We lead the largest R&D organisation in the industry, with six innovation centres, 300 researchers and 1,500 active patents. We collaborate with more than 40 leading academic institutions and hundreds of startups, to constantly drive innovation and digitalization to make more with less. From machine learning across our plants and logistics, to 3D printing technology and digital apps enabling sustainable roads, we’re pushing the boundaries of innovation to shape a smarter, greener future for all.

Pioneering new technologies to accelerate the transition to a renewable economy

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Industry leading R&D

Innovation drives everything we do. It’s why we’ve built the largest R&D organisation in the industry with a global centre in Lyon, France, six regional hubs, and 300 skilled researchers working on over 1,500 active patents. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we partner with more than 40 leading academic institutions and hundreds of start-ups around the world, to enable breakthrough ideas and stay at the forefront of sustainable building.

Shaping the Plants of Tomorrow

Using new digital technologies like robotics, AI and automation, we’re creating the plants of the future. From remote plant management to predictive maintenance, we’re building the next era of operational efficiency.

Advancing construction techniques

Holcim is driving digitalization to augment its business end-to-end, from plants and logistics to construction materials and solutions. Using technologies from sensors and drones, to datafication, artificial intelligence and machine learning we are leading the industry. Take our digital platform ORIS, developed with IBM, which enables us to optimise sustainable road construction, from design to maintenance. Or the 3D printed windmills we develop with GE and Cobod. Higher than previous windmills, this enables them to generate 25% more clean power.

A unique open-innovation ecosystem

With our focus on building a world that is smarter, we launched Holcim Accelerator and Holcim Maqer. Both platforms enable us to work collaboratively with hundreds of innovative start-ups around the world. We support gifted digital minds, new to the building industry, by sharing knowledge and insight. Helping to drive forward-thinking ideas, at scale, across the business.