At a festive gala evening with 170 guests, including Vice Minister of Strategy and Finance, Joo Hyeong-Hwan, German Ambassador Rolf Mafael and EU-Ambassador Prof. Gerhard Sabathil, the first recipients of the KGCCI Innovation Awards were honored.
The award for “Innovation in Business” went to BMW Group Korea for their Driving Center. The BMW Driving Center is the world first “for customer” facility that contains not only a Driving Track, but also a Brand Experience Center, a Junior Campus, a Training Academy, a R&D Center, a Service Center, a Restaurant and a Sports Park.
The award for “Innovation for Green Technologies” went to va-Q-tec Korea for their “Vacuum Insulation Panel”. va-Q-tec is setting new standards for reducing energy consumption with its vacuum insulation panel, which is 10 times more efficient than conventional materials.
Last but not least, the award for “Innovation in Workforce development” went to BASF Korea for their Diversity and Inclusion initiative. BASF Korea established a Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) committee with 15 members from different units and backgrounds. Through D+I activities BASF Korea could work as a role model in Korean society and businesses towards a more work-life balanced culture.
Finally, we would like to thank our Leading Innovation sponsors Merck and BMW Group Korea, Creating Innovation sponsors BASF, Bosch, Lufthansa, Brose, Handok, Tüv Süd as well as our Supporting Innovation sponsors Allianz, Boehringer Ingelheim, Miele, Continental, the Class Hyosung, Deutsche Bank and Carl Zeiss.
Also a big thank you to our Beverage Sponsors GBK and Jägermeister, Event Partner Korea Consult and Media Partner The Korea Times.