Research & Development

Together with our partners and customers, our best-in-class R&D teams develop the most innovative products, solutions, and services, as well as advanced manufacturing processes. LafargeHolcim Research & Development (R&D) is driven by our customers, who face today’s major challenges: achieving energy efficiency, lowering cost of construction, reducing our environmental footprint, and meeting high standards of aesthetics, health, comfort, and well-being.


Innovating sustainable building through R&D

New solutions are helping us and our customers to support a more sustainable built environment. We constantly improve our manufacturing processes, by capturing thermal energy, recycling it into the process, and sourcing power from renewable sources. Our expertise in cement chemistry allows our R&D teams to design lower-carbon cements and partner with the world’s most advanced start-ups. We also offer solutions for constructors and homeowners that make the energy efficiency of their buildings higher and the energy costs lower. For example, with Airium, a mineral insulating foam technology, you can build and insulate at the same time.

Innovation for unique structures

The combination of beauty and functionality makes many buildings challenging, and architects and engineers look for building solution with a variety of qualities: resistance to compression, ductility, longevity, eco-efficiency, insulation and aesthetics. Our solutions enable architects worldwide to turn their imagination into beautiful and durable iconic buildings. For example, with its resistance to compression, low porosity and ductility, Ductal is ideal for bridges as well as beautiful façade panels.

Innovation for new opportunities

We know that innovation is permanent and fast, and to make sure that LafargeHolcim remains ahead of the pack, we continuously develop our capabilities to track the latest trends and innovations. From leading research institutes, schools and universities, to customers, suppliers and startups, we believe that collaboration with networks of stakeholders outside our organization is key to innovate and differentiate in our industry.

Quick facts about R&D at LafargeHolcim

  • The R&D center in Lyon is the first of its kind in the industry
  • We currently have over 1,500 patents or patent applications
  • Our network of local labs spans all five continents
  • Our network is home to  a great variety of in-house expertise: chemists, physicists, engineers, architects, masons, and more!
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LH Accelerator is an intensive 6-month program dedicated to accelerate the growth of innovative companies and start-ups in the building industry. Led by 3 major groups LafargeHolcim, CCCC and Sika, the program offers a unique access to a high level technical, market and entrepreneurial expertise.