Growth driven by innovation
Our portfolio is rich with innovative products, we hold more than 5000 patents, and we are a leader in sustainable innovation. We invest over €100 million per year in R&D to drive growth through innovation, create safer and more sustainable products and processes, develop our own capabilities, and improve the way we work.
We believe that being open to the ideas and enthusiasm of outside collaborators will help our company achieve its maximum potential and lead the way to a more sustainable chemical industry. We therefore work closely with customers to develop solutions that meet their changing needs and forge partnerships with external parties such as startups whose unique ideas complement our experience, resources, and business needs.
Have a great idea? Go to our Open innovation idea space
Activities we have in open innovation are:
Getting ready for innovation's third era
A look back at the chemical industry in innovation terms clearly shows that there have been two significant eras of development. The first, which dates back to the early 1800s, involved the development of products such as paints or soaps that could be derived from natural oils and minerals. The second phase, which began in the early part of the 20th century, centered on the development of products from the petrochemical industry, such as synthetic plastics and fibers. We are now poised at the beginning of a third era, that of "circular chemistry." Read the feature
Work with us as equal partners to take your ideas to the next level and help us make the chemical industry more sustainable.
We are looking for ways to create a more sustainable and liveable world through chemistry. In 2017, we launched the annual Imagine Chemistry Challenge to invite startups and academics to work with us as equal partners to bring their innovative ideas to market and find solutions to some of the most urgent challenges facing the chemicals industry today.
In the video below, one of Imagine Chemistry’s 2017 finalists, FiliGrade founder and CEO Johan Kerver, shares how working with AkzoNobel has helped to bring his idea for making plastic more sustainable to reality.
Our innovation strategy
Much of our innovation efforts focus on three areas where we push the frontiers of chemical innovation and strive to remain a true sustainable innovation leader.
The majority of our R&D budget is dedicated to growing our existing portfolio of innovative products and developing next generation products and technologies. This budget is managed by the individual Business Units and much of this work is done in collaboration with our customers. The deep knowledge of our customers' applications allows for focused, application-driven research and innovative customer support. To support these efforts our Expert Capability groups provide deep expertise and high-level facilities in the fields of process technology, measurement and analytical sciences, and molecules and materials technologies.
We also have several overarching corporate Research, Development, and Innovation programs that support and drive the developments in our three focus areas (Biomass to chemistry, Resource efficient polymer technologies, and Green electrochemistry).
We are Nouryon
Your partner in essential chemistry for a sustainable future
Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.