Patrick Bellity, via the Alty group, has indeed submitted an offer to take over the Aveyron foundry, which has been in receivership for several months. This Monday, May 17 is the deadline for candidates.
Something promised, done. As he announced on May 5 on France Bleu Occitanie, Patrick Bellity has submitted a takeover offer for SAM in Viviez, near Decazeville (Aveyron). The file was sent to the commercial court on Monday “shortly before noon”, May 17 being the deadline. The offer is carried by the Alty group, owner of the Sifa Technologies foundry in Orléans, of which Patrick Bellity is the CEO.
Joined by France Bleu Occitanie, the manager explains that his offer provides for the maintenance of 250 positions out of a little over 350, on the Viviez site. “A workforce that seems necessary and sufficient” explains Patrick Bellity, who adds wanting to invest “ten million euros” over the next three years to improve the competitiveness of the foundry in the Decazeville basin.
The offer is therefore better in terms of employment than that of CIE Automotive. A few weeks ago, the Spanish group had been selected by the courts, and wanted to keep only 150 positions. After the failed negotiations, CIE withdrew.
In this workforce of 250 positions, the offer maintains a design office and development and innovation activities: “everything that seems necessary to us to develop products for hybrid vehicles, electric, or perhaps for the ‘hydrogen’, later. For the moment, the French manufacturer Renault is the only customer of the SAM.
Patrick Bellity wishes to “find synergies” with the Sifa foundry in Loiret, which was already united with SAM Decazeville in the past in the Arche group. This aluminum foundry, which also works for the automotive sector, currently employs 120 people and achieved a turnover of 13 million euros in 2020.
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