Innovation, our core strategy
At Naval Group, innovation serves two major challenges: guaranteeing the technological superiority of our customers, and improving our competitiveness, a condition for our leadership on all continents.
Innovation is also about ambition: offering excellence in naval defence and energy. Naval Group has introduced innovation into its technological strategic plan, in six major areas: Smart naval force, Invulnerable ship, Smart ship, Blue ship, Smart availability, Smart industry.
To accelerate its efforts in the field of innovation”, Naval Group is basing its efforts around three fundamental pillars: collaborative innovation, open innovation and breakthrough innovation. An agile approach - just like that of our various laboratories and technology incubators - which, combined with the recognised scientific expertise of the Naval Research teams, does not overlook any promising conceptual designs.
The Technical and Innovation department (DTI) governs research and development (R&D) at Naval Group. This department carries out their mission by drawing on all the group's entities and expertise, including Naval Research which has three R&D centres of expertise.
Centres of excellence: the world of Naval Group
Innovation knows no borders. Thanks to Operational excellence centres (COEs) in France and around the world, Naval Group is investing massively to extend its sphere of influence, surround itself with the best partners internationally and stay one step ahead.
more than 100
collaborative R&D projects in progress
more than 40
employees involved in R&D work
areas of technical expertise
doctorates overseen per year
million euros in research tax credit
publications and participations at annual congresses
families of patents
patents filed per year
sq. metre area dedicated to collaborative innovation within the Innov’Factory in Angoulême- Ruelle
joint laboratories and research chairs
cross-functional scientific fields
Members of the Scientific Council
President of the Scientific Council
Emeritus Senior Research Director, CNRS (French Centre for Scientific Research)
Vice-President of the Scientific Council
Professor of Sociology
IMT Atlantic (French national business school)
Armel de la Bourdonnaye
Director of INSA (French national applied sciences school) Hauts-de-France, Certified Doctor in scientific computing
PhD, Ing., FCAE, Adjunct Professor and Manager Valorisation Research and Innovation, ÉTS (French school of higher education in technology)
Honorary Professor of physical chemistry at EPFL (Lausanne federal polytechnic), Lausanne, Switzerland)
Professor of Social Psychology
Engineer in mechanics and PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris in physics
Former Scientific Director of CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission)
Maria Nadia Postorino
University Full Professor in Transport Engineering
Full professor in management science, Aix-Marseille University
General Director of ENSTA Paris (French Engineering school)
Research follow at CNRS (French Centre for Scientific Research)
General director of INP (Grenoble polytechnic institute)
Associate professor in mathematics
Director of the CNRS Europe and International Division
Vice president ocean & climate platform
Scientific advisor for Ocean at the CNRS-INEE (Ecology & Environment Institute)
L'innovation, un enjeu pour les navires, mais aussi pour les chantiers.
Innovate today to conquer tomorrow
Naval Group reveals the SMX® 31 E, its 2020 concept ship
Smart naval force, Invulnerable ship, Smart ship, Blue ship, Smart availability, Smart industry.
Opening up, identifying talented partnerships, inventing new ways of working together, in France and around the world, to accelerate the implementation of new on-board technologies.