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Together for Smarter science to improve lives™

Today our customers face ever greater demands from consumers; continuous innovation, improved customer experience, added functionality, enhanced aesthetics and more sustainably produced products. Value chain collaborations are critical to satisfying end consumers.

With the current challenges the world is facing, such as climate change, limits to resource availability and a need for circularity of plastics even the best companies can no longer solve this on their own. The power of a network is proportional to the square number of users. We believe in open relations and have developed mature successful partnerships based on trust and commitment. We need to do more.

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Innovation delivery through value chain partnerships

Croda is a market leading organisation and has direct insight into our global, regional and local customer needs through our own global sales distribution channel.
Our direct customer contact makes sure we engage and develop innovative technologies and ingredients to meet market needs. In today’s world though, this is not enough, and we believe in the power of creating agile networks, bringing different knowledge, experiences and insights together to deliver better innovation faster.

Over the years we have established fruitful collaborations with our customers around the world. And we have good experiences with open innovation projects where we collaborate with universities or research institutes often combined with customers or brand owners, to develop novel solutions along the value chain.
In recent years we started collaborations with end specifiers, polymer formulators, plastic compounders and with other raw material suppliers with mutual interests.

If you share this vision, please get in touch today and we will identify the opportunities where we can work together, in smart partnership, for the future.

What partnerships are we interested in?

We have defined the following areas of interest for collaborative activities:

  • High-value plastics that offer high performance durable and potentially circular design solutions in high-end mobility, electronic and consumer applications
  • Scratch recovery to extend product lifetime of polymer surfaces
  • Biopolymers
  • Adhesives for lightweight, durable, and flexible substrate design
  • Bio-based durable innovations in the CASE market
  • Circular plastic solutions for multi-material products and mechanical plastic recycling
  • Flexible electronics

True partnerships are those that offer mutual benefits and where cultures facilitate an open, creative, stimulating and fun environment to success. This is what we strive for in any collaboration in addition to c technical and/or commercial experience that complements our own.

Across Croda, we have set an ambition to become climate, land and people positive by 2030. This aspiration is at the heart of everything we do, and all our partnerships are carefully assessed to ensure they contribute to our 2030 ambitions.

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Here you can read about some of the partnerships we had or are currently engaged with:

  1. Innovate UK Funding in ISCF Smart Sustainable Packaging Challenge
    Croda’s Smart Materials business will work in collaboration with Queens University Belfast to develop a new sustainable novel polymer additive solution to enable more efficient and sustainable processing of PET bottles, while having no impact on recyclability of the PET.
  2. Self-Healing Materials. Croda has an Open Innovation program with the renowned Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, at the Novel Aerospace Materials Group. Research has focused mainly on self-healing polyimides and polyurethanes, helping us to understand the healing mechanisms and other material properties.
  3. Akzo Paint the Future Project. We have been selected as one of the 5 supplier programs to collaborate with Akzo on intrinsic Self-Healing Coating solutions.
  4. We are partner of EPEA, an innovation partner in the Netherlands for companies to develop circular product solutions.
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Our 2030 sustainability goals

Croda's Executive Committee spent time working with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL), developing our sustainability strategy to 2030, ensuring our alignment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As part of our Commitment to being Climate, Land and People Positive we have developed targets that link back to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, which mature in 2030. These stretching targets will drive our current and future sustainability programme.

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