Open Innovation: adding value to society, together

Open Innovation: adding value to society, together

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Stahl has a strong track record of co-creation and development – and through open innovation, we can innovate more efficiently, explore new markets, better address customer demands, and reduce the environmental impact of our solutions.

What is open innovation?
Open innovation is a term used to describe how organizations go beyond their internal boundaries to collaborate with external partners. By sharing knowledge and expertise more widely, organizations can solve problems and innovate in ways that would not be possible if they only focused on internal resources and capabilities.

Around the world, market and consumer demands are evolving rapidly while environmental challenges increasingly demand cooperation across the value chain. At the same time, digital technologies are creating whole new forms of collaboration. Open innovation allows stakeholders and partners to work together to solve complex problems and redefine what is possible.

Our open innovation framework

Stahl’s approach to open innovation focuses on sectors where we can make the biggest positive impact. Our partnerships are mostly concentrated in the following areas:

  • Renewable feedstocks: working with biotechnology partners to de-fossilize our raw material and production processes
  • Advanced functional chemistry: tapping into external expertise to develop enhanced chemical solutions for a variety of industries
  • Water quality: co-developing solutions that reduce water consumption and pollution

Using our ‘scout, screen, develop’ strategy, we identify and connect to the right partners, allowing us to focus our resources on the most promising technologies and improve our chances of successful innovation.

This process is a constant cycle: we continue to scan the innovation landscape for new developments while exploring our current partnerships. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to lasting innovations in responsible chemistry by collaborating in cross-functional teams connecting both internal and external expertise & know-how.

If you think you have an idea or a technology that might be relevant for Stahl, please reach out to the Open Innovation Team by filling out the form below.

Our partnerships in open innovation

At Stahl we aim to collaborate with a wide range of partners. Below you can find examples of our partnerships in the development of innovative new materials.

Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB)

Stahl is a member of CLIB, an international open-innovation cluster active in biotechnology and the circular economy. Together with other members, we actively explore ways to use more biotechnology in...
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Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI)

As one of the RCI’s eleven founding companies, Stahl helps to support and accelerate the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon.  
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BIONIPU

We are part of the BIO NIPU project, a partnership to develop 100% bio-based and non-toxic polyurethanes for the textile and synthetic rubber industries.
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CHAMPION project

Stahl is a partner in the CHAMPION project, which aims to replace conventional materials with new bio-based polymers.
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HP latex inks

Stahl works together with HP to make the printing of synthetic surfaces more sustainable and durable. HP Latex Ink with Stahl coating creates prints that stand out.
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The latest news on open innovation

Below you can find recent updates on developments related to open innovation within Stahl.

Stahl to engage leather-industry stakeholders worldwide through ACLE webina...

Waalwijk, The Netherlands, 17 August 2021 – Stahl, an active proponent of responsible chemistry, will continue its digital program for the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) 2021, following the recen...
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Diversity: no boundaries, no frontiers

Stahl has facilities around the world, and at these facilities the world converges with international teams, working closely together. One example is our research chemists, who work on a daily basis t...
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Stahl COVID-19 update

The impact of lockdowns and travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic are still having a material impact on society and business activity. In particular, transport and logistics bottlenecks...
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Paolo Bavaj
Paolo Bavaj
Chief Innovation and Development Officer

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