Xella Innovation Awards

Our Innovation Award is given to employees or internal teams who provide fresh ideas or new uses to our products for the continuous development and optimization of our solutions. The winners so far have been judged by an expert jury, from novel roof elements to odor-neutralizing insulation materials to lime as a cement substitute from a large number of submissions from the Xella innovation process. You can find further information about other selected winners here.


Innovation Award 2017

Xella announces the winner of the Xella Innovation Award 2017 and honors excellence in new products, services and solutions within their business units. 

The power of innovation is a crucial point for Xella´s competitiveness. This is not the only reason why the innovation management 2017 was newly aligned. The twelve Heads of Innovation for the countriesor market regions and their teams submitted a total of over 40 promising projects. Many of them tackled the topics of digital services and new processes. 

The Innovation Steering Committee was spoiled for choice and determined the shortlist, the projects for the finals, online-supported by the IRS (Innovatition Rating System) for the first time ever.

On the occasion of the management group conference, the winners of the Xella Innovation Award were recognized by Dr. Fabritius.

The decision between the seven remaining innovation projects in the end was very difficult. In the end, the Xella Technologie- und Forschungszentrum won together with Xella Deutschland; developing and producing the new plan block "Ytong ThermStrong PP4-0,50" with an imroved lambda value of 0.10 W / (mK). With this stone, a real key product wins, which is so important for the strategy of the MFH segment. 

innovation-award-2017-winnerIn the press release it says: with the new Ytong ThermStrong, optimal buidling solutions in massive, monolithic multi-storey construction can be realized. With its integrated thermal protection, this stone easily meets today´s requirements of the EnEV. The combination of high stone strength and bulk density with imrpoved thermal conductivity is unique in this form and found in no other aerated concrete block.

Congratulations winning team!

Innovation Award 2016

At the management meeting on October 13th 2016 the winner of the Xella Innovation Award 2016 was announced. This was the first time the awards was given in three different categories: innovative products and solutions, marketing and sales innovations and process optimizations.


The winners of the Xella Innovation Prize 2016 were announced at the Xella Management Conference on 13 October 2016. This year for the first time the innovation prize was awarded in three categories; innovative products and product systems, marketing and sales and innovations and process innovations.

The prize for the most innovative product/product system went to Fermacell/Aestuver for the development of the‘Aestuver Tx fire-resistant panel’. The completely redesigned panel satisfies the most stringent fire protection requirements and yet has a thin profile, making it a new and efficient fire protection solution for tunnel construction. Production started in summer 2015 and the new panels have already made an appreciable contribution to revenue.

The best marketing and sales innovation came from Xella Dänemark.

Our Danish colleagues have used intelligent calculations to develop a tool for calculating material quantities from simple 2D PDF files. By integrating Ytong and Silka product parameters into the ‘Bluebeam Revu’ CAD editing program and linking it with SAP, they managed to speed up the tender preparation process and at the same time reduce the error rate by 25 percent. Digital and fully integrated – completely in line with our strategic focus.


The Process Innovation 2016 prize was shared by Xella Deutschland and the Xella Technology and Research Centre (Xella T+F). In a joint pilot study conducted with the Hamburg waste disposal company Otto Dörner, the Ytong Plant in Wedel and the Product and Process Research division of Xella T+F developed a ‘recycling concept for used aerated concrete from condemned housing or landfill’. On completion of the pilot study, P4-0.55 grade autoclaved aerated concrete containing up to 15 percent granulated recycled concrete was successfully produced in a trial run. The team successfully responded to the trend for sustainable action and translated it into a functioning concept.

Innovation Award 2012

Innovation Around 90 per cent of global trade volume is handled via maritime traffic. In future, toxic, sulphurous gas emissions can be cut thanks to Fels NautiCal.

The figures are huge: merchant shipping consumes around 370 million tonnes of fuel every year. Most of it is toxic, sulphurous heavy oil. Around 20 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide are released into the atmosphere and cause “acid rain”, which harms nature and the environment. To cut the amount of toxic gas emissions, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the European Union are introducing new emission limits from 2015. To comply with these, shipowners will have to either convert their ships to run on expensive, low-sulphur marine diesel or ensure that there are exhaust gas treatment systems on board the ships to purify conventional fuels high in sulphur. This can either be done using the so-called wet scrubbing method with the help of sodium hydroxide or by means of dry scrubbing (the dry EGCS) using hydrated lime. Fels has developed an efficient and sustainable solution here. “The properties of the hydrated lime pellets developed by  Fels are perfect for absorbing the sulphurous exhaust gas elements,” explains Dr Christine Mehling, project manager of research and development at Fels. “They absorb Innovation Around 90 per cent of global trade  volume is handled via maritime traffic. In future, toxic, sulphurous gas emissions can be cut thanks to Fels NautiCal. Fresh sea air the sulphur to produce harmless gypsum.”



Sustainable to be able to continue sailing with inexpensive, sulphurous heavy oil in future, ships will have to install an exhaust gas treatment system. These systems represent an economically attractive alternative to the higher annual fuel costs. The cost of marine diesel for a medium-sized cargo ship is between two and three million euros per year. For Fels, the development of Fels NautiCal signals the entry into a market segment with a promising future: “The stricter rules governing emission limits have been firmly resolved – shipowners now have no choice but to look around for new, cost-efficient solutions,” says Dr Christine Mehling. It goes without saying that the environment also benefits from this sustainable product development, which contributes to cleaner air at sea. 

Fels NautiCal is already proven in practice. The first commercial dry exhaust gas cleaning system to use Fels pellets was successfully commissioned in 2013. Xella acknowledged the product with the Innovation Award 2012.