LIP was founded in 1983 by the Massif Central AOC (Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée) cheese manufacturers and has built up a solid reputation in the field of maturing and flavouring ferments. It now offers a wide range of strains used in food production (industrial and farm) for cheese, charcuterie and vegetable product processing.
LIP is one of the 105 winners of the Résilience call for projects, deployed as part of the France Relance national investment plan. This award, together with funding, has enabled the laboratory to undertake construction of its new production and R&D unit. The work is taking place on a site in production and is nearing completion.
"LIP has asked us to carry out all the electrical work. We are installing the earthing network and equipotential connections, as well as the electrical routing and distribution from the main switchboard. This is followed by testing and facility self-checking. We also have to commission the site's lightning protection, an inverter and electrical charging terminals. Finally, we will orchestrate reassembly of the GTC and all the circuit breakers, by installing a specialized power supply," explained works manager Alexandre Aygadoux.
In July 2021, the Prefect of the Cantal and the sub-prefect in charge of Recovery paid a symbolic visit to LIP to show their support for one of the key players in a strategic production field, contributing to the independence and sovereignty of French industry.