CETIAT closes its 2023 year

CETIAT closes its 2023 year
CETIAT closes its 2023 year

The Technical Center for Aeraulic and Thermal Industries (CETIAT) has had a good year in 2023, despite a delicate economic context. All eyes are now focused on 2024, for which a new Objectives and Performance Contracts (COP) 2024-2027 has been developed and co-signed with the public authorities and the professional union UNICLIMA.

Despite all the obstacles placed in its path in 2023, the Technical Center for Aeraulic and Thermal Industries (CETIAT) achieved a turnover of 14.4 million euros last yearup slightly by 2% compared to 2022.

Furthermore, the collection of the Affected Tax (TFA) was not impacted in 2023, due to a 6-month delay. This reached 5.3 million euros last yearan increase of almost 6% compared to 2022. The turnover of collective actions increased by +5%to go from 4.6 million euros in 2022 to 5 million euros in 2023.

The year 2023 was marked by recruitment difficulties throughout the first half of the year, leading to a notable understaffing and underproduction capacity. In the second half, the economic situation deteriorated, with a slowdown in activity in a sluggish European economic context. Fortunately, we were able to count on manufacturers who maintained their confidence in our services, including training which continues to grow. », underlines Pierre Claudel, general director of CETIAT.

Investments also increased in 2023, increasing to 1.1 million euros. Significant resources have been devoted to renovating the technical center and its infrastructure. The primary goal is to reduce energy consumption by around 30%.

Checkered performances

When it comes to benefits, the results are mixed. Commercial activities have stalled in 2023, standing at 9.4 million euros, below the planned growth. Chronic understaffing, which results from recruitment difficulties, has had a significant impact on production, in particular on calibration services.

A market trend which has had an unfavorable impact on certain services offered by CETIAT, such as tests and studies for climate engineering products. A sector of activity which remained stable compared to 2022, while growth had been budgeted. On the other hand, energy and decarbonization studies remain well oriented.

Training has benefited from the changes in the sector. With more than a hundred modules offered each year, CETIAT has again developed this activity in 2023, with an increase of 25%.

What results for the COP 2020-2023?

If a new COP 2024-2027 has been developed and co-signed, it is time to first take stock of that of 2020-2023.

Despite the health crisis which turned everything upside down, the technical center was able to demonstrate resilience and consistency since, as a whole, the assigned objectives were respected. Note that collective work to support the energy and ecological transition has increased by 35% and industrial support remains at a very good level.

The industry of the future is seen from the angle of the decarbonization of industry for CETIAT, with the creation of the ALLICE Alliance, to bring together the players in demand and supply in this market. In 2023, it will have more than 120 members and partners, and has already produced or initiated more than 30 collective studies for a budget of 1.5 million euros.

CETIAT also highlights the success of the new governance of collective actions, with the implementation of multi-year projects. 32 projects have in fact been launched since 2020, including 15 completed over the contract period. The participation of national companies in the center’s activities increased by 250% thanks to this new activity.

Increase in turnover and investments, and new COP for 2024

For the year 2024, CETIAT forecasts an increase in its turnover, with a forecast of 15.2 million euros. An amount distributed between collective actions (5.4 million euros) and commercial activities (9.8 million euros), despite a drop in TFA collection expected to 4.9 million euros.

On the investment side, 1.2 million euros have been planned for 2024, including 300,000 euros financed by the TFA. The priority project will return to the construction of a thermodynamic machine testing platform. This must be used to meet the safety requirements imposed by new flammable refrigerants.

Furthermore, CETIAT intends to maintain its role of expertise, monitoring, anticipation and support for projects for the sector.

Finally, the COP 2024-2027, developed and co-signed with the public authorities and the professional union UNICLIMA, will be a continuation of the previous one, with three main technical axes:

These three axes will be supplemented by four support themes: digital transition and AI, performance evaluation, dissemination of knowledge and expertise and finally, sovereignty and resilience.

Jeremy Leduc

Photo de Une: Quentin Pechoux

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