The innovative Renault Refactory in Flins was inaugurated one year ago, at the end of November 2020. Now, it’s time to take stock of the progress made by the project whose pillars are sustainable mobility, investments and research on hydrogen, as well as circular economy. «I am very proud of the work done by our teams to create Europe’s largest circular economy factory dedicated to mobility in record time. With the Refactory, we are demonstrating that a positive conversion and transformation of the industry is possible in France. This is just one example of the Group’s dynamic approach to the ecological transition, the transformation of skills, and the invention of new forms of mobility», said Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renault.
«We are keeping our promise: one year after its launch, the Refactory embodies an innovative and ambitious project for the Flins plant, a new source of economic, social and environmental value. The Refactory is emblematic of the Renaulution project, which commits the Group to a profound, rapid and sustainable transformation, driven by value creation», added Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group.
Renault Refactory in Flins: the four pillars
The Refactory in Flins is based on a whole ecosystem, structured around 4 activity centres. Starting from the Re-trofit division that brings together the retrofiting and refurbishing activities of used vehicles. So far, about 1,500 vehicles have been refurbished there. The Re-Energy division contributes to the development of applications for the second life of batteries and new energies. By the end of this year, according to Renault, about 2,000 battery repairs will be carried out. There’s also an ongoing project, in collaboration with Mobilize, about mobile or stationary energy storage systems. Furthermore, within the framework of HYVIA, the 50/50 partnership between Renault and Plug Power, the Flins site will also include, from 2022, the activities of fuel cell assembly, recharging stations and hydrogen supply.
Re-Cycle is the division that brings together recycling and reuse of parts and materials, while Re-Start is the entity that gathers the innovation and training center projects, dealing with Industry 4.0, commercial vehicle prototyping, as well as an incubator on circular economy. By the end of 2021, 700 Flins employees will have joined the Refactory’s activities. By 2030, the site plans to employ more than 3,000 people.