A revolutionary discovery
Getting to the root of things to see how they can be improved is how Néolithe’s invention first came about. It grew out of a collaboration between a former stonemason with traditional craftsmanship know-how and two enterprising young engineers.
This knowledge of minerals combined with the application of cutting-edge industrial technologies gave rise to an ethical innovation – Fossilization. They took their inspiration from nature, simulating the transformation of Cretaceous debris into limestone, and the process has revolutionised the treatment of non-recyclable waste materials which, up until now, have been either landfilled or incinerated.
The co-founders team
A graduate of the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, François-Xavier trained in various fabrication techniques and mechanical and industrial engineering. He is currently in charge of Néolithe’s Research and Development Process, managing the team responsible for construction and assembly of machines and process improvement.
Holder of a double degree from the École Polytechnique and Chimie ParisTech, Louis’ skills include engineering, chemistry and materials science. As Scientific Director of Néolithe, he manages the research element and develops scientific partnerships.
William Cruaud Sr
Co-founder and Deputy General Director
William sr. has been a trained stonemason and specialist concrete inventor for 40 years. Winner of the gold medal at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions for an innovative concrete, he managed a company based on his invention for 15 years. He is currently Néolithe’s Deputy General Director, responsible for development of the waste fossilisation process.
Co-founder and Director General
Clément is a graduate of the AgroParisTech engineering school where he completed a double degree programme in environmental engineering and business management. He is the CEO at Néolithe, in charge of operational management and environmental impact assessment.
On the team
at the École Polytechnique’s
prize from the Ministry of
Higher Education, Research
Gerondeau-Safran prize by
the École Polytechnique
employee (excl. founders)
for Ecological Transition
the first workshop (4800m²) at the Beaulieu-sur-Layon industrial site
operational Fossilizator® (10 tonnes/day)
at the EY Entrepreneur of
the Year Awards
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