Our strengths


  • A dedicated subsidiary for the marketing of our technologies, within the framework of a long-term partnership. 

  • 50 years of innovation and success in the field of fuel production 

1967: creation of IFPEN’s Solaize site in Chemistry Valley to host large-scale pilot units
1973: first distillate hydrodesulfurization catalyst. Forerunner of Axens’ Impulse™ range, it enables compliance with emerging standards concerning the improvement in diesel fuel quality
1975: launch of the first hydrocracking unit in Ufa (Russia), used to convert heavy fuels into middle distillates for the manufacture of lubricating oils. Following this success, IFPEN pursues its deep conversion research
1980: development of heavy oil conversion. In the aftermath of the two oil crises, residue conversion became a major challenge: IFPEN, Total and Elf Aquitaine join forces to form Asvahl
1982: first catalyst for lead-free fuel. With the tightening-up of pollution reduction regulations, IFPEN improves the efficiency and performance of catalytic reforming with a new catalyst that anticipates specifications governing lead-free fuel, which would come into force in November 1987
1985: new Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) process. The R2R process is used to convert residues and produce gasolines and olefins that can be used in the chemicals sector. The first industrial operation is launched in 1987 in Japan
1991: first industrial Hyvahl unit launched in the USA. The process is designed to purify residue for their subsequent conversions or use as a bunker fuel
1993: creation of the FCC Alliance for heavy oil conversion. Technological partnership between IFPEN (then Axens from 2001), Total and Shaw Stone & Webster (subsequently bought by TechnipFMC)
1999: launch of the Prime G+ process. This process is used to produce gasoline bases meeting the strictest standards in terms of sulfur content (10 ppm) while maintaining a high octane number
2006: first industrial Esterfip-H unit. This process is designed to produce biodiesel from vegetable oils with a very high conversion rate, without generating effluents or emissions.
2012: marketing of Impulse™ catalysts. For the production of cleaner fuels complying with the latest specifications. 
2015: Total chooses the Vegan process for its first biorefinery in France. This IFPEN technology is used to produce high-quality biodiesel from waste oils and other renewable raw materials.
2017: 45% of the world’s refineries operate at least one Axens-licensed unit. 



Fabrice Bertoncini

  • Program manager: "Conversion of residues and heavy crudes", "Middle distillate production and purification", "Gasoline production and purification", and "New technological markets"