Fives has expanded its offering in intralogistics with the acquisition of Syleps (now Fives Syleps), which specializes in internal automated logistical flow solutions for warehouses and logistics platforms, dedicated to distribution, courier and food industries.
AddUp, the joint venture between Fives and Michelin in metal 3D printing, signed several partnerships in 2017: a collaboration with Carmat in the medical field for the industrial development of their artificial heart project; a joint venture dedicated to industrial production project incubation in metal additive manufacturing for the Aerospace and Defense industries with SOGECLAIR.
The INPI (French national institute of industrial property) revealed its 2017 list of the French entities that have
filed the most international patents. Fives was in 32nd place.
By the end of 2017, Fives had filed 52 new patent applications; it now has a portfolio of 2,169 patents in 632 different categories. This vitality also leads to constant investment in Research & Development (€34.9 million in 2017), with a 2% increase in radical research and innovation, which reflects Fives’ intention to propose innovative and efficient technical solutions.
Fives has finalized a strategic analysis of changes to its different activities in a world where the global
temperature increases by 2°C.
With the support of Carbone 4 (a firm specializing in corporate carbon strategy), this study aims to estimate the impacts of a 2°C increase by 2050 for Fives strategy and activities. This study, which is a part of the energy transition approach, gave the Group insights into its technologies and activities, as well as development opportunities to explore.
Fives and its experts in cryogenic processes supported the start-up WAGA ENERGY in the development of an industrial process to purify biogas produced by non-hazardous waste storage facilities. The system (the “ wagabox ”) is used to optimize local resources and produce energy as part of a circular economy initiative.
Fives obtained and implemented four contracts from a major e-commerce company at very short notice, including three sorting centers in the US and France, and a returns management center in Slovakia.
Fives received an order from Boeing for the design and supply of eight additional Stringer Forming Cells to support the continued ramp up of the 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett (Washington State, USA).
‒ Automotive steel
Fives won a major order in the US for the design and supply of a NeoKoil® continuous hot dip galvanizing line (CGL) dedicated to the prime quality automotive industry. This line will be equipped with Fives’ proprietary disruptive innovations, including FlashCooling® rapid cooling technology and CELES EcoTransFlux™ high flux induction technology.
Fives has established itself on the American market, securing two symbolic orders: one from CB&I, whose end customer is Total, for a 400-ton cold box to be used for ethylene processing and the other from UOP Russel, for 24 natural gas treatment units.
Fives received an order from A123 Systems for the design and supply of two state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery assembly lines (lithium iron phosphate) in China and the Czech Republic.
Fives obtained contracts from Cooperativa La Cruz Azul S.C.L. for the engineering, supply, construction and commissioning of two raw meal grinding plants on a turnkey basis in the Hidalgo Oaxaca Lagunas plants, for the line 5 project. Each grinding plant will be fitted with an FCB Horomill® 4,000mm grinding mill and an FCB TSV™ Classifier 6,500mm.
Fives successfully started-up the FCB grinding mills and the FCB kiln on the Tula2 complete production line, that was delivered on a turnkey basis in Mexico. All performance tests were achieved.
Fives received an order from a major international player in the courier industry for the mechanization of its first European hub, located on the site of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport. This order consisted of supplying a fully-automated parcel sorting center, comprising three GENI-Belt™.
‒ Automated production systems
PSA Group chose Fives to supply the handling facilities for the new vehicle assembly line in Rennes La Janais, France, with a rate of 30 vehicles per hour, to be used in the assembly of the Peugeot 5008 model and the Citroën Aircross SUV in the future.
Safran renewed its confidence to the Group to maintain its plants in Gennevilliers as a sole supplier, and in Évry under contract for 50% of subcontracted maintenance in France.
One of the main Japanese express courier operators, a longstanding client of Fives, chose the Group for the supply of four parcel sorting systems on two terminals, including two GENI-Belt™, which can sort up to 24,000 parcels per hour.
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) concluded three contracts with Fives as part of its extension project for line 6 of its smelter: one Green Anode Plant (GAP), two Gas Treatment Centers (GTC), and 12 Pot Tending Machines (PTM).
‒ Secondary aluminium industry
Fives successfully commissioned the new GARMCO aluminium remelting/slab casting facility while reaching 1,500,000 man hours without LTI. The casthouse now produces aluminium slabs from clean and post-consumer aluminium.