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4,158 establishments, 361 of which employ 10 or more salaried workers (1 with over 500)
42,688 jobs including 11,750 in industry
Sectors: Motor and agrifood industries, metallurgy...
Companies: Faurecia, Valéo, Ercé Ouest, Charal, Société Normande de Volailles, Charal, Lactalis…

The Flers employment area: 1,960 km2
The area encompasses 165 communes and a population of 115,125 inhabitants (2009) for a density of 59 inhabitants per km2.

Total employment at 31/12/2005 was 42,688 jobs. The number of salaried workers in industry is 11,750 with an employment feminisation level of 30.4% and an average age of 38.9 years. Industrial share in employment: 31.5%.
The unemployment level at third term 2008 was 6.3%.
At 01/01/2006, the employment area included 4,158 establishments (583 in industry, 633 in construction, 1,116 in trading and repair and 1,826 in the services sector).
Breakdown of salaried employment by sector for firms employing over 20 salaried workers: 20% in the motor industry, 28% in the agrifood industry; 14% in metallurgy; 9% in chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical and maintenance and 7% in the textile and clothing industry.
At the 1st of January 2006, there were 361 establishments employing 10 or more salaried workers. One site employ over 500 salaried workers.
Main sectors of activity.
- Motor vehicle equipment manufacturers: Faurecia (vehicle seating and exhaust pipe manufacture), Honeywell
(disc break pads), Dresser Produits Industriels (engineered products for industry)
- Agrifood industry: Société Normande de Volailles (poultry), Techni-Desoss (meats), Charal (meats),
Biscuiterie de l’Abbaye (dry bakery), Cémoi (chocolates), Charles Amand (convenience foods), Lactalis (dairy products),
Gillot (dairy products), Vallée (dairy products),…- Other sectors: Corlet imprimeur (book printer), Imprimerie Anquetil (printer), Roval (toiletry manufacture),
PCAS (production of fine and basic organic chemicals)…

The Flers basin is Normandy's most industrialised zone. A third of salaried workers are employed in industry (a fifth of Normandy's industrial employment).
Motor vehicle equipment manufacturers are the area's industrial mainstay with Faurecia, specialised in the manufacture of motor vehicle seating, employing 1,700 permanent salaried workers (excluding temporary contracts) in Flers, and 231 employees for the manufacture of exhaust systems in Messei. The group's solid establishment within the region has been strengthened by the decision to create an international research and development centre on motor vehicle seating mechanisms.
The agricultural and agrifood sector is the area's second most important industrial activity, creating several hundred new jobs in recent years. The sector relies essentially on traditional or specialised meat production, including frozen meat products. The cheese making industry is also one of the area's thriving sectors. Agribusiness has succeeded in diversifying with the Biscuiterie et la Chocolaterie de l’Abbaye Suisse Normande (dry bakery and chocolate), together with seafood-based convenience foods produced by Charles Amand.
Metallurgy is the Flers basin's third industrial sector. Eleven SMEs in the vicinity of Tinchebray (a traditional « ironmongery » area) have joined forces to create an SPL - Système Productif Local (Local SME network). They employ a total of over 600 salaried workers specialised in small gardening tools (80% of total French production) and ironmongery.

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