Partner with us
Innovation thrives when it’s driven by a diverse mix of ideas. This is why we always look to collaborate and share insight with our industry partners. This collaborative approach helps us to:
- Deliver more effective and sustainable solutions for customers
- Speed up time to market
- Ensure product and process differentiation
- Reduce R&D costs
We want to be the partner of choice for our customers, potential customers and technology developers. Together, we can build new supply chains, evaluate disruptive technology and bring solutions to market faster. Working collaboratively with customers has delivered innovations that meet very specific needs, as well as creating solutions with applications across a range of markets.
Sustainable innovation comes from working together. We seek and develop commercial relationships with organisations by forming Smart Partnerships, sharing knowledge and harnessing specialist expertise to benefit our customers. This includes developing novel technologies and bringing them to market faster, using our R&D and commercial networks to speed up progress.
Innovating with academia
Great ideas can come from virtually anywhere, so we have developed a global collaboration framework to help these ideas reach their potential and get to market. This includes strong working relationships with leading universities, academics and students, helping ensure the technologies and solutions we develop are able to reach the right markets. It’s a way to share world-class knowledge, expertise, facilities and equipment, including specialist knowledge of the markets we serve, formulations and product applications.
Collaborations with academia, university start-ups and technology enterprises mean our customers benefit from new approaches and ingredients to help them work smarter, with consumers benefiting from this constant innovation pipeline.
Are you an academic or student with a great idea?
We always want to hear new ideas and smart thinking and are open to collaborations on novel ingredients that offer performance benefits to our customers, or new processing technologies to help us manufacture products in more efficient and sustainable ways. To help us meet our ambitious Commitment to be Climate, Land and People Positive by 2030, we would like to further our knowledge in technical areas including:
- Reducing carbon cost
- Reducing energy consumption
- Reducing water usage
- Reducing manufacturing footprint
- Reducing emissions
Case Study: Collaboration to develop alternative vaccine adjuvants
In 2021 we established a strategic collaboration with the Danish Government’s life science research institute, Statens Serum Institute (SSI).
This collaboration will enable accelerated trials of alternatives to traditional aluminium-based adjuvants, providing new opportunities for the development of vaccines for diseases where effective vaccines do not currently exist, as well as more effective vaccines for a range of diseases. The collaboration encompasses manufacturing and commercialisation of two novel adjuvants, both of which are in clinical development. Studies show that both adjuvants induce strong immune responses, with one inducing both antibody and T-cell response and the other, which is already in use within cancer immunotherapy trials, facilitating production of CD8 + and T cells. This agreement, along with the significant investment at manufacturing sites in the USA and UK made in 2021, will increase our capability and capacity to support World Health Organisation (WHO) pipeline vaccine development in the future. This takes us one step closer to achieving our ambition of supporting the successful
development and commercialisation of at least 25% of WHO listed priority pipeline vaccines.
Case study: The University of Cambridge, NiTech Solutions and Croda
Working with technology designers NiTech Solutions and The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, we created a new process to manufacture more sustainable surfactants. Traditionally, industrial production of surfactants often occurs in large batch reactors, which have low energy efficiency and a long reaction time.
Following research, a novel process using NiTech’s patented continuous oscillating baffle reactor technology was developed and trialled at one of our manufacturing sites. This innovative, sustainable solution to manufacture surfactants enables the move from batch to continuous reactions, mixing with high accuracy and reducing plant footprint. As we continue to use and develop this technology, more sustainability benefits are anticipated.
Through our product portfolio we have access to the broadest range of formulation ingredients and formulation know-how, which allows our customers to get the best performance out of their products.Find out more
Sustainability spans every area of our business and is a crucial way we add value to our customers.Find out more
‘Smart science’ embodies the knowledge, passion and entrepreneurial spirit of our people to create, make and sell speciality ingredients used by industries and consumers around the world.Find out more