Success story Alfa Laval [fr]
The Alfa Laval group was the first Swedish company to open a subsidiary in France. Lars Renström explained the group’s activities and developments in France during a ceremony on January 17th 2014, where he was awarded Knight of France´s Legion of Honor.
What are the main activities of Alfa Laval?
Alfa Laval is specialized in heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. The group employs about 1000 people, throughout six production units, two services centers and one sales company in France. Each production unit is specialized in one kind of product, all characterized by a cutting edge or leading technology.
What is France’s position within the strategy of Alfa Laval?
Alfa Laval has a long experience in France and has been doing business there for more than a century. France is an important country for Alfa Laval. It is an important market, ranked the second economy of the Economic and Monetary Union and it offers a great industrial capacity. In the last few years, Alfa Laval made significant investments in France. Today our turnover in France reaches €398 million and 70% of the French production is exported.
What investments have you made in France?
During the last years, we carried out several major investments in France in total about € 100 million; we moved Alfa Laval’s head office to Lyon where we built a new head office as well as a service center. We invested in Châlons-sur-Saône to increase our production capacities. The company we bought in 2005 has grown strongly and today its turnover is more than doubled with good profitability. We also invested in our factory in the Grenoble area in order to raise its capacity of cutting-edge technology production. In 2010, we also acquired another company near Nantes. This company, which we invested in, is one of the leaders within the fields of valves and equipment for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry in France.
According to you, what are the advantages to develop a business in France?
From a personal point of view, France is my favorite country besides Sweden. Of course, the people, the food, the wine, the culture and the nature contribute to make France a beautiful country. However France also has numerous assets for companies: the country has a strong industrial base with advanced companies such as Technip or Axens. In partnership with French companies, we develop highly competitive solutions to meet the needs of our customers.
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