Garons, France – Soprema is planning to construct a new facility to manufacture PU insulated panels in Saint-Gilles, south-west France. However, the municipal authorities in neighbouring Garons, have objected to the plans.
Local newspaper Midi Libre reported that the Garons municipal council unanimously refused authorisation for construction work on the new plant. It is unclear whether Soprema will modify the project to allow it to be built despite the objections.
The plan the Garons authorities rejected is for a 20,000m2 facility to make a wide range of PU insulation products. The manufacturing activities were expected to start in June 2023, according to local news site lemoniteur.fr.
In addition to this, Soprema is also planning to invest in setting up a second factory in the region, to make insulation panels using rice straw. This is scheduled to start production in November 2023.
The total investment in the two factories is expected to be about €35m, with about 150 new jobs being created.
Soprema has nearly 10,000 employees around the world, about half of whom are in France. It has 101 production facilities, more than 100 subsidiaries, and 4000 distributors.