Value creation through innovation

Innovation is in Alstom's DNA. Value creation through innovation is the third pillar of Alstom's 2020 strategy. It is both the key to technological differentiation and a means of creating added value and gaining a competitive edge.

Key figures

€248M R&D expenses

Top 100 Global

7,000 engineers

Staying a step ahead

Alstom has built an international reputation on the performance and technological lead provided by its transport solutions. The company is determined to maintain its focus on innovation to set itself apart from other market players while establishing its competitive edge and reducing the total cost of ownership of its products.

Alstom has structured an innovation process designed to identify and nurture the most promising ideas in line with the Group’s innovation strategy. Due to ongoing R&D investment and partnerships, we unveiled three new solutions for 2016/17: the zero-emission Coradia iLint regional train, the electric bus Aptis and the multimodal management system for urban transport Mastria.

For Alstom, smart innovation is a way to create a smarter mobility with added-value for rail transport passengers and operators. It is also a way to increase Alstom's assets, through a proper management of intellectual property and to enhance its efficiency and ways of working. Our objective is to make rail systems:

  • more efficient for operators (smart maintenance, cybersecurity, optimised total cost of ownership,  efficiency);
  • more attractive for passengers (on-board passenger experience, connectivity, real-time information);
  • and more integrated with other mode of transport (mutimodal operations, first and last mile mobility solution).

An ecosystem of innovation and creativity

Alstom promotes open innovation, partnering with a number of universities, research centres and start-ups. We are also involved in competitiveness clusters specialising in embedded systems and transport solutions for the future. Furthermore, Alstom developed partnerships with diverse stakeholders to strengthen its scope for innovation in line with its far-sighted approach. Since 2010, Alstom has been a sponsor of Aster Capital, a venture capital fund in innovative technologies. Through this proactive approach, Alstom creates a complete ecosystem with diverse stakeholders dedicated to innovation. 

Alstom encourages in-house creativity

Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO of Alstom, presenting the Innovation awards 2016

Alstom supports its R&D efforts by fostering a strong culture of innovation within the company, embodied by the annual “I NOVE YOU” competition.

Open to all employees across all business lines and sites, the competition rewards creativity in everyshape and form, spanning products, systems, processes, sustainable development, Open Innovation and more. In 2016, about 440 projects were submitted.

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