?For more than a century and a half, Grace has been successfully making and moving products around the world. Today, our manufacturing footprint spans the globe. Talented people manage these diverse, flexible, and distributed assets to deliver value to our customers and the communities where we operate.
We begin with safety and the protection of our environment. Environment, Health, and Safety is at the center of our culture and our first priority. We consistently remain in the top quartile of our industry category in safety performance, and we have made compliance with environmental regulation a cornerstone of our commitment to our employees and our communities.
Our flagship facilities in Worms, Germany; Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Baltimore, Maryland are complemented by specialized operations spread over four continents. From Sorocaba, Brazil to Valleyfield, Quebec and Chicago, Illinois; from Shanghai, China and Yeosu, South Korea to Kuantan, Malaysia, we operate an integrated network of facilities all dedicated to meeting diverse customer needs.
From lab to Commercial production
Our assets and expertise enable us to collaborate with our customers from the R&D laboratory, through multiple pilot plants, on up through commercial production. Technology Centers are integrated with manufacturing so that commercialization of new products is accelerated. Award-winning Technical Service teams work seamlessly alongside customers to find ways to increase value in our customer processes as well as their products.
Quality systems are sophisticated and core to our processes. Most facilities are ISO certified and Lean Six Sigma? Black Belts lead systematic problem-solving and state-of-the-art process improvement methods.
Our broad footprint and core materials science capabilities enable high levels of operational flexibility. Most products can be manufactured at more than one of our facilities so we can optimize the system and value to customers based on variables from capacity and shipping to energy costs and sustainability priorities.
Perhaps most important, we continue to invest millions of dollars each year in our manufacturing assets and process improvement. At the same time, productivity gains consistently deliver efficiency, speed, sustainability, and safety improvement. We optimize operations, supply chain, and S&OP networks to source the best raw materials, develop cost-saving and quality-enhancing substitutions and advance the technology and service that deliver value to our customers.