APR2 files an international patent for its polymer separation technology
A collaboration between APR2 and the CNRS is established in view to industrializing the process. To take things even further, the company creates its own R&D team
The TRIBLAST V1.0 prototype is created and tested based on research conducted by Professor Lucien Dascalescu from the University of Poitiers
The TRIBLAST V2.0 prototype proves itself with 90-95% purity rates and 50% extraction efficiency. A joint project with the Ecole Normale Supérieure at Paris-Saclay helps to refine and perfect 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, covering: Simulation of separation, Electrostatic charging, Form and positioning of electrodes in the separation chambers
Commissioning of the first industrial triboelectric separation line at the Bonnières-sur-Seine site (Yvelines, France)
In October, SKYTECH signs a 2.2-million-euro funding agreement with ADEME to support its R&D and increase its industrial production lines
Large-scale production of premium regenerated plastics for industrial use is launched with a production capacity of 10,000 metric tons
SKYTECH’s project receives the Excellence Award from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program (European Commission) and is recognized as an innovative company by French Tech
SKYTECH becomes a laureate of the France Relance program supported by the French government and receives financial support of 1.5 million euros within the framework of the Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (Investments for the Future Programme).
SKYTECH moves into its new production site in Val d’Hazey, aiming for annual production capacity of more than 50,000 tons of rABS, rPS and rPP in 2024.
SKYTECH begins international development and opens a first subsidiary in Italy in view to building a future production site
OUR HEADQUARTERS AND MAIN PRODUCTION SITE AT VAL D’HAZEY
SUPPORTING DECARBONIZATION OF THE MANUFACTURING AND NEW PLASTICS INDUSTRIES
“Our mission at SKYTECH is to contribute to the decarbonization of the industrial sector by addressing the challenges of consumption and the need for management of plastic waste on a global scale.
We deeply believe that the preservation of Earth’s environment and natural resources will require the advent of a fully circular society, in which the recycling of complex post-consumer plastics rABS, rPS and rPP* will play a major role. These complex plastics – by nature difficult to recycle and too often destined for incineration or landfill – are found in a variety of everyday products such as bumpers, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and phone cases.
Thanks to our patented technology, know-how and industrial capabilities, we offer manufacturers a sustainable, reliable and long-lasting alternative to virgin fossil-based plastics and help accelerate the ecological transition.”
*ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), PS (polystyrene) and PP (polypropylene)
Christophe Lamboeuf has close to 30 years of 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 and CFO, then Deputy CEO of Intrasense (Euronext Growth: ALINS) from 2012 to 2018. At these listed companies, he contributed to the success of numerous fundraising rounds and international structuring. He began his career at General Electric, Ricoh, CS Telecom and Toshiba and also led an entrepreneurial takeover project. Christophe Lamboeuf holds a DESS in Finance from IAE and a Master’s degree in Economics and Management
Chief Financial Officer
Arnaud Etienne has a strong background in the pharmaceutical sector. Prior to joining SKYTECH, he worked in Geneva for the pharmaceutical company Stragen Group – specialized in the development and commercialization of generic drugs and consumer health products – as Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee. He previously held similar positions at Nordic Pharma Amring between 2014 and 2021, and at Effik Group between 2012 and 2014. Arnaud Etienne was also Director of Financial Performance and Internet Audit at the Caisse des Dépôts Group and started his career at the audit firm PWC. Arnaud is a graduate of ESCP-EAP, Paris X Nanterre and Paris Dauphine University
Head of R&D, Procurement & Product Quality
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)
Secretary General and Head of Human Resources
Ophélie Godde joined the APR2 teams in February 2016 as Secretary General prior to being appointed President in 2019. She took on the role of Secretary General at SKYTECH in April 2020 with the mission of launching the company’s international development. Ophélie holds a Master’s in Employment Law as well as degrees in Human Resources Management and Management Control. She has worked for more than 15 years in the field of Human Resources at both private companies and public organizations, where she has spearheaded development projects as well the management of sensitive situations
Head of Industrial process
After more than 20 years’ experience of industrial processes in France and abroad, Roland Desvignes joined SKYTECH in 2021. A graduate of Ensiacet, certified Black Belt Six Sigma, in 2012 Roland joined BOSTIK, a subsidiary of the Arkema group, as World industrial manager, where he oversaw, among other projects, the design of a standard unit for the manufacture of adhesives in several countries (Malaysia, Brazil, USA, Philippines). He also served as a technical expert in powder technologies for all sites and organized an industrial exchange network between sites. In 2018, he took charge of monitoring and coordinating industrial projects – new sites or new production units – for 10 sites worldwide
Head of Sales
A graduate of INSEEC, Stéphane joined Ascend Performance Materials – one of the world’s leading polyamide manufacturers – in 2012 as Business Development Manager for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India. In 2015, he was appointed international key account manager for the company. His actions 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
Head of Production
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 (Normandy).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.
Country Head of SKYTECH Italy
Giovanni Reggio, a chemical engineer from the Politecnico di Milano, brings extensive experience in the chemical industry and was previously Plant Site Leader & Operations Director at Dow Chemical. He has been managing the Italian subsidiary of SKYTECH since July 2022.
Members of the Board
Jérôme LE CONTE
Chairman of the board
An engineer and graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et chaussées, Jérôme Le Conte has sat on the Board of SKYTECH since 2018. He spent the first part of his career internationally (United States, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Nigeria) within the SAE group (now Eiffage) where he became Deputy CEO and Secretary General. He went on to serve as Chairman of Waste Management France before founding Nirao Consult, a consulting firm specialized in mergers and acquisitions and environmental engineering (USA, South America, Hong Kong and Europe). He then successively held the positions of CEO France, COO and then Chairman of the Veolia Environmental Services division (2006-2013), CEO of Veolia (2011-2013) and Executive Chairman of SAUR (2013-2016).
CEO of SKYTECH
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 INVEST, OUR PARTNER SINCE SKYTECH WAS FIRST FOUNDED
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.
Find out more about Xerys INVEST here