As a pioneer in its sector, the technology developed by CIMV represents a major industrial breakthrough. It is currently the only technology in the world that can separate the three components of plant matter, namely lignin, cellulose and hemicelluloses, with no deterioration or risk for the environment.
Started up by Gérard Avignon, Michel Delmas and Thiery Scholastique in 1998, CIMV's objective is to implement its revolutionary biorefinery concept. It took the company ten years of laboratory work and the construction of a pilot plant to optimize this process, which can now surely promote a wide range of renewable lignocellulosic plant resources.
Since then, CIMV has protected its technology by filing multiple international patents.
This technology promotes the non food part of the plant, such as straws from cereal crops, sugar cane bagasse, corn strovers or fibrous plant stalks, but can also treat hardwoods.