Over 3,000 industrial units under license
Over 70,000 tons of catalysts and adsorbents each year
Over 2,000 employees around the world
In a fast-changing world shaped by increasing environmental awareness and connectivity, the energy and chemical industries must invent prospective solutions to contribute to a better quality of life and a preserved planet.
To provide our clients with inventive and sustainable solutions for cleaner mobility, chemical intermediate production, natural gas and effluent treatment, and support their environmental and energy transition challenges.
To be the preferred partner through multi-specialist integrated offers, inventing and delivering ever more advanced and efficient solutions for a better world.
We are Inventive
Our clients deserve inventiveness. We endeavor to create synergy between people and between businesses, and we believe in our collective ability to seek out innovative solutions for future challenges.
We Pursue Excellence
Everywhere we are, in everything we do, we aim for excellence. We strive to consistently deliver high quality solutions with professionalism and dedication in order to succeed with our clients. Enthusiasm and agility power this approach.
We are Responsible
We act responsibly, as individuals and as a company, and we are committed to reduce our environmental impact. Everyone's health and safety is always a priority. In an highly competitive world, our code of ethics guides our business.
We are Diverse
We rely on the richness of thought and opportunities that spring from diversity in all its dimensions. We actively promote equal opportunities in the workplace, and encourage trust and openness.
Our Business and Solutions
Axens offers a complete range of solutions marketed under the brands: Axens Solutions, Heurtey Petrochem Solutions and Axens Horizon.Find out more
Jean Sentenac was named Axens President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Since then he has guided the development of Axens as leading supplier to clients in the hydrocarbon processing industries providing reliable and effective technologies, products and services. Among Axens’ and Jean Sentenac’s top priorities are ensuring client trust and satisfaction, advancing employee development and technical expertise while continuing to uphold safety in operations and respect for the environment.
Prior to this, Jean Sentenac was Deputy CEO at Axens and Deputy Executive Director of IFP’s Industrial Division.
He began his career in engineering and construction with Air Liquide in Spain and Italy followed by ten years of experience in the chemical industry with Rhone-Poulenc and Rhodia in the management of business units in the fields of Life Science and Aroma Organic Chemicals.
Jean Sentenac graduated from “France’s Ecole Polytechnique” and holds a post-graduate engineering degree from the “IFP School”.
Jean-Luc Nocca was appointed Executive Vice-President, Catalysts & Adsorbents Business Unit in 2017. Prior to his current position, Mr Nocca was Axens Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice-President in charge of the Technology Development and Innovation division.
During his carrier, Jean-Luc Nocca carried out several technical, commercial and management assignments in North America for Axens (Houston and Princeton) as well as in IFPEN’s headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France. He has spent over twenty three years in the United States holding the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Axens North America and previously Vice President Technology Sales & Marketing.
Jean-Luc Nocca holds a Bachelor of Science degree from “Ecole Supérieure des Industries Chimiques” (ENSIC), Nancy, France and from the “Ecole Supérieure des Pétroles et Moteurs” (ENSPM), Rueil-Malmaison, France.
Jacques Rault joined IFP Industrial Division in 1991, as a Process Design Engineer and contributed to several Licensing projects design in the field of Distillates hydrotreatment and Steam Cracking effluents hydrogenations. He later joined the Marketing and Technology division as a Proposal Engineer in the field of Aromatics, before becoming Product Line Manager for Aromatics in 1999. At the creation of Axens in 2001, Jacques Rault joined the Marketing Technology and Technical Services in charge of the Gasoline and Aromatics Product Line prior to taking the lead of the Conversion Product Line. In 2013, Jacques Rault was appointed as Business Line Director in the Process Licensing Business Unit, supervising Middle Distillates and Conversion segment. From January 2022, he was Vice President for Sustainable Conversion & Hydroprocessing, Chemicals Integration in the Technology & Technical Support Business Division.
Jacques Rault graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lille and holds a Masters in Automation from Lille 2 University. He post-graduated from IFP-School in Refining and Petrochemicals in 1990.
Thomas Grimaud was appointed as Executive Vice President of the Engineering & Solutions Business Unit of Axens in 2018. His focus since then has been to deploy a transformation plan of the BU to accelerate synergies and competitiveness, in order to contribute to the enlargement of our integrated offer to our clients.
