About CPI

Cold plasma for surface treatments

Created in 2001, CPI is a pioneering company in cold plasma surface treatment. Located in the south of France, CPI offers its expertise in cold plasma surface treatment at atmospheric pressure or under vacuum to professionals in packaging, printing, polymer transformation and textiles.

CPI is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete roll-to-roll turnkey atmospheric plasma solutions, as stand-alone equipment or integrated into the customer’s production line.

CPI has developed a network of partners enabling it to develop cold plasma technology of the highest levels. CPI is part of national (OSEO, competitive clusters) and European (FP6 and FP7, etc.) networks, working with the best research laboratories and companies specializing in plasma technology. CPI has lead the BATIR Project, a OSEO FUI French R&D program with a budget of 6.2 million Euros, and leads CEZANNE a EUROSTARS program together with two international partners.

With a combined experience in plasma technology of more than 70 years, CPI team members are experts in finding the perfect plasma solution for your specific requirements.

Team members

Cédric PFISTER - Head of Plasma Engineering / Engineering Manager

Cédric has more than 6 years of experience in machine and process development.  Cédric was previously working for Spoolex, CPI's partner for converting equipment where he led the development of the engineering part of CPI's new atmospheric plasma station. In order to improve CPI's engineering skills Cédric joined the team in 2016.

With his mechatronic engineering background, Cédric has mechanical, electronical and industrial data processing skills. At Spoolex he worked on several multidisciplinary projects such as the improvements to traverse winders or spooling machines at 700 m/min for the non-woven textiles.

Adrien CESARI - Sales manager

Adrien has a DUT of Chemistry (IUT Saint Jérôme, Marseille) and a business engineering degree (Kedge Business School, Toulon).

He previously worked for the company WAM where he started as a product manager, in charge of launching new ranges of products in the French Market and developing partnerships.

Later on, in the position of export manager, Adrien was in charge of the European development of the brand.

In 2015, he started working at CPI as a sales manager.

Jocelyn VIARD - Vacuum Plasma Manager

Jocelyn obtained a PhD at the University of Montpellier (France) working on the development of PECVD antireflection coatings for Essilor. He joined Biophy Research in 2000, in charge of FTIR, contact angle, gas permeability analyses. At the creation of CPI in 2002, Jocelyn joined the team to participate in the development of vacuum plasma treatments for CPI customers and in european research projects (ISAMCO, NEWTRESI, ACTECO).

He is currently in charge of the vacuum plasma department and the analysis department.


Julien VALLADE - Head of the Plasma Physics Department and Innovative Process Development / Project Manager

Julien has a long experience in plasma physics and process development. During his PhD, he was able to deposit anti reflective coating on solar cells by developing an innovative atmospheric plasma pressure process. During his post-doctoral studies at Laval University in Canada, Julien built atmospheric plasma reactors to treat fluorine based polymer and made anti-fog coating on glass.

All this experience is now at the service of CPI to offer customers the best suited plasma process for their needs.

Eric GAT - Plasma (Atmospheric) Chemistry Manager

After PhD studies in Materials Chemistry (Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition) at the University of Montpellier (France), Eric left the old continent in 1993 to conduct research in Nanoscience using various Plasma technologies at INRS Energy and the University of Montreal (Canada). In 1996, he returned to France to join a research team developing Atmospheric Pressure Plasma new technology at the LAPLACE laboratory (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France). In 1998, he joined the french company Biophy Research and was in charge of XPS & PMIRRAS surface analyses and the development of plasma surface treatment processes. In 2004, he finally joined Coating Plasma Industrie to manage R&D projects and process industrialization in R2R (Roll to Roll) atmospheric pressure plasma technology. Thanks to his large experience in plasma & surface science, and in his capacity of scientific manager of the BATIR FUI-OSEO program, he notably helped to develop atmospheric pressure plasma processes for specific polymer films and textiles industrial applications. In the new CPI team, he now focuses on plasma (atmospheric) chemistry.

Nicolas VANDENCASTEELE - Operations and Business Development Manager

Nicolas obtained his PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2007.  He studied the interactions of plasma particles with polymers.  During his PhD Nicolas spent several months in the USA as a visiting scientist at the John Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) and at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).  Having obtained grants from the Fulbright and BAEF foundations Nicolas returned to the University of Washington for post-doctoral studies. From 2012 to 2016, Nicolas worked part-time as an assistant professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).  In 2012 Nicolas founded APSInt, a spin-off from the ULB, with professor François Reniers.  Nicolas joined CPI in 2016.

Olivier BRU - C.E.O.

Olivier graduated as engineer at INSA Lyon (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) and an executive MBA in strategic management at the Groupe Institut Français de Gestion.

He held numerous technical functions in development, quality products and processes, test department and process engineering, as well as project management in the automotive sector for equipment manufacturers.

He worked for KOYO Europe as engineering manager, for BOSCH REXROTH FRANCE as technical director, for Spoolex as group managing director and president, for Clesse Industries group as president.

He currently holds the position of C.E.O. of the companies CPI and Spoolex.