We give Carte Blanche to Dominique Chanteau, who has been the Vice-President of Purchasing for the Electronics activity of LACROIX since 2006.
Together with him, we enter the company’s purchasing department. He explains the importance that we place on human relationships with suppliers, as well as the issues related to international alliances with different partners, and environmentally responsible thinking within the company.
We develop relationships with our suppliers that are true partnerships, where everyone wins. This is how we get the best from the stakeholders.
A purchasing department that is divided into 3 complementary activities:
Beyond the expected requirements in terms of performance, service, quality and price, partnership is also about people. For Dominique Chanteau, a good partnership can only function if the relationships between the people who make it work are good. The human aspect is therefore key.
Three years ago, LACROIX opened a purchasing office in Shenzhen, China with our partner Firstronic and its partner Maxway. This alliance allows us to optimise purchasing conditions and identify the best suppliers.
Supplying more than 50% of the printed circuit boards sold worldwide, China cannot be avoided. The city of Shenzhen, in particular, is home to a large proportion of the world’s electronic suppliers. At the same time, we are also working with local suppliers in relation to issues regarding strategic independence on the one hand, and environmental independence on the other.
Sourcing locally means that the planet suffers less than if we source 10,000 km away.
Today, relocation is an important issue for companies, and the national purchasing council has understood this. This organisation has created a working group, which Dominique is a member of. It aims to identify products that are candidates for relocation (mechanical components and printed circuit boards, for example) and thus implement a local sourcing strategy.
As Dominique Chanteau points out, “The movement has started!” The equation balances different criteria:
If LACROIX were an animal, what would it be?
We’re doing a tough job… So we have to be strong, we have to be tough too: we have to hunt, like a tiger.
Trained as an electronics engineer, he built his career by first taking on the role of an engineer, and then a purchaser. He joined the Electronics activity of LACROIX in 2006 as Purchasing Director, after having spent several years at the Thales, Valeo and Faiveley Transport groups.
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In Carte Blanche, the LACROIX podcast that connects you to the electronics industry of the future, guests share their vision of the Smart Industry and the future of the industrial IoT, taking us behind the scenes of electronic design and production. They will share their own experiences and talk all about this 4.0 company.
What will the industry of the future look like? How can we support this major transformation? What are the key industrial challenges of tomorrow? All these questions will be answered by the employees of the Electronics activity of LACROIX, given Carte Blanche in this podcast.
In this new season, we are placing a special emphasis on our customers, our suppliers and our business ecosystem as a whole. You will also discover unexpected answers to a game of twenty questions…
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