The new contract of objectives and performance between LNE and the French government has been signed for the next four years. It sets out the framework for LNE's strategy to develop a strong and influential metrology system in the service of our industrial independence.
In particular, the previous 2017-2020 Contract of Objectives and Performance had given the LNE the task of continuing its turnaround following a critical financial situation (-3.3 M€ net income in 2015). Thanks to a new strategy brought about by the arrival of Thomas Grenon, the LNE's current Managing Director, in 2016, the LNE has been able to return to profit and even record results every year since. In particular, this newfound financial health has enabled it to face the health crisis more calmly, thanks to a new, solid and resilient business model built up over the last five years.
The new 2021-2024 contract, signed by Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, and handed over by LNE General Manager Thomas Courbe, was signed by Grégoire Olivier, Chairman of the LNE Board of Directors, and Thomas Grenon, LNE General Manager. It sets new objectives for the LNE to meet the expectations and priorities of the public authorities, in particular to support France's recovery and reindustrialization, and to bolster economic competitiveness.
These objectives revolve around 4 major themes.
France's national metrology network (RNMF) at the forefront of the world, supporting businesses and major societal challenges
Thanks to the work of the RNMF laboratories, which LNE manages, France is one of the top three European countries in the field of metrology. By participating in the organization of European metrology (notably through the Euramet association), LNE will strengthen the position of French metrology in Europe. To do so, it will guarantee the scientific quality of research work and maximize its usefulness to industry and society.
Developing tools to enhance business competitiveness and create a safer world
LNE's competitiveness initiatives focus on :
- The development of new testing methodologies and certification standards to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies in the fields of the environment, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital technology, healthcare, energy, the factory of the future, and quantum technologies.
- Transferring knowledge and expertise to French companies through services, partnerships, start-up support and training.
Continuing specific actions to support public authorities
As a public body, LNE provides expertise and support to public authorities in the fields of :
- Legal metrology: as a national metrology laboratory and the main body designated in this field, LNE supports the French government in guaranteeing the reliability of certain measuring instruments and ensuring consumer protection and fair trade;
- Standardization and regulation: Within standardization committees and commissions, LNE makes an essential contribution to defining and improving the measurement and test methods defined in standards;
- Market surveillance: Thanks to its expertise and knowledge of standards, LNE participates in market surveillance by assessing the conformity of certain products at the request of the authorities, as it did for protective masks during the health crisis.
Improving management and performance
After confirming the turnaround begun in 2016, LNE is continuing its modernization to ensure fine, responsive management of all its activities. In particular, it will work to improve customer satisfaction. To this end, it will be working to improve its control over deadlines, in particular by producing relevant indicators, continuing to digitize its processes and improving the information given to its customers. Last but not least, LNE is committed to an exemplary environmental policy, in particular by insulating the façades of its buildings at the Trappes site, and by stepping up its waste management policy.
"Having confirmed our turnaround, we intend to pursue our development by responding to the country's key challenges. Our strategic plan is fully in line with the ambitions of the France Relance plan, says Thomas Grenon, LNE's general manager.
120 years of LNE: a history with a future
LNE celebrated its 120th anniversary on July 9, 2021.
"Rooted in the history of science and technology, LNE has always been a key player in innovation. We are reaffirming this commitment today, to make our full contribution to the revolutions to come.says the Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais.
Positioned as a key player in innovation since 1901, LNE is celebrating its 120th anniversary and its expertise in research, metrology, testing, certification and training.
"From Gustave Eiffel's Panhard Levassor to autonomous vehicles, from 1900 thermometers to intelligent medical devices... our roadmap remains constant: to give confidence in emerging technologies, in order to protect citizens and consumers, but also to support our country's industrial competitiveness. A mission sometimes tinged with resilience issues, as was the case at the end of the two world wars, and as is the case today, when we are faced with unprecedented climate and health crises".emphasizes the organization.
"From our beginnings to the present day, our path has remained consistent. We've always stood by the pioneers. We have always adapted to support, and even anticipate, their needs. And we will continue to do so.said Thomas Grenon, General Manager.
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