An innovation dynamic influencing the everyday life
A history marked by innovation
Since its creation, Groupe SEB has been a key player in revolutionizing everyday life thanks to its innovative products that have changed the lives of consumers all over the world. Innovation has been an integral part of Groupe SEB's DNA since its creation. The Group's history is peppered with a succession of innovative products, such as the Calor electric iron in 1917, the SEB pressure cooker in 1953, the electric coffee maker in 1962, the Tefal waffle maker and sandwich toaster in 1974, Actifry in 2006, the soya milk maker in 2009, the cordless iron in 2012, the robot vacuum cleaner in 2013 and much more.
Resources to match our ambitions
The Group currently invests some €150 million every year in Innovation, with more than 1,300 employees involved in innovation and around 30 R&D centers all over the world.
Its multi-format innovation thrives on technology, design and marketing with additional partnerships, and of course frequent studies of major consumer habits and trends. In 2012, the Group also created an investment fund, SEB Alliance, to enrich its own resources in new technologies and skills.
Groupe SEB markets over 250 new products every year and generates over 60% of its sales from products less than three years old.
Our priorities for innovation
Groupe SEB's current major areas of innovation are defined by the major changes in society, such as the aging population, fundamental trends like sustainability, and the search for well-being, health, and beauty. They also feed current research projects, in particular energy sources and interactions between humans and machines.
The Group's ambitions in terms of innovation are to make day-to-day life easier and more appealing by offering consumers all over the world products and services that meet their needs, enable a healthier diet and contribute to an agreeable everyday life at home.