“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.” (J. Paul Getty). Empirical knowledge is indispensable as a solid working basis, but external stimuli and a certain degree of “constructive dissatisfaction” are equally important.

The starting point for every innovation process is readiness to question the status quo – even if things are apparently functioning well. That is what drives creativity. It calls for intuition and imaginativeness on the one hand, but at the same time also structure and a systematic approach.

New ideas often arise through association, i.e. unconventional combinations of already known properties or methods.

In the past, development work was frequently done “behind closed doors”, but in today’s age of global networks, comprehensive information exchange has become vital – especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. The image of an inventor in his secret workshop has long since ceased to reflect reality.

Steelconcept contributes regularly to joint research projects with the Chemnitz University of Technology, the Dresden University of Technology, the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences and further scientific and industrial partners. Especially in the field of construction, the important maxim here is that the implementation of new developments demands patience and stamina – a quick-fire approach rarely hits the bull’s eye.