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The plastics industry:
- Plastics companies whose average size is larger than those established in other French regions
- 91 establishments for 3,124 salaried jobs
- Skilled and dynamic research
- Training in direct association with the sector's businesses



DEFINITION
Plastics is the industry where plastic and composite products are designed and manufactured for all client sectors: packaging, automobile, construction, medicine, aeronautics, electrics-electronics, sport and leisure...
With 2 key manufacturing principles: thermoplastics and thermohardening.
Each type of product manufactured (according to its size, shape and desired qualities...) corresponds to a specific technology. There are over 20 processing techniques, among which the most frequently used are:
injection, injection blow moulding, extrusion, coating, compression, thermoforming, boiler work and several techniques specific to composites.

THE FRENCH PLASTICS INDUSTRY IN 2007
2nd ranking in Europe; 4th ranking in the world; 3,800 companies; over 150,000 salaried workers (1/3 of whom are women); €31Bn turnover; €7.4Bn in export sales; 10% of turnover in the intermediate goods industry; 6% of the total industrial workforce; 90% of companies are SMEs.
Plastic products can be found in a number of sectors:
Packaging (bottles, cosmetics...), construction (sections, coatings...), automobile (coach-building, under-bonnet parts...), electrical / electronic products (household appliances, telecommunications...), healthcare, others
In 2008, France produced 7.2 million tonnes, i.e. 12% of total European production. In France, plastic is essentially used for packaging (41%), construction and public works (19%), the automobile industry (9%) and the electric-electronic industry (6%).

THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY IN NORMANDY IN 2007
The region boasts 91 plastics transformation firms, which employed 3,124 salaried workers in 2007. Many of them devote significant funds to apprenticeship programmes, training and innovation.

A few related businesses: MANUPLAST (Orne), B’PLAST (Calvados), CIP (Calvados), ST ANDRE PLASTIQUE (Manche), APPLIPLAST (Orne), SUD PACK (Orne), SOPARCO (Orne), MODLING (Calvados)… Integrated plastics: ACOME (Manche), IMV (Orne), SN AERACEM (Orne), MATFER (Orne), MECACORP (Calvados), AUGROS Cosmetic Packaging (Orne)...

TRAINING
Expected recruitment involves Professional Baccalaureat and BTS (Technical Diploma) graduates (recruited as team leaders, production island leaders). Design and innovation are developed in a quest for increased competitiveness among plastics companies.
The ISPA (Higher Education Institute in Plastics) in Alençon boasts its own research laboratory and offers higher education and training opportunities ranging from Baccalaureat to engineer level, including a specialised Master's Degree in Biosourced Composites: Innovation and design. A BTS in Product Design associated with the plastics sector has also been launched at the Lycée Mézeray (college) in Argentan.





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