Our breakthrough


Innovations that without compromising on quality and customer warranties meet a growing demand for more sustainable industrial coatings.

Managing breakthrough innovations

To make our coatings more sustainable requires long-term research into altering the chemistry of our products without compromising on quality and the warranties that we offer on Coil Coatings. To achieve our ambitions, we need breakthrough innovations that are more sustainable from both a functionality and material perspective.

Why breakthrough innovations are material to us

Read more about the associated risks and opportunities with breakthrough innovations and our materiality assessment in our Performance Report 2023.

Performance Report

In the stream Products with Impact, Beckers’ overall ambition is to provide high-performance coatings that help advance society while protecting the planet. We assess several areas: raw material choices, decarbonization, product performance for applicators and end users, and more sustainable solutions for scrapped painted materials. By 2030, our breakthrough innovations shall be net-sustainable. This means that 100% of all new products will be from our BSI Achiever class.

Learning and growing together

We provide training for all our R&D employees on the BSI and sustainable products and ensure they are thoroughly informed about Beckers’ 2030 Goals. With the help of our Breakthrough Innovation Roadmap, which includes all global R&D projects, resources, technical capabilities, information management, collaborations, and equipment, we make sure we are on the right track.

Why we believe in the potential of UV/EB coatings

Our pioneering UV/EB Coil Coating technology, developed since 2005 and launched during 2023, marks a significant milestone in the construction industry’s quest for sustainability. Representing a breakthrough in low-carbon, energy-efficient solutions, our UV/EB coatings offer equivalent performance to traditional methods while delivering substantial benefits, including remarkable energy and carbon emission savings, reduced paint volume, and VOC emissions. With applications ranging from external façades to internal paneling, and ongoing explorations into new sectors, our commitment to advancing UV/EB technology underscores our dedication to environmental stewardship and innovation in the Coil Coating industry.

How we contribute to breakthrough innovations

Circular approaches are a major focus for our longer-term R&D and innovation activities. In 2023, we laid an important foundation for targeted R&D work at Beckers that aims to drive development toward the increased use of circular raw materials and renewable carbon. Together with around 20 key raw material suppliers in Europe and North America, which account for more than 60% of our spend, we created a roadmap toward renewable carbon, a mapping of supplier capabilities and supplier-specific product environmental footprint information. The cooperation also helped us to create a better understanding of the potential environmental impact improvement that can be expected  from the key raw material categories of our Coil Coatings by 2030. We are now integrating this important knowledge into our product innovation plan for the coming years.

We promote the use of renewable raw materials and develop coatings that provide functional sustainability benefits for customers and society. By collaborating with our upstream key partners, we are, among other things, focusing on securing access to more sustainable raw materials. At the same time, we work purposefully to identify products with issues in terms of their sustainability performance, or as they are called in the BSI, products identified as a Concern. The ambition is that these products will be fully phased out and excluded from Beckers’ product portfolio within five years of being identified. We are already making good progress and are fully committed to continue driving the development and commercialization of more sustainable products.

We are also looking into the possibility of circular chemistry and the ability to turn waste plastic into new raw materials that promote circularity and reduce emissions. There are several active projects under evaluation in these areas with external collaboration partners and technology providers. One example is our collaboration with our partners BioBTX and Symeres that aims to create a supply chain for sustainable aromatic monomers made from plastic waste.

Breaking the dependence on fossil fuels

Putting theory into practice is what breakthrough innovations are all about. Currently, approximately 90% of our product carbon footprint from cradle to gate is embedded in raw materials, primarily derived from fossil sources. However, decarbonization is not an option as organic chemistry requires carbon in the process. Nevertheless, alternative ways to derive the carbon from renewable, non-fossil sources are being developed.

Our vision to substitute fossil carbon with renewable carbon, which is derived from alternative sources including biomass, CO2 and recycling, can be a real game changer. As a sustainability leader in our industry, we are developing our renewable raw material base. Establishing external partnerships is essential and during 2023 we joined the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), initiated by the nova-Institute in Cologne, Germany. This collaboration aims to break our dependence on fossil fuels by exploring alternative ways to derive carbon from renewable, non-fossil sources, and contribute to a more sustainable future.

New Sustainable Innovation Centre to develop next generation UV/EB solutions

The construction of Beckers’ new Sustainable Innovation Centre in Liverpool, UK, will be completed during 2024, and double the capacity of the Beckers’ Long-Term Development (LTD) R&D team. As all Beckers’ new product development needs to be net-sustainable, the focus will be on the next generation of more sustainable coatings that are renewable and based on the concept of circularity. The Sustainable Innovation Centre will also showcase the latest in more sustainable coating solutions. The building’s walls and roof will use a cladding system that utilizes a partially bio-resin coating developed by Beckers for improved material sustainability. The coating applied to the roof will also use Beckry®Therm technology to improve thermal control in the building to reduce the energy required for air conditioning and extend the lifespan of the cladding system.

We want to be the industry leader, not a follower

We have identified close cooperation along the entire value chain and innovation management as key levers to develop breakthrough innovations. Our ambition is to be the industry leader, not follower. In 2023, as part of our current project to develop a holistic climate strategy, we established the carbon footprint baseline for all Beckers’ products and carried out a hotspot analysis to identify the major development areas. Our data shows that embedded carbon in raw materials represents approximately 90% of Beckers’ cradle to gate company carbon footprint. This enables us to identify areas of quick wins with the potential for rapid implementation with suppliers and customers.

What's happening in the R&D lab?

Tune in to a conversation between James Maxted, our Global Product Sustainability Director, and James Smith, our Global R&D Director for Long Term Development, as they review our main product accomplishments in 2023 and share what we're looking forward to in 2024.

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