Together with our partners, customers, and academic researchers, our best-in-class R&D teams develop the most innovative products, solutions, and services, as well as advanced manufacturing processes. Holcim Research & Development (R&D) is driven by our customers, who face today’s major challenges: achieving energy efficiency, lowering the cost of construction, reducing our environmental footprint, and meeting high standards of aesthetics, health, comfort, and well-being.


Innovating sustainable building through R&D

New solutions are helping us and our customers to support a more sustainable built environment. We constantly improve our manufacturing processes, by capturing thermal energy, recycling it into the process, and sourcing power from renewable sources. Our expertise in cement chemistry allows our R&D teams to design lower-carbon cements and partner with the world’s most advanced start-ups. We also offer solutions for constructors and homeowners that make the energy efficiency of their buildings higher and the energy costs lower. For example, with Airium, a mineral insulating foam technology, you can build and insulate at the same time.


Innovation for unique structures

The combination of beauty and functionality makes many buildings challenging, and architects and engineers look for building solution with a variety of qualities: resistance to compression, ductility, longevity, eco-efficiency, insulation and aesthetics. Our solutions enable architects worldwide to turn their imagination into beautiful and durable iconic buildings. For example, with its resistance to compression, low porosity and ductility, Ductal is ideal for bridges as well as beautiful façade panels.


Quick facts about R&D at Holcim

The R&D center in Lyon is the first of its kind in the industry. We currently have over 1,500 patents or patent applications, and our network of local labs spans all five continents, being home to a great variety of in-house expertise: chemists, physicists, engineers, architects, masons, and more!


Innovation for new opportunities

We know that innovation is permanent and fast, and to make sure that Holcim remains ahead of the pack, we continuously develop our capabilities to track the latest trends and innovations. From leading research institutes, schools and universities, to customers, suppliers and startups, we believe that collaboration with networks of stakeholders outside our organization is key to innovate and differentiate in our industry.


Expanding Holcim’s academic network

Holcim currently works with forty leading university departments around the world in fields ranging from materials science to civil engineering to sustainable construction. To find out more and join our network click here.