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Neopolia, reimagining subcontracting

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Neopolia, reimagining subcontracting

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Neopolia Marine is reshaping industrial subcontracting in French shipbuilding and Neopolia, the parent network comprising five such clusters, is spreading the good news.

In just two years, Neopolia Marine, has made its mark as a key player in the French shipbuilding industry. Neopolia Marine is not a company, but a ‘business cluster’, an innovative collaborative structure of the Neopolia network. The concept was first put forward in 1999 when subcontractors working for the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire felt they needed to broaden their horizons. The aim at the time was to seek new business to minimise workload ups and downs due to the cyclical nature of shipbuilding, including the downturn they were then experiencing.

The concept has since been expanded to other industrial sectors and to the entire Pays de la Loire region centred on Saint-Nazaire and Nantes on the Loire estuary on France’s Atlantic coast. In addition to playing a large role in the maritime sector, with contractors like STX France, DCNS and Bénéteau, the region is a key player in the country’s aerospace and transport sectors thanks to companies like Airbus, Total and Engie (formerly GDF Suez). The regional industrial fabric also boasts a strong network of specialist service providers, design bureaux and research centres as well as engineering schools, universities and other tertiary education institutions.

 

(© NEOPOLIA - BERNARD BIGER)

(© NEOPOLIA - BERNARD BIGER)

230 companies, five clusters

This rich industrial fabric proved a remarkable springboard for Neopolia. Today, the network brings together 230 companies forming five