How to drive innovation across the chemical industry through collaborative partnerships?

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The term ‘open innovation’ describes the process of uncovering new ideas, reducing risk and leveraging expertise from outside as well as inside an organisation. The primary aim… to accelerate innovation. At the upcoming CIEX 2016 conference on Sep 28-29 in Frankfurt, chief innovation experts from Swarovski, Clariant, DSM, Beckers Group will speak about how they have implemented collaborative partnerships to drive innovation in their respective organisations.

Hannes Erler, Director Open Innovation Networks at Swarovski will be discussing the pros and cons of open innovation; and provide examples of successful open innovation frameworks. He will also be sharing how innovation and commercialisation of new product developments largely depend on external collaborations and partnerships.

Within the open innovation theme, Clariant’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Martin Vollmer will touch upon how “inside-out” and “outside-in” collaborations can steer the development of ground-breaking and sustainable innovations in this current challenging economic climate. He will also discuss how to overcome the barriers of driving growth in emerging markets such as China.

In another presentation, Dr. Rob Beudeker, Vice President Innovation – Human Nutrition and Health from DSM will be examining on how to leverage on external partnerships to drive innovation. There will be two prongs to this discussion i.e. public-private partnerships and philanthropic partnerships, both playing important roles in creating competitive advantage to companies.

As we may all know, suppliers play an important role in ensuring the sustainability in innovation. Therefore, Becker’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bernd Vogel will be sharing how a successful client-supplier partnership can boost innovation including key challenges in implementing a successful R&D collaboration framework and meeting clients’ expectations. He will be giving many examples on how to work with clients to drive successful innovation in the paint sector.

More reasons to attend CIEX 2016 include:

  • 20+ speakers from Europe, the US and Latin America
  • Discuss with your peers to find out more about the latest developments in the field
  • Meet CxOs, R&D and Innovation Experts and Key Buyers all in one place
  • Hear from our R&D and Innovation Experts on innovation trends placing them at the forefront of their industries

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