Oleon, the European leader in biochemistry, manufacturers and markets molecules based on vegetable oil/fat chemistry. These biosourced products, which come from renewable raw materials, damage neither human health nor the environment. They are based on the principles of green chemistry, which involves reducing the use of energy, materials, and discharges of solid, liquid and gas effluents. They are used in a wide variety of industrial sectors such as lubricants, cosmetics, food additives, crop protection, petroleum extraction, glues, surfacing, adhesives and building materials. RID*is strategic in this globalised and highly competitive activity. Oleon constantly invests in its five research laboratories in Europe and Asia, in order to pinpoint its customers' needs and give shape to them in innovative products.
Heading for biotechnologies
For the last few years, the Avril Group has been investing in industrial biotechnologies (or white biotechnologies). These produce a wide variety of molecules based on raw plant materials, using biotechnology processes like fermentation through the action of micro-organisms, and enzymatic catalysis. Oleon has installed a pilot fermentation facility at its site in Venette (near Compiègne), consisting of several bioreactors. This unit is a major advance for the Group in developing and industrialising biotechnology processes. It will help to perfect a new generation of increasingly high-tech molecules.
Moussa Naciri, CEO of the Oleochemicals business line and Oleon
"To deal with specific market requirements more effectively, we are opening a research centre at Port Klang in Malaysia, where we already have two factories. Its mission will be to evaluate our products' performance with our local customers, and develop innovations for the food, cosmetics and lubricants markets."