Operational since June this year, situated near Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport in the Chesnes International Business Park, the largest logistics centre in the Rhône-Alpes region, our new Innovation Centre addresses two fundamental priorities: creative process efficiency and accelerated knowledge sharing within the Group. It has been designed by and for our R&D, technical, quality and training teams for the prime purpose of developing products that address real-world needs.
The ParexGroup Innovation Centre was officially opened on 21st October at a ceremony attended by many French and international customers, suppliers, employees and regional VIPs.
A laboratory worthy of the Group's ambitions for innovation
The new building facilitates a time-to-market* structure that guarantees the performance of our products. The laboratory is connected directly to the associated test facilities so that technical solutions can be evaluated in real-life conditions, and researchers can draw on the experience of our quality and training teams who work directly with industry professionals. As part of responding even more effectively to the needs of our customers, anticipating those needs, continuing to grow our business and making an active contribution to the process of shaping change, this innovation hub benefits ourselves and our customers, set us apart from our competitors, and adds a new level of proximity to the relationships we have with our industrial partners.
Becoming more internally competitive
Another aim of this new lab is to create an ecosystem and a nerve centre for developing and designing our future technologies. The goal is to put together collaborative projects with our other research centres around the world. Acting as a powerful catalyst, we intend the Innovation Centre to create a corporate culture that encourages innovation at every level of the organisational structure to further enhance awareness of the ParexGroup brand and its values. Don't forget that the R&D function is based not only in France, but also in China, with a second central laboratory, and in those countries where we operate subsidiary companies, almost all of which have their own application laboratory.
*Open innovation: collaborative product design.
*Time to market: being synchronised with the market and responding more effectively to it