Open House at the Axens Salindres Plant 12.09.2015
To celebrate the 160th birthday of the Salindres industrial site, Axens and its 2 on-site neighbors, Solvay and the EIG, organized an open house on September 12. A look back at the event, which attracted almost 400 visitors and at least for a day, afforded the public a peek at the usually off-limits location.
A real success
400 people participated in the open house at the Salindres plant, organized by a team of employee volunteers with support from the management of Axens and Solvay. The event was open to all employees who work at the site, their families and loved ones.
The goal: to present the companies, their activities and issues related to the environment and sustainable development, and educate children about the industrial and human story of the site.
Younger generations are certainly unaware that the plant, built in 1855 on the orders of Napoleon III, was the international cradle of chemical aluminum, and that the site’s history is closely intertwined with the history of French chemistry in general. The businesses currently at the site – Axens, Solvay and the EIG (Economic Interest Group) – are the heirs of companies that left a mark on French industry, most notably Péchiney and Rhône-Poulenc.
160 years of innovation and adaptation
Visitors were invited to discover the world of chemistry, as well as the jobs and activities of the over 100-year-old industrial site: live chemistry experiments for children and adults under the watchful eye of the non-profit Eurék’Alès, tours of the site’s control rooms and workshops, presentations of equipment and a demonstration by the site’s team of firefighters were the highlights of a day that undeniably left participants with many memories.
Principal Axens manufacturing site
The site endured technological changes, restructuring and economic difficulties to become the main manufacturing site of catalysts and adsorbents for Axens. Visitors were invited to reflect on 160 years of history with a unique exhibition of photographs and various archival documents of the platform, organized by AREHIS (Association for the Research and Study of the Industrial History of Salindres) together with Axens and Solvay. The event, which brought together employees and their families and local associations, garnered highly positive reviews from all participants, and the day was filled with rewarding interactions and discoveries.