The luxury group Hermes on Friday inaugurated a new factory in Hericourt (Haute Saône), the 15th in France entirely devoted to leather goods to meet strong global demand for its handbags. The factory employs 93-saddlers leather craftsmen.
“Opening a factory on French soil “can be seen as an” obstacle that many bypass by offshoring, “said the leader of Axel Dumas group paying homage to employees and” the importance of their knowledge that the whole world envies us. “
“we must respond to demand, and demand for our products is strong,” he added, while leather goods, upholstery, first activity of Hermes with 47% of its sales total revenues, increased 12.6% in 2015, reaching 2.27 billion euros.
The new factory Héricourt, between Besançon and Belfort between, is located on a disused site weaving, old mills in Pâquis.
“We were attracted by this historical site, the mill closed twenty years ago and had counted up to 800 employees. It was a wasteland which we have demolished part and the rest rehabilitated, and therefore keeps track of the past, “he told AFP Guillaume de Seynes, CEO of the group.
The factory is now dedicated solely to the production the at-hand-bag iconic “Kelly” – in reference to Princess Grace Kelly. – one of the most popular products of Hermes.
This site is the second Hermes in the region with the manufacture of Seloncourt which opened in 1996 and employs 240 people. A third project is planned in Franche-Compte, manufacture of Allan, which should open its doors in late 2017.
he Franche-Comté leather goods division should eventually total around 780 employees which are especially trained locally in partnership with the School Boudard (in Bethoncourt) and the High School of Huisselets (Montbeliard).
Hermes employs a total of 12,244 people, including 7,461 in France.
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