Awards and honours

Award-winning innovations

CEO Pascal Klein is among the 'Top 40 under 40'

Pascal Klein, co-founder and CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG, received the ‘Top 40 under 40′ award from the busi­ness maga­zine Capital. Once a year, Capital’s edito­rial team selects 40 of the brigh­test talents under the age of 40 from the fields of busi­ness, science, poli­tics and society. During the selec­tion process, the edito­rial team inter­views poli­ti­cians, top civil servants, mana­gers, entre­pre­neurs, consul­tants and past award winners. This year’s award winners were once again hono­ured at the ‘Top 40 Under 40’ gala in Berlin, which took place on 17 November 2022 for the 15th time since 2007. Over the years, the annual events have helped to culti­vate a network that brings toge­ther top perfor­mers from a range of disci­plines to discuss important topics for the future at the awards ceremony.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: ‘I was really very surprised when I heard about the award and, of course, I feel highly hono­ured. Our journey at Pyrum is far from over, and we want to continue contri­bu­ting to the estab­lish­ment of a circular economy in Germany and beyond. I would also like to take this oppor­tu­nity to thank all my colle­agues who made possible the incre­dible deve­lo­p­ment we have enjoyed at Pyrum over the last few years!’

Pascal Klein founded Pyrum in 2008 toge­ther with his Manage­ment Board colle­ague Michael Kapf. Since the change of legal form to a public limited company in 2018, he has headed the company’s Manage­ment Board as CEO and, in this role, played a key role in enhan­cing and refi­ning Pyrum’s tech­no­logy to the point that the pyro­lysis process is now capable of opera­ting on an indus­trial scale. This laid the foun­da­tion for Pyrum’s large-scale rollout, which has been in progress on a step-by-step basis for around two years. To finance the expan­sion, Mr Klein, toge­ther with his colle­agues on the Manage­ment Board, was respon­sible for the successful IPO on the Oslo Stock Exch­ange in September 2021 and the secon­dary listing on the Frank­furt Stock Exch­ange in March 2022. Mr Klein will also be a guest at the German Equity Forum in Frank­furt on 30 November 2022 and will present Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG to inves­tors at 9:30 a.m.

Pyrum Innovations AG receives 'Employer of the Future' award

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG (‘Pyrum’), a pionee­ring company that deploys its special pyro­lysis tech­no­logy in the sustainable recy­cling of used tyres, has received the ‘Employer of the Future’ award from the German Inno­va­tion Insti­tute for Sustaina­bi­lity and Digi­ta­li­sa­tion (DIND). The award was based on a multi-stage assess­ment process in which DIND experts examined the company’s future viabi­lity and analysed its digital touch­points and brand presence. The offi­cial award ceremony will be held in Cologne on 1 December 2022 and hosted by former Federal Minister of Econo­mics Brigitte Zypries.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: ‘We are delighted to have received the Employer of the Futureaward, which also serves as testa­ment to the strength of our sustainable busi­ness model and inno­va­tive tech­no­logy. To leverage our enormous poten­tial, we of course need the right employees too. In this respect, we consider the Employer of the Future award to be yet another string to our bow that will help us to attract skilled workers.’

The appraisal process focused on aspects that make the company attrac­tive and are important for its future viabi­lity – in parti­cular, digi­ta­li­sa­tion and sustaina­bi­lity. The DIND deve­lops the metho­do­logy, content and assess­ment criteria in consul­ta­tion with top experts from various disci­plines and reviews these at regular intervals.

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG (‘Pyrum’), a pionee­ring company that deploys its patented pyro­lysis tech­no­logy in the sustainable recy­cling of used tyres, has been ranked among the 100 most inno­va­tive compa­nies in Germany in the TOP 100 inno­va­tion compe­ti­tion in the size cate­gory up to 50 employees. As a result, Pyrum’s inno­va­tion manage­ment concept was hono­ured as part of an inde­pen­dent process based on a scien­tific study cove­ring more than 100 criteria in five cate­go­ries. As the only inno­va­tion compe­ti­tion in Germany, TOP 100 has been hono­u­ring medium-sized compa­nies for their inno­va­tion processes and successes for the past 29 years.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: ‘This award is some­thing very special for us because it proves that we are ideally equipped to meet future chal­lenges. In addi­tion, our inclu­sion in the list of the 100 most inno­va­tive compa­nies in Germany is objec­tive proof that our employees operate in an envi­ron­ment where they are free to work inno­va­tively and crea­tively. This is one of the reasons why we successfully brought our unique pyro­lysis tech­no­logy to indus­trial market matu­rity over recent years.’

