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. Innovation is born in the market, but success can only be reached when enhancement in value is achieved. Primetals Technologies preserves its position as trendsetter in defined innovation focus areas all over the lifecycle of the metals value chain. Primetals Technologies secures sustainable business success by providing distinctive value-addition to customers of metals. 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 rapid change of steel grades. To drive and accelerate the research and innovation process more than 300 researchers and technologists innovate in the US, Europe and Japan. We foster a global network of scientific and industrial partnerships with leading universities, research institutes and steel producers. Over 6000 patents secure our freedom to operate and a large number of key-experts safeguard our know-how.