- GLOBAL PERFORMANCE
- BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
- Pooling resources and skills
and access to the market
CARA’s mission is to boost the capacity of businesses to design and manufacture innovative products and find winning gateways into new markets.
In a constantly changing environment, where global competition is increasingly fierce, this involves boosting the performance and efficiency of businesses through shared, collaborative actions. To this end, CARA has identified 4 key levers:
- Global performance
- Business development
- Pooling resources and skills
Developing and strengthening a global performance culture
CARA provides support for businesses in improving their industrial performance to achieve a best-in-class objective in terms of quality and competitiveness.
- Benchmarking against other companies in the same sector to help improvement;
- Sharing operational management best practice in order to progress, together;
- Receiving support thanks to a network of experts from the automobile sector;
- Optimising relations with customers and suppliers;
- Accessing the expertise of other businesses within the CARA network.
AN ANNUAL PERFORMANCE SURVEY
An annual performance survey, conducted jointly with the Automobile and Mobility section of the PFA, measures the performance of businesses in relation to that of businesses in the same sector countrywide, based on 16 indicators. This enables businesses to:
- Measure their industrial, economic and human performance via practical indicators;
- Benchmark against other businesses in the same sector, actively involved in the industry;
- Decide which initiatives would significantly impact net profits and cash flow;
- Gain the support of a shared dialogue platform with all those involved;
- Obtain objective information for supporting discussions between customers and suppliers within the industry.
AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES LEAN AUTO CLUB
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lean Auto Club consists of between 10 and 20 companies that meet regularly, visiting sites and businesses to share feedback and discuss best practice.
“I agreed to contribute to this action, which I believe to be essential and have a structuring effect on the automobile industry in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. In a fast-changing environment, I would like this Performance focus, comprising manufacturers and trainers, to propose directly operational solutions that help all businesses to become more competitive.”
Vincent Marlinge, (Renault Trucks), Vice-President of Global Performance
Accelerating time to market and commercial performance
CARA helps to enhance the visibility of expertise, innovations, services and products of companies, as well as boosting their commercial developments by organising collective actions, such as trade fairs and international missions.
- Gaining information about the global market and development opportunities;
- Sharing experience and benefiting from expertise for expanding internationally;
- Jointly conquering new markets;
- Increasing the visibility of innovations to accelerate commercial development.
“As I am well aware of the strength of the field of excellence of the automobile industry in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, I accepted to jointly lead the business development focus of the association in order to promote the pooling of resources of member companies. »
Jean-Baptiste Yvon (EFI Automotive), VP Business Development
For example, CARA attended the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition in Stuttgart from 9 to 11 October 2017, on a stand shared with 8 companies: Saint Jean Industries, Carpenter, Actia, EFI Automotive, E-Totem, Tresse Industrie, Tresse Metallique Forissier, Ad-Venta.
THE AUTOMOTIVE TECHDAYS IN AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES.
Every two years, CARA organises the Automotive Techdays in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, aimed at:
- Showing that collaboration between businesses, laboratories and universities leads to the proposal of particularly innovative solutions;
- Introducing businesses with innovation projects to the purchasers and R&D directors of first-tier manufacturers and component suppliers (French and foreign);
- Playing a role in establishing Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes as an important region for the automobile technology of the future.
Providing a collaborative and innovative response to future requirements for skills and jobs with respect to training and apprenticeships, CARA is preparing for the necessary developments within the automobile and industrial vehicle sector, which is facing unprecedented changes.
- Considering the impact of new technology on skills requirements;
- Creating multi-disciplinary exchange platforms for sharing and creating new pedagogical methods;
- Building initial or continuous training tools.
THE INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT AND URBAN MOBILITY (ITUM)
The ITUM provides a global approach to the technological, economic and societal issues surrounding transport and urban mobility.
- The Institute promotes synergies between the University and the socio-economic environment.
- It plays a role in transforming cities into areas of experimentation and innovation and aims to become a national benchmark for training in the urban mobility sector.
The ITUM supports businesses in their innovation, through:
- advanced training at the University of Lyon (business degrees, Master’s and Ph.Ds, etc.);
- partnership opportunities (collaborative research, theses with CIFRE funding, etc.);
- career long “bespoke” training.
THE ELECTRO-MOBILITY SHARED LEARNING PLATFORM AND CAMPUS
The planned “Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Automotive & Electromobility” Campus and its “3PE” learning platform form part of the “Attractiveness, Skills and Employment” (ASE) project of the automobile industry, and partner industries in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region.
Led by the Automobile and Mobility section of the PFA, the ASE project is designed to address a range of issues that require questions of skills and employment to be dealt with in an innovative manner. It aims to build platforms for dialogue, arbitration and the rollout of pedagogical solutions involving manufacturers, the teaching profession and research.
The 3 objectives of the Campus are to:
- Design and develop a training programme
- Develop pedagogical engineering aligned to the technical and economic developments of the industry
- Provide the impetus for innovative practice with the 3PE electro-mobility shared learning platform
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PLATFORMS
In consortium with the Automobile and Mobility section of the PFA and the Arthur Hunt Group, CARA is developing an innovative and unifying Employment and Training platform concept. This online platform (completed by the physical presence of an HR consultant) enables employers and jobseekers to contact each other within a given area, thereby supporting the recruitment and integration of new employees. It promotes the benefits of the area, the jobs available and gateways between them, together with all job vacancies in the sector and training courses and added-value services for both employees and businesses.
Visit the website of the first platform set up for the Bourg en Bresse community on www.carejob.fr.
CAREERS AND QUALIFICATIONS CAMPUS
“My aim is to provide support for CARA members, help them to pool and develop their skills to become stronger and plan for the challenges of the future. In the current context, it is only if we all pull together (businesses, research centres and trainers) that we will be able to succeed and manage to maintain a strong manufacturing sector, because we will have developed both initial and continuous training courses that address the new skills essential to the sector to meet the forthcoming technological and industrial challenges. The future Careers and Qualifications Campus, which is a project led by CARA and the Aragon Picasso High School in Givors, will provide an invaluable platform for sharing and collaboration, as well as being highly attractive to young people.”
Franck Pelissier (Segula), VP Pooling and developing skills
Pooling and sharing to accelerate development
CARA provide its members with a pooling platform that enables businesses to share and optimise their expertise and tools by:
- Benefiting from the network of members to find a solution in searches for expertise, training, equipment or feedback discussion,
- Facilitating the management of business fluctuation by sharing resources and skills,
- Discovering future partners.
CARA thereby creates a secured link between members and provides individual or pooled responses.