an invitation to trade between Italy and France from Carrefour, Lactalis, Michelin and Renault Industria Italiana

an invitation to trade between Italy and France from Carrefour, Lactalis, Michelin and Renault Industria Italiana

Participants in the round table “Production chains between crises and challenges for the future” organized in Milan by Cci France Italie

Cci France Italy (French Chamber of Commerce in Italy) organized the round table in Milan «The production chains between crises and challenges for the future» which was attended by the CEOs and managing directors of four French multinationals historically rooted in the Bel Paese as Carrefour Italy, Lactalis Group in Italy, Michelin Italy, Renault Italy. The event was an opportunity to address an invitation to the institutions and the economic system for greater cohesion and synergy. The crisis has highlighted the fragility of supply chains in different sectorsincluding that of the agri-food and automotive sectors, and to guarantee the sustainability and innovation objectives that the European institutions have indicated in Green New Deal we need a common line of action that involves not only Italian companies, but also the most active large foreign groups present in Italy.

«The objectives of competitiveness and sustainability are today more than ever a great challenge for all companies and only through a system logic that sees Italian and French groups working together, increasingly necessary in view of the international crisis situation, will we have the possibility of reaching them – he observes Denis Delespaulpresident of the Cci France Italy – Chamber of Commerce. – The trade between Italy and France goes beyond that 84 billion euros and creates a total of 400,000 jobs; the companies that took part in this round table today contribute greatly to the creation of this wealth. Thanks to shared values, a common history and a unique complementarity, our economies together will help build a responsible future”.

«In a complex historical period between inflation, energy costs and a decrease in purchasing power on the part of consumers, we are strongly convinced that to overcome today’s and tomorrow’s challenges it is essential to create a system with all the players in the supply chain. Like Carrefour Italia, we are committed to supporting local Italian producers and we believe we can work together to find a better balance between sustainability and accessibility in the food sector – he declares Christophe Rabatel, CEO of Carrefour Italy. – Our goal at Group level is to concretely implement the food transition for everyone and we believe that Italy, with its great food tradition, its values ​​of territoriality and regional typicality and its agri-food excellence, can play a leading role on this journey”.

«Lactalis is a large group, leader in the dairy world, and in Italy it is the first industrial reality in the country in the agri-food sector, both in terms of number of production sites and in terms of capillarity on the territory. Our size makes it possible to generate significant added value for Italy, with a total employment impact of over 19,000 people and a contribution to GDP of 2.2 billion euros– is the comment of John Pomella, general manager of Lactalis in Italy. – We invest for continuous renewal and development of the dairy sector. We believe in the need to create a system to best support the entire supply chain, even more so in the face of the current difficult scenario, to support a growth path on international markets, which already today see us as protagonists: in fact, we manage to be present with the brand Galbani in 140 countriesand we have reached 30 countries with PDOs, the true flagship of our sector and in which we intend to invest more and more. Italy needs participatory and shared measures and interventions for greater competitiveness in the sector and the role of institutions as well as Italian companies is fundamental”.

«The Covid-19 health crisis has been joined in rapid succession by other global crises, in a crescendo never seen before. We find ourselves operating in a very challenging social market context, which fully demonstrates the relevance of the Michelin Group’s “All Sustainable” strategy, based on the continuous search for the best balance between the 3 Ps of People, Planet and Profit, – he comments Simone Miatton, CEO Michelin Italy. – Italy, due to its industrial history and the quality of its workforce, has some important cards to play in an international scenario where consolidated balances are called into question. In this situation Michelin Italiana, which today represents, with over 3700 employees, the leading tire manufacturer in the country, contributes to the growth of the Group by aiming to be a reference in digitization and process innovation, organizational flexibility and operational excellence, empowerment and development of its personnel within a framework of respect and attention for social and environmental issues. I hope that an open and constructive dialogue can be built on these issues in order to receive support from all stakeholders. In such uncertain and difficult times, companies that play a concrete and tangible social role must not be left alone”.

“For institutions and private companies, the arduous task, in the short term, will be to shape a more modern society, capable of evolving responsibly between innovation and sustainability,” he says. Raphael Fusilli, managing director of Renault Italy. – Today, we who work in the car industry are facing a Copernican revolution, the three main ingredients of which are technological transition, energy transition and digital transition. Elements which, added together, can be a driving force for economic development and opportunities for the entire sector, provided that there is a synergistic public-private approach to accompany this revolution. For the Renault Group, Italy and its suppliers are a fundamental lever given their centenary experience and knowledge of the automotive industry. To date, the Group carries out purchases for about 1 billion euros in Italy, 40% around the power unit and its components, a great strength of the Italian market. Renault intends to take a step forward and develop a solid system around the value chain ofelectric car, technology, digitization and the circular economy».

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