MasterGrid acquires Ircamex to fight greenhouse gases

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Isère: MasterGrid acquires Ircamex to fight greenhouse gases
The Grenoble-based company MasterGrid, specializing in services for high voltage electrical equipment, has just announced the acquisition of Ircamex. This young company based in Nantes is an expert in gas leak detection and containment systems. “This new set has become the leader in SF6 greenhouse gas management solutions, which is very present in high voltage substations,” said MasterGrid in a press release.

“We are very happy with this strategic merger,” comments Ludovic Vallon, President of MasterGrid. The innovative solutions provided by Ircamex perfectly complement our offer. We can now offer our customers a set of possibilities with a high technical content that help control their carbon footprint. It is also an important step in our approach to developing services related to environmental protection and contributing to the ecological transition ”.

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Isère: Samse announces profits up 16%

The Grenoble-based Samse group, a specialist in the trading and distribution of construction materials and tools, has published its results for 2020. The group posted net income of 47.4 million euros, an increase of 16 , 1% compared to 2019. In January, Samse had already announced its turnover for the year, up 0.8% compared to 2019.

With a turnover of 351 million euros, the DIY activity grew significantly over the 2020 financial year (+ 11.9% and + 9.4% on a like-for-like basis), an increase almost twice as high as that of the national market. It has enjoyed very significant growth since the beginning of May 2020, after the period of containment linked to the pandemic.

Ardèche: Michèle Victory wants the old age bonus for all caregivers

Michèle Victory, Member of Parliament for Ardèche, challenged the government on “the inequalities in the allocation of the old age bonus” observed in particular in her North Ardèche constituency. According to her, “the allocation of the old age bonus has excluded a certain number of hospital and nursing home staff from the device”. Brigitte Bourguignon, Minister Delegate in charge of autonomy to the Minister of Solidarity and Health, replied that it was undoubtedly “dysfunctions” and not a fault of the Ségur of health.

To read : Michèle Victory asks for the old age bonus for all caregivers

Bank branches open despite confinement

For the banks, the situation hardly changes, despite the repeated periods of restriction of activity and travel. As in spring and fall 2020, bank branches remain open. They will therefore be able to welcome the public during the next four weeks, while respecting health measures. The cash machines will continue to be supplied. As since the start of the crisis, priority remains given to carrying out operations remotely and to contacts by telephone, e-mail or videoconference when possible, or visits to an agency by appointment.

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Mountain: the cry of alert from the major hosts

They are called Pierre et Vacances, Club Med, Belambra or MMV. They are operators of tourist residences, holiday villages or hotel groups, they represent half of overnight stays in the mountains and they have lost between three quarters and all of their activity this winter with the closure of the ski lifts. They wrote to Jean Castex to demand support that takes into account the seasonality of their activity.

To read : The cry of alarm from the large mountain accommodation providers

Patrick Labrune, president of the National Syndicate of tourist residences (SNRT), president of the Goélia group:

Switzerland: positive results for the stations which remained open this winter

Without igniting the contaminations, despite the controversies, the domains of our Swiss neighbors remained open all winter, sparing the country’s public finances. The results are positive for the territories, despite attendance at half mast of -20 to -30%.

To read : Positive results for the Swiss resorts that remained open this winter

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37% of workers teleworked at the beginning of April, a figure up

Reconfinement obliges, the French and the companies were again encouraged by the government to practice teleworking. This can be seen in the figures at the beginning of April. More French people have used telework, including 100%, compared to March according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted for the Ministry of Labor. According to this study carried out from April 1 to 4 (therefore before the closure of schools but while 19 departments were already subject to restrictions), 37% of workers worked at home against 35% during the week of March 8 to 14 and 41% in November during the second confinement.

The Paris Bourse opens up 0.37%

The Paris Bourse started up on Thursday, April 8 in the morning (+ 0.37%), in a market that will be attentive to the publication of the minutes of the last monetary policy meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB), the day after that of the Fed. At 9 am, the CAC 40 index took 22.70 points to 6,153.36 points. The day before, it had ended in equilibrium (-0.01%).

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Bpifrance injects € 22.8 million into a project on artificial skin

Bpifrance has injected 22.8 million euros into a research project on artificial skin. The “Genesis” project, which aims to create artificial skin to treat severe wounds, brings together five players in a public-private partnership: the French pharmaceutical group Urgo, the AFM-Telethon laboratory, the French blood establishment, Dassault Systèmes and the CNRS Tissue Biology and Therapeutic Engineering Laboratory.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: In Extenso is recruiting 60 employees in 2021

The accounting and consulting group In Extenso plans to recruit 60 employees in 2021 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in order to support its TME and SME clients. In Extenso, which has 5,000 employees nationwide, is looking for several profiles: experts in business creation, HR specialists, financial analysts, marketing and communications, or IT…

To read : In Extenso is recruiting 60 employees in 2021

Spain: H&M to lay off more than a thousand people

Swedish ready-to-wear giant H&M is preparing to lay off more than a thousand employees in Spain who were already on short-time work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. H&M will have to close 30 of its stores in the country, out of a total of 165.

The group saw its net profit be divided by ten to the equivalent of around 120 million euros when its turnover fell by 20% in the year, to 18.3 billion. euros approximately. In France, the group had seen its sales drop by 28%.

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