The Rubber and Polymers industry in the Val d'Oise

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Aware of the strategic interest of the Rubber and Polymers industry, the Val d'Oise is home to many stakeholders in this sector. The reputation and synergies established by these national champions, multinationals and dynamic SMEs are encouraging other companies working in the industry to locate in the département.

RUBBER AND POLYMER PROCESSING
carre France is the second-largest producer of tyres and rubber technical parts in Europe after Germany and ahead of Spain and Italy. The Val d'Oise is particularly involved in the progress of this industry. The work of major prime contractors and subcontractor SMEs located in the département covers several areas of the Rubber and Polymers industry such as processing, which includes tyres and industrial rubber, as well as finished products for companies (pipes, gaskets, belts, etc.) and individual consumers (gloves, boots, teats, etc.). This environment extends to suppliers, producers of raw materials, manufacturers of moulds and companies positioned on the waste recycling market.

Well-known companies located in the Val d'Oise include Hutchinson in Persan, Le Joint Français (a subsidiary of the Hutchinson group) in Bezons and 3M France in Cergy. The presence in the département of Axson, Electra Unic Industrie, Lisi Automotive Rapid, Cooper Standard Automotive France, Griffine is also noteworthy. All of these companies located in the Val d'Oise are involved in marketing and production activities, as well as R&D and the manufacture of innovative products.
The University of Cergy Pontoise is also part of this dynamic, offering a large number of courses relating to the industry, as are engineering schools such as the EBI(Higher Institute of Industrial Biology). They also act as genuine partners for the companies working in this sector in the Val d'Oise, focusing on targeting new markets and developing new products.

 

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«Our customers have transferred their technological development to us. They submit their problem to us and we find the solution. That's how our business works today».
François Souchet, Managing Director of the Hutchinson "Sealants, adhesives and profiles" Division.


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This R&D is strengthened by the presence of the Elastopôle competitiveness cluster, which extends throughout the entire Val d'Oise département and whose aim is to create momentum for the industry by setting up

a platform for sharing knowledge and resources.
On the strength of this economic focus, the CEEVO (Val d'Oise Economic Development Board) has conducted a study aimed at assessing the current situation and

development prospects for the Rubber and Polymers industry in the département in order to provide with the best possible support and structure.

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The Val d'Oise Economic Development Board (CEEVO) ensures the promotion of a number of industries of strategic excellence for the Val d'Oise.
It provides assistance for networks of effective companies involved in these sectors of business, most of which form part of the competitiveness cluster dynamic

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Some well-known companies locate d in the Val d'Oise

- 3M France - ABRASIVE PRODUCTS, Cergy
- CHEVALIER Caoutchouc - RUBBER PROCESSING,
Argenteuil
- CLERET Caoutchouc - TECHNICAL PARTS,
Argenteuil
- COOPER STANDARD STANDARD - AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER,
Argenteuil
- HUTCHINSON - RUBBER PARTS,
Persan
- LE JOINT FRANÇAIS - VEHICLE INSULATION AND GLAZING, COATINGS AND ENCAPSULANTS FOR AERONAUTICS,
Bezons
- LE CAOUTCHOUC d'ARGENTEUIL - RUBBER PARTS,
Argenteuil
- SEMPERTRANS France - RUBBER CONVEYOR BELTS,
Argenteuil
- SILCOMP - WHOLESALE,
Argenteuil
- TERCAP - RUBBER PROCESSING,
Seraincourt
- RACLOT INDUSTRIES -
Brignancourt
- VELO X - WHOLESALE,
Argenteuil
- ELECTRA UNIC INDUSTRIE - RUBBER PARTS,
Pontoise
- SAUER France - PRINTING ROLLERS,
Goussainville

