Carquefou, one of the hearts of TechnoAlpin’s R&D
Product innovation, driven by a strong R&D policy, has always been at the heart of the strategy of the TechnoAlpin group. This strategy was reinforced following the merger of MYNEIGE and TechnoAlpin earlier in 2014 which gave birth to a new subsidiary, TechnoAlpin France SAS. Indeed, the French subsidiary hosts in one of the two site in France, one of the R&D competence centers of the TechnoAlpin group.
What's particular with this competence center is its location. Indeed, the office is based in Carquefou, near the city of Nantes, one of the big cities of the Northern West of France, close to the Atlantic Ocean. Not a place where one would think to find a snowmaking supplier! This location finds its roots in the history of the French subsidiary of the TechnoAlpin group. Historically, the R&D and Engineering departments of YORK Neige – today's TechnoAlpin France SAS, have always been located near the headquarters of York France, a company making business with merchant marine and the navy.
And this location hasn't changed since the beginning of the story in 1976... However, today, the office of Carquefou not only hosts the R&D department, but also the Engineering & Drawing departments, the Software development team as well as the back office operations for the Service department. All these departments work in close cooperation with the other departments of the TechnoAlpin group, located in the company's headquarters in Bolzano (Ita.).
While the teams in the group headquarters in Italy are focusing on the fan gun technology, the French teams are dedicated to the development of the air & water, high pressure technology. This is the technology platform utilized for the Borax, Safyr or Rubis snow producers. The R&D team also develops the snow pit valves and aerial bloc valves utilized to run these snow producers: the YB, VAR and VMR.
The R&D team of Carquefou is behind some of the most efficient air & water snow producers of the market, such as the Safyr, the Classic Rubis and more recently the Rubis Evolution, thanks to know-how built over many years by passionate people who pioneered the air & water technology in the late 1970's.
Beyond the R&D teams, the engineers of TechnoAlpin France in Carquefou are also responsible for the design and drawing the installations using the snowmaking control software Liberty. They also write the programs that will run the YPLC, i.e. the PLCs designed in-house specifically dedicated to snowmaking applications. Last but not least, this is also in Carquefou that the Liberty software is being upgraded year over year.
With the combined know how and expertise of the R&D teams of Carquefou and Bolzano, the TechnoAlpin group can push its competitive advantage in the field of innovation and offer solutions that exceed the expectation of its customers.