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Le décolletage dans la vallée de l'Arve : un district industriel face à la mutation contemporaine / The bar turning industry in the Arve Valley (Haute-Savoie) : contemporary change in an industrial region

Authors
Journal
Revue de géographie de Lyon
0035-113X
Publisher
PERSEE Program
Publication Date
Volume
67
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/geoca.1992.5812
Keywords
  • Industrial District
  • Micro-Electric Technology
  • Flexibility
  • Bar Turning
  • Sub-Contracting
  • S.M.E.
  • P.M.E.
  • Flexibilité
  • Décolletage
  • District Industriel
  • Sous-Traitance
  • Mutation Technologique

Abstract

The Arve valley is the world's leading centre for bar-turning. Local firms work as subcontractors and operate in a rural environment characterised by small and medium-sized businesses. This industry developed at the end of the nineteenth century and owes its origins to the local tradition of watchmaking. Subsequently it grew rapidly after the two World Wars. It has successfully adapted to changes in demand which arose in the 1970s through the use of microelectric techniques and through the high quality and flexibility of its production processes.

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