The TOP 100 inno­va­tion compe­ti­tion assesses the inno­va­tion poten­tial of compa­nies using a sophisti­cated, scien­ti­fi­cally inde­pen­dent bench­mar­king process. Aspects such as inno­va­tion success, inno­va­tion climate, inno­va­tive processes and orga­ni­sa­tion, external orien­ta­tion /​open inno­va­tion and inno­va­tion-promo­ting top manage­ment are examined with the help of a stan­dar­dised ques­ti­on­n­aire deve­loped by Professor Niko­laus Franke. As the scien­tific director of TOP 100 and head of the Insti­tute for Entre­pre­neur­ship and Inno­va­tion at the Vienna Univer­sity of Econo­mics and Busi­ness, Professor Franke is regarded as one of the world’s leading inno­va­tion rese­ar­chers. The bench­mar­king process is desi­gned to also factor in industry-specific charac­te­ristics, allo­wing compa­nies from a range of diffe­rent sectors to be compared. The parti­ci­pa­ting compa­nies are divided into three size cate­go­ries: up to 50 employees; 51 to 200 employees; and more than 200 employees. Of the more than 3,000 compa­nies that usually apply to parti­ci­pate, only a maximum of 100 compa­nies in each size cate­gory ulti­m­ately receive the award. The award ceremony will be held on 24 June 2022 at the German SME Summit in the Jahr­hun­dert­halle in Frank­furt am Main and will be hosted by science jour­na­list Ranga Yogeshwar.

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG, a pionee­ring company specia­li­sing in the complete and sustainable recy­cling of used tyres by means of its globally patented, unique pyro­lysis tech­no­logy, won the award in the Best Tyre Recy­cling Inno­va­tion cate­gory at the inau­gural Recircle Awards last night. The event is a new global tyre industry initia­tive aimed at reco­g­nising compa­nies and indi­vi­duals who are making a signi­fi­cant contri­bu­tion within the tyre rege­ne­ra­tion and recy­cling industry and whose work is focused on achie­ving a circular economy. The short­list of nomi­nated compa­nies was deter­mined by a selec­tion committee of inter­na­tional industry experts. The winners were announced last night at a live-streamed awards ceremony.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: ‘We are extre­mely proud of this award. We were delighted simply to be included on the list of nomi­nees, because this is an industry award and so our successes are reco­g­nised by proven experts. The fact that we have now actually won the Recircle Award moti­vates us in our efforts to contri­bute to a circular economy by enab­ling the complete and sustainable recy­cling of used tyres using our pyro­lysis tech­no­logy – and on an indus­trial scale too, because our plant has been running since May 2020.’

You can watch the Recircle Awards 2021 ceremony here:


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Concours Lépine International 2015 in Paris

Pyrum’s patent received the follo­wing award:

  • Concours Lépine National: Grand Prix du Sénat

The Concours Lépine is the most important award for tech­no­lo­gical inven­tions and new deve­lo­p­ments presented by a French orga­ni­sa­tion (Lépine). Hundreds of compa­nies from all over the world apply for these awards every year. The Concours Lépine award is ther­e­fore not limited just to France, but enjoys inter­na­tional renown too. Pyrum won the ‘Grand Prix du Sénat’ in 2015, which is equi­va­lent to second place internationally.

Pyrum was awarded the follo­wing prizes at the Euro­pean edition of the Concours Lépine:
  • Prix du Conseil Régional d’Al­sace (2nd place overall)
  • Prix de l’INPI (prize awarded by the French Patent Office)

At the Concours Lépine Euro­péen, nume­rous inven­tions from Europe are presented at a sepa­rate trade fair in Stras­bourg every September. Pyrum was awarded two of the pres­ti­gious prizes.

The Pyrum Inno­va­tions Group has received the follo­wing awards:

  • State winner Saar­land 2012
  • National winner ‘Inno­va­tion’ 2012

The pres­ti­gious awards for state and national winners are presented just once a year by the KFW Banking Group in part­ner­ship with the Federal Ministry of Economics.