A R&D centre of excellence, open to the world, turning innovation into value creation
CRM Group is a collective research centre having as Core Members two major worldwide steel companies (ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel) and as Associated Members numerous companies producing non-ferrous metals, providing services to the steel industry or promoting the use of metals.
We have been entrusted with the mission of creating value for our Members through innovation in metallic products, metallic solutions and associated production processes.
Our technical and R&D services are also available to external companies, with a special focus on services to SMEs and towards European, Belgian and regional economies.
A truly holistic approach of process & product integration
At CRM Group, each and every laboratory investigation, pilot-plant simulation or demonstration project on industrial site is carried-out by multidisciplinary teams of highly qualified researchers.
These truly integrated R&D teams intrinsically combine their knowledge into a holistic approach of process -product development which materialises in solutions that readily harvest value for our industrial partners.
The bridge between science and market
One of the key features of the CRM Group is our experience in scaling-up new production processes and new metallic products from the laboratory scale on which they have initially been developed up to the very large production sizes that are common in the steel industry.
We notably operate unique pilot facilities addressing all the metal production stages: preparation of raw materials and by-products, pyro-metallurgy, casting of liquid metal, thermo-mechanical treatments, coating processes and final shaping into full-scale product prototypes. These lines were mostly conceived, designed and constructed by our internal engineering department.
Thanks to a better control of scaling-up risks, the CRM Group thus reduces the time-to-market and improves R&D profitability.
A reference in metal production, innovative coatings and applications
Through its innovative R&D contributions, the CRM Group is continuously building knowledge on the production, transformation, coating and use of metallic materials. Over the years, we have thus acquired an impressive international reputation in the development of breakthrough processes and an undisputed expertise in the field of coated metallic products. The worldwide exploitation of our patented processes, products and technologies is a clear indication that our approach and results adequately meet the needs of the industry.
In Belgium, we are among the few Accredited Research Centres recognised by the Walloon Region, we have been granted with the ISO 9001 certification and many of our technical tests are accredited ISO 17025. We are also actively supported by the Flemish region, the Belgian authorities and the European Union.