High-quality, innovative and competitive products are important pre-requisites for the success of our customers. We are developing new market sectors which will enable us to further strengthen and expand our position in the market. At the same time through our development work we can contribute to increased installer safety as well as to the healthy living of our end-customers and also influence the ecological footprint of our products. Therefore, the remit of our sustainable development strategy also includes the holistic and continuous improvement of the technical, healthy living and ecological aspects of our product portfolio. Therefore, it is logical to invest heavily in our research and development departments. In 2014 R&D expenditure at the Ulm site was EUR 4.1 million and an average of 46 employees worked in this area which equates to about 11% of all employees at the Ulm site.