Innovation

leading in innovation and sustainability


At Holcim, we are pushing the boundaries of innovation to shape the future of building and make it work for people and the planet. To make a bigger difference, we’re partnering with the brightest minds in our sector.

Cutting-edge research and development


We operate in an open innovation ecosystem, working with hundreds of start-ups, like-minded companies and leading academic institutions.

It all begins in our industry-leading Innovation Center in Lyon with over 200 researchers. To spread innovation across our markets, they work in close collaboration with our regional innovation hubs, from Mumbai to Mexico. Together with our commercial teams, they support our customers for all their building needs from concept to creation.

Our experts cut across all fields of building, from advanced engineering and material science, to artificial intelligence and data mining, all the way to masonry. They drive cutting-edge research in more than 15 areas, from CO2 reduction to ultra high strength concrete and 3D printing technologies. More than 300 products were launched in 2021, an objective reached one year early.

Renowned innovation initiatives

Holcim Accelerator


An intensive 6-month program to accelerate innovative start-up growth

Holcim MAQER


Establishes partnerships to drive innovation at a massive scale

Plants of Tomorrow


One of the industry’s largest roll-outs of Industry 4.0 technologies

Holcim’s R&D teams develop the most innovative products, solutions and services designed to support sustainable buildings in use.

Innovation emerges through collaboration. Our global network of partners is critical in helping us think outside the box.

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