Before this, Thomas Grimaud was Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Furnace activities of Heurtey Petrochem. He started his career in the development of high performance plastics in the Total Group and held various management positions in Total, Arkema, and Manoir Industries.
Thomas Grimaud is a chemical engineer who graduated from ENSCP (Chimie Paris) and holds an executive MBA from Insead.
Eric Caprani was the Adorbants&Claus Department Director since 2020. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Hydrocarbon Technology and Innovation (HTI), Lawrenceville USA, in charge of developing the company business.
Eric Caprani also served as Technology Development Director in charge of coordinating the company R&D needs and as Process Group Leader in charge of supervising the Basic Design Packages in the field of gasoline desulfurization, olefins processing and light ends purification.
Eric Caprani holds a Bachelor from the Ecole Nationale de Chimie de Lille, France, and a Master of Science in chemical engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Patrick Sarrazin was appointed Executive Vice-President of Axens Process Licensing Business Unit in 2017.
Previously, Patrick Sarrazin held several managing positions at Axens as Executive Vice-President of Catalysts & Adsorbents Business Unit, Adsorbents & Claus Department Director, Development Director & Hydroconversion Product Line Manager. He also held positions at IFPEN as Olefins Purification Project Manager & Refining & Petrochemicals Business Unit Director.
Patrick Sarrazin graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Industrielles of Lille and IFP School in Rueil-Malmaison. He holds a PhD from the Lille University.
Christian Vaute was appointed CEO of Axens North America in 2014. He heads the ROC Americas (Regional Operations Center). Prior to his current position, Mr Vaute was Executive Vice-President of Axens, in France, in charge of Catalysts & Adsorbents Business Unit Axens from 2002 to 2013.
During his carrier, Christian Vaute carried out several technical, commercial and management assignments in France for Procatalyse from 1997 to 2002 and as well as for Rhône Poulenc.
Christian Vaute holds a Bachelor of Science degree from “INP-ENSIACET (Chemical Engineering)” Toulouse, France and from “ISAE-SUPAERO (Advanced automatic and Systems)” Toulouse, France.
Helena Kazamaki joined the Group as General Counsel in June 2021. She heads the Legal Division. As Business Partners, her teams contribute to ensure legal and compliance support to the Business.
Prior to Axens, Helena Kazamaki worked, notably, 17 years in the Energy and Automation industry (ABB Group), 7 years in the Technology industry (Thomson/Technicolor). She also served at the European Commission in Brussels as well as in law firms in Stockholm (Sweden) and Paris.
Helena Kazamaki graduated with a Master of Law from the University of Stockholm, and she holds a postgraduate degree in EU law from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne).
Olivier Blatter joined the Group as CFO in August 2003. He heads the Finance, the IT and the purchase departments. As Business Partners, his teams contribute to ensure a strong support to the operations as well as business continuity
Prior to Axens, Olivier Blatter worked, notably, 5 years in the pharmaceutical industry (Squibb Laboratories), 7 years in the music industry (Warner & Bertelsmann groups) and 4 years in the IT Services sector (GFI Informatique).
Olivier Blatter is graduated from ESC Clermont-Ferrand (Business school).
Executive Vice President Human Resources & In-House Communication
Our Group is organized in 5 Business Divisions so that we can provide multi-specialist and integrated offers:
- Technology & Technical Support
- Industrial Operations
- Project Operations
- New Development & Transformation
Regional Operating Centers
There are 12 Regional Operating Centers (ROCs) that operate and develop our business at the local level.
And there are 5 Business Partners (BPs) providing support, expertise and consulting to the BDs to conduct business efficiently:
- HR & In House Communication
Earning and maintaining the trust of our clients, shareholders, employees, suppliers and partners is a daily priority for Axens.
In order to build trust, Axens is fully committed to ensure for all our interested parties:
- Safe & secure operations & working conditions
- Highly performing & eco efficient technologies, equipments, products & services
- Protection of the environment and pollution prevention
- Compliance with all applicable regulations
- Promotion of a culture of transparency, ethics and continuous improvement, with an emphasis on sustainable development
Our policies reflect our strong commitment and helps us strive for excellence, through our daily activities reflected by our certified management system (Quality ISO 9001 :2015, Safety, ISO 45001 : 2018 and Environment : ISO14001 :2015)