A European leader in oleochemistry, Oleon manufactures and sells molecules resulting from the chemistry of vegetable oils and fats. These biosourced products, made using renewable raw materials, respect both human health and the environment. They are designed according to the principles of green chemistry which reduce the use of energy and materials and the emission of solid, liquid or gaseous wastes. They are used in industrial sectors as diverse as lubricants, cosmetics, food additives, crop protection, oil drilling, glues, coatings and adhesives or building materials. In this globalized and highly competitive area, RID* is of strategic importance. Oleon invests permanently in its five research laboratories in Europe and Asia in order to identify the needs of its customers and translate them into innovative products.
Focus on biotechnologies
The Avril Group has been investing for several years in industrial biotechnologies (or white biotechnologies) which enable the manufacture of a broad range of compounds using plant raw materials, and biotechnological processes such as fermentation based on the action of microorganisms or enzymatic catalysis. Oleon has equipped itself with a pilot fermentation plant at its site in Venette (near Compiègnen northern France) that contains several bioreactors. This unit constitutes a major advance for the Group in the growth and industrialization of biotechnological processes. It will enable the development of a new generation of compounds with enhanced technological features.
Moussa Naciri, General Manager of the Oleochemicals Business Line
“To better understand and take account of the specific demands of the market, we are opening a research center in Port Klang, Malaysia, where we already have two facilities. Its mission will be to evaluate the performance of our products with local customers and to develop innovations for the food, cosmetics and lubricants markets.”