REGENERATE – INNOVATE – PRESERVE
SKYTECH is a standout greentech founded in 2018 that has developed an innovative and clean process to separate and regenerate hard and complex plastics found in bumpers, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and phone casings, among others: ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), PS (polystyrene) and PP (polypropylene)
SKYTECH provides its manufacturing and plastics specialist customers with premium regenerated granules (ABS, PS) whose characteristics are comparable to virgin resins from oil, thus offering manufacturers a viable, ecologically-friendly solution to enter a 100% circular economy. SKYTECH also proposes filled PP (polypropylene) obtained after separation (not granulated, ground only).
SKYTECH was incorporated after several years of research and development conducted with the support of ADEME starting in 2010 within APR2, a company specialized in the collection, dismantling and recycling of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
APR2 files an international patent for its polymer separation technology
A collaboration begins between APR2 and the academic community of the CNRS to explore industrialization of the process. To further investigations, the company creates its own R&D team
The TRIBLAST V1.0 prototype is created and tested from research conducted by Professor Lucien Dascalescu of the University of Poitiers
The TRIBLAST V2.0 prototype reaches near maturity, with a purity of 90 to 95% and an extraction yield of 50%. A collaboration with École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay helps refining and perfecting the separation process
Creation of SKYTECH, V3.0 and V3.1 prototypes reaching 95-98% purity and 90% extraction yield
Three new patents are filed in 2019: numerical separation simulation, electrostatic charging, shape and positioning of electrodes in separation chambers
Commissioning of the first triboelectric industrial separation line at Skytech’s Bonnières-sur-Seine site (Yvelines)
In October, SKYTECH signs a financing agreement with ADEME for 2.2 million euros to support its R&D and increase the number of industrial production lines
Launch of large-scale production of premium regenerated plastics for industrial use with a 10,000 metric tons production capacity
SKYTECH project is awarded a Seal of Excellence from the European Union Horizon 2020 program (European Commission) and is recognized as an innovative company by French Tech
Announcement of SKYTECH move to Val d’Hazey (Eure) at the beginning of 2022 to reach 50,000 metric tons production capacity
SKYTECH receives an award under the French government France Relance program and financial support of 1.5 million € as part of the Investments for the Future program
SKYTECH announces its regenerated granules have been declared compliant by European and US regulations for contact with food products
THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY FACES A DUAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGE
About 56 GT of CO2 will have been released into the atmosphere by 2050 if no action is taken
More Than 367 MT of plastics have been produced in 2020
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled
SUPPORTING DECARBONIZATION OF THE MANUFACTURING AND NEW PLASTICS INDUSTRIES
“Faced with the problems that plastic consumption and waste management generate on a global scale, our mission at SKYTECH is to help decarbonize the industrial sector. We strongly believe that recycling post-consumer complex plastics is one of the major challenges in the fight against pollution and global warming, because more recycled plastics means less oil consumed. With its technology and expertise, SKYTECH offers a clean, reliable and sustainable recycling solution for certain hard plastics found in bumpers, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and phone casings. These polymers by nature are difficult to recycle and are too often incinerated or buried for lack of alternative solutions today. SKYTECH wants to contribute to foster a new sustainable plastics industry that cares about its impact on the planet and contributes to a fully circular economy.”
Jérôme LE CONTE
Jérôme Le Conte has an extensive experience at the head of large groups specializing in environmental services. Prior to SKYTECH, he was Executive Chairman of SAUR (2014-2017) after serving as CEO France and then Chairman of VEOLIA PROPRETE (2006-2013) and Deputy CEO of VEOLIA (2011-2013). Previously, he founded and oversaw Nirao Consult, a consulting firm specialized in mergers, acquisitions and environmental engineering (United States, South America, Hong Kong and Europe), after running Waste Management France. He began his international career with the SAE group (now Eiffage), where he rose to serve as Deputy Managing Director and General Secretary. Jérôme Le Conte is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
Christophe Lamboeuf, SKYTECH’s CEO, has close to 30 years’ experience as CEO and CFO of technology companies in France and abroad. Prior to joining Skytech, he was Deputy CEO of Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext, MKEA) in charge of operations and finance since 2018. From 2012–2018, he served as Deputy CEO of Intrasense (Euronext Growth: ALINS). At these innovative, international companies, both publicly traded, he contributed to international structuring and to successful multiple fundraising campaigns. Christophe began his career at General Electric, Ricoh, CS Telecom and Toshiba in addition to leading an entrepreneurial company turnaround project. Christophe Lamboeuf holds a DESS in Finance from IAE and a master’s degree in Economics and Management.
Ophélie Godde joined the APR2 team in February 2016 as General Secretary, before being appointed President in 2019. She took over as General Secretary of SKYTECH in April 2020 with the mission of launching the company international development. Ophélie holds a Master’s degree in Employment Law as well as a degree in Human Resources Management and Management Control. She has worked in the field of Human Resources for more than 15 years, both at private companies and public organizations, working on development as well as the management of sensitive situations.
