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Compounds Product Line Director, MATERI'ACT


Xavier Pailloux is currently the Compounds Product Line Director of the recently formed Forvia-Materi’Act sustainable materials business. He is responsible for leading its marketing strategy and establishing the product portfolio of innovative bio and recycled based low carbon compounds, branded under the NAFILean and the IniCycled families.

Prior to this appointment, he held key leadership roles as the Business Development Vice President at Livinguard, an antimicrobial technology start-up, and in various Technical, Sales and Marketing roles at Dow Chemical. During his long-standing tenure there, and various assignments in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and South Africa, Xavier had the opportunity to grow materials business interacting with multiple industries, including Automotive, Coatings, Personal Care and Electronics.

Xavier Pailloux is a graduated Polymer Chemist Engineer from ESTIT (France).


FORVIA is the first French company and the first automotive industry player in the world to have its net-zero emission roadmap approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), in June 2022, with a goal of reaching net-zero emissions across all sc bopes by 2045.As the spearhead of FORVIA’s net-zero roadmap, MATERI’ACT develops, transforms, and commercializes unique cutting-edge materials with low and ultra-low CO2 footprint. They bring more than 10 years of expertise in formulating and processing recycled, bio-sourced and carbon-capturing materials, aligned with the European Green Taxonomy. Their purely sustainable products include recycled and bio-based Compounds, bio-based Foils, and low CO2 Carbon Fibers. Their adaptative and predictive formulations find uses in the automotive industry and beyond. From waste and bio stock management to renewable materials, they mobilize a best-in class industrial and academic ecosystem.