What if we made history?

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, a true industrial adventure, is first and foremost a story about people, about two men whose paths crossed and who combined their skills to create something new. These two men are both driven by a shared ambition: to participate in the environmental transition of the construction sector by proposing high-performance, low-carbon technological solutions that completely break the mould of existing technologies and are able to meet the challenges of climate change.

In March 2014, David Hoffmann, an experienced scientist at the top of his game in waste inertization techniques and very aware of the challenges facing our environment, crossed paths with Julien Blanchard, a born entrepreneur at the head of two historic companies of the Vendée region. Their shared commitment is to perfect and manufacture, on an industrial scale, next generation cements with a greatly reduced carbon footprint, formulated primarily using co-products from other industries. Just a few months later, in autumn 2014, the two men were carrying out scientific tests and administrative procedures, which led to their first patent in 2015 for the H-P2A technology. It was soon followed by two more patents for H-EVA in 2017 and H-UKR in 2018. Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies was up and running in no time, uniting many partners who believed in the ecological relevance and industrial viability of the project.

The team consists of a multitude of talents, held together by the same enthusiasm. A unique energy drove their quest to find a location that could house the new industrial concept: a plant, version 4.0, respectful of the environment and the principles of a circular economy. After deliberation, the Bournezeau site was selected. Around fifteen actors worked together, in total osmosis, to make this project a reality, and the plant was erected in just 18 months. The success was celebrated with an inauguration on 22 November 2018, bringing together 500 people, including local officials.

Public authorities, understanding the importance of this innovation, support Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies by providing 15% of the 10 million euros of total financing and several awards. Awarded the Horizon 2020 Label for Research and Innovation in Europe and after initially obtaining eligibility in December 2016 through CGI, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies’ application was approved in September 2018 for the very demanding Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir Français 3 (PIA3).

With new binders whose carbon footprint is reduced by a factor of 4 (75% reduction) compared to Portland cements, a new era has begun for cement production at Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, an initiative saluted by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who visited the laboratory in August 2016.

Watch this 12-minute film on the amazing adventure that is HGCT.