Envisioning and building the industry of tomorrow

For the past 7 years, SYMOP has made the revival of the French industry its top priority, initially with robotics and now with productive investment. A pioneering work in 2009 based on provision of information and a firm belief that is vital for the France of today and tomorrow.
Concrete and useful steps to the benefit of the common good which have a tangible impact on how industrial manufacturers adapt to production problems and which help to raise the awareness of French people. This effort will be continued as for too long industry has not been on the list of national concerns.

Why a manifesto?

A manifesto is urgently needed because France must transition to the digital age. With this manifesto for productive investment, the aim of our professional organisation is to firmly tackle this structural and cultural problem.
Through the Gallois report, an important agenda has been opened in relation to price and non-price competitiveness. This must continue and form part of a collective goal shared by all.
We must be bold. By the end of the next French President’s term of office and based on a different model, industrial production must recover its position in creating national wealth. We must take charge of the digital transformation to provide leverage for the necessary upmarket move of our productive fabric.
This approach therefore conveys an ambitious determination. By giving industry leaders, economists and researchers the opportunity to express their views, SYMOP has gathered testimonials of innovative production methods that have been successful at a national scale to offer key guidelines in support of industry during this election period.

What exactly is at issue here?

Productive investment… In other words, pure capabilities for investing productivity gains, which must further strengthen the effectiveness of the production tool, and the investment in new industrial technologies, which is the basis for more customer-focused services and optimised management.

What are we proposing?

A term pledge… a common goal between industrial manufacturers and public authorities for the next 5 years. A shared strategic direction to help companies come to terms with the transformation currently taking place and to successfully achieve the expected upmarket move. A five-year term during which investment in productive innovation, combined with training and increasing the skills of employees, will be the necessary prerequisites for revival of the French industry.

What are the challenges?

Production tools must be modernised and non-price competitiveness must be enhanced. This approach may act as a “passport” giving companies access to new export markets and as a driver to initiate a process for the return of production to France.
The 1st solution would be to make investments so as to increase productivity and to produce “quicker and better”… In this age of the digital economy, some of the many challenges to be addressed by our small and medium industries include the installation of advanced simulation and design tools, development of connected tools, optimisation of the production chain and the improvement of product quality.
On account of the resulting productivity gains, innovative production technologies must be viewed by businesses as growth levers and vectors of economic development. In other words, it is the power of the production tool which provides the possibility to tap into an upscale market (which by definition will be demanding) and not the market which must determine the status of the productive equipment.
It is fundamental to allow our small and medium industries to be equipped with a modern and competitive tool in light of the requirements of major buyers and the competition imposed by emerging countries.

Ultimately, innovate to become more agile, manufacture “in real time” and ultimately produce in France

The concept of “work flexibility” is currently a topical issue. However, with the advent of data, the challenges of flexibility and agility on the production equipment are equally decisive, albeit marginalised, factors. The quest for innovative industrial resources (data control, virtualisation, lean manufacturing) must enable the production tool to become agile and therefore respond in real time to the changes and expectations of the markets.
This is also true for the management of production costs. Therefore, production technologies (on account of the related gains) are a major source of differentiation and innovation and fundamentally impact the final cost.