The juries of both product design competitions asses the entries primarily on design, ergonomics, degree of innovation, product quality and functionality. This year, the iF and Red Dot competitions also awarded seals of quality to a number of other Hilti innovations: the PMD 200 jobsite layout tool, which features intuitive operation that makes it easier, and faster, to determine and lay out fastening positions; the compact SF 4-A22 cordless drill driver, which is particularly suitable for working in hard-to-reach places. Also honored in both competitions were the TE 500-AVR breaker and the TE 70-ATC/AVR hammer drill, which both have powerful performance designed for heavy-duty work. An iF jury award also went to the VC 20M-X and VC 40M-X group of universal vacuum cleaners, which not only handle dust extraction but also the removal of drilling slurry.
Hilti among the top 100 patent applicants in Europe
The product design awards are not the only sign of Hilti's innovative strength. The company once again ranks among the top 100 patent applicants in the current list of the European Patent Office. In 2020, Hilti filed 287 patent applications, once again ranking among the top technology companies. This is a further testimonial to the company’s innovative capacity and competence. Last year, the Hilti Group launched 74 new products and services and continued to invest in strategic initiatives despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting decline in sales. Research and development spending reached CHF 358 million in 2020, representing 6.7 percent of sales.