Technology & Innovation (T&I) is central to our purpose, vision and day-to-day business. As one of the world’s leading providers of advanced materials for a broad range of markets, we are committed to the development and implementation of innovative new solutions that help our customers to address key megatrends and meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.
Our T&I approach is structured around three domains:
Process Innovation: ensuring that Sibelco always employs the most efficient and effective technologies for the exploration, extraction and processing of materials.
Material Innovation: the development and commercialisation of new material solutions beyond our core minerals business.
Business Innovation: creating brand new business models and technology platforms, utilising both internal and external know-how.
We believe that customer centricity is the key to successful innovation. We strive to build close relationships, helping us to gain a deep understanding of our customers’ short, medium and long-term business goals and manufacturing needs.
Sibelco’s innovation community is made up of over 300 people from different business functions, connected via a dedicated web-based innovation portal through which we share ideas, information and resources.
A strong focus on recruitment in collaboration with key universities has helped us to further expand our knowledge pool. Selected colleagues develop new skills through the two-year Sibelco Innovation Development Program which supports participants in developing and delivering an innovation project.
Recent examples of T&I in action include:
- SOILFEED – helping forests to thrive
- CatchAmed – removing medicines from water supplies
- GREENFLOW® – supporting green heat and energy