( Part I : The Guiot factory on its market p 2 to 4
( Part II : The Guiot experience p 4 to 5
( Conclusion p 6
The ‘Stage d’Execution’, a compulsory work course carried out in January, forms part of the 1st year course at the EGC. It is an opportunity to gain practical experience within a business, chosen by the student, to build on the theoretical knowledgegained in class. The work experience is an opportunity to discover the different departments of a business; however the most important are production and logistics. I chose Guiot Company which is located at Fresnes-Sur-Escaut near Valenciennes. From the 8th to the 26th of January I worked as hangling operator on the production line and assisted with orders.
In the first part, I will give abrief explanation of the factory Guiot and in second part, I will describe the tasks I undertook and what I learned in the three weeks. Moreover, I will explain the difficulties I met.
1. The Guiot factory on its market
1.1. The plant’s presentation
The Guiot factory is a plc, manufacturer and merchant of fruit syrups in bottle in glass.
These syrups are intended for a widerange of consumers, both children and adults, and are added to water or soft drinks (sparkling water, lemonade, fruit juice...).
1.2. The syrups Guiot, a history
The Guiot House was created in 1871. When it started out, its activity was based around syrups, lemonades and other supplies for breweries. Later, in 1880, the Guiot Company focussed its activity on the market forsyrups. The arrival of Bernard GUIOT at the head of the Company in 1970 was the fourth generation of the Guiot family since its creation. His goals for the future of the company focussed on the evolution, manufacturing and marketing of premium quality fruit syrups.
In December 2006, the six more exactly, an official statement announced that the French Group of syrups Monin had just becomepurchaser of the capital‘s totality of his competitor Guiot. Thus, the two amalgamated factories occupy now the number 2 of the sector, behind Teisseire.
The two companies count then three centres of production: two in France - Bourges for Monin and Fresnes-Sur-Escaut for Guiot - and one in the United States (Florida) for Monin.
1.3. Some key figures
Total surface area of the site :7 393 m²
Production days / year : 260 days
Annual production in 2006 : 8 millions bottles/year
Turn-over in 2005 : 10,5 millions Euros
Turn-over in 2006 : 12 millions Euros, including 60 % thanks to the manufacturing of distributors’ under marks.
The turn-over estimate for year 2007 : about 75 million Euros
1.4. The plant’s internal organizationGuiot employs 30 people. However, there are fluctuations in this number due to seasonal and market fluctuations in sales and production.
The organization is treated on a hierarchical basis ; indeed it is Mr Bernard Guiot, general manager and Mr Wurtz, site manager, who is responsible for the 6 departments that make up the company; departments commercial, administrative, production, logistics,quality and research and development. Each of the departments is controlled by a departmental manager and is made up of between six and eight employees.
The atmosphere in the plant is both friendly and relaxed. There are strong communication links between the employees and there superiors and a strong presence of team-work. However, the hierarchy of the company is well respected and thefriendly atmosphere does not undermine or restrict the strong presence of work ethic.
Moreover, mutual aid is a key ideal between employees. On the assembly line mainly, employees never hesitate to "lend a hand" to there neighbours, and help them in the event of difficulties, problems or cover their workstation during breaks.
1.5. Diversified customers
Guiot markets its products in two...