2024: Baikowski® is celebrating 120 years of Innovation and Excellence!

Established in 1904 by the Baikowski family with the ambitious goal of producing synthetic sapphire using the Verneuil method, the company has evolved into a global powder manufacturer, listed on the Euronext stock exchange.

As we celebrate 120 years of Baikowski®, let’s delve into the key milestones that have shaped its history.

1904-1919: A renowned Synthetic Sapphire Manufacturer

In its nascent years, Baikowski® pioneered the production of synthetic sapphire with the Verneuil method. The company’s commitment to precision and quality laid the foundation for its successes.

Recognizing the importance of proximity to its primary market, Baikowski® strategically settled in Annecy in 1919, positioning itself at the heart of the watch industry.

1945-1980s: Diversification focused on oxides and global expansion

The aftermath of World War II marked a significant turning point for Baikowski®. Expanding its horizons, the company transitioned into the production of High Purity Alumina. In the 1980s, Baikowski®’s core business focused on powder production.

Simultaneously, the company expanded its global footprint with a manufacturing plant in the USA and a joint venture in Japan. Sales offices in the USA, China, and Korea solidified Baikowski®’s position as a key player on the international stage.

1980s-2024: A global leader in Powder Solutions for high-tech and sustainable applications

High purity alumina powder, slurry and tape castingWith a strong commitment to innovation, Baikowski®’s mission is to provide High Purity Alumina Powders & formulations, Spinel, Phosphor, Zirconia, Ceria and other specialty oxides for cutting-edge applications such as:

  • Advanced materials for Ox/Ox CMCs that are essential for ensuring optimal performance and durability of aerospace equipment like turbine blades and heat shields.
  • Polishing solutions for semiconductors that enable the production of smaller and more efficient microchips and other electronic components.
  • Longer lasting and more efficient energy storage solutions like batteries and solid oxide fuel cells for the automotive market.
  • Materials for medical bioceramics, as well as for precision optics and photonics applications

Baikowski® has also maintained over the years its historical legacy by providing transparent ceramic powders for the luxury sector.

Additionally, in 2019, Baikowski® enriched its portfolio with the acquisition of Mathym®, a startup specialized in nano-dispersions, allowing the company to provide innovative products to high-growth markets, including a unique radio opacifier for the dental sector.

Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental commitment

Plant Baikowski SA Poisy - FranceBaikowski®’s commitment extends beyond industrial excellence to corporate social responsibility.

From 2015 to 2021, Baikowski® has successfully reduced its GHG emissions by over 25%. Looking ahead, the company aims to achieve an additional 20% reduction by 2030 through targeted actions and investments.

Among them, the company is engaged to a sustainable Life Cycle Assessment approach for its products and has set forth an environmental and energy policy focused on reducing its carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency, and optimizing resource consumption.

With a rich history of 120 years marked by transformative achievements, Baikowski® remains resolute in its mission to forge ahead and lead the way in developing the technologies that will define a sustainable future.

 

 

Baikowski®supports Handi, Move & Fun

Handi, Move and Fun & Baikowski® common values

Freedom, Equality, Accessibility!

Created in 2022, Handi, Move & Fun aims at enabling each child with a physical, mental or sensory disability to practise sport and make their rehabilitation playful at the same time. The association allows them to benefit from specific equipments and to rediscover the pleasure to take part in sport activities with their peers without disabilities, especially their family!

The association has various missions such as:

  • raising awareness among the public and parents of children with disabilities on the issue of accessibility and inclusive sport,
  • giving tips and advice to adapt activities to children with disabilities,
  • raising funds to subsidize sports sessions thanks to a specific equipment rental or purchase for all needed families, especially with a limited budget.

More information available on www.handimovefun.com

 

 

Awardee of “Expedite the industrial transition”

Baikowski® is committed to environment sustainability with ADEME

Environment sustainability is entirely part of the Baikowski® group strategy. In order to go further and faster to decarbonate our business of fine minerals, Baiskowski® France has participated to the call for application “Expedite the industrial transition” launched by The French Agency for Ecological Transition, ADEME.

ADEME has been involved in the combat against climate change and the degradation of resources for more than 30 years by supporting all stakeholders eager to achieve the France’s carbon neutrality objective in 2050. As the climate is a worldwide battle,  ADEME is also involved in different actions in Europe and around the world.

