After Ecocert certification obtained in 2021 for its Actichar C Bio activated carbon range, the Bordet company announces that it has industrialized the first stick of physically activated filtering vegetable carbon and manufactured in France. Immersed in a carafe of water, this stick promises to absorb, in eight hours, chlorine and other substances harmful to humans.
Established since 1860 in Leuglay, in the Côte d’Or, in the heart of the National Forest Park, the company produces vegetable and ecological charcoal from related wood from local and ecologically managed forests. These sticks of activated carbon, a porous material allowing in this case to trap unwanted molecules, are usually made in Asia, where their absorbency is chemically activated.
Those from Bordet are physically activated, using a process that gives them high purity, consistent quality and high environmental performance. “And the product will evolve according to the new molecules that we will discover in the water, it already makes it possible to trap the derivatives of endocrine disruptors”, specifies Cyril FloresPresident of Bordet.
The rise in industrial power required a few months to adjust the steering and refine the physico-chemical characteristics of the stick. But the process is now perfected, and Bordet claims the place of the first European industrialist to manufacture this type of activated carbon in an eco-responsible way. A niche market (1.5 to 2 million sticks per year in France, estimates Cyril Flores, which the Burgundy company approaches as a supplier of networks such as museum shops, Nature & Découvertes stores or organic brands.
Bordet employs 36 people and achieved a turnover of 3.3 million euros in 2021. That of 2022 should reach 5 million euros, with the good start of its Actichar C Bio product for the active ingredient industry, and that expected of this water purification stick.
Cyril Flores had bought Bordet in 2016 to make it take an R & D turn, and the company launched in January 2022 a joint research laboratory with the CNRS, the CarBioLab, which is working on two main applications: supercapacitors and purification. biogas.