Road map for the "Plant of the Future" plan, jointly managed by Fives and approved by the French Presidency

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On May 7, Frédéric Sanchez, Chairman of the Board of Fives, officially presented the road map of the 34th plan for “The New Industrialized France”, entitled “The Plant of the Future”, the management of which was entrusted to Fives and Dassault Systèmes in September.

The event was held at the Elysee Palace in the presence of the French President François Hollande, the Prime Minister Manuel Valls and the Minister for the Economy, the Recovery of Output and Digital Technology, Arnaud Montebourg.

A government initiative to ‘reinvent’ industrial France

The French government has launched a strategic review with the aim of deciding on the priorities for industrial policy in France. In September 2013, the initiative led to the presentation of 34 plans that are intended to contribute to shaping the face of “The New Industrialized France” through the creation of a new and competitive offer by French industry, capable of gaining market share in France and abroad, thereby creating close to 480,000 new jobs in industry.

Following six months of work, the road map for “The Plant of the Future” plan was approved by the Steering Committee for the 34 plans for “The New Industrialized France” and then presented to the press and the President of the Republic on May 7. 

The “Plant of the Future” plan to build the France of the third industrial revolution

The work undertaken jointly by Fives and Dassault Systèmes, which involved more than 120 public and private entities, helped to identify the challenges and prerequisites for improving the competitiveness of French industry. The plan identifies 43 drivers of competitiveness and key success factors for different industries, to create high performance, flexible, connected, safe, environmentally friendly and energy efficient factories that place people at the heart of their business model.

In practical terms, the road map proposes 4 areas of activity to support the development of the plant of excellence: 

  • developing pilot production lines (around twenty) to act as showcase for French expertise,
  • launching R&D projects assisted by the State,
  • creating regional programs of industrial excellence for SMEs to provide support in terms of both methods and funding,
  • organizing financial assistance for industry, including a range of loans from Bpifrance, the French Public Investment Bank.

These recommendations were presented along with a precise timetable for their implementation. Fives has been asked by the public authorities to continue to participate in the deployment of the road map above and beyond the pilot and R&D projects in which the Group is already involved. Fives is concerned by fifteen of the thirty actions to be undertaken in the medium term, including the automobile industry, aeronautics, ship building, liquid gas and energy efficiency.