CoffeeBreak: As well as being committed to sustainability, JURA has always stood for innovation, whether in its products, its sales structure or customer service. Why is it so important to continue bringing new products and services on to the market?
Emanuel Probst: Everything always starts with the product. It’s at the core of everything we do. What prompts us to buy something? The answer is simple: it needs to be an excellent product that inspires us. One example of this would be the launch of the first steam iron in 1955. It laid the foundations for the company’s success in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Then in 1994 there was the IMPRESSA 500, which was a major milestone for the brand. Whenever we launched new, innovative products, it resulted in a burst of growth for the company. The compact E50, for example; the Z5, the first coffee machine with the One-Touch Cappuccino function; and the F90, the first machine with an Internet connection, were all growth drivers. And today the Z10 is raising the bar yet again with both hot and cold brew coffee products.
CoffeeBreak: When you look at these milestones on a time line, you notice how the gaps between product launches are getting shorter and shorter. The pace of innovation has steadily picked up in recent years. What does JURA do to stay ahead and continue innovating ever faster, and where does the inspiration for new products come from?
Emanuel Probst: Increasing the pace isn’t the primary focus. But when you really research something in depth, when you’re focused, when you go ever deeper, it automatically results in a growing number of ideas and product improvements. You discover more and more about how to create even better coffee and how to make a product even easier to use. And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about. But of course, we’re always thinking about the aesthetic aspect too and how we can continue developing our design philosophy. In the next step it’s vital to make these cycles shorter; to make sure that we can turn all the innovations we want to bring to the market into reality in an even shorter time. That’s why we are building the JURA Campus, which will more than triple our laboratory capacity. But more than that, we also aim to innovate in our processes, which means automation, providing telemetry data and introducing innovations in workstation design. With the JURA Campus, all these ideas will become reality.
CoffeeBreak: You tend to describe gazing into the future as a fruitless activity. Nevertheless, we want to ask the question: In what direction should JURA develop in the years ahead?
Emanuel Probst: I don’t believe in long-term planning. But when you look to the future, it really always comes back to the same thing: it’s always about achieving even better quality in an even shorter time. That’s what all our efforts and innovations ultimately revolve around. The aim is to increase quality while reducing what we call the cost of doing business. That’s the economic goal that we always have in mind.
CoffeeBreak: Thanks for speaking to us, and we wish you all the best and hope to see plenty more of the infectious enthusiasm you bring to the company!