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Innovation Power

To shape the future, you must have the right ideas today

What can we do to increase our customer’s value? Which developments and technologies will set a trend? What will the metals industry look like in the future?

At Primetals Technologies questions like these are constantly asked during the technology and innovation process to maintain our position as a leading lifecycle partner for the metals industry. Within today’s global business scenario, innovations can no longer focus only on the technological merits of an invention, but must also consider the aspects of organization and processes as well as the market situation. Primetals Technologies preserves its position as trendsetter in defined innovation focus areas all over the lifecycle of the metals value chain by providing distinctive value-addition to customers. The innovation portfolio provides unique answers to customer’s challenges regarding raw material availability and quality, environmental pressure, price competition caused by overcapacity and flexibility regarding an increasing range of steel grades.

Innovation Strategy – Creating the future of metals starts now

Innovation Strategy – Creating the future of metals starts now

One of the most challenging aspects of our industry is the long technology lifecycle. Therefore the innovation strategy of Primetals Technologies covers market demands of today as well as challenges of the next decades.

Observing trends – not only technological ones - in and outside our industry, analysing market developments as well as the demands of our customers helps Primetals Technologies to focus its R&D investments on the most promising topics. Taking the actual innovation strategy, four technological areas can be detected with particularly high R&D efforts: ECO solutions cover all aspects that have an impact on the environment. Industry 4.0, IoT and digitization summary another important R&D field. For Primetals Technologies these are no buzz words any more, but describe many of our intelligent, learning solutions with sophisticated algorithms. Further on, closely linked processes, like casting and rolling, define another focus topic within Primetals innovation strategy, which already shows impressing results as the unique ESP technology. Last but not least the Through Process Optimization (TPO) is a comprehensive customer specific approach that compiles consultancy from our experts as well as a know-how based manufacturing execution system to help our customers provide significantly improved end products.

The right people for the best solutions

The right people for the best solutions

When it comes to innovation, at the end it is always about the people, their excitement, their commitment and their creativity - even in times of artificial intelligence and deep learning.

To be prepared for the war for the best talents, Primetals Technologies has established a global Key Expert system. About 60 selected, outstanding specialists ensure the leading position of Primetals Technologies in those technology fields which are the most crucial for the sustainable success of the company. The expectation towards Key Experts is a significant contribution to innovations, sharing their expertise and representing Primetals Technologies in industry communities and on international conferences. On the other hand the Key Experts are ranked on the level of management positions, reflecting the high impact of innovations on the performance of the company. Primetals Technologies highly appreciates the ideas of all employees and provides appropriate tools and processes: Technological oriented people are highly welcome to contribute as inventors to the legal protection of our innovative portfolio, adding additional patents to our 5500 existing ones. And each employee is encouraged to submit his idea in the global idea management tool for a continuous improvement of our products, solutions and processes.

Open innovation – From “The lab is my world” to “The world is my lab”

Open innovation – From “The lab is my world” to “The world is my lab”

Primetals Technologies is built by merging 2 big metallurgical companies with very different cultures and legacy. Who could know better about the inspiring effect of diversity, knowledge sharing and different working styles?

It is not only our own history as a merged company that let us experience the benefit of being open to additional stimulations from outside when it comes to innovation. Since many years it is part of our core culture in R&D to team up with scientific and industrial partners around the world, like universities, research institutes, customers and specialized industrial companies. This allows on the one side the involvement of numerous highly qualified experts from different fields of knowledge, and on the other side the sharing of costs and risks in time-consuming, complex developments with high investments. Recently, Primetals Technologies has started to build up a network with start-ups and involve them in our R&D activities. This not only adds new competencies in the R&D teams, but also impacts the way of working, our culture and mind-set.

Innovations to touch

Innovations to touch

The whole portfolio of Primetals Technologies is continuously enhanced by innovative solutions as result of its passionate R&D activities. See it for yourself.

As an innovation leader, Primetals Technologies is not only proud of its partly groundbreaking innovative heritage, but has the ambition to constantly pioneer new solution in the field of metals production. In all relevant technologies of our industry, the portfolio is continuously renewed and improved by innovations.

In-house Test Facilities

In-house Test Facilities

Proven Expertise.

We build on reliable quality. Therefore, Primetals Technologies uses in-house test facilities for all steelmaking processes – including smelting, hot and cold rolling, as well as surface treatment. Our test system is able to meet a broad spectrum of needs and guarantees best quality at all times.

Mechatronic solutions

Mechatronic solutions

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary area of engineering combining mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science. Our mechatronic solutions are the next step in the evolution of intelligent systems for the iron and steel industry. The advanced technological packages open up new possibilities for the optimization of the information and process flow. Experience product and process precision at a new level. Take the next step towards ultimate efficiency.

Based on protected know-how, experience in mechatronics and its individual disciplines and in steel plant engineering, we have developed modular mechatronic packages which are perfectly customized to meet specific market requirements and ensure a faster return of investment. Our mechatronic portfolio comprises measurement systems, technology packages, plant condition monitoring systems, robotics and metals production simulators which can all be easily integrated into existing or new plants. As a full-service partner throughout the entire metal production value chain, we help our customers to constantly improve – by providing them with innovative services for the upgrading and adjusting of existing production lines that results in measurable benefits. Efficiency, reliability and safety: Be prepared for the steadily rising market demands – with mechatronic solutions of Primetals Technologies.

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