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Marseille suburb Marignane (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) has been chosen as the host city for the Russian superconductor manufacturer’s new site: the Florides technology park will become home to the company’s European R&D center. Only five companies in the world have mastered SuperOx’s breakthrough technology, but none so far in Europe. “We comprehensively mapped a number of different sites in France and chose Marignane not only as the base for our European R&D center, but also to serve as a re-exportation hub. We are keen to enter discussions with France and Europe’s various electricity transmission sectors. In Marignane, we were received by decision-makers from various segments to which our technology may be of interest,” explains Cédric Etlicher, the advisor responsible for expanding the Russian manufacturer’s operations in Europe. Cédric Etlicher is already very familiar with France, having graduated from Marseille Provence School of Management, as is the founder of SuperOx, Andrey Vavilov. This Francophile former minister, a consular advisor for Russian-Belarusian affairs, has already signed a partnership agreement with Airbus for the E-Fan electric aircraft project planned for 2025-2030. Breakthrough technology Based on the breakthrough technology it has developed, SuperOx launched a long-term 10-year development project two years ago geared towards producing an entirely new generation of cables that reduce weight by 70% while preventing energy loss. According to Cédric Etlicher, the firm’s investment in Marseille- Marignane is set to total several million euros over the coming years. Because this technology is so new and has seemingly unlimited fields of application, its potential is still difficult to measure, but could quickly give rise to the signature of new partnerships, as well as fresh investment in both R&D and production. SANDEN MANUFACTURING EUROPE IN BRITTANY For more than two decades, the Sanden Manufacturing Europe plant in Tinténiac has been the Sanden Group’s largest production site outside of Japan, with more than 900 employees. The site is a valuable one for Brittany, given its vibrancy not just in terms of its efforts to diversify, and the investment involved in doing so, but also in view of the jobs it creates on a regular basis. Indeed, the group, which has close ties with Brittany’s regional council, has invested €80 million in Tinténiac over the last six years to initiate its diversification. Although the manufacture of air-conditioning compressors remains its main focus, the site now also produces air-conditioning compressors for electric and hybrid vehicles, whose production will double between 2016 and 2017, from 150,000 to 300,000 units, before doubling again in 2018. To support this growth, an investment of €25 million will go into building a second assembly line, leading to the creation of around a hundred jobs.
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