France is increasing its gunpowder production capacity for the needs of Ukraine and Europe (photo)

Construction of a new gunpowder production line for the needs of the EU and Ukraine has begun in the French city of Bergerac.

French President Emmanuel Macron took part in the ceremony of the start of construction.

The plant’s new production line is due to start operating in early 2025, and the Ukrainian army should receive the first “fruits” of its production almost immediately. Established during the First World War, the plant has again become strategic for the French state and the entire European military industry since 2023.

French manufacturers expect to produce 1,200 tons of powder for shells per year.

In addition, the President met with nine heads of French defense companies.

The French President inspects the production lines of the gunpowder plant in Bergerac. April 2024. France. Photo:

Macron called on them to make a “long-term effort” to produce weapons and ammunition in the largest possible volume.

“We have embarked on a long-term geopolitical and geostrategic change in which the defense industry will play an increasingly important role,” the French president said.

The Bergerac plant belongs to the French group EURENCO. The group’s enterprises also produce modular metal charges for 155-mm artillery shells.

Before congratulating Macron, EURENCO CEO Thierry Francoe confirmed the company’s financial health.

“In 2019, our sales amounted to 190 million euros, and by 2024 they will exceed 500 million euros. Our staff will grow from 900 to 1400 people. We are investing heavily in our facilities in Belgium, Sweden, France and the United States,” said the group’s top executive.

Production of modular charges at Eurenco’s facility in Bergerac. Photo: Eurenco

As a reminder, Eurenco Group has recently announced that it will invest EUR 500 million in the production of powders at its plants in Europe.

The facilities in the French commune of Sorg and the city of Bergerac, in the Swedish city of Karlskoga and the Belgian commune of Clermont will receive investments in production.

Source Military
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