Claranor Pulsed Light Sterilization
Pulsed Light Sterilization

Facts and Figures

Key dates

2004 Claranor founded by François Cazalas
2005-2008 Prospecting on various markets, including foodstuffs and biomedical
2006 Commissioning of the first cap sterilizer - Nestlé Waters Contrex France
2008 Start of collaboration with INRA and Fraunhofer Institute
2009 Strategic focus on the decontamination of packaging
Commissioning of the first preformed cup sterilizer
2010 Company moved to Avignon, in premises next to INRA - Team of 17 staff
2013  Team of 25 staff at the Avignon site
Delivery of the 100th unit and setting up of customer service for management and maintenance of the existing installed equipment
Commissioning of the first preform neck sterilizer on an industrial line

Key figures

Year  Number of machines in operation
 2010  12
 2011 30
 2012 56
 2013 88
2014 133


Since its establishment in October 2004, the company has received four rounds of financing (April 2005, September 2006, December 2009 and April 2012).

Alongside the company's founder, Mr François Cazalas, the capital is now held by the AMUNDI PRIVATE EQUITY and EMERTEC 3E asset management funds, the NATIXIS / Banque Populaire group, the SUCCES EUROPE TEPA law holding company and by a few private investors.  PACA Investissement became an investor in 2012.



Claranor is a limited company with a Board of Directors and a Supervisory Board.

Composition of the Board of Directors:

  • Christophe Riedel, Chairman of the Board
  • Eric Mandel, Administrative and Financial Director

Composition of the Supervisory Board

  • Mr François Cazalas, Chairman, founder of the company
  • Mr Yves Barbieux, Vice Chairman, former Chairman of Nestlé France
  • Mr Philippe Delloye, former Director of Corning Europe
  • Mr Eric Marty, representative of EMERTEC
  • Mr Vinarom Vilaihongs, representative of AMUNDI
  • Mme Candace Johnson, representative of Succes Europe
  • Mr JéromeThielland
  • Mr Serge Delpla
Claranor is a member of:
  • GEPPIA, French Packaging & Processing Machinery Trade Association for the food processing and non-food industries
  • ADEPTA, French association for the development of international trade in food processing products and techniques
  • UIMM, French union of metallurgy industries and trades
  • The OPTITEC competitiveness cluster, which represents photonics and imaging companies

Claranor is the leader of the Beata Lux program financed by BPI France (French public investment bank), which brings together ten or so industrial and scientific partners. The aim of the program is to develop aseptic pulsed light applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries.