Luc Themelin, CEO
Due to rapid industrialization, the demand for advanced material is increasing exponentially across the globe. An increasing number of R&D activities of advanced materials stands as one of the significant drivers for the global Advanced Materials market. Consider, for example, expensive archaic machines that used to take up an entire room are now being replaced by inexpensive handheld devices. Also, the advent and continued development of synthetic fibres have led to low-cost clothing and bulletproof vests. Although among a sea of inventions, it is the advanced processes of manufacturing and combining materials that had helped to turn these concepts into reality. Along these lines, Mersen plays a crucial role in contributing towards technological progress across the globe by designing bespoke and innovative solutions that enable them to leverage their manufacturing performance in sectors such as energy, transportation, electronics, corrosive chemicals and process industries. Put simply, the company’s expertise is structured around two centres of excellence—Advanced Materials and Electrical Power—in which the company holds a position as a leader or co-leader in the global marketplace. Combining performance and innovation, Mersen is supported by technologically advanced manufacturing facilities and an international sales network that guarantees quality and local customer service every day.
Since its establishment, Mersen has gradually transformed into an industrial group with recognized expertise in two key areas—Advanced Materials and Electrical Power—where it holds a leadership position.
In the Advanced Materials segment, the Group operates across the entire value chain, from the manufacture of materials (graphite, silicon carbide and insulation) to the design of final products in line with customer needs. The Advanced Materials segment offers a range of solutions and products designed to perform principal functions such as isostatic graphite equipment, carbon-carbon composites, rigid felt, and silicon carbide for solar applications, semiconductors and other refractory processes, electrodes for electrical discharge machining, kiln linings, and many more. Equally, Mersen’s offering aids in protection against corrosion, by providing equipment that contains graphite, reactive metals (tantalum, zirconium, titanium, etc.) and fluorinated polymers (PTFE) for the chemical, pharmaceutical and metallurgy industries.
As one of the global leader in advanced materials, Mersen is a key player in manufacturing industries around the world. By anticipating market trends and ensuring that all the necessary means and resources are in place, The Mersen Group is able to deliver tailored solutions that meet the highest expectations. Working closely with major industry players around the world, Mersen has developed a unique insight into the challenges facing each player that enables the Group to offer customdesigned, innovative solutions backed by state-of-the-art technology. The Group’s policy of targeted acquisitions also allows it to continually consolidate its expertise and expand to new regions and markets. Similarly, The Group uses its international sales and manufacturing network to strengthen its leadership positions in each of its markets, focusing on the significant medium-term growth potential that contributes to the sustainable development of the planet. Like its customers, Mersen also wants to achieve operational efficiency while continually improving the security and safety of its plants and the people. Thus, the company has implemented a global operational excellence initiative ranging from field operations to sales. Further, this same initiative places a particular emphasis on safety. It is accompanied by the development of a “lean” culture, which enables the Group to improve customer service and optimize inventory levels.