France Paratonnerres has been designing, producing and selling lightning protection products for more than forty years. The company first set up in Creuse, in Guéret. In 2008, it chose to set up in Limoges, on the Ester technopole park.
Its flagship patented product is the lightning rod with an ignition device. It is distributed in more than 70 countries by partners who are chosen for their reputation as professionals.
“Lightning rods with priming devices or PDA,“ modern ”technology, differ from classic lightning rods resulting from Franklin’s technology, explains Paul Chatain, export assistant. They have a wider protection radius, while requiring fewer resources, especially in conductive materials, which makes them a product of the future due to the scarcity of materials. “
France Paratonnerres has always faced regulatory barriers making it difficult to access certain international markets, which thus protect their national manufacturers of conventional lightning rods.
A technology that is increasingly in demand around the world
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“Despite these normative constraints, the technology has proven its worth and is increasingly in demand and distributed around the world,” confides Paul Chatain. The development of the company continues, particularly in exports, which today represent two-thirds of the company’s turnover. “
France Paratonnerres is now a team of ten people. Three recruitments are planned for 2022. The company achieved a turnover of 2 million euros in 2020.
To shine in export, France Paratonnerres relies on quality products, recognized worldwide and guaranteed for ten years, on a policy of continuous improvement placed at the heart of the company’s strategy, on a comprehensive support , studies, installations, maintenances, verifications, lightning risk analyzes, after-sales service… and on a versatile, trilingual team trained in international trade.
France Paratonnerres is also elected to the Presidency of the French lightning industrial sector, within the GIMELEC union. “This recognition is the result of continuous improvement work driven by the desire to create high quality products. “
World famous references.? The Eiffel Tower, the Millau viaduct, the Opéra Garnier, but also the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Shanghai telescope or the Ariane rocket launch pad…. are France Paratonnerres protected sites. Its technology is attracting more and more countries, which offers the Limousin company significant growth opportunities.
The Populaire du Center is organizing, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haute-Vienne and the Banque Populaire Aquitaine Center Atlantique and in partnership with Limoges Métropole, Medef and Engie, the fourth edition of the Trophies des entreprises de la Haute-Vienne, which will take place on Monday 6 December 2019 at the Zénith de Limoges Métropole. The opportunity to reveal or rediscover the entrepreneurs and companies of the department and to highlight them. This year, 41 small, medium and large companies in the department tried their luck. Fifteen were selected. A single trophy will be awarded in five categories: “they shine”, “they innovate”, “they succeed”, “they engage” and “they launch themselves”. This week we present to you the three companies named in the category “they shine”. Companies that have been able to develop beyond the department. These are Fiertile (Limoges), France Paratonnerres (Limoges) and La Chapelle Saint Martin (Nieul).