After more than 20 years of experience in the process industry in France and abroad, Roland Desvignes joined SKYTECH in 2021. Graduated from Ensiacet, certified Black Belt Six Sigma, Roland joined BOSTIK, a subsidiary of the Arkema group, in 2012 as World Industrial Manager and piloted the design of a standard adhesives manufacturing unit in several countries (Malaysia, Brazil, USA, Philippines). He also acts as a technical expert in powder technologies for all sites and organises an industrial network of exchanges between sites. As of 2018, he is in charge of the follow-up and coordination of industrial projects – new sites or new production units – for 10 sites worldwide.
Graduated from INSEEC, Stéphane joined Ascend Performance Materials – one of the world’s leading polyamide manufacturers – in 2012 as Business Development Manager for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. From 2015, he was appointed International Key Account Manager for the same company. His work enabled Ascend Performance Materials to gain the trust of major industrial accounts in the automotive, energy, medical devices and consumer goods sectors and to accelerate its international development.
R&D, Formulation & Product Quality Manager
With a doctorate in polymer materials from the University of Bourgogne (2008), a Master degree in Molecular Chemistry and Clean Processes (2005) and a degree in Material Engineering from ESIREM-Dijon, specializing in polymers (2005), as well as a degree from the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg (Germany) (2005), Michael Lemoine is a scientific expert in plastic materials. Throughout his career, Michael has specialized in the management of polymer materials development projects, the recovery and use of plastic waste, compounding by reactive extrusion, and plastic injection. He has also contributed to the industrialization of plastic materials and the improvement of production processes and scale-up to pilot scale. After working at CETIM Grand Est, in the pharmaceutical industry (DIAGNOSTICA STAGO) or at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) as a materials engineer, Michael joined APR2 in 2015, then SKYTECH in 2019 to supervise all the Research and Development aspect of regenerated compounds formulations and their quality.
Separation & Supply Manager
A graduate of Polytech Paris-Sud, Pierre Sommen began his career in 2013 as an assistant research engineer at the Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM). A material scientist, he joined Nactiv, a subsidiary of APR2, in 2014, before joining SKYTECH in 2018 to oversee the operation of TRIBLAST, SKYTECH patented polymer separation process. He is also responsible for securing the supply of plastics from end-of-life vehicles (ELV) and mixed waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Production, Process & Scheduling Manager
An expert in extrusion and the use of plastic/composite, Hervé worked from 1993 to 2015 for the company Draka Paricable in Val d’Hazey in the Eure region. From 2008, Hervé was Process and Production Manager, in charge of management of supplies associated with the production plans, the development and follow-up of the production plan, and the management of tools, components and raw materials for the manufacturing lines.
Members of the Board
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Xerys Gestion France
An engineer from École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques de Nancy with a doctorate of physical sciences from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Jacqueline Lecourtier has been a SKYTECH Board Member since late 2018. Jacqueline Lecourtier started her career at the CNRS before joining the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in 1981 where she held the positions of research engineer, “Drilling-Production” director and then Scientific Manager (2001-2006). Jacqueline Lecourtier was Director of the French National Research Agency (ANR) between 2006 and 2012. At the same time, she was appointed member of the Scientific Council of the CEA and elected to the Academy of Technologies in 2013.
Geneviève FERONE CREUZET
A specialist in sustainable development and corporate social and environmental responsibility, Geneviève Ferone Creuzet is since 2013 co-founder and partner of Prophil, a research and consulting firm focused on companies contribution to the common good. Prophil supports entrepreneurs committed to the implementation of alternative strategies. She previously created ARESE, the first French extra-financial rating agency, which became Vigeo, and worked as director of sustainable development for Eiffage and Veolia Environnement. Passionate about urban ecology, Geneviève Ferone Creuzet created the Phosphore Ville Durable laboratory in 2006, followed by the independent firm Casabee in 2013, to rethink value chains at the local level for better sharing of wealth among all regional economic actors in France. She is also vice president of the think tank, The Shift Project, focused on the energy transition.
Jean Peyrelevade began his career in 1963 at the French Ministry of Transport, in the General Secretariat for Civil Aviation, where he worked for ten years on major civil aviation construction programs. After leaving the civil service, he joined Crédit Lyonnais in the early 1970s, where he worked on international trade finance (trading and capital goods). In 1981, he was appointed deputy director and economic advisor to the Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy cabinet. He went on to chair some of France’s largest financial institutions: in 1983, he was appointed Chairman of Compagnie Financière de Suez and Banque Indosuez at the same time. In 1988, he was appointed Chairman of UAP, and in 1993, he stepped into the position of Chairman of Crédit Lyonnais for ten years. In 2004, he joined the private sector, notably at the European investment bank Leonardo & Co, where he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board in France until 2013, then at Degroof Petercam until 2018 as Managing Partner. He now works freelance (business consulting) and is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Société Phocéenne de Participations (Bourbon Maritime Group). A long-time professor of economics at École Polytechnique (from 1969 to 1994), Jean Peyrelevade has written several books on the evolution of contemporary capitalism.
XERYS, OUR PARTNER SINCE SKYTECH CREATION
Xerys is a portfolio management company specialized in private equity whose approach places the entrepreneur’s vision at the core of its investment philosophy. Xerys aims to support the leadership of its funds portfolio companies at all stages of their growth, from venture capital to maturity.
In 2013, the fund took the gamble of supporting SKYTECH in its mission to recover plastics for more responsible waste management.
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