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The RACE PRO is a course for experienced R&D professionals which will deepen your expertise in Innovation Management processes.

During the course, participants will hear from other R&D professionals about how they are working with innovations and running innovation management processes – and participants can reflect on how they can improve their own innovation management skills.

The course involves a series of three study visits to host industry partners at different stages of the raw materials value chain. Each study visit will be two days long.  The study visits will be spread over six months, to fit in with your professional commitments.

A common theme of all three study visits is the transition to electric mobility. This transition will affect the raw materials sectors in different ways – and so the host companies have been selected to  illustrate alternative innovation strategies and their supporting Innovation Management processes.

Participants in the RACE PRO will gain the unique benefit of seeing ongoing innovation management cases  before they are written in the textbooks. The RACE PRO is fully funded by EIT RawMaterials – selected participants only pay for your travel to and from the start and end of each study visit.

Study Visit 2: Metals Processing – Playing a role in the shift to AM in vehicle component production

Electric vehicles also require novel lightweight components and magnetic materials. These fields are a speciality of Höganäs, a powder producer that also supplies component production technologies to manufacturing companies.

In this study visit, which includes a tour of powder production and additive manufacturing sites, Höganäs will discuss their ongoing transformation from being a powder supplier to an innovative service partner to component manufacturers – and other fundamental business renewals in the 200 year long history of Höganäs.

Innovation Management Learning Goal: Understanding the role of path dependencies in innovation processes.