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Innovation award: Minister Pinkwart honours Fiege with digital economy award

Jens Fiege (r.) und Felix Fiege (2.v.r.) nahmen den DWNRW Award 2018 in Bochum entgegen.

Collaboration with start-ups and founders was acknowledged

Bochum, 12th October 2018. The German Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy has presented Fiege with the Digitale Wirtschaft 2018 award. The prize that recognises achievements in innovation relating to the digital economy was awarded in the category of large enterprises. Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic and Digital Affairs, presented the award during a festive ceremony held during the RuhrSummit in Bochum, Germany. Fiege shared the top spot with envelio GmbH from Cologne (category: start-ups) and Hermann Ullrich GmbH & Co. KG from Solingen (category: mid-sized enterprise/craftsmanship). All awardees have shown outstanding commitment towards digital transformation.

Minister Pinkwart: “The jury has named three winners who truly merit the award as they refused to be driven by digitalisation, and instead have themselves becomes drivers of digitalisation. They demonstrate how dynamic and digital the land of North Rhine-Westphalia has already become and are an impressive role model for other start-ups, medium-sized enterprises and large corporations.”

Jury won over by Open Innovation approach

Fiege won over the jury because of its close and trustworthy approach to partnering with start-ups, so the communication from the Ministry of the Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy: “Together with the young enterprise Magazino, Fiege designed robots that are used in logistics. Additionally, the jury was swayed by how deeply the Open Innovation approach is already anchored in Fiege’s corporate culture.” The Digitale Wirtschaft award of the land of North Rhine-Westphalia was presented during the RuhrSummit which was staged inside the Jahrhunderhalle in Bochum. Held on 11th and 12th October, the land’s largest innovation and digitalisation conference brings together more than 1,000 start-ups, investors and Business Angels as well as technology-enthusiastic students.



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Innovation as a focal topic

The Board members Jens Fiege and Felix Fiege accepted the award on behalf of the family business. “We are thrilled about this award. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of our approach to daringly pursue new paths and to pro-actively create the developments that will define the logistics sector of tomorrow”, said Jens Fiege. Innovation is one of the focal topics behind the strategy of 145-year old company. “We promote a corporate culture where thinking outside of the box and trialling new things is lived throughout all areas and on all levels of hierarchy”, Jens Fiege continued.

However, it is especially their employees to whom they owe gratitude, says Felix Fiege: “We represent a large team that advances innovation at Fiege.” Felix Fiege expressly thanked the innovation partners that Fiege collaborates with: “We learn so much from those start-ups and founders. Each conversation brings us a step further – as a business, but also as an entrepreneur or a manager.”


The FIEGE Group, headquartered in Greven in Westphalia (Germany), is one of Europe’s most innovative logistics companies. A workforce of over 23,000 employed at 133 locations based in 16 countries back FIEGE and its international operations in core markets across all of Europe, and all the way to Asia. FIEGE is a fifth-generation family business that is regarded as a pioneer of contract logistics. Its modular solutions in Logistics, Digital Services, Real Estate and Ventures form the essence of its business activities. In 2021, the FIEGE Group generated 1.8 billion euros in turnover while overseeing more than four million square metres of logistics space.