The authors are especially indebted to:
Michel Royer, consultant and long-term friend, for his invaluable help in collecting data, literature surveys, contributing and reviewing the content of several chapters of this book;
Gérard Collette, Senior Executive Vice President, Solvay Group General Manager Industrial, for writing the Foreword of this book that stresses the importance of manufacturing in the process industries;
Laure Helard, General Secretary of PROFLUID – a professional association of equipment manufacturers specialized in pumps and agitators, compressors and valves – and Pascal Vinzio, VP Manager in Research and Pre-development of KSB, for their testimony regarding the relationships between equipment manufacturers and engineering companies, not always a simple one;
Gilles Maller, Vice President of CLEXTRAL, a French manufacturer of Extruders. This piece of equipment has been taken as an example to show the utilization of the fundamentals of chemical engineering and process intensification to adapt this very versatile machine to produce a large variety of products;
Jean-Michel Loubry, former manager of the French National Traceability Centre, founder and CEO of the consulting firm “Elephant Conseil” (www.elephant-conseil.fr), for his major contribution to matters dealing with traceability;
Olivier Potier of the School of Innovation and Industrial System Engineering (ENSGSI) and researcher at Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés (LRGP) in Nancy ...