The LVMH site in Saint-Jean de Braye (Loiret) is the largest European cosmetics factory with 1,400 employees including 260 research scientists, and the first private employer of the Loiret region, with a surface area of 55 hectares, 117 000 m² of buildings, and a water station supplied by a well at a depth of 60 meters so the site is completely autonomous.
With some 875,000 hectares of woodland at its disposal, the Centre region is one of France’s great forest regions. French leader for production of high-quality oak, the region’s wood sector is by no means to be dismissed : forest works for the primary and secondary processing industry.
The region provides a wide range of training courses in preparation for careers in the sector. Major research also goes on in the region, with several bodies located there, in Loiret in particular. The Centre region supplies 13% of the national oak wood harvest.
Created in 1987 in the form of a CRITT (Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer), ARBOCENTRE became the “Association de l’Interprofession de la Filière Forêt Bois en Région Centre” in 1996.
Log on to : http://www.arbocentre.asso.fr (French website)
The sector’s main specialities
Sawmilling of oak wood, sawmilling of coniferous wood, parquet and flooring, panels, furniture, wood energy and wood for construction.