RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Ambition driven by innovation
Total Additives and Special Fuels relies on the Group’s research facilities (three research centres for the Marketing & Services branch) and on a large number of scientific partnerships that the Group or its branches have established with French, European and international universities. It is in this manner that we formulate and develop tomorrow’s products.
Scientific partnerships with high level specialists from the academic world are supplemented by studies carried out by our own researchers, in particular within the Solaize Research Centre, in the Lyon region. All this work leads to patents’ filing, protecting our know-how worldwide and ensuring that our solutions remain original. Our strength thus resides in the close cooperation existing between developers and researchers for the successful conduct of the development programmes.
Working towards the products of the future
Our Marketing Development department relies on the Total Group’s research division for designing the products of the future. The differences in regulatory requirements throughout the world and constant environmental progress (in particular the reduction of greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions) underpin our innovation strategy.
Issues such as the decrease in the amount of sulphur or the disappearance of lead from fuel a few years ago have opened new opportunities for specific additives. Finally, to support the industrialisation of our solutions, we are working with industrial partners who custom manufacture, often exclusively for us, the active ingredients which then enable us to develop250 to 300 new products each year.
We take each of your challenges as a fresh opportunity to act and to innovate!