The crisis begins to combine with the past for Segula Technologies, a global engineering group with 10,000 employees. However, its aeronautical branch, hit hard by unprecedented turbulence, keeps scars. Its Simra factory, located in Albert (Somme), was forced to stop production and close its doors permanently on March 31, resulting in the loss of 70 jobs.
But now all eyes are on the future. “We were strongly impacted but we resisted,” says Cédric Elbaz, deputy general manager of the group’s aeronautics unit, which includes eight sites in France and 1,200 people. “We are already in the rebound of certain sectors. Aeronautics feel this very strongly. Overall, our level of activity is higher than that of 2019, ”observes Cédric Elbaz.
If the helicopter branch is doing well, while maintaining a stable level of activity, Segula Technologies invites itself where the competition; weakened by the crisis, leaves a vacant place. “The pandemic has redistributed the cards and we seized opportunities to win markets,” assures the deputy general manager, who plans to recruit 400 employees.
The Toulouse site, specializing in mechanical design, system integration and innovation around carbon-free aircraft, is taking advantage of the difficulties of design offices (Sogeclair, Scalian, Expleo, Akka Technologies), which have cut into the lively workforce.
“Toulouse took off again. Double-digit growth is expected in 2022. ”And to support this improvement, several dozen positions will be filled on this site, which employs a hundred people. But not only. Consolidation is also close. The group “looks at the opportunities available to them”.
In the photo: The Segula Technologies group is established in 30 countries with 140 sites.
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