La Ciotat Shipyards - In the front line of a new maritime cluster?
Prior to the laying of the foundation stone of the La Ciotat’s Yachting Village, La Ciotat Shipyards (LCS), the local public company responsible for managing and developing the shipyards of La Ciotat, organised on October 30, 2019, in the La Chaudronnerie theatre, a professional round table discussion regarding the scope for creating of an industrial cluster for the trades of maintenance, repair and conversion of large yachts as a possible first step towards the setup of a new maritime cluster around La Ciotat.
The round table, moderated by Jean-Yves Saussol, CEO of LCS, brought together several high-level participants including Mr. Antoni Tio Sauleda, President of Barcelona Cluster Nautic, Mr. Ben Mennem, President of the company MB92 La Ciotat, Mrs. Isabelle DIMECH, CEO of ID Yachting decoration, Mr. Gilles Guichet, CEO of the company Sud Moteurs, Mr. François Lambert, General Delegate of GICAN and Mr. Serge Bornarel, General Delegate of the UIMM Alpes-Méditerranée. The exchanges first confirmed that the site of La Ciotat had all the needed ingredients to initiate a cluster approach, thanks to the presence of large actors capable of attracting the largest yachts in the world and to a fabric of partner companies that the Yachting Village will further strengthen. The creation of a true cluster, in the image of that in Barcelona, however requires a thorough analysis of value chains to achieve a common axis of development and especially a joint mobilisation of enterprises and institutions.
In addition to the value of clustering, others issues covered in the course of the round table included local competition and the importance of both technical and 'soft skills' training
Guest speaker Mr. Frédéric Moncany de Saint-Aignan, President of the French maritime cluster and sponsor of La Ciotat’s Yachting Village, summed up the seminar by focusing on excellence, the notion of territory and the gains the yachting industry can make from strengthening its ties with other actors in the national maritime economy. In conclusion, Mr. Moncany stressed that the development of a strong and coherent industrial cluster in the maritime and naval sector in La Ciotat will, beyond the purely economic benefits, give France added weight to its presence in the international arena.