The regional automobile industry under review
The results of Centréco’s study of the regional automobile industry were revealed last Tuesday at the Matra Automobile Museum in Romorantin (Loir-et-Cher department), with some 70 economic actors in attendance. Levers of growth, obstacles and issues involved were also discussed, with contributions from regional enterprises.
Marie-Madeleine MAILOT, CENTRECO's chairwoman , started off by reminding those present of the automobile sector’s importance in the Centre-Loire Valley Region.
With close to 400 establishments and over 29,000 employees, the sector is the Region’s leading industrial employer, organised around world-famous parts manufacturers and numerous subcontractors. And although they may have been hit hard by the economic crisis, a good many regional enterprises have kept up their policies on investment in innovation and have managed to find levers of growth to perpetuate their activities in the Region.
Sabrina ROUSSEAU, who wrote the CENTRECO study on the regional automobile industry, then presented a profile of the global automobile market, currently expanding, dominated by a few major manufacturers, and kept up to par by emerging countries. A focus on the sector at national level showed that production had been falling regularly for fifteen years but began to show signs of recovery in 2014.
Participants in the event, which was held at one of the regional automobile sector’s most emblematic venues, had the opportunity to visit the exhibition devoted to the high-prestige FERRARI brand.
Open until 15 November this year at the Matra Museum, Romorantin.