01.-08.2007: The name Pyrum Innovations was born and the first meetings with the founders began. This project all started with the encounter of Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus-Peter Schulz, developer of our techonolgy. At the beginning, the founders met at co-founder Michael Kapfs' house. The goal was to found out what chances and risks such a project would raise. After this analysis, we found out that the opportunities were enormous and we decided to create a company.
09.2007: Creation of Pyrum Innovations SAS in France (Pfettisheim). Pyrum SAS has been rapidly supported by the French government and the region Alsace. On September 3rd 2007, Pascal Klein (CEO), Julien Dossmann (General Director), Michael Kapf and Stephan Adams gave birth to the Pyrum project.
01.-07.2008: Pascal Klein and Julien Dossmann were ending their master studies in New York, when the construction of the prototype started. The coordination was made each day by phone. The main activity during this period was the development of the basic and detailed engineering. This part was made by Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus-Peter Schulz and our partner companies.
07.2008: Pascal Klein and Julien Dossmann came back to Europe after their graduation. During this period, the team was building the prototype in Dillingen/Saar (Germany). This unit has been co-financed by the founders' private founds, the region Alsace, and OSEO. Even if the first prototype was built in Germany, the French institutions decided to help our project. The reason behind the German location was a mostly a cost reduction problem. In fact, Pyrum Innovations had the opportunity to settle down on the production site of one of the founders.
13.12.2008: Inauguration of the prototype in Dillingen/Saar with the presence of Adrien Zeller, President of the region Alsace.
01.-07.2009: Even though the prototype was finished in 2008, it had some troubles to function in an effective way. During the first semester of 2009, we fixed the problems and were able to operate without any disturbance.
08.-12.2009: As the machine was then functionning, we had to prove its efficacity through different long and short tests. Once the analytical part was successfully finished, we started to offer thermolysis tests to customers wanting to see if their waste can be effectively recycled.
01.-05.2010: A lot of customers came to visit our plant. Their goal was for us to test their products or waste with our prototype. Most of them were giants from the tyre, bitumen, plastic, or oil industry. Although the results were positive, those partners could not launch huge investment phases because of the economical crisis. However, they were willing to help and follow us until we were able to offer a complete industrial solution. Which was the case one year later.
06.-12.2010: Decision to build an industrial plant (owned by Pyrum) in order to have a demonstration unit and to protect our customers. We then asked for financing solutions. OSEO, the region Alsace and the European FEDER funds decided to follow us a second time. The Pyrum Innovations team had then to travel a lot to Paris and Bruxelles in order for the financing project to be realized. The positive response came on october 2010. Around 420,000€ were allocated to the Pyrum project by the French government. In order for this amount to be unlocked, we were pleased to bring 450,000€ of new private founds. That is why we decided to sell a few percents of our company shares. After only 2 months, the needed amount has been reached.
01.2011: The sale of company shares has been stopped. New employees were hired and a new office opened in Müllheim (Germany). At this time, 4 employees were working for Pyrum Innovations. Around 10 others were working for our partners on the Pyrum project. The goal was to make the basic engineering of the industrial plant that will be owned by Pyrum Innovations (as demonstration unit).
03.2011: Visit of EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger at our Dillingen/Saar location. Mr. Oettinger officially gave his support to our project, and our European grant application. This visit has been a real mediatic buzz for Pyrum Innovations.
06.2011: Official grant aggreement from the EU. This financial help had to be allocated to the construction of the first industrial plant. Around 985,000€ were granted to our project by the EACI. However, in order to receive this amount of money, we once again needed to inject 450,000€ of private founds.
09.2011: The first part of the EU grant is paid to our cooperation partners: Stahlbau Schäfer, Korro Consulting, and Saargummi. Pyrum received its own payment a few days after.
12.2011: After some expertises from PROTERRA, a first report on the possibility of building a plant in Dillingen is written. The city council rapidly gave its agreement for our project to be operated.
01.2012: The Basic engineering phase is finished. The detailed part is launched. Most of the plant parts are now clear. It is now possible to start the authorization reports for 4. BImSchG.
02.2012: The authorization report is almost finished. In a few weeks, it will be presented to the authorities. We hope to have a rapid answer in order to beginn the building phase.
Pyrum Innovations has been nominated by the magazin "Wirtschafts Woche" as beeing one of Germany's most innovative and successful clean-tech companies. [more]