ANY QUESTIONS LEFT?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE uddeholmstrip IDEA PORTAL?
The main purpose is to open up the innovation process to everyone. We believe that the real value for our customers is created when we engage every stakeholder and ask openly for improvement and new ideas.
WHO CAN SUBMIT IDEAS?
Everyone! Customers, Employees, Suppliers as well as external innovators.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY IDEA?
After an idea is submitted, we will review it as per specific internal criteria for it to be developed further. In most cases, the responsible department will discuss it internally. After that, we will get back to you to provide feedback and continue the discussion towards eventual realization.
WHAT IS THE MAIN CRITERIA FOR AN IDEA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS?
Naturally, for external innovators, the main criteria will be the uniqueness of the idea. One of the other criterias will be the size of the effort required to realize the potential business case behind the idea for us. Of course, it is always helpful if the idea has the potential to fulfill our direct needs or pre-defined goals of growth and profitability.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY REGARDING NON-DISCLOSURE INFORMATION AND PATENTS?
We follow strict guidelines from voestalpine on these matters. The basic principle for innovation ideas is to have a fair approach towards the important topics. If your idea is already patented, we are open to license it. Alternately, we can co-patent it with you or discuss monetary compensations as well.