THE VAL D'OISE MEASUREMENT NETWORK (RMVO)
carre The main objective of the RMVO, recognised by the DIACT (Regional Planning and Competitiveness Office) as a Local Productivity Environment, is the development of businesses working in all areas of the measurement and instrumentation sector in the Val d'Oise. The actions undertaken by this network have the following aims:
conducting strategic watch, which benefits all the companies in the sector involved in the manufacture of measuring instruments and scientific and technical control instruments;
organising collective action, in particular for metrology, with representation at trade shows in France and abroad; for instance, presence at the «Mesure expo» Exhibition every year in Paris;
establishing collaborative links with higher education, in particular the University of Cergy-Pontoise, which already has courses relating to expertise in instrumentation and measurement (vocational Bachelor's degree);
coordinating access to a website toraise the profile of member companies and promote the network.

www.rmvo.com

ANNUAL MEETING OF RESEARCHERS AND BUSINESSES
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As part of the efforts to bring together higher education establishments and SMEs in the département, undertaken by the CESE 95, (Val d'Oise Higher Education and Business Forum), each year the CEEVO is heavily involved in the Val d'Oise Research and Innovation Week. This week includes a large number of events in the Val d'Oise over five days in April and May: lectures, factory, company and research laboratory visits, business meetings and so on. This event is free of charge and open to all, providing an opportunity to get to know certain companies and laboratories in the area, such as those working in the rubber and polymers industry, as well as certain projects from the 9 competitiveness clusters in which the Val d'Oise is involved, such as the Elastopôle cluster.

www.sri-valdoise.fr

 

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Research and higher education: Training Centres
Cergy-Pontoise University («science and techniques faculty»):

- Biology department: vocational Bachelor's degree in biotechnology (specialising in production and diagnosis); Masters in biochemistry of materials; Masters in structured matter and living systems.

- Chemistry department:
vocational Bachelor's degree in industrial formulation; Masters in fine chemistry, polymers and analysis; Masters in control and quality; Masters in advanced techniques and materials science; PhD in chemistry; PhD in fluid mechanics.

EBI (Higher Institute of Industrial Biology): engineering diploma in industrial biology and Master of Business Engineering in Quality Assurance and Process Validation.

ATOMER offers ongoing vocational training in chemistry and polymers.
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Tél: +33(0)1 39 84 15 87
ATOMER - 13 rue de la Coque - 95410 Groslay - France

Research laboratories working in Rubber and Polymers in the Val d'Oise
The University of Cergy- Pontoise has 4 Rubber and Polymers laboratories in the Val d'Oise:

- LPPI (Physical chemistry of Polymers and Interfaces Laboratory), which specialises in developing materials from conducting polymers and insulators.
- LPMS (Materials and Surface Physics Laboratory).
- ERRMECe (Extra- Cellular/Cellular Matrix Relationships Research Laboratory).
- SOSCO (Selective Organic Synthesis and Organometallic Chemistry laboratory). This research unit, set up by the University of Cergy- Pontoise, the ESCOM and the CNRS, has three teams of researchers specialising in applied organometallic chemistry for organic synthesis.

ELASTOPOLE and DEFI PME CAOUTCHOUC 
Challenge for SMEs in the rubber industry
Since January 2009, the professional organisations in the rubber industry have decided to step up their efforts in response to the call for projects entitled «Human capital - gaining skills for increased competitiveness» launched by the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment.
The project is being conducted by Elastopôle, in partnership with UCAPLAST (Joint professional union of Rubber and plastics SMEs) and the SNCP (National Rubber and Polymers Union).
Its purpose is to assist SMEs nationwide, more especially those in the Val d'Oise, in order to anticipate changes to their business, invest in human capital, help them with their situation as regards retirements and recruitment and thus develop their competitiveness using employment and skills diagnoses.

Operation partners:

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www.elastopole.fr

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www.lecaoutchouc.com

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 The Val d'Oise is home to nine competitiveness clusters including Elastopôle, recognised on July 5, 2007 by the Interminsterial Board of Regional Planning and Competitiveness. Elastopôle brings together companies, laboratories and training bodies in the Rubber and Polymers industry in the Val d'Oise. Its aim is to encourage business and employment by creating momentum for technological innovation and stimulating positive synergies between industry stakeholders.

