The energy crisis, the rant of the director of the plastics company in Perrigny

The energy crisis, the rant of the director of the plastics company in Perrigny

EPS, which specializes in the production of plastics such as flower pots, construction sheds, wheels and even baby swings, is no longer in control of its future. (© Cedric Perrier)

He comes from lay off seven employees, for a permanent contract for only a few months, within the EPS company specialized in plastic injection. And the result is hardly encouraging for the Perrigny-based company since 2008. As the French plastics industry is at risk, a megawatt hour will be negotiated at 1,600 euros in December. Energy costs are reaching unprecedented levels, threatening small and medium-sized businesses like Jean-Marc Reverberi: “We are big consumers of electricity. To fully understand the problem, we use the equivalent of the city of Champagnole, or 2,000 megawatt hours. »

Just dive in electricity bill understand the rest; 250,000 euros last year, 700,000 euros in 2022 and an estimated 1.2 million euros next year. “It’s a loss of 1.5 million euros on our turnover. The price increase per megawatt hour is over 313%. It’s not complicated, we won’t last, we’ll die, the company is at risk. If we exceed January, we can light a candle,” warns the businessman.

Alternative ways to consume less

Faced with the rigidity of the characters, of powerlessness. Nevertheless, several avenues are mentioned, such as looking for other markets. “Our first customer, which is a garden center, is out of business, leisure and construction work. Only the hot water branch with water heater bases is increased. At this point we are working with the German company Viessmann, who have assured me that they will pay the new rates. There is also an increase in the number of pipes used for wastewater treatment in retention ponds. We plan to manufacture our own plastic pallets for storing and transporting our products to stores. »

The company uses as much electricity as the city of Champagnole.
The company uses as much electricity as the city of Champagnole. (©Cedric Perrier)

“I don’t expect anything from this government anymore, it is only there for multinational companies. »

Solar energy was well handled. After asking questions, he calculated it: an envelope of 300,000 euros for the installation of photovoltaic panels on the field next door that belongs to him. It would take seven years to recoup the investment with an 11% drop in energy consumption. The possibility of shortening working hours and thus lower consumption is being increasingly promoted; production workers could then end the week at 5 a.m. on Friday. In this context, government statements do not reassure the boss.

Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno the mayor promised state support of up to 4 million euros for small and medium-sized enterprises whose energy bill would exceed 3% of turnover. “We barely get over €10,000 on an account worth over €330,000 and I still don’t have he did not get this help Except. I don’t expect anything from this government anymore, it is only there for multinationals. Plus 15% for individuals, but no support for SMEs. »

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After a loss 600,000 euros with the Covid crisis, “here again we are faced with the problem of a disproportionate increase in energy that we have not seen before. In total, I invested 11 million euros in this company. And I can’t tell you where we’ll be in a few weeks… If the government doesn’t act quickly, it’s the end of the plastics industry and many other professions. »

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