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.