Offering you quality products is at the heart of our concerns: we are committed to offering you products that are Made In Europe, and even Made In France.
Why do we do this?
For an environmental commitment, on two levels:
- Reducing the impact of transport. This argument is partly questionable because not all our raw materials are produced in Europe. Even if we practice "made in France" as much as possible, the transport of raw materials is unavoidable. The question is therefore: is it better to transport raw materials or sub-assemblies (semi-finished products)? We try to answer this question with two arguments. The first comes from the shortage of components: keeping control of the integration of products in our workshops gives us the possibility of adapting to a temporary shortage, of substituting one reference for another. The second argument is a social one, which will be explained below. What about the impact of transport? We don't know how to quantify it...
- "Take advantage of strong environmental policies in France and Europe to reduce the impact of our production on the environment. In this area (as in many others), the standard is not a brake, it is a tool ... another debate. We can use, for example, theEPI, a synthetic indicator that evaluates the "environmental performance" of states; producing in states with high EPI means minimising the environmental cost of production.
For a social commitment :
In a very similar way, producing in France or in Europe ensures that we benefit from the most advanced and protective social standards. The websites of the OECD, for example, or the World Economic Forum allow us to put figures on these notions.
To encourage the virtuous circle :
Our work is possible thanks to infrastructures and services (health, communication, education, transport, travel, etc.), they are financed by the "creation of wealth", so why not start by looking after those that concern us most directly? We believe that producing in France means both benefiting from and maintaining this.
To secure production :
Substituting one component for another in the manufacture of a product has become a common occurrence since 2019-2020, and for this we need a maximum of reactivity and flexibility from our partners on the one hand, and on the other hand, we need to keep control of the essential steps in production. These requirements are much more easily met when our partners are close to us.
And finally ... because we like to discuss with our partners, to submit our new projects, our good ideas (and even our not so good ones), to find solutions together, to have close relationships in short.
Admittedly, STANEO's production does not represent much in the foreign trade balance, but our partners are quite happy with this policy, and so are we!
What does this mean for you, our customers?
On the face of it, not much. However, if our concerns are shared, then we are compatible!
In figures :
Let's take the example of STANEO's MICRO-CAB product. If we consider the 80% most important individualised items (elementary components and labour), we arrive at the following distribution: 59% of the costs originate in Europe, of which 34% in France, and 18% in Asia. This leaves 20% of costs without any identified location (items of low individual value: passive electronic components, screws, etc.). For materials, we have identified the place of production of the items and not the place of purchase.
Please note that this is not the preferential origin as defined by customs. The last substantial transformations leading to our products are indeed carried out in France, the preferential origin of our products is indeed France. To find out more, take a look here or there.
In detail, the material costs added to the labour costs are broken down as follows:
- France: 34%.
- Netherlands: 14%.
- Taiwan: 12%.
- Germany: 9%.
- China: 5%.
- Spain: 3%.
- Denmark: 1%.
- United States: 1%.
- Philippines: 1%.
The remaining 20 per cent are purchases of very low value items, the inclusion of which would probably increase Asia's share.
The origin of MICRO-CAB's manufacturing costs by country (material and labour)