Bekaert is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products, services and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) was established in 1880 and is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.
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We seek to be the best in understanding the applications for which our customers use steel wire. Knowing how our steel wire products function within our customers’ production processes and products helps us to develop and deliver the solutions that best meet their requirements and, through that, we create value for our customers.
Transforming steel wire and applying unique coating technologies form our core business. Depending on our customers’ requirements, we draw wire in different diameters and strengths, even as thin as ultrafine fibers of one micron. We group the wires into cords, ropes and strands, weave or knit them into fabric, or process them into an end product. The coatings we apply reduce friction, improve corrosion resistance, or enhance adhesion with other materials.
(GRI 102-2 GRI 102-6)
better together sums up the unique cooperation within Bekaert and between Bekaert and its business partners. We create value for our customers by co-creating and delivering a quality portfolio of steel wire solutions and by offering customized services on all continents.
We believe in lasting relationships with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, and are committed to delivering long-term value to all of them. We are convinced that the trust, integrity and irrepressibility that bring our employees worldwide together as one team create the fundamentals of successful partnerships wherever we do business.
Our ambition is to create sustainable value for all our stakeholders: customers and other business partners, employees, shareholders, and the broader communities where we are active.
We have established, in the course of 2020, Bekaert’s strategy for the next five years. We are determined to implement this new strategy with passion and focus and are convinced it will enable us to drive sustainable value creation.
A first set of actions was implemented with high priority. The Covid-19 pandemic did not delay but rather accelerated the progress we have made in all four pillars of our new strategy:
Read more in this report what we have achieved in 2020 to enhance the better together spirit among colleagues, with business partners and the broader communities, and in caring for the world around us.