Innovation on the move
Within Wavin we drive innovation to bring solutions to challenges that matter – building healthy, sustainable environments. Our global innovation team with more than 70 creative experts (several nationalities) aims to create change and drive disruptive human-centered innovations with maximum impact towards a better world - together with our customers and R&D/industry partners across the globe. Our team – in cooperation with the Wavin Business Units and Operating Companies – develops products from idea until market launch, and is responsible for the (second line) technical support of our global product portfolios.
At our main facilities in Dedemsvaart (the Netherlands) we house, amongst others, several extensively equipped accredited mechanical, application and analytical labs, a virtual simulation (CAE) lab, field test facilities (a test house as well as outdoor areas), prototyping facilities, a pilot plant with injection moulding and extrusion lines and much more. Our experts are part of the following key teams: Product Innovation (Product Development, Electronics, Application, CAE, workshop), Process Innovation (Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Materials, Labs), PMO (Project Management) and Discovery (demonstrators, pre-innovation). Furthermore we have highly knowledgeable supporting teams with Certification & Standardization, IP (patents & trademarks) and Licensing experts.
Wavin Face Shields development
In 2020 our high drive and inspiring engineering team acted fast to support our health workers in need during the peak of Covid-19, when there was an urgent need for healthcare worker protection. We developed face protection shields in cooperation with healthcare professionals and realized the support in a record time: it took us less than 3 weeks from the idea of one of our engineers, until mass production, delivering tens of thousands of shields to several hospitals in the Netherlands. We donated 100.000 face shields to protect health workers in hospitals, elderly homes and other health care institutions, dentists, physiotherapists and many others.