Driving the Future

Thanks to its recyclability, durability, versatility, ease-of-use, cleanliness and aesthetic appeal, many of the applications that will soon define how we live more sustainably are embracing the benefits of stainless steel and alloys – making it the materials of the future. From fuel cells to wind turbines and low emission and electrical vehicles, Aperam is driving this future through its commitment to R&D and innovation.

R&D by the Numbers

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3 R&D Centres

Timóteo - Brazil / Imphy & Isbergues - France

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130
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€18 million R&D
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Our team of 130 researchers are committed to developing innovative new applications for stainless steel and alloys. Our three dedicated R&D centres design value-added products and solutions in terms of grade, surface aspect, functionality and properties to address the unresolved challenges of our customers. Aperam’s commitment to innovation is reflected in the €18 million that we have invested in R&D. As a result of this ongoing investment, new products continue to account for an increasingly large share of our portfolio.

Stainless and Alloys Solutions

We offer multiple, high-performance and innovative stainless and alloys solutions that are environmentally friendly and tailored to our customers’ expectations from technical assistance to product co-development.
If your request is more technical, we also offer the opportunity to benefit from the support of Research and Development centre.

Your Partner in Innovation

Stainless Steel Research Centre
A one-stop-shop for all technical questions relating to the production and use of austenitic, ferritic, martensitic and duplex stainless steels, along with Iron Nickel and Iron Cobalt products. Located in our Isbergues production plant (Stainless) and in Imphy (Alloys), the Research Centres are the heart of our global technical network that includes research centres across Europe and Brazil and that work in partnership with several world-renowned universities and expertise centres. Through this network, our customers have access to: support in optimising their processes; devices for tool and part modelling; welding and forming support; and the latest grades offered by Aperam.
Alloys “Pierre Chevenard research center”
It has its own experimental means, from the development of laboratory heats to complete characterization of the alloys use properties
It also uses the resources and expertise of the Group and other Research Centers as well as those university laboratories with whom it maintains close relationships.
Co-development
By listening to our customer’s demands and collaborating with them, together we develop the high-quality, innovative products they need to stay at the forefront of an always-evolving industry. Our engineers assist in the design and execution of new medium- to long-term projects. Aperam also helps optimise our customers’ manufacturing process, evaluate how they can reduce costs, enhance the skills of their personnel, and provide their team with the technical training needed to succeed.
Força Inox & Atelier Inox Training
The Atelier Inox 2.5-day introduction to stainless steel programme focuses on the versatility of our wide range of grades, with the aim of helping customers identify the best possible solution for their needs. Brazil’s Força Inox training offers different options, from a one-week technical training to spot seminars. Both programmes include opportunities to get hands-on experience with the grades, along with workshop visits. Topics covered include corrosion resistance, welding, forming and stamping. The targeted audience ranges from design offices up to production technicians.