Yesterday and today
Since its creation, ACOME has opted for development on the basis of innovation and diversification. This strategy has enabled it to win a position as leader on the European cable industry market.
In 1932, the managers of the old company, Electro-Câble, specializing in the manufacture of electric cables, founded at Argenteuil the Association Coopérative d’Ouvriers en Matériel Electrique, known as ACOME, under the company name "L’Electrique". Seven years later, this first French SCOP (Société Coopérative de Production, called Société Coopérative et Participative since 2010) adopts its final name: ACOME.
In 1941, ACOME moves out of occupied Paris and sets up a manufacturing line in an old cotton mill with a 700 m² surface area at Mortain, in Normandy. This site became the key point of the group's activity after the destruction of the plant in Argenteuil by Allied bombing, two years later. After the war, activity took off at an unbridled rate. Local farmers were called in to help address the ever-increasing demand.
Over the years, ACOME gained even more ground. At the end of the seventies, ACOME opened an export department and set up with its subsidiaries in Germany (1998), Brazil (1998), China (1999), Italy (2007) and Spain (2008). The company now has two facilities in China (Xintaï, Shandong Province and Wuhan, Hubei Province), one in Brazil (Irati, Parana State) and five in France (all in Mortain, in Normandy).
The keys to durability
Little by little, the company began to specialize in the new technologies involving wires and cables of optical fiber, synthetic tubes and associated systems intended for three markets:
- telecommunications and infrastructures,
Deploying these skills enabled the company to ride over the telecoms market crisis in the beginning of the 21st-century. With its ability to research and innovate, ACOME has become a renowned technical expert in terms of:
- metallurgy and copper drawing;
- plastics, polymer compounding and extrusion,
- reticulation of polymers by electro-physical processes;
- optical fiber,
- industrial control of test and measurement means.