Industrial production of intelligent coatings: OliKrom’s winning bet

At a time when many so-called “strategic” goods are still imported into France, the question of industrial sovereignty is on everyone’s mind. It is essential to secure a company’s activities and is a major lever against the fragmentation of the value chain. 

Since its creation, OliKrom has adopted a strategy of vertical integration: from Research & Development to production.

Setting up a production plant in Pessac, France

At a time when the trend was to outsource and relocate, OliKrom made its vision a reality by taking the bold step of acquiring a 3,800m2 industrial site in Pessac (33) in 2017. The objective was to meet the real industrial challenges of reliability:

  • To be able to control the intelligent ownership of coatings at each stage of the project to ensure a guarantee of quality and stability of performance.
  • To secure supplies in terms of deadlines and quality, otherwise there will inevitably be load breaks.
  • Create a bridge between the production unit and our Research & Development laboratories to gain in reactivity, innovate, and ensure continuity between the proof of concept and the real product by integrating all the technical, economic and strategic dimensions of marketing. 
The OliKrom© production plant

The OliKrom© production plant

In 2021, 4 years after the purchase and fitting out of our factory, this gamble is proving to be more than successful. This industrial capacity has become one of the most striking 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.

OliKrom’s expertise: controlling the entire value chain

Our atypical model “from Research & Development to production” fully meets the needs of our industrial partners.

The ability to control intelligent ownership through to production

With the emergence of colour changing materials (thermochromes, piezochromes, photochromes, photoluminescents, chemochromes…), there are multiple opportunities to give intelligence to colours. 

Unfortunately, too many industrial developments are currently halted by a lack of understanding of the thermodynamic processes involved in colour change. Very often, intelligent pigments are considered as simple additives to be added to a paint or an ink… The result is disastrous, production is not stable from one batch to the next! 

OliKrom’s approach is quite different. We know that these intelligent materials are extremely sensitive to their environment. The milling and formulation stages modify the physico-chemical environment and the ionic bath of the pigments. As a result, it is essential to control the smart property at every stage of the process, right up to the finished product.

Each production is delivered with a certificate of conformity taking into account criteria co-constructed with our industrial partner. Our mission is to ensure the recurrent and reliable production of each product.

Control of supplies

We ensure the quality control of each raw material and the traceability of all products throughout the production process. Each supplier is evaluated according to our quality reference system (ISO 9001 certification) and/or in accordance with the specificities of our partners’ businesses.

We attach the greatest importance to the excellence of our personnel. Our team is made up of doctors, engineers and technicians in chemistry, materials science, photochemistry, formulation, chemical engineering, etc. This complementarity and unique know-how in the field of intelligent materials allows us to be highly reactive while ensuring the highest level of confidentiality for our partner clients. 

OliKrom currently has 20 employees

OliKrom currently has 20 employees

The ability to create and design the adaptive coatings of tomorrow

OliKrom is not only an industrial production unit, but also two research and development departments of excellence “Materials” and “Process“. We have chosen to combine the worlds of research and manufacturing on the same site.

This is an essential bridge between high-level research on the scale of the material, the innovative pigment, and the formulation in a targeted matrix (ink, paint, varnish, etc.) with all the specificities required. This allows us to support many manufacturers in their innovation process.

In order to save time, many manufacturers look for finished products “off the shelf”. In the world of colour change coatings, there is no such thing as a finished product compatible with industrial requirements. Each specification has its own particularities with regard to the intelligent property sought, the shaping requirements during the industrial process, the desired durability or even the regulatory aspects… The expertise of our Research & Development department is essential to synthesise the right pigment and formulate the optimum intelligent solution (paint, ink, etc.).

Do you have a project?

Today, many manufacturers want to entrust us with the production of intelligent colour change coatings. 

Depending on the size of your project, we have capacities ranging from several kilograms to several tons/day. Our factory’s reactors, mixers, dispersers and tricylinders are at your service to deliver excellent products in accordance with your requirements.

Do not hesitate to contact us, our team is at your disposal.