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.


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.

better together

  • transmission-cable


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


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


    Alcan could meet their customer’s delivery requirements

  • ski


    Skiers count on safety when they go up the mountain


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


    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

  • Bezinal-2000


    Although zinc provides a barrier to corrosion in most environments, specific conditions accelerate the corrosion process


    Bekaert, drawing from its deep expertise in coating technology, has developed an advanced zinc/aluminum coating


    Bezinal® 2000 increases corrosion resistance with up to 500% compared to traditional galvanization

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