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GFG Alliance welcomes Dunkerque smelter as cornerstone for supply chain expansion in France

Catherine Ryall - 24-janv.-2019 15:48:28

Sanjeev Gupta ’s global GFG Alliance today formally inaugurated Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque , as part of its global network of businesses and declared its intention to expand strongly into France’s industrial supply chain.  In the presence of the French Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, Mr Gupta joined staff and up to 350 guests in Dunkirk to formally welcome Europe’s largest smelter, bought from Rio Tinto for around US$500m in December last year, into the GFG fold.   GFG aims to make the 570-worker plant the hub of an extensive manufacturing supply chain providing materials and components for French industry, particularly the automotive sector. The site currently produces 285,000 tonnes of primary aluminium a year.   In confirming this commitment, the British-owned business became one of the first to respond to President Emmanuel Macron’s call during the high-profile ‘ Choose France Summit ’ this week for more inward investment into the country.    Mr Gupta, who was among over 100 international company chiefs at the President’s summit in Versailles, also announced today that Liberty Wheels France , already a major customer of the Dunkerque smelter, has won it first major contract since the London-headquartered Alliance took over the plant in May last year.   From June, Liberty Wheels France will supply the specialist French micro-car manufacturer Ligier with up to around 40% of its annual requirement for alloy wheels. It is the first contract won since the Alliance acquired the facility, which is the only aluminium wheel manufacturer in France . The group has since implemented a turnaround plan to improve the plant’s efficiency and productivity.      The French Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin said:   " I wanted to be here today for the inauguration of Liberty Aluminum because this is an important moment for the industrial renewal of Dunkirk and the Hauts-de-France region. The acquisition of this smelter by the GFG Alliance is also a strong symbol of the French economic attractiveness instilled by the Government. I salute the commitment of Mr. Sanjeev Gupta and his teams in this long-term industrial project. It testifies to their confidence in the exceptional know-how of the men and women who work in this foundry of Loon Plage. " Speaking of the week’s events, Sanjeev Gupta said: “ In a week where I joined other business leaders from around the world in Paris to celebrate France’s attractiveness to foreign investors, I am delighted to be able show two positive examples of why GFG invested here . “ Firstly I am proud to welcome Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque to the GFG Alliance. Our aim is to make this site and the highly skilled women and men who work there, the cornerstone of our integrated industrial business in France. We will work with local management and staff to develop new products which create even more added-value to the aluminium produced there, both sustaining and creating high-value jobs. “ We welcome our new colleagues in the knowledge and with pride that they will continue to supply our wheel manufacturing business who are themselves turning their own fortunes around. Together Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque and Liberty Wheels France symbolise our integrated supply chain and business model in action. What we now have is a further French car manufacturer being supplied with wheels ‘made in France’ made out of aluminium from our smelter also ‘made in France’. This is the best reminder, if we ever needed one, of why we chose to invest in France ”.   Managing Director of Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque, Guillaume de Goÿs, said:   “ Aluminium Dunkerque is very pleased to see the Liberty flag flying at our site. We are eager to play our role within the French supply chain, to support our customers and partners and through doing so, to become known as a Centre of Excellence for Aluminium. We have an ambitious programme to maximise the value of the aluminium we currently produce and to become a preferred supplier to the automotive and other growing industries in France . We’re looking forward to making that journey shoulder to shoulder with our Alliance partners and colleagues .”   Speaking of the Ligier contract win, COO of Liberty Engineering Mainland Europe Philippe Baudon said:   “ Winning the contract to supply Ligier is a significant step for our Chateauroux site and for GFG in France. Since taking over the site last year, management and staff have all worked tirelessly to turn the site around – to implement the operational and cultural changes needed to make us more competitive and attract new customers. I am delighted that this hard work is starting to pay off – we know that we faced stiff competition from both Asia and eastern Europe for this deal and we know that our adaptability, technical expertise, competitiveness and proximity to Ligier’s own operations were all factors in this success. Work is already underway to start delivering Ligier’s first batch of French-made wheels in June as part of what I hope will be a close and ongoing partnership ”.


DALBY hydraulic hooklifts to raise the roof at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018

