LACROIX Electronics

In this fourth episode, we give Carte Blanche to Emmanuelle Landru, who was Manager of the French plant for Electronics activity of LACROIX from 2017 to 2020.

Together with her, we go behind the scenes of the electronics industry. New market opportunities, reindustrialisation of France, development of a Lean culture, involvement of employees, etc. She is ready to tackle all these challenges in order to create the French electronics plant of the future: Symbiose.

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(Podcast only available in French)

At LACROIX, we firmly believe in the reindustrialisation of France and the crisis we are currently experiencing only reinforces that conviction.

We have a lot of female operators but very few female managers, so I feel a little alone… If I had Carte Blanche, I would encourage women to join the electronics industry.

Emmanuelle Landru
Manager of the French plant for Electronics activity of LACROIX between 2017 and 2020

A podcast episode that goes behind the scenes of the French electronics industry

The Symbiose plant: a project for the future and for reindustrialisation, supported by the electronics sector

The LACROIX project to build a new electronics plant in France, called Symbiose, relies on the support of various organisations, such as the National Union of Electronics Subcontracting Companies (SNESE) and the Strategic Committee of the Electronics Sector, which Vincent Bedouin, CEO of LACROIX, is a member of.

According to Emmanuelle Landru, discussions are underway within the electronics sector to relocate certain activities and “think local”. The Symbiose project is a good illustration of this.

Building a new plant and thinking about growing is still relevant, in spite of the [health and economic] crisis we are experiencing. Showing our teams that we are investing in the future of the company, and that we believe in it, has led to renewed energy and motivation.


Markets changing in light of the crisis

In light of the crisis, Emmanuelle Landru notes that some markets, such as the industrial market with its high demand in terms of the Internet of Things (IoT), will restart faster than others. The same applies to the automotive market, where there is real national dynamism.
While the defence and medical markets have made headway, it is also the case that, conversely, “the aeronautics sector continues to be problematic”.

We have buoyant markets that will allow us to restart. There is an avenue for development, and for possible growth in our electronics businesses.


Betting on Lean Management to improve operational efficiency

Have you heard of the iceberg principle? Corporate managers see 2% of the problems that exist, field managers see 7%, team leaders see 20% and operators see 100%. It is therefore necessary to work closely with the teams on the ground in order to deal with and resolve problems.

This approach also involves the principle of Lean Management. According to Emmanuelle Landru, “Lean management is all about doing better with less. So, in general, it’s really a hunt for waste, but above all, it’s about working with your teams in a collaborative manner”.

The Lean Management principle allows issues related to quality, efficiency or manufacturing processes to be reported more quickly. This helps improve customer satisfaction.


The power of an attractive region

Located in the Mauges, between Nantes, Angers and Cholet, the existing plant (and, in the future, the Symbiose plant) is part of a very dynamic region, where there is a rich pool of jobs.
Emmanuelle Landru talks about the “Angers kindness” and an “exceptional cultural richness”. This is how we can attract talent and thus build our future!

Emmanuelle Landru: a short bio

A passionate person by nature, Emmanuelle pursued a career in the industrial world, becoming Quality Manager at Thales Computer, Operations Manager at Kontron in France, and then Vice-President of R&D Operations at Kontron in Germany. From 2017 to 2020, she worked on Lean Management methods and the Symbiose project within the Electronics activity of LACROIX.

About Carte Blanche

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.

Carte Blanche is available in French on the usual platforms: Deezer, Spotify, Youtube, Google Podcasts, Ausha and SoundCloud.


Carte Blanche – Season 1

Carte Blanche #1 – Stéphane Klajzyngier – On our way to 2020!

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Carte Blanche #2 – Emmanuel Thommerel – Industry in the age of data

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Carte Blanche #3 – Dominique Maisonneuve – A look at the Smart Industry

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Carte Blanche #4 – Emmanuelle Landru – Thoughts from an engaged plant manager

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Carte Blanche #5 – Stéphane Henry – The electronics industry: research and science fiction

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Carte Blanche #6 – Benjamin Gauchenot – A passion for operational excellence

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Carte Blanche – Season 2

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…
The Carte Blanche format remains the same: engaged the employees of the Electronics activity of LACROIX who spend 7 minutes sharing their experiences.

Carte Blanche #7 – Jérôme Rouland – Customers relations above all else

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Carte Blanche #8 – Dominique Chanteau – A purchasing strategy that is both human and responsible

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Carte Blanche #9 – Alban-Thomas Beduneau – The future alongside our customers

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Carte Blanche #10 (upcoming episode)

Bear with us… We are still working on the next episode.



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