Industrial materials: Sintermat winner of the INPI 2022 trophies

Published 7 Dec 2022 at 11:21 amUpdated 7 Dec. 2022 at 11:22

The Côte-d’Orienne company Sintermat is one of the five winners of the INPI trophies in 2022. Based in Venarey-les-Laumes, between Auxerre and Dijon, she was honored in the “Partnership Research” category for her work with industrial materials. For six years, the company created by Foad Naimi and Frédéric Bernard has in fact set itself the goal of industrializing flash sintering technology (or Spark Plasma Sintering, SPS), a pioneering technology that makes it possible to create materials with increased to luxury. , packaging, defense or industrial tool industries.

Both men are eminent specialists in the matter. Professor Frédéric Bernard is actually one of the pioneers of SPS technology, developed within the creation of the “Pôle Sintering Flash” from the University of Burgundy (UB). With more than a hundred publications to his credit, his work on the subject is recognized internationally. Also from UB – he has a doctorate in physical chemistry – Foad Naimi spent more than ten years as a research engineer at Sayens, the technology transfer acceleration company (SATT) Great East.

Acceleration

This year, Sintermat has taken a new step. Last June, the company announced a fundraising of 6 million euros to accelerate the industrialization of its technology. The operation had gathered its historical investors, the Definvest fund (Ministry of the Armed Forces), for example, but also new players for the capital such as UI Investissement, Safran Corporate Ventures or Crédit Agricole de Champagne-Bourgogne (via the Carvest fund) .

The company’s development plan provides for a tripling of its workforce – around twenty people today – but also of its turnover. Within three years, it should reach ten million euros.

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