If the parts that make up our products are bought in France, Europe or Asia, the telescopes are assembled entirely by hand in Montpellier, not far from the offices of Vaonis.
At the creation of the company in 2016, locally made products were already a will of the founder, Cyril Dupuy. Working with a local actor is synonymous with more reactivity and fluidity in communication, allow to establish a relationship of trust between partners, and ensure the manufacturing of good quality products for customers. That’s why after several months of searching for a trusted partner, the choice naturally fell on the company APF 34.
APF Entreprises 34
Founded in 1971, APF 34 is a company based in the South of France, specialized in electrical wiring and electromechanical assembly. Equipped with a real industrial know-how, its mission is the professional and sustainable integration of people with disabilities.
Under the care and support of the Association of People with Disabilities (APF in French), a French non-governmental organization, it enables disabled workers to take up paid employment under appropriate conditions by adapting workstations or adapted professional activities.
Day to day, hand in hand
Human aspects play a key role in the choices of Vaonis’ collaborations, whether for internal employees or service providers. With APF 34, this aspect felt instantly.
Only 6 km separate Vaonis from the factory’s premises, allowing frequent visits to the technicians and the production line. They are responsible for assembling more than 300 parts together, from the optical tube to the sensor block, the external frame, electronics and wiring.
Quality before quantity
After a pilot production and a first batch produced in 2018, the pace will now go crescendo. A second phase of manufacturing is launched at the beginning of the year, will follow a second this summer, with a progressive ramp up of the production capacity.
Going against the strategy of “mass production and large scale economies”, this well-considered choice is explained by the desire to control every stage of the production chain and make Stellina a reliable telescope in every respect.