Aptar Beauty + Home’s new “Be One” manufacturing site in Oyonnax, France, has received the highest recognition for foreign investors in France, the 2022 Choose France Award. The company invested 42 million euros to build a new 25,000 m2 facility that gathered four sites and five workshops into one.
Under the aegis of three Ministries (Foreign Affairs, Economy, Territories), the annual Choose France Awards organized by Business France reward foreign investors who, through their commitments to France and its regions, contribute to the country’s international attractiveness and its economic influence.
Choose France rewards projects from foreign investors that meet the priorities of the “France Relance” recovery plan in, at least, one of the following categories: ecological transition, competitiveness & Innovation, cohesion & Solidarity. Winners are selected by a Jury comprised of representatives from public and private sectors. Marking high across all three categories, the new Aptar site in Oyonnax was awarded the “Special Jury Prize”.
“We are very pleased to see that our efforts and commitments to France have been acknowledged by Business France by way of this Award. By consolidating five sites into one to address the manufacturing needs of the luxury custom packaging market, our new site in Oyonnax will reduce our carbon footprint, boost our productivity, and dramatically cut time to market. It represents a major investment in adaptability, in operational efficiency, in sustainable development and, importantly, in our local community. We look forward to being fully operational by March 2023,” commented Xavier Susterac, President EMEA, Aptar Beauty + Home.
The investment project in Oyonnax confirms Aptar’s long-term presence in the region and gives value to “the unique local skills” the group deems essential to its growth. Aptar has 4,200 employees in France, which represent one-third of its global workforce.
The building has been designed to meet the highest environmental standards, projecting a 45% savings in energy and reduction of CO2 emissions by 58% through heat recovery and the end of intersite transport . At the new Oyonnax site, multiple control points and meters will monitor the site’s energy consumption. The materials chosen for the building have a low environmental impact. To improve its visual and environmental impact and encourage local biodiversity, the site will be revegetated with a landscaped parking lot, accessible via low-impact means of transportation, plantations and a dry grassland. Thanks to its environmental commitments, Aptar Oyonnax has already received the LEED v4 Silver level certification, becoming the first French Aptar site to receive this recognition.