Decarbonization of our production site of fine minerals in Poisy

We have been selected to take part in this experiment that will help us to accelerate the decarbonization of our production site in Poisy, Haute-Savoie, and energy transition. This opportunity to benefit from the ADEME technical and methodological expertises, combined with the subsidized support of INDDIGO, are a great step forward in our research to impact positvely the environment.

Baikowski® is committed to environment sustainability with ADEME

Batteries European Partnership – BEPA

What are Batt4EU and the BEPA?

Batt4EU is a battery-focused partnership which was initiated under the Horizon Europe Programm. This European partnership aims at reaching a competitive and sustainable industrial value-chain for batteries inside the old continent. It brings the vision to drive the transformation towards a carbon-neutral society.

The BEPA stands for Battery European Partnership Association.

 

This association constitutes the private side of Batt4EU – the public side being the European Commission. The BEPA regroups all the battery stakeholders from the European Research Community. It was created in 2020.

Baikowski joined the BEPA in early 2021. In december 2021, there were already 180 members.

Advanced materials & manufacturing BEPA working group

The main mission of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) is to identify, prioritize and draft the Research & Innovation topics which will be submitted to the European Commission as recommendations for the next Horizon Europe Work Programs. There are six TWGs in total, in order to cover the whole value chain.

Baikowski is part of the 2nd Technical Working Group : Advanced materials and manufacturing.

By being part of the BEPA, Baikowski goes one step further into the research in the battery field.

The influence of HPA in the Li-ion battery

Indeed, we are convinced that fine oxides, including high purity alumina, will play a key role in the future of the battery. This future is full of challenges; make the battery safer, smaller, last longer and increase its energy density. We believe that our products can play a part in taking up those challenges thanks to the high level of control we have on their properties.
Let’s take an example of downsizing. First of all, we highly control the particle size and size distribution of our powders. If our fine particles of Al2O3 are used as a filler or as coated layer for Li-ion battery separator, then the thickness of the Al2O3 layer is also closely monitored. In the end of the day, the thickness of the finished separator is also highly controlled and contributes to downsizing the battery cell.

Learn more about Batt4EU & the BEPA on their website: bepassociation.eu

New ISO certifications

Integrated management system

Here at Baikowski, we wanted to include the QSE management system into an Integrated Management System (IMS).
This solution enables to optimize the management process consistently, efficiently and harmoniously, while bringing together the questions of quality, environment, health and security in a single system.
This system is part of a continuous improvement approach for the global performance of the company. Indeed, all the processes of the company are aligned. This approach brings an efficient answer to lots of challenges of performance of the company such as:

  • Adaptation to evolving markets – in some sectors and for specific customers, the ISO standards compliance is a key criterion;
  • Guarantee of service consistency, in accordance with the customers’ expectations;
  • Continuous improvement of processes;
  • Motivation and development of skills for all collaborators;
  • Improvement and security of work conditions;
  • Sustainable activities regarding the environmental standards;
  • Respect of legal and regulatory provisions.

ISO certifications achieved

Baikowski France has been certified:

  • ISO 45001:2018 for the health and security management at work. This standard is more complete and integrated than the OHSAS 18001 standard that we owned previously.Afnor logo
  • ISO 9001:2015 for the quality management;
  • ISO 14001:2015 for the environmental management.

These certificates are concerning the design, manufacturing and sale of pure mineral oxides, ammonium alum and sodium bisulphite.

Since March 2023, Baikowski has got a new certification that allows our BiNa by-product to adress the agro-food market; BiNa is resulting from our waste treatment and sustainability commitment.

  • ISO 22000:2018 for the compliance of our BiNa by-product with the Food Safety Management System standard.
ISO 22000 food safety certification for Baikowski BINa

View our certificates delivered by Afnor

Acquisition of Mathym SAS

Baikowski® confirms its acquisition of Mathym SAS

Mathym is an innovative company operating in the area of nanomaterials and specialising in the development, manufacture and commercialisation of nanodispersions. Its products are notably used in the biomedical (dental and orthopaedic) sectors, as well as for ceramic, surface coating and 3D printing applications, where they contribute to providing or reinforcing critical properties (such as radio-opacity, refractive index or durability) of composite materials. Mathym, founded in 2013, currently employs 10 persons within its R&D, production, QHSE and support functions.

 

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