If the switch to the electric car has plunged foundry orders, some are doing well. Report in Châteauroux (Indre), in the Eurocast factory.
The Eurocast factory in Châteauroux (Indre) is not experiencing the crisis. Elsewhere in France, in the Jura, Poitou or Morbihan, the foundries are still suffering. What is the secret of those who resist? Jérôme Guedo, employed for 30 years and now production manager, has held all positions at Eurocast. Like the 130 employees of the company, he is calm. “All the people you see in the company are hires, explains the latter. We have a few temporary workers here, but no one is worried at the moment, as long as we have orders behind.“
An almost unique model in France
However, the company has come a long way. In 2009, in great difficulty, it was bought by an investor, who made the bet to put 20 million on the table, to differentiate itself from competitors by targeting the high-end. As a result, Eurocast signs contracts with BMW or Jaguar. To meet their requirements, employees are forced to make an effort. “It also forced us to work differently, for example not to take any vacation in August, to work almost seven days a week.“, Explains Frédéric Bonnaud, the director of the plant.
This successful conversion is almost unique in France. The country has 380 foundries, which employ more than 30,000 people. Too many sites to be competitive, according to Wilfrid Boyault, general manager of the Fédération Forge Fonderie. “The project is one or two champions, a grouping of forces to bring together skills, to weigh sufficiently also in terms of funding and in relation to customers.”Explains the latter. In Châteauroux, everyone is already preparing for the next turn: the electric one.
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Federation forge foundry:https://www.forgefonderie.org/fr/forge-fonderie/panorama-economique