The convicts smiled at the sound of the two "Douvrin" syllables, evocative of half a century of joyful mechanical rattling. Will they still smile at the electric silence of the valley of the battery, which will dig its bed in the small town of Pas-de-Calais 25 kilometers from Lille? This is where the "giga-factory" of electric battery cells of ACC (Automotive Cells Company), a company owned by Stellantis, TotalEnergies and Mercedes, is inaugurated on Tuesday, May 30. 2000 direct jobs are planned. "Giga-factory", the Anglo-Saxon term is fashionable, but a little pompous. Douvrin did not wait until 2023 to show industrial gigantism, and welcome thousands of workers on its 148-hectare site.
They are the ones who, since the creation of the Française de mécanique in 1969, a company jointly created by Peugeot and Renault, have melted and assembled the car engines of millions of French people. In France, holiday departures have long resonated to the sound of...
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