Letizia Zitoli - 11-juil.-2018 12:57:17

DALBY designs and manufactures hydraulic hooklifts for all types of 2 to 32-ton vehicle, roll-off containers, and container trailers for road transport and agriculture. The French leader in roll-off transport and handling equipment market will be exhibiting at  IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018   in Hannover from 20 th  -27 th  September. They will be presenting a MAN truck fitted with a DALBY XHM3 hooklift. Among the benefits of the XHM3 hooklift: ·         The sliding jib enables the handling and transport of a larger range of containers of different lengths. ·          Optimised weight ·          Excellent stability : the hooklift’s height has been reduced. Its centre of gravity is lower, thus improving the overall stability. ·          Improved visibility : the hooklift’s structure has been refined. ·          Longevity and durability -           Engineering : improved robustness by casting parts (jib hook, articulations, rear hydraulic locking, container supports of tipping frame, rear rollers…). -           Hydraulics:  excellent reliability by using bigger pipe diameters and reduction of connections. ·          Easy to maintain -          Pneumatic and mechanical parts are simplified and integrated into the hooklift’s structure and are easily accessible -          In-cab pneumatic control box -          Parts coated with anti-rust coating -          Number of greasing points reduced Through its vast distribution and services network built up over the past 40, DALBY offers its customers a comprehensive range of equipment for roll-off containers designed for efficiency, simplicity, reliability and cost effectiveness, and assembled in its own manufacturing sites and workshops. An elevated service DALBY’s strength lies in its adaptability and flexibility. The company benefits from in-house design and engineering teams who continuously develop and modernise their products, ensuring they conform to relevant regulations, and can tailor them to meet any specific needs: ·         Optimised payload ·         HLE steels ·         Reduced loading angle and height ·         Reduced loading time DALBY is looking to assist British providers in delivering suitable logistics solutions and facilitating the handling and transport of recyclable and non-recyclable products in the following sectors: ·         Environment ·         Agriculture ·         Transport ·         Construction ·         Rental ·         Trades ·         Public authorities and departments ·         Waste collection and transfer A loyal list of clients… DALBY’s customer portfolio comprises major French and international companies including: VEOLIA, SITA, VINCI, BOUYGUES as well as major truck makers: RENAULT, IVECO, VOLVO, MERCEDES-BENZ. That’s growing… For the last 2 years, DALBY has worked with an international network of 15 distributors and a sales office in Peru to expand its export services. Other recent achievements include truck sales in Africa for cotton farming and waste management activities as well as the signing of a distribution agreement in Canada, have helped establish DALBY’s credibility and international recognition. And looking to expand further in the UK Stuart Crowther,  CEO at   Powertec Vehicle Engineering Ltd (distributor for the UK market): "DALBY offers me, as UK dealer, a perfect support for sales but also after-sales thanks to professional dedicated team" This sentiment is confirmed by its customer  J.B Schofield , one of the foremost scrap metal buyers and sellers in the UK, which has been recycling since 1876:  "After testing several brands of hook lifts with lifetimes of more or less 5 years, we were very happy to discover the DALBY brand. Our oldest arm still works perfectly after 8 years! Having a local distributor bringing all the necessary service for the maintenance of this equipment is another undeniable advantage". About DALBY: Created in 1968 35% market share in France and 30% turnover in exports ISO 9001-2015 certification A  French Fab-labelled company : Introduced by the French government last autumn, French Fab brings together progressive French manufacturers with the goal of developing and promoting French manufacturing know-how worldwide. For more information, please contact: BENNES DALBY   Patrick Cordey, General Manager Tel: + 33 (0)5 53 41 55 80 / +33 (0)6 73 38 41 65 patrick.cordey@ dalby.fr


French innovator Cedrat Technologies launches MICA, its new range of linear actuators

Adeline Perrault - 30-nov.-2016 12:34:38

      CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES is unveiling its linear Moving Iron Controllable Actuator (MICA) product line onto the market, with associated drive electronics, in response to requirements in the industrial sector for highly reliable, long-life solutions.   The MICA linear actuators have been specifically developed for extremely long lifetime use, designed for zero maintenance over several years of continuous operation. This level of performance is achieved thanks to fixed coil and magnet designs, without electric flying leads and an efficient contact-free flexure bearing design. The 1KVA CSA96 power amplifier has been developed alongside the MICA product range. It features reactive power recovery, achieving more than 90% energy efficiency and it is able to drive both single and multiple MICA configurations. The moving iron actuator designs created by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES are the highest performing in the sector compared to other classical magnetic actuators. The MICA actuator range is designed for high controllability, with higher force levels within more compact volumes and greater electrical efficiency. Their high efficiency results in heat dissipation through the very low Joule effect, together with easy and direct cooling on dedicated interfaces. The MICA actuators’ extremely long lifetime is a remarkable performance achievement, which is the result of CEDRAT TECHNLOGIES’ knowhow and experience in flexure bearing designs, built up over years of working with mechanisms as well as developing long-lifetime products in the aerospace and defence sectors. The moving mechanism assembly of the MICA range, with no sliding contact or friction losses, is able to accomplish almost perpetual movement on the flexure bearings, close to resonance, providing clients with very high powered, very low energy consuming and very low heat dissipating actuators. Significant efforts have been made on the actuator casing, to achieve an efficient fixed coil heat sinking design onto an aluminium structure, able to dissipate the coil’s Joule effect heat load by conduction towards the mechanical interfaces, cooled by either natural convection using blades, or by forced convection using air, or refrigerant cooling loop interfaces. This design offers the possibility of using the maximum force of the actuator and the maximum electrical power over very long periods of time, which cannot be achieved by commercial moving coil actuators currently on the market which have low cooling capabilities. The MICA design incorporates high thermal cooling, is lubricant-free, with no limited life ball bearings or plain bushing guiding devices. These features make it compatible with low maintenance devices and long lifetime performance requirements used in harsh environments such as warm and dusty conditions in isolated places without natural convection. Therefore, the MICA range is fully adapted for continuous operation with a high level of integrated functionality in production machines, machining processes requiring vibration assistance, or precision control such as active chatter suppression. Equally, the range is suitable for internal thermal fluid machines such as pumps, compressors, valves, linear alternators, or as standalone devices for vibration cancellation and energy recovery in transportation applications. About CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES: CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA is a high tech SME, part of ACTIVE STRUCTURE FINANCE, with 40 employees. The firm is based in the French Innovation Valley, close to Grenoble, and is supported by BPI France. CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES is specialised in the innovation of smart actuators, smart sensors, mechatronic systems, detection systems and technological training courses. Its compact, dynamic and accurate products for mechatronics systems in challenging environments are recognised and appreciated worldwide by customers operating in varied fields such as aerospace, biomedical sciences, automated manufacturing, optronics and more. For further information about CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES, please contact: Sandrine Hugi Communication & Sales Administration Manager Tel: +33 (0) 4 56 58 04 14 Email: actuator@cedrat-tec.com Website: www.cedrat-technologies.com ORLIN Technologies Ltd Tel: 01525 306100 Email: sales@orlin.co.uk Website: www.orlin.co.uk 32 College Street | Kempston | Bedford | MK42 8LU For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:   www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


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