The idea for the "Idea Motor" was conceived at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The innovation research by the company founders at the Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK) provided the incentive for the business concept. Industrial projects during this period revealed just how much a business can benefit if trained lateral thinkers – using methods and a clearly-structured innovation process – put their minds to technical problem-solving.
tech-solute® was founded on May 1, 2002, with a focus on mechanics. A short time later it expanded into electronics. The Strategy, Engineering and Quality departments form a comprehensive basis for product innovation, offering sufficient room for expansion.
The business idea: market expertise + methodology + creativity + impartiality + thinking outside the box = innovation starter
Entrepreneurial spirit with a familiy feel
"We pursue one goal with commitment and passion; to make tech-solute® THE innovation partner which delights its customers. We can only achieve this if there is a strong team behind our ideas, which solves our customers' problems with motivation – and which is actively involved in the further development of tech-solute®. We have this team! Our employees are more than our business support; they are a kind of family, of which we are very proud."
Dr. Marcus Saak and Dr. Dirk Schweinberger, Founders and managing directors
With engineering spirit and focused methodology, almost 30 experts–from the fields of mechanical, electrical, vehicle, process and automation engineering –develop innovative ideas every day.
Our professional lateral thinkers are trained to break open existing lines of thought in companies and to find new solutions in the fields of mechanics and electronics as well as mechatronics.
Good prospects for the future
Small and flexible, strong together
In 2007, tech-solute® received the TechnologiefabrikKarlsruhe Innovation Prize and the CyberchampionSpecial Award from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Economic Affairs. In 2014 , once again, tech-solute® received an award from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Economic Affairs in the category "Exemplary service innovations". tech-solute® is among the three most innovative service providers in Baden-Württemberg. This success and the steady acquisition of new customers confirms to us that we are on the right track.
We want to continue growing, while retaining the advantages of a small flexible company which our customers value so much. To make sure our customers are also able to handle future technological challenges successfully, we rely on our growing network of experts. As necessary, we involve appropriate external specialists (e.g. technology providers, development partners, universities) in our project teams in order to resolve complex problems with bespoke knowledge.
Global thinking in the region of Baden
tech-solute® represents successful innovation engineering from Karlsruhe. The company was founded in 2002 by mechanical engineers Dr. Dirk Schweinberger (Technical Managing Director) and Dr. Marcus Saak (Commercial Managing Director) as a spin-off company from the former University of Karlsruhe (TH) – now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – and is still wholly-owned by both founders today.
The company is located in the business park "Am rotenTurm" in the western part of Karlsruhe.