Starting in 2012, VDLV has been able to develop thanks to the assistance of the network of university laboratories at Bordeaux, since our activities remain centred around Cestas, as well as Bordeaux and the metropolis of Bordeaux.
Within this ecosystem, VDLV works daily to diversify its activities while starting up complementary new structures like the laboratory ingésciences.
Construction of the first vapological nicotine extraction pilot unit at Pessac is a further boost to VDLV’s attachment to its territory. At the present time, tobacco leaves constituting the raw material of this nicotine are of foreign origin. To meet industrial needs, the plant utilised must be naturally rich in nicotine, which is not the case for French tobaccos, currently selected for their rich flavours. Today, VDLV works in close collaboration with agronomists located at Bergerac so as to produce nicotine derived from French tobacco plants. The objective, initially, is to form a strong link with tobacco producers by assisting them to develop innovative cultivation techniques (experimentation with varieties of seeds, processes, harvests, etc.).