We have been able to significantly expand our

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We have been able to significantly expand our portfolio of products and technologies thanks to this new sewing center,” explains Lohmann. With the creation of Car-Itex, fabrics that were previously purchased in the Black Forest will be produced in the east of the Grand Est region, in a brand-new 3,000 sq. m. facility built by the Pays de Bitche Intermunicipal Council. €2 million will go into acquiring machines and 20 employees will be recruited in 2017. In addition to the manufacture and cutting of textiles, Car-Ita is able to provide a number of services. In the long term, Car-Itex plans to set up an engineering department to develop new patterns and designs for its fabrics. Car-Itex’s main customer will be Car-Ita, but it will also be seeking new clients, new openings and new contracts. CAR-ITA, SUPPLYING HIGH VALUE-ADDED FABRICS TO THE AUTOMOTIVE AND AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES, ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A NEW FACILITY: CAR-ITEX. 52 / 2016 ANNUAL REPORT - BUSINESS FRANCE CHAP. 2 / INVESTMENT ATTRACTIVENESS OF FRANCE’S REGIONS IN 2016
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NORSKE SKOG GOLBEY IN THE ‘GREEN VALLEY’ With its employees’ expertise and fondness for their profession, Norske Skog Golbey is Western Europe’s largest newsprint production site, boasting an annual production capacity of 600,000 tonnes of newsprint paper for newspapers and publicity brochures. The quality it offers is recognized by Europe’s leading publishers and printers. ‘Last of the Mohicans’ strategy “Our strategy is clear: if it ends one day, it will be here. I call it the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ strategy,” says Yves Bailly, CEO of the site since 2006. With the consumption of newsprint falling by around 6% a year over the last decade, it is important to maximize competitiveness. It quickly became clear that reducing energy costs needed to be a top priority. The Optiwatt project, which complies with the ISO 50001 standard, has led to substantial savings since 2015 and, in June 2016, the foundation stone of a biogas facility was laid. This will initially be used to process effluent from the manufacturing plant and should eventually enable 17,000 MWh of biogas to be injected into the grid each year. The new facility required an investment of €7.1 million. Norske Skog Golbey has shown the wherewithal to diversify into peripheral, but high value-added operations, due in particular to synergies, partnerships and a parent group that strongly encourages innovation. The Bois Santé (‘Wood Healthcare’) project, whose R&D phase is now complete, is an excellent illustration of this approach. The alliance formed in 2010 between Norske Skog Golbey and Harmonic Pharma, a startup specializing in 3D modeling and molecular repositioning, was behind this project seeing the light of day. In the long term, this highly innovative initiative should enable Norske Skog’s wood by-products to be used as sources of therapeutic molecules, particularly in the treatment of chronic respiratory illnesses.
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