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business EUROPEAN 12 Interview with Laurent Martin, Managing Director of Joseph MARTIN SA High precision for a cleaner future French lathing specialist Joseph MARTIN SA has been manufacturing turned parts since 1946. The family-owned company produces high precision, machined components at two production sites in Haute Savoie and specializes in the manufacture of large series parts for the automotive industry. Its expertise extends to parts and sub-assemblies for fluid regulation, fuel injection, hydraulic suspension systems and vehicle transmissions. With its rigorous system of quality management and quality control checks at all stages of production, Joseph MARTIN can guarantee the performance of its products. Joseph MARTIN is following the current scandal over cheat software in Volkswagen diesel vehicles very closely. There are two possible outcomes of the emissions scandal for the French supplier. “Volkswagen is an important customer for us,” says Managing Director Laurent Martin. “The scandal could mean a drop in orders, or it could have the exact opposite effect if Volkswagen is obliged to repair all of the affected vehicles and improve performance in new ones. It could mean major investment in exactly the parts in which we specialize.” Every year, over 3.5 million new diesel vehicles are fitted with components supplied by Joseph MARTIN. “Our parts are small but vital components in the fluid control systems of both petrol and diesel vehicles, passenger cars and trucks,” says Mr. Martin. “The new regulations in the diesel sector are particularly relevant for us. We work on components that allow vehicles to conform to the latest Euro 6 and 7 standards.” Joseph MARTIN specializses in bar turning and high-precision sub-assemblies ranging in size from 0.5 to 22 mm. Its tooling and mechanical workshops are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art CNC machining centers which are operated by a team of highly experienced technicians. The company has its own research and design department where it can design and build any tools and equipment needed. “In order to meet the standards of precision and cleanliness demanded by our customers, we have to invest continually in production, assembly and inspection processes,” says Mr. Martin. “It is an ongoing commitment that ensures we can continue to work to the high standards required.” The company’s production is certified according to ISO 14001 and ISO/TS 16949. The research department is also heavily engaged in development work on technical innovations. “The components we manufacture represent the state-of-the-art in the industry,” insists Mr. Martin. “We Joseph MARTIN’s machine park consists of the latest CNC machining centres Company headquarters and production site in Vougy


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