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Le Parisien offers you an overview of job offers to find or change jobs in 2019. In the spotlight the startup OliKrom.

Olikrom paint increases visibility from 50 to 100 m. / Olikrom

Olikrom paint increases visibility from 50 to 100 m. / Olikrom


In 2009, when Jean-François Létard, engineer at the CNRS, left the prestigious scientific institution to set up his small business on his own in Pessac, he knew that the road would be complicated. Yet in less than 10 years, his start-up has risen to the world’s top 10 for “smart” materials with the creation of a revolutionary paint. “We are the only ones in the world to master this technology which we design 100% in our laboratory”, indicates the boss.

OliKrom has developed a paint that captures and stores light, via intelligent pigments. After dark, it becomes illuminating in all weather conditions and increases visibility by 50 to 100 m compared to a conventional painting. “The test we carried out on a cycle path in the city is largely conclusive, as is the one on the RN2 in Soissons, in the Aisne. “

Amazed, the Eiffage group joined forces with OliKrom to market this paint of the future with multiple applications for road safety. “We are now awaiting certification from the Ministry of Transport to validate its use on large-scale roads in France. “

The Gironde start-up employs around fifteen people, but its founder is ready to change dimension. “If our forecasts come true, with an active industrialization phase, we should increase to a workforce of 100 to 150 employees within 5 years. And other innovations should give us even more weight in the future. “

Denis Granjou | February 04, 2019, 6:33 a.m.

Startup, smart materials, smart pigments