What if we made history?
Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, a true industrial adventure is, first and foremost, a story about people.
In this case, it’s about two men whose paths crossed and who combined their skills to create something new. These two men are both driven by a shared ambition: to participate in the environmental transition of the construction sector by proposing high-performance, low-carbon cements that completely break the mould of existing technologies and are able to meet the challenges of climate change.
In March 2014, David Hoffmann, an experienced scientist at the top of his game in waste inertization techniques and very aware of the challenges facing our environment, crossed paths with Julien Blanchard, a born entrepreneur, already at the head of two historic companies in the Vendée region. Their shared commitment is to perfect and manufacture, on an industrial scale, next generation cements with a greatly reduced carbon footprint, formulated primarily using co-products from other industries.
Uniting many different partners, the team consists of a multitude of talents who set out on a quest to find a location that could house the new industrial concept; a plant, version 4.0, respectful of the environment and the principles of a circular economy. The plant was built in just 18 months.
The success was celebrated with an inauguration on 22 November 2018, bringing together 500 people, including local, regional and national elected officials.
Public authorities, understanding the importance of this innovation, support Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies by providing 15% of the initial 10 million euros of financing and honouring the company with several awards.
Awarded the Horizon 2020 Labelfor Research and Innovation in Europe and after initially obtaining eligibility in December 2016 through CGI, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies’ application was approved in September 2018 for the very demanding Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir Français 3 (PIA3).
With new binders whose carbon footprint is reduced by a factor of 7 compared to Portland cements, a new era has begun for low-carbon cement production at Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, an initiative saluted by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who visited the laboratory in August 2016.