With its properties of lightness, strength, formability, corrosion-resistance and infinite recyclability, aluminium is the ideal solution for many applications. Constellium products bring innovative qualities to our three main markets of automotive, aerospace and packaging, including reduced fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
However, constant innovation is required to make sure that aluminium remains a material of choice, capable of delivering sustainable and proven advantages to our customers and to consumers worldwide.
Based in Voreppe, France, C-TEC, our technology center, has a proven track record of conceiving and incubating ideas that shape the world.
Sometimes these innovations may take the form of incremental improvements. At other times, they can be true breakthroughs. At all times, we believe that an innovation must be commercially viable if it is to be adopted by our customers and incorporated in transformational products that must deliver in the marketplace. So instead of focusing on the number of patents we file, we monitor the percentage of annual Constellium sales generated by products or processes created in the previous five years.
One of our Key Performance Indicators tracks the contribution that recently developed products make to total sales: in 2015, 13.3% of sales were from innovative products, ahead of our target of 10%. This was due in particular to our performance in the automotive and transportation sectors as well as the roll-out of our AIRWARE® technology.