NOVANCE and OLEON are the Oleochemicals Business Unit of the group SOFIPROTEOL.
Within this BU, NOVANCE handles the R&D and OLEON the marketing.
The group SOFIPROTEOL is recognized as an international player in the bio-based chemistry sector. SOFIPROTEOL has a long-term investment in the oil and protein crops industry in France and in Europe.
NOVANCE develops and manufactures a wide variety of chemical specialities derived from the valorisation of natural vegetable oils.
The origins of NOVANCE date back to the founding of the ROBBE company in 1820.
Today it is a medium sized company (120 employees) situated in Venette, near Compiègne, in a logistically strategic zone bordering the Oise, 40 min from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, close to Europe’s major North-South roads and rail routes.
NOVANCE is a member of the French Bio-Based Chemistry Association (ACDV) which brings together the major economic players in agro-resources, chemistry and customer industries who wish to make a lasting contribution to enable bio-based chemistry to become one of the major assets of the bio-economy.
NOVANCE takes full advantage of this dynamic region (Picardie / Champagne- Ardennes) that encourages agro-resource based industrial operations, with the internationally-orientated IAR Cluster (Industries & Agro-Resources) being proof to this, along with the region’s numerous tertiary education and research institutions (UTC, ESCOM, Institut Lassalle, Amiens University, etc.) that play an active role in the bio-based chemistry sector.
OLEON is specialized for more than 50 years in the transformation of oils and fats in a wide range of oleochemicals, such as fatty acids, esters, including biodiesels. Those products combine high technical and environmental properties. OLEON realized in 2011 a turnover of 600 M€ with a volume of production of 500 000 tons of oleochemicals, placing it in the top three on the European scene. The company is established to Ertvelde (Belgium), has two production sites in Flanders, one in Norway, one in Germany, one in Malaysia and seven foreign sales affiliates. OLEON employs 700 people.