According to the ”Stifterverband” (Business association), there are 3.5 million companies in Germany, of which, less than one percent account for research! Innovation is the basis for a country’s growth and future viability, particularly in an increasingly interconnected global market. Andreas Hettich GmbH & Co KG (Hettich) was awarded the ”Innovative through Research” seal for its commitment to research and development (R&D) of new products and technologies. This underlies Hettich’s continued focus on improving the processes and workflows of laboratories across the world. Hettich participated in the survey of research and development activities of companies and institutions in Germany. This survey is conducted annually by the ”Stifterverband” on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.