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JM Named Top 100 Innovator

June 30, 2009

German company recognized for its culture of innovation by Vienna University.

On June 26, the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration) ranked Johns Manville (JM), a manufacturer of polyester spunbond and glass fiber nonwovens for building and industrial applications, among the “Top 100” most innovative German mid-sized companies. During a ceremony in Königswinter’s “Gästehaus Petersberg,” Lothar Späth, former prime minister of Baden-Württemberg and mentor of the program, presented the prestigious “Top 100” seal to Johns Manville executives Werner Groh, technology leader, and Christian Hassmann, marketing leader.

This is the first time JM has participated in the 17-year-old program. To qualify for this honor, JM participated in a strict two-step process managed by the University that ultimately recognized the company for its culture of innovation that encompassed “innovation promoting top-management,” “innovation climate,” “innovation processes and organization,” “innovation marketing” and “innovation success.”

“Our innovation is supported by more than 220 patents, 40 of which were awarded in the past three years,” explained Dr. Groh. “Our business team of 950 employees uses Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing tools and processes, which strengthens our credibility among our customers and other partners. We have a well-established innovation process and we believe there is no better way to overcome the challenges of a difficult economic environment.”

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