At the Symop General Assembly held at the CEA in Saclay on 10 December, Constant Bernard (Actemium) was elected head of the production machinery and technology union for a two-year term. It is part of the momentum instilled by his predecessor, Jean-Camille Uring, in favour of productive investment for greater competitiveness, and in the context of the implementation of the Alliance Industry of the Future. Constant Bernard has made it his mission, with the help of his colleagues gathered at Symop, to help make the industry of the future accessible to all companies in France and to enhance the French offer internationally.
An expert journey, at all levels of the industrial enterprise
At Sciaky, a manufacturer of welding systems, Constant Bernard began his career in 1974. For 22 years, he roamed the arcana of the industrial enterprise. While leading the quality department, the company became the leading supplier of ISO 9001 certified equipment goods. As commercial director in France, he assists car manufacturers in their development. This complete experience will be put to good use at Voest Alpine TMS, which he founded in 1997, and runs the French subsidiary, TMS France.
In 2003, he joined Actemium, the Vinci Energy brand dedicated to industrial processing. He has held the position of Director of Development since 2008. In charge of an international network of more than 300 companies, he interacts with a wide range of industrial sectors, from the automotive sector to the environment and the water trades, through aeronautics, pharmacy and cosmetics.
Together we win!
Constant Bernard places collaborative work and exchange at the forefront of his concerns, according to a precept dear to the Symop: "Together, we win!" So what will be the DNA of the professional organisation of the future? He intends to answer this question with the support of the group chairs and all members. Through the implementation of collective actions but also the establishment of committees to reflect on the solutions of the future for the profession, it will work, in a common momentum, for the success of everyone, of all. A logical approach for this active member of Symop as well as Gimélec, its partner in the Alliance Industry of the Future, which both structures helped to found.
Within the Symop and the Industry of the Future Alliance: "Let's take our destiny into our own hands"
Aware of the difficulties in projecting themselves in the face of a changing economic environment, Constant Bernard nevertheless welcomes the fact that the public authorities today recognize the industry as a real engine of growth. "The issue of supporting productive investment will obviously remain at the heart of my mandate," he says. A key issue for businesses, even as the extension of the productive over-amortization scheme is being discussed in Parliament. At the same time, with the Industry of the Future Alliance, the industrial community is mobilizing to intensify the momentum. "I want to actively contribute to spreading the "industry of the future" to make it accessible to all companies, SMEs and ETIs. So that the recognized inventiveness of the French becomes a technological ambition achieved! says the new president.
Within the Symop, as well as the Alliance, Constant Bernard invites industrialists to act together to take control of their destiny, that of French industry.
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