What motivates us
For almost 25 years, METEX has been committed to the vision of a new industrial world that is more sustainable for the planet.
Today, more than ever, the facts are clear: industry, which is highly dependent on fossil fuels, is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. The transition to a carbon-neutral world is no longer an option, but a necessity, as well as a major challenge, to produce, consume and travel differently.
Did you know, for example, that 95% of the functional ingredients in many consumer products such as personal care products, textiles, plastic bottles, toys and even animal feed are still manufactured using petrochemicals?
What we believe
We’re convinced that the future lies in bio-based and/or recycled ingredients, i.e. ingredients made from renewable resources, the use of which is good for the planet. And we’re no longer the only ones to grasp this obvious fact. Consumers are increasingly sensitive to the naturalness and sustainability of the products they buy, leading manufacturers and major contractors to turn to more responsible production methods.
Cosmetics, for example, is already one of the major industrial sectors that makes the most use of bio-based ingredients, which account for 44% of ingredients in Europe. And it could be the first to move completely away from fossil-based ingredients, following in the footsteps of the world leader in the sector, which aims to have 95% of the ingredients in its products derived from plant sources, abundant minerals or the circular economy by 2030.
Producing ingredients by fermentation from plant-derived raw materials is now the best industrial alternative for creating the basis for essential everyday products that are petroleum-free, low-carbon and offer equivalent or even superior performance.
The needs are immense, and sales of functional ingredients and biopolymers are growing constantly. This is a market worth several hundred billion euros. The portion of these ingredients produced by fermentation, currently worth around €37 billion, is growing 2 to 6 times faster than that produced by petrochemicals.
These factors give full meaning to METEX’s corporate purpose : to contribute to the necessary green transition by innovating to produce low-carbon functional ingredients for use in the manufacture of consumer products.
Thanks to our expertise in industrial biochemistry, our production capacity for multifunctional ingredients of natural origin, unique in Europe, and our innovative strength, we are ready to contribute to the development of a low-carbon European industry, to relocate the production of strategic ingredients.