Renault is planning support and training schemes for Flins and Choisy-le-Roi staff and aims to employ more than 3,000 people on the site by 2030

Renault is planning support and training schemes for Flins and Choisy-le-Roi staff and aims to employ more than 3,000 people on the site by 2030

Renault is to transform its French site in Flins to create the Re-Factory, a facility the automaker maintains is Europe's first circular economy factory dedicated to mobility with a negative CO2 balance by 2030. 

The Re-Factory will host the renovation activities of Choisy-le-Roi.

Groupe Renault is planning support and training schemes for the employees of Flins and Choisy-le-Roi and aims to employ more than 3,000 people on the site by 2030.

"This announcement is the result of the remarkable work of Renault's teams and constructive consultation with our stakeholders, including local authorities," said Renault chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard.

"The Re-Factory is a new breath of life for Renault, its employees and for the entire region's dynamism. This project is based on our pioneering commitment to the circular economy, on our values, on our know-how and fully meets our ambition to positively transform our industry.".

The Re-Factory, to be created between 2021 and 2024, will involve a network of multi-sectoral partners (start-ups, academic partners, major groups, local authorities) and will be structured around four activity centres, whose experience will support the vehicle's life cycle by acting on the main components of the circular economy (supply, eco-design, economy of functionality, maintenance, reuse, re-manufacturing and recycling).

The four centres of activity:

Re-Trofit: this division will group together all the activities enabling the life of vehicles and their uses to be extended, in coordination with the Re-Cycle division to ensure management of the flow of used parts and materials within the same site. It will integrate a Factory VO for the reconditioning of used vehicles, a 'retrofit' activity for the conversion of thermal vehicles to other less carbon-based energies, repair services for vehicle fleets and new mobility and a service for manufacturing rare parts using 3D printers. It will also rely on a test and prototyping centre for the durability of vehicles and materials, to enrich the design of future vehicles and propose improvements during use.

Re-Energy: this cluster plans to develop the potential of applications arising from electric batteries and new energies to an industrial scale (including the optimisation of the first life of batteries, development of second life applications such as stationary energy storage, management of the end of life of batteries, and development of technical and supply solutions for new energies such as hydrogen).

Re-Cycle: this division, integrating the activities of Choisy le Roi, will bring together all the Group's activities contributing to  management of resources and their flows to promote the supply of parts and materials in short loops and integrate a growing share of recycled or reused materials (installation of a line for dismantling end-of-life vehicles, extension of re-manufacturing, reuse and recycling of materials).

Re-Start: to enhance and develop industrial know-how, but also to accelerate research and innovation in the circular economy, this cluster plans to house an incubator, as well as a university and training centre.

Renault says these four entities will be designed to interact with their environment (subsidiaries, customers, partners) and will operate in an interconnected and complementary manner. For example, the Re-Trofit centre will be able to send used parts to the Re-Cycle centre and obtain renovated or reused parts in return. The Re-Cycle centre will also supply the other centres with parts and materials and will source used batteries from the Re-Energy centre to prepare them for new use in second life.

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