Innovations are important to our company so that we are able to maintain our competitiveness, and carry out our strategy. By our definition, innovations are new products, services, or processes that bring financial added value to the company.
R&D is responsible for the coordination of innovations, and the development of the innovation process. We cooperate with the refineries, and our business areas. We use and develop various tools for initial brainstorming and the development of ideas in the innovation process, and we actively reward our personnel for good ideas.
The best ideas are screened for implementation either by the business or refinery operations, or as R&D projects. We utilize patents consistently to appropriately protect the results of our R&D work, and we actively defend our immaterial rights.