Le French Fab Tour breaks down preconceptions about the French industry

La French Fab, the community of the French industry, also has its own tour around France! It will make its final stop next week, October 21st, in Toulouse. The opportunity to promote the French industry dynamism through its international ambitions.

13 cities in 2 months. La French Fab started its journey on September 13th in Metz, located in the second biggest industrial region in France. This national tour of the blue rooster aims at sharing its innovations through workshops, masterclasses, and different activities around new technologies. Le French Fab Tour mainly targets the youngsters and especially students, who often see the French industrial sector as outdated. The French industry indeed suffers from preconceived ideas and is still deeply associated with a few sectors only, mainly made for men. Preconceptions that Le French Fab Tour wants to demolish.

 

“Internationalization should not mean offshoring”

During the first stop, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, French Minister Delegate for Industry, has reminded the innovations for a greener economy the French industry has developed, in line with the government objectives. But the environment is not the only aspect that proves the French industry dynamism. Yann Jaubert, CEO of Alfi Technologies, a company that designs and installs equipment for more connected & intelligent factories that respect the environment and improve working conditions, mentions the importance of international business in the industry: “For the French economy, exporting is essential for the balance of trade. I think our industry could do better! For me, internationalization should not mean offshoring”. The CEO echoes here the stereotype of a French industry that keeps offshoring. “For our part, we only export equipment. We no longer have any international subsidiaries.”

 

For Yann Jaubert, talented young people with an international mindset and a good command of foreign languages are essential to contribute to the international business of French industries. But these international ambitions should have a real purpose: “Compared to 10 or 20 years ago, young people are more aware of the damage caused by globalization both on the economy and on the climate. They prefer to turn towards more local careers that make sense with their commitments. International is therefore no longer a magic word that makes their eyes shine if it is not motivated by a meaningful project”. Not only youth is essential, but also cooperation between companies: “We must build collaborative supply strategies in order to weigh up against larger local or international players”. La French Fab Tour wants to create the opportunity for industrial players to find their next talents, either a young one or a partner. Why not both?

 

Find there all the stops!

13th of September: Metz, Grand Est

16th of September: Valenciennes, Hauts-de-France

20th of September: Caen, Normandie

23rd of September: Rennes, Bretagne

27th of September: Le Mans, Pays de la Loire

30th of September: Niort, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

4th of October: Bourges, Centre-Val de Loire

7th of October: Paris, Île-de-France

11th of October: Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

13th of October: Annecy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

15th of October: Chambery, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

18th of October: Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

21th of October: Toulouse, Occitanie