AXIOME inaugurates its new building in Vendée
The company, which is a specialist in the integration of robots for cutting machines, has set up in the La Blussière business area.
Since 1987, AXIOME, based in Aizenay, has been designing and manufacturing robotic cutting, machining and deburring machines, which it sells worldwide to various manufacturers. Historically, it is the automotive sector that has enabled this company to develop internationally. "Our machines are used by the equipment manufacturers of major brands to cut instrument panels, bumpers and floor mats," confirms Coralie Barbeau, sales and marketing assistant. But the company, which was hit hard by the 1999 crisis, extended its skills to win new markets and adapt to the extremely rapid changes in the robotics sector. "Markets have clearly shifted towards composite materials, which are more efficient and lighter.”
Today, AXIOME also works for the watchmaking, aeronautics, agri-food, sanitary and leisure sectors. The machines that come out of Aizenay’s workshops can cut train interior fittings, aircraft fuselage parts, watch dials, baths, horse saddles, windsurfing boards, sandwiches or garlic bread.
The order books were so full that the company quickly found itself cramped in its offices on Gutenberg Street. This week, it inaugurated a brand new building on Edison Street in the heart of the La Blussière business area.
75 to 80% of the production is exported. "We are present throughout Europe, but also in the United States, Mexico, Turkey, Asia, Russia..." says Coralie Barbeau. AXIOME's sales efforts are currently focused on Eastern Europe and Latin America, where major markets are being negotiated.
On Thursday, Patrick Seguin, site manager, opened his doors to the company's customers, but also to potential new partners, to show the new working environment and the latest machines developed by its engineers.
Jean-Philippe GAUTIER, Ouest France, 13/10/14