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The SGS Supplier Innovation Club, established in 2014, aims to engage our strategic global and regional suppliers to collaborate on projects that deliver mutual benefits in terms of efficiencies, sustainability and increased revenue.

By 2020, we plan to have 50 Supplier Innovation Club members, creating a pipeline of supplier-led innovation projects aimed at generating incremental revenue.

During 2016, we held tailored Innovation Days and webinars with selected suppliers in Germany, the UK and the USA. Topics discussed during these events included the development of new web-based services for launch in 2017; enhanced water treatment testing services; environmental air monitoring services; pesticide and food testing services; and environmental simulation for automotive testing services. We have so far completed seven innovation days at supplier R&D centers, and we have five ongoing revenue projects and a pipeline of innovative ideas.

Commenting on the Innovation Day held at Merck in 2016, Paul Ross, Director of R&D and Technology, Analytical Separations at Merck/MilliporeSigma said, “At Merck/MilliporeSigma, being part of the Innovation Club with SGS has given us a deeper insight into our industry and specific customer needs, bottlenecks, and future requirements. This collaborative relationship and knowledge sharing is adding real value as we develop and improve products and services to support SGS now and towards an innovative and sustainable future”.