Fives goes to the Elysee Palace to present one of the 34 plans for the "the new industrial France"

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Paris, 11 September 2013 - The French government has started a strategic appraisal designed to determine France's industrial policy priorities. One of the stages in the appraisal is the presentation, on Thursday 12 September at the Elysée Palace (French Presidential Palace), of 34 industrial plans which will be the springboard for industrial renewal and will help to shape the face of the "new industrial France". Fives will be there to present the plan for the industrial plant of the future, a theme the Group has been actively exploring since early 2012, when it launched the Observatory for the Plants of the Future.

A government initiative to "reinvent France"

Following a year-long project undertaken by the National council for industry, the French government has started a strategic appraisal designed to determine France's industrial policy priorities. The project was led by the Directorate-General for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS), a division of the Ministry for Industrial Renewal, drawing on the international expertise of the McKinsey management consulting firm, in association with the competitiveness clusters and sector strategy committees, within which business leaders, social partners, the government departments concerned and professional federations are represented and play an active role.

The result of this work is the presentation today of 34 plans for industrial renewal. Their aim is to focus economic and industrial players on achieving a shared objective, to align government policy more effectively with this objective and to harness local ecosystems in order to build a new, competitive French industrial sector that is able to win market share in France and abroad, and therefore create jobs.

Fives, spokesman for "The Industrial Plant of the Future"

France has a lower manufacturing employment rate than its European competitors and neighbors, and needs to catch up. To reestablish its position in the global race, increase competitiveness, attract more and more production and maintain manufacturing employment rates, France has set itself the dual aim of modernizing its production system and conceiving and developing the production processes of tomorrow. The "Industrial Plant of the Future" plan will put France in a position to meet the challenges of rapid prototyping, the convergence of social networks, corporate hyperconnectivity, human-machine interfaces, robotics, augmented reality, digital technology, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and design.

The industrial plant of the future will need to be more eco-friendly thanks to production methods that consume fewer resources and generate less waste. Smarter, using increasingly sophisticated production methods that are redefining the human-machine interface. More flexible: the plant will be able to produce an offer that is closer aligned with market needs by using reconfigurable production facilities, moving from mass market to custom-built solutions. More integrated: connected to the very heart of local communities and geographically close to its stakeholders (customers, subcontractors and suppliers), the plant of the future will help to revitalize networks and local economies.

The Fives Observatory for the Plants of the Future: a positive perspective on tomorrow's industry

As part of its Observatory for the Plants of the Future launched in 2012, Fives, the industrial engineering group central to global industrial challenges, brought the public face-to-face with industry experts to initiate a debate about tomorrow's industry as the basis for defining the industrial plants of the future. This was achieved by organizing a year-long cycle of events:
a survey of French attitudes to industrial plants and French industry in general, that was extended
15 interviews with specialists expert in the issues facing industry: economists, academics, industrialists and the heads of social organizations
a citizens' conference that sparked public debate and led to a charter of recommendations regarding the conditions under which people would be prepared to accept an industrial site close to their own home.

The conclusions derived from all these initiatives have been compiled and interpreted in the first edition of the Report of Fives Observatory for the Plants of the Future now available online at www.lesusinesdufutur.com