What makes this Evian 2015 project exceptional?
The Amphion site, which was still an industrial flagship at the end of the 1990s, had aged. Groupe Danone has decided to carry out a major overhaul to make it the factory of the 21st century. This project is first of all exceptional in its scope: 80% of its 100,000 m2 surface area must be rebuilt, as part of a demolition-reconstruction operation on an occupied site, thus involving 100% of our staff (930 employees). It is also unique in its duration, since the program began in 2010 and is expected to continue until 2018, with a firm deadline set for the first half of 2016. Finally, this project is unique in the size of its budget, which is in the order of €30 million per year for its entire duration.
What is the purpose of this investment?
This project is in line with Groupe Danone’s desire to grow the Evian brand. The objective for 2018 is to increase production to 1.8 billion bottles per year, an increase of around 10%. The reconfiguration of the site will enable us to increase our storage capacities, to make our shipments more fluid and to optimize our work organization. Due to its scope and strategic dimension, this project is one of the most important ever undertaken by Groupe Danone. This site will become the brand’s flagship and a place to visit and share our values. Our ambition is to welcome 100,000 visitors per year, compared to 20,000 today.
In the context of your call for tenders, why did you choose Cap Ingelec for the engineering missions?
It was inconceivable for us to function in the classic way for this project, that is to say according to a sequential iteration. By making the effort to create a homogeneous ad hoc team detached on site for the entire duration of the project, Cap Ingelec showed that they had understood that proximity and teamwork were sine qua non conditions for success in this challenge. Cap Ingelec was the company that best took into account our expectations and proved it to us on a daily basis.
The Danone Group chose as its partner for this project an ETI and not an international major. Why this choice?
On paper, Cap Ingelec had proven its expertise, notably in the “infrastructures and utilities” aspect which interested us more particularly. Furthermore, its management convinced us of the importance it gave to this project and of its desire to be more than a partner, to be an actor in the success of the project. We also know from experience that the success of such a project – as long as you have the know-how and the experience – does not depend on the size of your service provider but on the people who make it up. Almost two years after the launch of the project, we can say that we were not mistaken.