium-sized companies of 2021 is thanks to our committed employees and we owe it to our customers. Delivering the best solution to their problem every day is our claim and our incentive. The Top100 award shows that we are on the right track.“

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, the scientific director of TOP 100, is impressed by the award-winning medium-sized companies.

„The TOP 100 companies have consistently oriented themselves towards being as innovative as possible“,

he states.


Further dates

On 26 November, there will be another reason to celebrate: all the winners of the current TOP 100 year will come together to receive congratulations from Ranga Yogeshwar at the 7th German SME Summit in Ludwigsburg. The science journalist has been mentoring the innovation competition for ten years.



Background information TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 seal of approval to medium-sized companies for special innovative strength and above-average innovation success. Since 2002, the scientific management has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. With 25 research awards and over 200 publications, he is one of the leading innovation researchers internationally. The 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 association of medium-sized businesses. The magazines manager magazin and impulse accompany the company comparison as media partners. More information and registration at

More information as well as general photo material on the TOP 100 competition can be found on the Internet at or by sending an e-mail to Further information on the award-winning company is available at


Contact DI dekodur International GmbH & Co KG

Elli André
Langenthalerstr. 4-5
69434 Hirschhorn
Tel.: +49 (0) 6272 689-0


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