08/01/2020 - InnovationTo “augment” its tubular solutions, expand its offer into new markets, progress more quickly and be more agile, Vallourec is moving into open innovation mode with every stakeholder in its ecosystem. And it’s working!
Vallourec has long chosen to forge long-term partnerships with manufacturers to improve its products and processes.
Its R&D personnel (500 researchers and technicians) cooperate with major universities on every continent where the Group is involved in fundamental research. Project after project, Vallourec innovates to meet its customers’ needs.
In recent years, the digital revolution has shaken the innovation landscape, and Vallourec met it head on, creating two internal incubators known as Boosters, forging partnerships with start ups and training all its employees for the innovation adventure.
To make this shift with its key customers, Vallourec offers them brainstorming and cocreation workshops.These help them to understand each other’s current and future needs and challenges, and to find suitable solutions together.
We are all innovators!
This is the spirit of the innovation platform dedicated to employees, who are invited to propose ideas to optimize operations or customer service, improve equipment function, or find new opportunities for growth.
All employees can submit ideas for products or services, and also comment on or enhance their colleagues’ ideas. A network of advisers approves the best ideas and supports the innovators through to creation of the final product. In 2019, 182 ideas were registered in just three months. On October 24, eight preselected teams pitched live and broadcast worldwide in front of the jury and employees, who were asked to vote for their two favorite ideas. And the four winners are...
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The innovation platforms are permanent and the ideas generated every day are continually examined, challenged and tested.
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