In 2017, the National Laboratory of Metrology and Testing posted a record operating result, confirming the financial recovery begun in 2016 after several years of deficit. These results will enable employees to be given significant interest and to launch a policy of investment and recruitment that will set the institution on a path forward.
In order to rectify a financial situation with a large deficit in 2015 (-3.9 million euros), the LNE adopted a new strategy as early as 2016. Initiated by its general manager Thomas Grenon and supported by the laboratory's employees, the reforms carried out had enabled a dramatic turnaround with an operating profit of 2.1 million euros over the same financial year.
Figures for 2017 confirm this renewed dynamism with a previously historic operating profit reaching 5.2 million euros, representing an increase in profitability of 17 points of turnover in 2 years. This performance allows employees to be given an interest never seen in the LNE of 1.9 million euros, which is the ceiling provided for by the texts. This rewards the efforts made by staff to enable the recovery of the LNE.
Reactive on the topics of the future, the LNE has positioned itself on several promising areas.
- the successful start of the certification of cash registers software, which is expected to continue in 2018.
- the turnover of the "nanomaterial characterization" business increased fourfold in 2017.
- a new service in the field of Artificial Intelligence has also emerged in 2017. Positioning the LNE as a trusted third party for the evaluation of intelligent systems.
Then, in order to support the development of its certification business in the medical field (G-MED) which, after strong growth in 2016, saw its activity slow in 2017, the LNE decided to spin off this pole to give it the means to develop.
These excellent results and future developments in the ESA are made possible by structural reforms that have improved internal management, driven competitive activities by margin, and exploited productivity and savings.
Thomas Grenon, LNE's Managing Director, explains: "Its recovery today confirmed, the LNE is resolutely looking to the future by positioning itself on the disruptive technologies that will make the industry of tomorrow: industry of the future, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, cyber security... The employees, who are the actors of this success, reap the fruits of a profitability found by our incentive system. Our institution will continue its momentum through increased investment and recruitment, creating all the conditions to meet the many metrological challenges essential to the competitiveness of an industrial nature and to the safety of our citizens. »