The new objectives and performance contract between the LNE and the State has been signed for the next four years. It sets the framework for the LNE's strategy to develop a strong and influential metrology at the service of our industrial independence.
The previous 2017-2020 objectives and performance contract had notably given the LNE the mission of continuing its recovery following a critical financial situation (-€3.3 million in net profit in 2015). Thanks to a new strategy brought about by the arrival of Thomas Grenon, current Ceo of the LNE, in 2016, the LNE has been able to return to profits and even record results every year since then. This newfound financial health has enabled it to face the health crisis more calmly thanks to a new solid and resilient economic model built over the past five years.
The new 2021-2024 contract, signed by Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister delegate in charge of Industry, and presented by the Director General of Companies, Thomas Courbe, was signed by Grégoire Olivier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the LNE, and Thomas Grenon, Director General of the LNE. It sets new objectives for the LNE in order to meet the expectations and priorities of the public authorities, in particular to support the recovery and reindustrialisation of France and to support economic competitiveness.
These objectives revolve around 4 major axes.
The Réseau national de la métrologie française (RNMF) is at the forefront of the world, in support of businesses and major societal issues
Thanks to the work of the RNMF laboratories, which the LNE pilots, France is one of the top three European countries in the field of metrology. By participating in the organisation of the Europe of metrology (notably through the Euramet association), the LNE will strengthen the place of French metrology in Europe. To this, it will guarantee the scientific quality of research work and maximise its usefulness for industry and society.
Developing tools for business competitiveness and a safer world
The actions of the LNE in the service of competitiveness revolve around:
- The development of new testing methodologies and certification standards taking into account the rapid evolution of technologies, in the fields of the environment, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital, health, energy, the factory of the future, or quantum technologies.
- The transfer of its knowledge and expertise to French companies through the provision of services, partnerships, support for start-ups and training.
Sustaining specific actions in support of public authorities
As a public institution, the LNE provides expertise and support to the public authorities in the following areas:
- Legal metrology: as the national metrology laboratory and the main designated body in this field, the LNE supports the State in order to guarantee the reliability of certain measuring instruments and to ensure consumer protection and fair trade;
- Standardization and regulation: Within standardization committees and commissions, the LNE makes an essential contribution to the definition and improvement of the measurement and testing methods defined in the standards;
- Market surveillance: Thanks to its expertise and knowledge of normative standards, the LNE participates in the control of the market by evaluating, at the request of the authorities, the conformity of certain products, as it carries out on protective masks in the context of the health crisis.
Improve steering and performance
After confirming the recovery initiated in 2016, the LNE continues its modernization in order to ensure a fine and responsive management of all its activities. He will work particularly hard to improve the satisfaction of his clients. To this end, it will ensure better control of its deadlines, in particular by producing relevant indicators, continuing to digitize its processes and improving the information provided to its clients. Finally, the LNE will be part of an approach of environmental exemplaryness, thanks in particular to the thermal insulation of the facades of the buildings of its Trappes site and to an increased policy of waste control.
"After confirming our recovery, we will continue 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," said Thomas Grenon, Director General of the LNE.
120 years of the LNE: a story of the future
The LNE celebrated its 120th anniversary on July 9, 2021.
"Rooted in the history of science and technology, the LNE has always been a player in innovation. We reaffirm this commitment today to contribute fully to the revolutions to come,"says the National Laboratory of Metrology and Testing.
Positioned as a player in innovation since 1901, the LNE celebrates its 120th anniversary and its expertise in research, metrology, testing, certification, and training in particular.
"From Gustave Eiffel's Panhard Levassor to autonomous vehicles, from thermometers of 1900 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 the industrial competitiveness of our country. 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 facing unprecedented climate and health crises,"the organization stresses.
"From our genesis to today, our journey has remained consistent. We have always been on the side of the forerunners. We have always adapted to support, even anticipate, their needs. And we will continue,"said Thomas Grenon, Managing Director.