Research & Development and Innovation

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION (R&D&I) ARE THE THREE PILLARS ON WHICH THE BUSINESS MODEL OF THE GRESMALT GROUP IS BASED

The activities of R&D transform the resources invested by the company into new knowledge, while innovation is the process that transforms this knowledge into new business opportunities.

The R&D of the Gresmalt Group is divided into three different interdependent activities:

1. Industrial Research is the investigation aimed at creating and acquiring new scientific, technological and managerial knowledge. This knowledge enables the experimental development of new ceramic products and processes to manufacture them.

2. Aesthetic Research is the creation of new ceramic products capable of combining Italian design and style with the technological and functional properties of building ceramics.

3. Experimental Development combines the knowledge acquired from Industrial and Aesthetic Research and from professional experience. This knowledge is then used to create prototypes of materials, technological solutions or ceramic collections in an experimental environment aimed at validating their industrial feasibility.

For the Gresmalt Group innovation is the process that transforms the ceramic product developed, thanks to R&D activities, into a concrete commercial success. The creation of value is therefore the distinguishing feature of the Gresmalt Group’s innovation.

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION (R&D&I) ARE THE THREE PILLARS ON WHICH THE BUSINESS MODEL OF THE GRESMALT GROUP IS BASED

The activities of R&D transform the resources invested by the company into new knowledge, while innovation is the process that transforms this knowledge into new business opportunities.

The R&D of the Gresmalt Group is divided into three different interdependent activities:

1. Industrial Research is the investigation aimed at creating and acquiring new scientific, technological and managerial knowledge. This knowledge enables the experimental development of new ceramic products and processes to manufacture them.

2. Aesthetic Research is the creation of new ceramic products capable of combining Italian design and style with the technological and functional properties of building ceramics.

3. Experimental Development combines the knowledge acquired from Industrial and Aesthetic Research and from professional experience. This knowledge is then used to create prototypes of materials, technological solutions or ceramic collections in an experimental environment aimed at validating their industrial feasibility.

For the Gresmalt Group innovation is the process that transforms the ceramic product developed, thanks to R&D activities, into a concrete commercial success. The creation of value is therefore the distinguishing feature of the Gresmalt Group’s innovation.

LARGE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Starting from 2015, Gresmalt has been implementing an Open Innovation strategy, that is a systematic activity of the dissemination of business knowledge and know-how using input from other companies and universities.

This strategy has been put into practice by signing inter-company and collaboration agreements with universities to synergistically integrate the various sets of knowledge into one single co-innovation process with the aim of creating shared value.

These partnerships have made it possible to set up competitive consortia to compete with R&D projects in national and European tenders capable of supporting activities and promoting innovation.

The core theme of all projects is the implementation of the principles of sustainability in business operating models using digital technologies and the Industry 4.0 paradigm as enabling factors.

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Gresmalt Innovability Hub: Where Innovation And Sustainability Converge

Sustainability as a key factor of innovation

For the Gresmalt Group, sustainable innovation is the new driver of competitiveness because today innovation and sustainability are two interdependent concepts. In order to create value, innovation strategies must be oriented towards operational efficiency and sustainable growth, while sustainability practices, to be effective, require innovation as an enabling factor.

The orientation towards operational efficiency has always been in the DNA of the Gresmalt Group and today the entire organisation, thanks to this value, is oriented towards translating the results of Research and Development activities into concrete action capable of creating value for the company and stakeholders.

A space for innovators

Gresmalt Innovability HUB is a transversal function of the organisation that is committed to coordinating innovation processes and transferring research and development results to the market. The company includes several business functions that work towards these aims: Administration and Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Logistics, Information Systems, Environment and Safety, Quality and Certifications, Marketing and Sales, Innovation and Sustainability.

Open innovation for innovability

Gresmalt Group facilitates Innovability with open innovation, i.e. that model of innovation management based on collaboration with institutions outside the company, technology suppliers and customers. To accelerate internal innovation and technology transfer, the Gresmalt Group has various forms of partnerships with universities. These are collaborations in Research and Development projects that promote the dissemination of knowledge and the technological transfer of results to the market. The following are partners of the Gresmalt Group for Innovability: the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid, the Università di Pavia, the University of Calabria, the University of Sassari, the University of Bolzano and the University of Brescia.​

Gresmalt Innovability Hub: Where Innovation And Sustainability Converge

Sustainability as a key factor of innovation

For the Gresmalt Group, sustainable innovation is the new driver of competitiveness because today innovation and sustainability are two interdependent concepts. In order to create value, innovation strategies must be oriented towards operational efficiency and sustainable growth, while sustainability practices, to be effective, require innovation as an enabling factor.

The orientation towards operational efficiency has always been in the DNA of the Gresmalt Group and today the entire organisation, thanks to this value, is oriented towards translating the results of Research and Development activities into concrete action capable of creating value for the company and stakeholders.

A space for innovators

Gresmalt Innovability HUB is a transversal function of the organisation that is committed to coordinating innovation processes and transferring research and development results to the market. The company includes several business functions that work towards these aims: Administration and Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Logistics, Information Systems, Environment and Safety, Quality and Certifications, Marketing and Sales, Innovation and Sustainability.

Open innovation for innovability

Gresmalt Group facilitates Innovability with open innovation, i.e. that model of innovation management based on collaboration with institutions outside the company, technology suppliers and customers. To accelerate internal innovation and technology transfer, the Gresmalt Group has various forms of partnerships with universities. These are collaborations in Research and Development projects that promote the dissemination of knowledge and the technological transfer of results to the market. The following are partners of the Gresmalt Group for Innovability: the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid, the Università di Pavia, the University of Calabria, the University of Sassari, the University of Bolzano and the University of Brescia.​


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GRUPPO CERAMICHE GRESMALT S.P.A
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Via Statale 467 45 // 42013 Casalgrande (RE) Italy
Sales Headquarters:
Via Mosca 38, 41049 Sassuolo (MO) – Italy

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