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14th R&D Autumn Conference 2024

Innovation Strategies in Product Development



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September 19/20, 2024 in Künzelsau, Germany

The 14th R&D Autumn Conference in Künzelsau (Germany) will highlight practices in innovative R&D management, exploring themes such as product development methodologies, environmental responsibility, technology strategies, disruptive innovation, digital transformation, technology roadmapping, customer focus and standards. Speakers from various industrial areas will share their insights and best practices and present examples from their day-to-day work.

This year our industrial partner will be WÜRTH in Künzelsau. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG in Künzelsau is the largest single company in the Würth Group. The Würth Group is the global market leader in the development, production and sale of assembly and fastening materials. The Group currently employs more than 87,000 employees in over 400 companies with more than 2,700 shops across 80 countries. According to the preliminary annual financial statements, the Group generated sales of EUR 20.4 billion in the 2023 fiscal year.

The event will start on Thursday around noon - we will hold our afternoon session in Schloss Hotel Döttingen near Künzelsau. Away from everyday life, in a quiet environment, the hotel offers a stimulating and creative working atmosphere. Schloss Döttingen is located in the middle of the Hohenloher Plain, between forests and meadows - an optimal prerequisite for the afternoon session, the dinner and the get-together in the evening.

The Friday session will be held at the premises of Würth. The visit will include a Factory Tour and will finish after lunch.

The R&D Autumn Conference has been held since 2007. Current technology and management topics have been discussed and investigated at various locations in Europe. The basic idea of the conference is to provide a forum for managers from diverse industries to meet peers, discuss topics of mutual interest and to share best practices.

Conference Programme

Click on title of talk to obtain further information - The programme may be subject to change

Thursday, September 19, 2024
13:00 Get Together and Standing Lunch
14:00 Afternoon Session

Setting the Scene
Welcome and Introduction
Martin PAPING · Managing Director · Kontrapunkt Technology · Konstanz (Germany)

Product Development
Gravitrax Goes Electronic
Clemens TÜRCK · Teamleader Global Electronic · Ravensburger Verlag GmbH · Ravensburg (Germany)

Environmental Responsibility
PFAS - Challenges and Opportunities in the Transition to Alternatives
Anders G. CHRISTENSEN · Sales- and R&D Director · AVK GUMMI A/S · Laasby (Denmark)

Disruptive Innovation
The Next Step in the Evolution of Money
Alex BRETON · Co-Founder & CTO · COLOP Digital · Wels (Austria)

External Factors
Standards - Accelerators or Brakes to Innovation?
Philip KELLER · former Metrolab Co-Owner / Chair of IEEE Magnetics Society Standards Technical Subcommittee · Metrolab Technology SA · Plan-les-Ouates (Switzerland)

Business Transformation
Innovation Drivers in Tobacco Packaging Inks and Varnishes Through the Ages
Daniel DROCHNER · Head of Technology Tobacco · Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA · Siegburg (Germany)

Digital Transformation
Business Model Innovation Transforming R&D
Marcel FÜHREN · Vice President Corporate Development · Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems AG · Port (Switzerland)

19:00 Dinner

Friday, September 20, 2024
08:00 Transfer to Würth
08:30 Welcome and Introduction at the CURIO Reinhold Würth Innovationszentrum
09:00 Morning Session (details will follow soon)

Customer Focus
Innovation Focussed on Holistic Customer Needs
Heiko ROSSKAMP · Head of R&D · Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG · Künzelsau (Germany)

Why is my large project suddenly several months late?
David GRIFFIN · Principal Consultant · 42 Technology Ltd. · St. Ives (Great Britain)

10:15 Factory Tour (WÜRTH Distribution Center)
12:00 Lunch
13:30 End of Conference


The conference fee is EUR 590. This package includes a standing lunch, beverages during the conference, dinner, accommodation for one night, breakfast, lunch after the factory tour and all conference material.

Deadline for registration: May 31, 2024.

To register, please fill in the boxes below and submit the data to the conference office. You will receive a confirmation by email.

Alternatively, you can register by email (m.paping@kontrapunkt-technology.com).


Kontrapunkt Technology reserve the right to not accept registration orders. Participants may be charged VAT Tax (currently 19% for Germany). Kontrapunkt Technology reserve the right to alter the location or content of the event. Cancellations must be made in writing to conferences@kontrapunkt-technology.com 30 days before the event with a 25% cancellation fee. After that date the full registration fee applies. The conference programme is subject to change.
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