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Founded in 1996, R&D Technology, which specialises in the design of automated production equipment for industry, continues to grow. The SME from Dossenheim-sur-Zinsel is investing €4 million in the acquisition of land and the construction of premises in the Martelberg business park in Saverne. The 4,450 m² building is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
R&D Project Managing is doing well. Twenty-one years after its creation by Philippe Roser and a now-departed partner, the SME is growing steadily each year. Since 2010, its revenue has more than tripled, from €2 million to €7 million, with rapid and sustained growth over the past three years (€3.6 million in 2014).
The company is now run by the Roser brothers – Philippe, Marc and Jean-Luc – and employs around 30 people who design and build automated production lines for major accounts in the Grand Est region (East of France). Encouraged by its good results, the company is looking to the future by investing in new premises (see below), while seeking to diversify its activity to continue its development.
To this end, the company has been forming a partnership called JBT Hub Up with six other French companies for several months now (*). This association of entrepreneurs offers customers “a unique solution capable of developing all medical devices by bringing together all the business skills, right from the start of the project, to ensure that all objectives are taken into account”: from design to completion through assembly, says the 53-year-old boss.
This consortium, which has 850 employees at 11 production sites around the world with 3,000 m² of clean rooms, is said by Philippe Roser to have a turnover of “100 million euros”. A strong alliance for R&D Project Managing. This strategic partnership will enable the Dossenheim-sur-Zinsel company to gain credibility with major clients in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors and to expand its portfolio. The partnership is already active internationally, working for companies in sectors as diverse as the automotive, agri-food and electromechanical industries.
“We want to expand further beyond our borders with our own commercial approach,” says the former employee of Sotralentz in Drulingen. His company, which has joined the German Machine Builders Association, is counting on its representative across the Rhine to win new business.
To achieve this, the company intends to use another external growth lever with the integration of new skills. Until now, its core business has been the production, design and assembly of individualised and series-produced industrial equipment. Although it has been marketing its own machine, the EvoluBox, for more than a decade, the SME of engineers and technicians manufactures only a small portion of the projects it sells to its customers. The rest is subcontracted.
Philippe Roser plans to bring part of the production in house by buying companies. “The goal is to do more because customers are increasingly looking for complete solutions,” says the optimistic manager. He hopes this will increase an already thriving business.
Too cramped in its historic building of 1,300 m² located since 2000 at the end of the rue de la Gare in Dossenheim-sur-Zinsel, and unable to expand, the company managed by the three Roser brothers has the ambition of moving to expand. It has recently acquired a one hectare plot of land in the Martelberg area, behind the Fossil company, from the community of communes of the Saverne region.
R&D Project Managing plans to build a 4,450 m² building on this land – including 1,400 m² of offices, conference and social rooms, 2,100 m² of workshop and 950 m² of storage and logistics space. The project, entrusted to Les Constructeurs réunis (LCR) and the architects Ligne Bleue, is due to start before the end of the year, with completion scheduled for the end of 2018. The building in Dossenheim-sur-Zinsel will then be put up for sale or rented, depending on the opportunities.
The new headquarters, larger, more modern and located in the heart of an economic zone among other companies, should serve as a lever for development. “Today, we are involved in an investment process. We are confident about the future,” says an ambitious Philippe Roser, the company’s managing director.
The company hopes to have a tool capable of supporting its growth objectives, which include an increase in its international orders. If this is the case, R&D Project Managing could hire to double its workforce by 2025.
Crédit : DNA