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GE in Jenbach Awarded GEO Award for 'Factory of the Year'

March 07, 2018
  • GE’s Brilliant Factory in Jenbach Wins GEO Award of Europe’s ‘Toughest’ Benchmark Competition
  • Intelligently Networked Factory is a Leader in Sustainability, Training, Continuing Professional Development and Energy-Balance Programs
  • GE Location Manufactures Highly Efficient Gas Engines and Cogeneration Plants for Distributed Power Supply


JENBACH, AUSTRIA-March 7, 2018-GE’s (NYSE: GE) Distributed Power plant, located in Jenbach, was awarded the GEO (Global Excellence in Operations) Award yesterday as part of the benchmark “Factory of the Year” competition. The award-which is given by the trade magazine Produktion and the consulting company A.T. Kearny-was presented during an official ceremony in Ulm, Germany.

“Winning the GEO Award for Factory of the Year is a great recognition for our work. The award shows that we are moving in the right direction and in touch with the latest trends. This award is a clear confirmation that we are doing many things right. The GEO Award motivates us to advance the Brilliant Factory concept and support our staff through the transformation,” says Martin Mühlbacher, site leader, GE’s Distributed Power business.

This year’s jurors were impressed by GE’s intelligently networked factory in Jenbach, with one of the highest levels of digitization among all participating companies and the creation of a “Brilliant Place to Work.” The Brilliant Factory in Jenbach proved itself adept at interweaving production with various business processes and combining “lean principles” with digital tools. The use of digital tools and a value stream analysis make processes for punctuality of delivery, quality and cost-efficiency transparent along the entire value chain. With the aid of visualization in using real-time data, time not spent creating added value can be reduced.

The areas of sustainability, training and continuing professional development, as well as energy balance programs, were key criteria in bestowing the award. The location has a virtual energy center based on Predix*, GE’s Industrial Internet platform that controls the cogeneration plant for power supply and heat use. In addition, the test benches supply the coating line with environmentally sustainable electricity and heat. The excess electricity is fed into the local grid.

GE’s training and continuing professional development concept in Jenbach focuses on digital transformation as cultural change. Based on this principle, up to 110 talented young people are trained in Jenbach every year.

About the “Factory of the Year”/GEO Award

Regardless of the results, all participants in the Factory of the Year competition receive a detailed, confidential evaluation in a feedback report that informs them of their position in the competition and points out potential for improvement. Since its inception in 1992, over 2,000 factories have used this benchmark competition to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses and develop enhancements.

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About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s digital industrial company and changes the industry with connected, responsive and predictive software-controlled machines and solutions. GE is organized around a global knowledge sharing system, “GE Store”, which allows all business units to access the same technologies, markets, structures and intellectual property and share them with one another. Every invention promotes other innovations and applications across multiple business units. With people, services, technology and scale, GE offers customers better results, as we speak the language of the industry.

About GE Power

GE Power is a leading company worldwide in the energy sector, offering technologies and services and thus covering the entire value chain from power generation to consumption. As a global digital industrial company, we pool resources and capacities to transform the energy industry fundamentally. Together with our customers in over 150 countries, we meet more than one third of the global electricity demand, power cities, build infrastructures and network the world with digital solutions. 

You can find more information at our website Follow GE Power on Twitter @GE_Power and LinkedIn at GE Power.

About GE’s Distributed Power business

GE’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 48,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics-anywhere and anytime. Backed by our service providers in more than 100 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with you locally for rapid response to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

Susanne Reichelt; [email protected]

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