After nearly 3 years of fruitful collaboration, Cetim and Ctdec have joined forces to create Cetim-Ctdec. Supported by the Direction générale des entreprises (DGE) and thanks to the active collaboration of the professions (Fédération des industries mécaniques - FIM and Syndicat national du décolletage - SNDEC), this merger will benefit bar turners, mechanics and both technical centers. A single tax will unite bar turners and mechanics, and will be waived for companies with fewer than 10 employees.
After 3 years of fruitful collaboration, Cetim and Ctdec have recognized the convergence of their professions. As production technologies evolve, the bar turning and machining professions are coming closer together. Today's bar turners are mechanics who, after machining, assemble functional systems for their customers.
In 2015, Ctdec and Cetim decided to join forces. The result is Cetim-Ctdec, dedicated to excellence in bar turning and mechanical engineering. At the same time, the Cluses site becomes a carrier of R&D work, a local center for the many local mechanical engineering companies, and continues to serve bar-turning professionals.
The new identity that accompanies this alliance will be gradually rolled out over the coming weeks, and officially inaugurated at a dedicated event in April.
Closer ties to benefit mechanics, bar turners and the two technical centers
In three years of collaboration, Cetim and Ctdec have already established a technological, organizational and commercial link. Joint offers concerning processes, materials and metrology are now available.
While Ctdec provided a highly-developed approach to machining processes, Cetim passed on its principles of R&D valorization and the concept of a shared device production unit. Cetim's team, already based at the Maison de la Mécatronique in Annecy-le-vieux, is in contact, among other things, for applications dedicated to the machines of Arve Valley machinists.
These joint projects and synergies are all aimed at providing the best possible service to local bar turners and mechanics. In line with the needs of regional mechanics, Cetim-Ctdec aims to expand its activities, notably by setting up local test benches, supporting the deployment of robotics, and providing multi-material assembly engineering. This new offering will underpin the commercial growth of the new entity (a forecast of +30% in 4 years). Bar turners will benefit from comprehensive support throughout the product life cycle, from product and process design to validation testing.
Cetim-Ctdec benefits from Cetim's financial contribution of €1 million per year, enabling fine-tuned coordination of R&D policies and investments, and synergies between the two centers. The tax paid by bar turners is unified with that of Cetim. The rate has been reduced to 1 per 1,000, and companies with fewer than 10 employees are no longer subject to it. Governance is also changing, with the new entity's board of directors comprising equal numbers of bar-turning and mechanical engineering manufacturers from Savoie. This merger required the active collaboration of the professions (Fédération des industries mécaniques - FIM and Syndicat national du décolletage - SNDEC), the operational staff of the two industrial technical centers, and the active support of the Direction générale des entreprises (DGE) within the Ministry in charge of industry.
This original solution, combining national and regional activities, has proved its worth with Cetim-Cermat in Mulhouse and Cetim-Certec in Bourges, centers that have been associated with Cetim for over 20 years.