The High Precision Machines Division was faced with a sudden shutdown in 2020. It affected most of the activities in the aerospace and automotive sectors for nearly four months, both for new investments and for service. However, the implementation of strict sanitary measures made it possible to preserve everyone's health, while maintaining most of the activities in the other sectors.
Fives was able to proceed with the global installation of machines despite travel restrictions, thanks to its digital solutions and local team support.
The Division took the opportunity during this unprecedented time to confirm and accelerate its strategy in the defense and general industry sectors. In addition, the Division continued its developments in the aerospace and automotive markets, particularly for electric vehicles.
At the end of 2020, the Group acquired partial assets of Dufieux. This enabled Fives to expand its range of machines and expert teams, including new technologies such as MMS® (Mirror Milling System), which replaces a chemical erosion process with a more environmentally friendly solution.
The High Precision Machines Division supports its customers throughout the project’s life cycle, confirming its position as a long-term partner, developer and solutions provider, meshing machines and digital technology as one. Through this partnership, the Division accompanies its customers from the very beginning of a project to meet their needs, providing them with the necessary support before, during and after the equipment is put into production, anywhere in the world with local service teams.
Thanks to the consistency of the Division’s strategy launched several years ago, supported by a continuation of investment in new solution development, the High Precision Machines Division continued with a market share gain and entered the 2021 year with a respectable order book and an optimized cost structure, thus further increasing its resilience.