January 1 : Novacap Group is created and its 3 subsidiaries are set up.
The SAP system is implemented,
The cleavage technology is improved for the Phenol unit (Novapex),
Start-up of a new bicarbonate unit (Novacarb),
Major investments are made to reduce gaseous effluents (VOC), (Novapex).
Successful bank debt refinancing,
Trade agreement regarding sodium sulphate(Novacarb),
Investments in modulation ponds are completed (Novacarb).
The new Novacap headquarters is installed in Lyon,
The calcium chloride site is started in Pont-de-Claix (Novacid).
Direct take-over of operational activities in Pont-de-Claix(Novacid),
Modernising plan of the control system is launched (Novapex).
A second sodium bicarbonate unit is created (Novacarb),
Major investments are made to reduce gaseous effluents (EPS*). Electro-filters.
Construction of section 3 of the Phenol unit in Roussillon (Novapex)
Launch of 6-Sigma initiatives across the businesses
2nd successful refinancing of the bank debt
Start-up of the Isopropanol unit (+40 kt/an) in Roussillon (Novapex)
Transfer of Novacap from Bain Capital to Axa Private Equity
Start-up of the Bianca unit (sodium bicarbonate/+50 kt/year) in La Madeleine (Novacarb)
Start-up of the Ferric chloride unit (+50 kt/year) in Pont-de-Claix (Novacid) and installation of a joint venture with Feralco, « Feracid »
Acquisition of Novacyl, a new autonomous entity operating in the key sectors of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Acquisition of a 90 MW Cogeneration unit in La Madeleine Novacarb (Novacoge)
Investment in a new 6,000 mt methyl salicylate unit in Roussillon