 

THE ELASTOPOLE COMPETITIVENESS CLUSTER

media48834Elastopôle already has 70 members, including world-leading multinationals working in the field of tyres and industrial rubber, a network of SMEs with recognised industrial knowledge and public and private-sector laboratories (over 3,500 researchers) located in the Val d'Oise as well as in the Centre, Auvergne, Pays de Loire and Île-de-France regions. This competitiveness cluster relies on a large number of stakeholders in the Paris region, including the French Rubber and Polymers Centre which brings together the National Rubber and Polymers Union, the Rubber and Plastics Research and Control Laboratory (LRCCP), the Rubber Training Institute (IFOCA) and the University of Cergy-Pontoise.
Its aim is to broaden companies' product and service offerings by strengthening their competitive advantages thanks to new R&D and industrialisation techniques. To fulfil this mission, the cluster's research projects are structured around three major areas which the stakeholders located in the Val d'Oise identify with: business lines (materials, design, manufacturing processes and innovative products), energy and the environment, economics and social concerns. The effectiveness of the cluster focuses on the implementation of synergies between Industry, Research and Training – something which is already wellestablished in the Val d'Oise – with the aim of Elastopôle being recognised as a model of international competitiveness.

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«The Val d'Oise is the most representative département in the Greater Paris area for rubber processing»
Bruno Marostegan, cluster director.


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HUTCHINSON: A WORLD LEADER WITH TWO LOCATIONS IN THE DEPARTEMENT

media48852The Hutchinson group is the world leader in industrial rubber, with sales of €3.1bn in 2008 and a total workforce of 27,500 on 118 sites in 26 countries. It is active on all the key markets in the Automotive business, the Aerospace Industry and for consumer goods. Hutchinson's operations in France date back to 1853 and the creation of the Aigle brand, which used to manufacture rubber boots in Montargis. Hutchinson is now part of Total's Chemicals division. In the Val d'Oise, the group is represented by a Hutchinson subsidiary in Persan and Le Joint Français in Bezons. Le Joint Français, a subsidiary of the group which was bought out in 1987, specialises in the manufacture of O-ring seals. It has a workforce of 500 in Bezons and a turnover of €130m. The «Sealants, adhesives and profiles» division does business in three highly technological product families and manufactures specific products for each:
the aeronautics industry: new sealants that reinforce the air-tightness of aircraft parts used on all civil aviation models by Airbus, Boeing, Dassault, Embraer, EADS, etc. as well as in military aviation, and soundproofing products for cabins,

the automotive industry: sealants for fixing windscreens and structural reinforcement,
the construction industry: sealants for double glazing and fire insulation in buildings.
"The development of this type of product is becoming increasingly cutting-edge", comments François Souchet, Managing Director of the "Sealants, adhesives and profiles" division and director of the four Le Joint Français factories (three in France and one in Shanghai), "we have to develop new products and applications corresponding to the ever-increasing needs of our customers".

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CHEVALIER AND CLERET:
PRESENT IN THE VAL D'OISE FOR OVER 90 YEARS

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The historic Val d'Oise SME, Chevalier, was founded in 1925, manufacturing orthopedic belts which were shipped all over the world. Many years later, in 2001, Jean-Marc Oudot and his partners took over Chevalier, still with excellent performance in silicone injection moulding for small, detailed and often very sophisticated technical parts for airtightness and suspension (miniaturisation). Just prior to this, Chevalier had taken over Cléret, which manufactures small dual-material technical parts made from rubber and metal. The companies target the automotive and industrial markets.
With a workforce of 65 in Argenteuil in the Val d'Oise and a subsidiary employing 14 people in Romania, Chevalier and Cléret, which have a combined annual sales volume of some €8 million, are aiming to consolidate their positions and develop a strategy directed towards new markets for moulding technology in the medical, pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics sectors.
Having been located in the Val d'Oise for 90 years, today Chevalier and Cléret appreciate the département's road links to Roissy airport and the la Défense business district, as well as the wealth of resources its networks represent. Both SMEs have a 

sustainable development policy, which includes using ready-to-use, processed silicones - minimising waste and hazardous handling in this sector in which «clean» manufacturing is a must.

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