Atlantic, the manufacturer of thermal comfort solutions, has chosen to establish a new site within the Artois-Flandres industrial park in Billy-Berclau, north of Lens in the Pas de Calais. This is to relieve the pressure on their Merville plant, which has reached saturation point. “We wanted to stay close to Merville where there is our research and development centre,” says Erick Boivin, Industrial CEO. “Finding ten hectares in the region is not an easy thing. At Billy-Berclau, we are in a real industrial area, within reach of main roads. We also have suppliers in the park, such as Delzen. ”
Production should start in February 2016, even though the land was only bought in = summer 2014: an ambitious challenge! Two assembly, painting and sheet metal lines, will be operational upon the plant’s opening, but Atlantic wants to open three more lines in its 20 000m2 of workshop, which can be expanded to 30 000 m2 if necessary. Erick Boivin stated that “The current site has the capacity to make 100,000 products per year. We have also provided a higher ceiling and stronger ground than are required for the production of heat pumps or wall boilers. We want to be able to adapt to every situation.”
Over the course of the next two years, 100 people are expected to be employed in this complex, in addition to the 280 existing employees in the Merville plant. Atlantic has taken steps in collaboration with Pôle Emploi to fill these positions, even if the temporary workers and employees of the Merville plant wishing to relocate already comprise a significant portion of the new workforce. For the site’s opening in February 2016, the group expect to have employed around fifty people in Billy-Berclau.