LES ATELIERS LAUMONIER, ASTECH PARIS REGION CLUSTER
Les Ateliers Laumonier is an SME with 85 employees which has been located in Nesles-la-Vallée in the Val d'Oise since 1923. They design and produce sub-assemblies and finished products for precision mechanics, electronics and computing. They also develop measurement, control-command and communications systems. They manufacture all types of engines and sensors, control and instrumentation amplifiers, including state-of the-art medical apparatus for intestinal chemotherapy. Les Ateliers Laumonier's most prestigious clients include the French Ministry of Defence and the D.G.A. (General Armaments Directorate), Dassault, EADS, Eurocopter, Siemens, SAFRAN, Stago Instruments and Thalès, and more besides. With the emergence of globalisation, the strength of this SME lies in its R&D potential - it brings out several new prototypes each month. Given the wide-ranging influence the ASTech Paris Région cluster is aiming for, there is ample room to accommodate SMEs: they now account for over 30% of organisations in ASTech Paris Région, an increasing proportion of which are being invited to join the leadership committees. This is the context in which Les Ateliers Laumonier decided to concentrate on light aviation. « We can now sell planes in kit form with electric flight controls. Assembly of these controls has become simpler because the cable transmission system has been done away with. Flight behaviour is identical, with increased safety, » explains A. Laumonier, chairman of the Ateliers. It is in this setting that my company is getting involved in projects for Electric Flight Controls used by small 4-5 seater planes for Avyron, who are looking to relaunch production of this type of plane, which they market. This project was very well received when it went on show at the latest international aeronautics and space show at Le Bourget.
Cefival, ONE OF THE THREE SME REPRESENTATIVES IN THE ASTECH PARIS RÉGION CLUSTER
Cefival, which invented steel extrusion in 1946, is an SME with some one hundred employees and part of the Italian-based Holding group, a European company whose registered office is in Milan. The group's ambition is to become world leader in the manufacture of special profiles (hot rolling, extrusion, stretching, laser welding, etc.). Located in Persan (Val d'Oise), Cefival makes 50% of its turnover from aeronautics, manufacturing jet engine rings, seat rails and some structural components for aircraft including Boeing 737s, Airbus A320s and A340s. « As a long-standing partner of aeronautical engine manufacturers, Cefival has equipped itself with machinery to finish laminated or hot-extruded bars for the industry. The ring department (Editor's note: for jet engines) therefore has high performance bending and flash welding equipment as well as a wide range of presses, enabling each part to be perfectly shaped, » explains Pierre Münch, CEO. Certified by Boeing in 2006 and soon to be certified by Rolls Royce, Cefival is a subcontractor for Airbus, EADS, Areva, the CEA* and Snecma, their number one customer.
Contacts made through the CEEVO (Val d'Oise Economic Expansion Committee) have enabled Cefival to become part of the ASTech Paris Région competitiveness cluster, of which it is a member of the board of trustees and the executive committee. Cefival is deeply committed to this competitiveness cluster, of which it has become one of the three SME representatives.
*CEA : Atomic Energy Center