2022 outlook for OliKrom, an innovative and growing SME

At the end of 2021, we celebrated our 7th birthday. Here we are in 2022, a year that is already shaping up to be a great one with the completion of numerous projects and the imminent arrival on the market of new intelligent colour change products made in our factory.

Thank you to all our industrial partners for their renewed confidence every year.

Some key figures

  • 70 customers per year
  • 97% of clients satisfied
  • 9 out of 10 projects carried out under white label
  • 90% success rate for our proofs of concept
  • + 15% average annual growth since the creation of OliKrom in 2014
  • More than 30% of our investments devoted to R&D
  • More than 40% of our developments are carried out internationally
  • 5% of the company’s capital held by employees

2022, the year of realisation

The year 2022 is already shaping up to be a turning point for OliKrom, the leader in intelligent materials with programmed colour change.

Several large-scale programmes underway

Usine – OliKrom©

OliKrom headquarters – Production plant

Our R&D and Process Formulation teams are involved in many developments. An example is the partnership with the GRTgaz Group. The challenge is to develop an intelligent coating that allows operators to detect the beginnings of corrosion on overhead pipes, through changes in colour or luminescence.

Our teams are also working daily to meet the major environmental challenges of tomorrow. The objective is to create new eco-responsible solutions, particularly around green hydrogen. To support the deployment of this future green fuel, our teams are making progress on the design of coatings capable of changing colour in the event of a hydrogen leak.

We are also working to create a reactive pavement to combat heat islands in urban areas, in response to the challenges of increasing urbanisation and global warming.

Launch of new disruptive products

2022 will also see the start of production in our plant of new breakthrough innovations in the cosmetics, luxury and industrial sectors.

These innovations will be produced on a white label basis, in accordance with the agreements signed with our industrial partners.

+25% of the workforce

Team OliKrom©

Team OliKrom©

In 2021, OliKrom’s workforce grew by 25%. There is no doubt that 2022 will be in the same vein, rich in recruitment with the search for and the reception of new talents: commercial, technical, administrative…

All this is only possible thanks to you. To all our industrial partners who are by our side and trust us on a daily basis in our developments. Not forgetting our chance to benefit from an ideal setting in Pessac (Bordeaux Metropole) and the wealth of the New Aquitaine ecosystem!


Retrospective: Olikrom’s journey

A look back at some key moments in the company’s history.

2014: the creation of OliKrom, the colour intelligence expert

“It all started in 2014 with a simple observation: too many industrial developments have been halted in the field of intelligent materials“, says Jean-François Létard, the company’s director.
The OliKrom adventure is the success of a team based in New Aquitaine, made up of employees who are experts in colour intelligence.
From an alphabet of patented technological bricks, we design the optimal material. The material is programmed, like a computer scientist, to modulate its properties according to temperature, light, pressure, gas, etc.

We intervene throughout the development chain (proof of concept, industrialisation, approval, production, technical assistance, etc.) in the greatest confidentiality. At the end, the industrialisation and production stages are mastered to deliver the product in the form of inks or paints.

2017: the opening of the industrial site

The year 2017 was a key stage in the OliKrom adventure, that of the bold gamble of acquiring an industrial site of +3800m2 in Pessac (33).

The objective was to create a bridge between the production plant and our Research & Development laboratories to increase responsiveness, innovate, and ensure continuity between the proof of concept and the production of a real product by integrating all the technical, economic and strategic dimensions of marketing.

The OliKrom© production plant

The OliKrom© production plant

2019: Launch of the first intelligent product on the market

2019 is the year of the breakthrough innovation LuminoKrom®: the first photoluminescent paint suitable for road use. Once again, it was a bold gamble. It was to tackle road marking with a disruptive approach to securing locations (greenways, cycle paths, etc.) in the absence of public lighting at night.

The LuminoKrom® innovation lies in the paint’s ability to store the surrounding light and then release it at night in a diffuse form for more than 10 hours, without any electricity consumption or CO2 emissions.

Peinture photoluminescente LuminoKrom – OliKrom©

LuminoKrom photoluminescent paint – OliKrom

2021: the acceleration

The year 2021 will have been marked by a strong growth in turnover of more than 30% and an increase in the number of employees, with 25% more people joining the company. 

3 years after the first marketing of LuminoKrom® paint, the product speeds up its deployment with more than 80 projects and is now attracting international interest with several projects in Belgium, Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland…

… and today?

7 years after the company was founded, it is a great success. OliKrom has established itself as the leader in intelligent colour change materials.

Our vertical integration strategy allows us to master the properties of smart materials at every stage of processing.

Five years after the purchase and fitting out of our factory, our industrial capacity has become one of the most powerful arguments for our partner customers. All the sectors for which we operate are sensitive to this: defence, transport, heavy industry, medical, cosmetics, food, space, construction, etc.

Every year, more than 70 industrialists from all fields trust us to transform “ideas” into “breakthrough products”.

Do you have a project?

Do not hesitate to contact us.