Sustainable innovation programmes
From high performance thermal insulation panels over lightweight materials for the automotive industry to waste recycling and raw materials innovations, we want to be a leader in the transformation to a circular economy and a low-carbon society.
Our R&D specialists at the Sustainable Innovation Department (SID) work together in multidisciplinary teams to shape the future of Recticel innovations. Alignment with Group and business line strategies and priorities is ensured by permanent dialogue between business line product development teams and SID innovation teams.
Our R&D efforts are now centred around five innovation programmes, each led by an Innovation Manager. Four of the programmes are aligned with the future needs of business lines, such as developing new comfort foam for bedding or seating applications, or finding solutions to fulfil the requirements for technical foams in the field of silencing. Developing new insulation solutions with lower Lambda values is high on our agenda, as are further weight reductions in our automotive interiors technology.
The fifth or ‘corporate’ programme coordinates all initiatives to prepare durable polyurethane products for the circular economy. This covers the whole value chain of our products, from raw materials to studying how polyurethane can be recycled and reused. As part of this programme, we recently acquired a company in France that offers us the ability to transform flexible foam production waste into high-performance acoustic insulation. Another example is the use of a new CO2 based polyol to produce of flexible foam products for bedding and seating. The partial replacement of oil by CO2 reduces the carbon footprint of our products.
These five programmes underpin our sustainability strategy to address new societal needs and support the transition towards a circular economy. In doing so, we differentiate ourselves as a company and create shared value for all stakeholders.