Innovation is a key driver of Bekaert’s technological leadership.  Ever since the establishment of the company back in 1880,  innovation has been a top priority within Bekaert. The invention of reverse twist barbed wire, patented in 1881, may not impress you as an example of high-tech innovation today, it certainly was 135 years ago! By the way, we still manufacture this product today.

Bekaert’s innovation process today is a structured process that covers the entire flow from idea generation to market introduction.

Bekaert-Innovation-idea_funnel

Ideas from all over the Bekaert community are captured via an interactive web based innovation portal. Incoming new ideas are evaluated in view of feasibility and opportunities. Selected ideas get approved and supported for further development. 

Innovation does not only take place in Research labs: Bekaert’sproduction platforms also work on continuous product and process improvement programs, and do this in alignment with a global innovation and operational excellence team.  

Protecting our intellectual property

As a technology leader, we make significant strides in protecting our intellectual property, both for new and for improved technologies and for processes, products and equipment. In the course of 2013, 43 first patent applications were filed.

Contact info

Katelijn Bohez
Chief Communications Officer

President Kennedypark 18
8500 Kortrijk - Belgium

Telephone: +32 56 23 05 11
Telefax: +32 56 23 05 48

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better together

  • transmission-cable

    Situation

    Alcan and Bekaert joined forces to install 210 miles of transmission cable

    Solution

    Bekaert seamlessly adjusted the lengths of the reels to help Alcan’s trucks drive through mountainous terrain

    Result

    Alcan could meet their customer’s delivery requirements

  • Algeciras-port

    Situation

    Optimal reinforcement required for the concrete pavement of the Algeciras port terminal in Spain.

    Solution

    Concrete strengthened with Dramix steel fibers, offering high fatigue resistance and load bearing capacity.

    Result

    The solution largely exceeds the Spanish standard for the design and construction of port pavement set at a durability of at least 25 years.

  • ski

    Situation

    Skiers count on safety when they go up the mountain

    Solution

    In close cooperation Bekaert developed superior quality wires that meet the technical customer requirements of ropeway constructors

    Result

    The customer handles the production of the cables, but also on-site weaving (or splicing) and installation. The cables have a life expectancy up to 40 years

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