Alexis von Tschammer appointed CEO of Lactips

Press release

Saint-Paul-en-Jarez, June 30, 2022 – Lactips, the French company specialised in the production of the only 100% bio-based, biodegradable in water and home-compostable polymer, has chosen a seasoned expert in the performance polymer industry to implement its next phase of growth. He succeeds Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, who has led the development of the start-up since its creation in 2014 with Frédéric Prochazka, growing from a French university patent to an industrial company with more than 50 people. Identified jointly by the Lactips Board of Directors and Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, Alexis von Tschammer joins Lactips on July 1, 2022.

Alexis von Tschammer graduated as a chemical engineer from the École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle in Lyon. He started his career in 1996 in the United States with Multibase SA, a Dow Corning company, world leader in thermoplastic silicone materials and solutions. Back in 2000 at Multibase’s headquarters in Grenoble, he progressed from global manager of the automotive airbag business to Sales and Marketing Director and member of the Executive Committee.

In 2009, Alexis von Tschammer took over the general management of the Estour family group, which has very specific expertise in cardboard, bags, paper, packaging and materials for the industrial, food and catering sectors. In charge of steering the operational management committee, he planned the growth strategy, the management of the industrial tool and the commercial development with key accounts.

In 2015, he joined the Performance Polymers division of Mitsubishi Chemicals (MCPP), the world leader in elastomeric materials. He is in charge of the global business unit management and supports the transformation strategy towards solutions with reduced environmental impact.

Marie Hélène Gramatikoff, co-founder and shareholder of Lactips concludes: “From the creation of Lactips to the move to our new 4,200 m2 industrial site this year, I have supported and structured our ambitious deep tech project right up to its industrialization, and today I am very proud to hand over to Alexis von Tschammer.

For Lactips, in which I remain a shareholder with 20% of the capital, Alexis is an outstanding manager who will, I have no doubt, be able to make a smooth transition that will benefit Lactips’ development. Alexis shares Lactips’ values and will be able to rely on a close-knit team to implement this next step and confirm the potential of the only plastic-free, 100% bio-based and fully biodegradable industrial polymer in various environments.

These years have been very rich both professionally and on a human level and I would like to thank all the employees and the board of directors of Lactips, but also the many financial, industrial and commercial partners and the French and European institutions that have contributed to the success of Lactips.

About Lactips

Because plastics are necessary for human activity, but controlling their end-of-life is essential, Lactips manufactures a natural biodegradable polymer with multiple technical properties and performance to support manufacturers in their ecological transition. Answering to the challenges of sustainable development in the packaging sector and adapted to the needs of manufacturers, Lactips’ CareTips pellets are used to manufacture 100% natural and biodegradable solutions in water and in home-composting. This new material is also suitable for food products.

Founded in 2014 by Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, a plasturgist and specialist in business strategy, and Frédéric Prochazka, PhD, a teacher-researcher at the University of Saint-Etienne, Lactips now employs more than 50 people at its new production site, which has a capacity of 3,000 tonnes per year. Lactips, a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, is one of the 20 leaders of the French Tech Green20 programme, has been awarded the GreenTech Innovation label and is one of the first companies to have received the “1000 Efficient Solutions” label from the Solar Impulse Foundation.

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