No coronavirus truce for Normandie AeroEspace (NAE). Founded in 1998, this club grouping together companies working in the fields of aeronautics, space, defense and security chose to continue its activities during the crisis. “We help our companies not to stop production by taking all the necessary precautions and by regularly relaying all the information” explains its president, Philippe Eudeline, Director of Innovation at Thales LAS. A WhatsApp group was thus created to answer questions from members who would encounter difficulties and develop solutions.
Made up of 160 members (Editor’s note: large industrial groups, the four Norman airports, the 105 air base at Évreux, laboratories and around a hundred SMEs / SMIs) and with 21,500 employees, Normandie AeroEspace also intends to participate directly in the mobilization against the coronavirus. “The country is in a serious situation, the health personnel are on the front line, if we can help, we will do it with all our heart, our companies have the machines for this”, summarizes Philippe Eudeline.
Protective glass, valves for breathing apparatus
CPM Industries in Saint-Romain-de-Colbosc, near Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) has thus started producing polycarbonate protective glass for cashiers in hypermarkets.
In Blangy-sur-Bresle (Seine-Maritime), Volum-e is testing valves for respiratory devices while the CESI (Campus for Higher Education and Professional Training) based in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near from Rouen, participates with its Lineact research laboratory and its 3D printers in the digital production of health protection equipment. The company also donated 800 masks, 15,000 gloves, 120 liters of ethanol, 100 gowns and overalls and protective glasses.
In Eure, while Delta Plasturgy manufactures helmets and protective screens on its Ezy-sur-Eure site, Dedienne Multiplasturgy Group, whose headquarters are in Saint-Aubin-sur-Gaillon, management has mobilized its four factories in France, but also its two Romanian sites and that of the United States. “Our job is to design technical plastic parts that can replace metal in aeronautics, defense, space, medical and other industrial segments”, explains CEO Pierre-Jean Leduc, also president of Medef Normandie.
All factories mobilized
The group refused to stop its activities, “because it is always more difficult to restart afterwards” but had to adapt, while reducing the airfoil. “We called on employee volunteers on the sites. For the others, some have switched to telework and the others to partial unemployment. We implemented barrier measures and placed an order for 4,600 washable DGA qualified textile masks for our employees in order to prepare for the deconfinement. The activity continues by taking the pulse of customers every day. We organized after the disorganization. “
Two additional manufacturing stations mass produce 3D components, the teams decided to develop and manufacture visor supports. According to Pierre-Jean-Leduc, these rigid film visors are delivered, at the rate of 70 units per week, to the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, thanks to the association Les Visières de l’Espoir and the company HP France , as well as at the Gendarmerie Nationale de l’Eure.
Units in Romania manufacture latch extensions and supply masks to a local hospital while the Doubs plant runs 3/8 7 days a week to release parts for respirators and the one near Chicago is listed essential activity established by the US government.