France Hélices invests in Concarneau

Propeller blade in machining at France Hélices

The equipment manufacturer France Hélices strengthens its presence in Concarneau. A necessary investment in view of the evolution of the propulsion market in yachting and professional boats.

Increase propeller production capacity at Concarneau

France Hélices, one of the leading boat propeller manufacturers in France, is developing its Concarneau site in Finistère. The company is investing ?1 million to increase its production capacity in Brittany. The works and equipment will allow the manufacture of large propellers to keep pace with market developments. The evolutions will also concern the offer of shaft lines. With the increase in the size of recreational boats, the demands of the boating market are approaching the characteristics required by professional vessels, a specialty usually handled by the France Hélices de Concarneau site.

Propeller in production at France Hélices

Respond to the saturation of France Hélices à La Napoule

The decision to invest in Concarneau also reflects the saturation of France Hélices' historic headquarters in La Napoule, near Cannes. "We are short of space and it is not easy to expand in La Napoule," explains Emmanuelle Bezzi, marketing and communication director of France Hélices. "While waiting for the opening of our new facility in Port de Bouc in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, we decided to invest in Concarneau to meet demand."
In 2017, France Hélices launched a project to set up a business in Port de Bouc, near the Etang de Berre. While the soil study is being finalized, the construction of new buildings will take several more months. The new site, complementing those of Concarneau, La Napoule and Viareggio in Italy, which together employ 49 people, will meet the strong demand in the Bouches-du-Rhône and Var departments. The yacht and luxury yachting market is growing rapidly.

3-blade propeller from France Hélices

Recruitment

To cope with this growth, France Hélices is recruiting technical and commercial profiles. The company took advantage of the Cannes Yachting Festival show to launch a call for candidates. In particular, it is looking for technical sales representatives for France and the Mediterranean, in order to follow its key accounts.

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