CIMV is the abbreviation for Compagnie Industrielle de la Matière Végétale, meaning Biomass Industrial Company. CIMV offers a wide range of renewable lignocellulosic plant resources and supply bio-based commodities to the 2nd Generation chemical industry and biotechnologies.

CIMV technology can seperate lignocellulosic biomass into four intermediary products:

  • BioligninTM (phenolic polymer with a linear and a low molecular weight).
  • Cellulose
  • C5 sugars
  • Silica

CIMV technology promotes the non-food part of the plant, such as straws from cereal corps, sugar cane bagasse, corn stovers or fibrous plant stalks, but can also treat hardwoods.



A lignin is a biopolymer that is complex to extract and hence use. CIMV is currently the only technology to market a pure, non deteriorated lignin under the BioligninTM  trademark. The chemical structure was formally established for the first time by mass spectrometry and high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance. These are linear oligomers with low molecular weight, behaving exactly like homologue oligomers and phenolic polymers obtained from petrochemistry. BioligninTM requires few processing stages and also serves as a raw material for manufacturing many products currently made from refining and oil processing. The advantages of CIMV BioligninTM :

  • Direct substitute for phenol in most of its industrial applications (REACH Directive).
  • Massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: direct substitute for petroleum-based products.
  • Product that industry can use directly.
  • Perfectly defined base product.

CIMV BioligninTM commercial applications :

  • Glues: fibreboards, laminates and plywoods.
  • Green plastics industry: polyurethanes, polyesters, phenolic resins, epoxy resins.

CIMV Cellulose

Cellulose treated by the CIMV process can be transformed into paper pulp with very close properties, if not identical, to the one made from hardwoods, being then able to replace it. Cellulose can also be hydrolysed into glucose which will be used for the industrial production of biomolecules and second generation biofuels without incidence on the food sector. The advantages of CIMV’s cellulose pulp:

  • A pulp with recognized commercial quality.
  • A product that the industry can use directly.
  • A product that replaces frequently imported products in a local production context.
  • It adds to the certified forestry offer (FSC).

The advantages of CIMV’s glucose:

  • A high quality glucose of non-food origin.
  • A product that can be used directly in white biotechnologies.
  • A product to replace fossil-based ones.

CIMV’s cellulose pulp commercial applications:

  • Printing/writing, coated and publishing paper.
  • Household or food and drug wrapping paper.

CIMV’s glucose commercial applications:

  • White biotechnologies and green chemistry.
  • Biofuels.

C5 Sugar Syrup

The CIMV sugar syrups are mainly composed of Csugars, principally xylose. They can be refined to extract every sugars to produce biomolecules, furfural and other by-products. These sugars also contain useful properties for animal feed applications, such as texturing and tanning agents that replace formalin. The advantages of CIMV’s sugars syrup:

  • A raw material of non-food origin for white biotechnologies.
  • A substitute for the formaldehyde used in animal feed.
  • A product that industry can use directly.

CIMV’s sugars syrup commercial applications:

  • Biofuels, biomolecules and green chemistry.
  •  Plant protein tanning and texturing agents for animal feed.


The CIMV technology provides a precipitated silica identical to current commercial precipitated silica with huge economic and ecological benefits over commercial products. The silice, located in cereal straws on cellulose fiber is extracted by a rapid, simple and perfectly non-polluting process. The assets of the silice CIMV:

  • Direct substitution of commercial precipitated silica in all industrial applications,
  • Exceptional carbon footprint,
  • Product used directly by industry.

The commercial applications of silice CIMV:

  • Reinforcing agent in the rubber industry in general, particularly tires
  • Reinforcing agent for plastics,
  • Food Additive, food rheology modifier
  • Absorbing agent, thickener etc.


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