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Hérault: how Dipostel relocated its exercise from Austria in the course of the Covid

On the time of the well being disaster, Paolo Di Natale made the selection to repatriate his manufacturing to Saint-Aunès (Hérault). Within the title of his duty.

“If I needed to do it once more, I would not hesitate for a second”. Paolo Di Natale is the kind of decided entrepreneur. He thinks, however as soon as his choice is made, he goes for it and doesn’t again down. That is what occurred in the course of the well being disaster when everybody was confined. He determined to repatriate his manufacturing to his area of origin in Saint-Aunès (Hérault), which was then in Austria.

“It was in 2015, I needed to free myself from American tutelage. From a strategic viewpoint, it was what needed to be executed, particularly because the Austrian authorities helped us lots”. At the moment, all the pieces goes properly for Dipostel, the corporate of which Paolo Di Natale is the president.

A stable, dry lubricant

The corporate was born in 1991 in a small workplace in Saint-Aunès. A younger engineer, Paolo Di Natale acquired concerned in an organization specializing within the unique distribution of components for the railway business, primarily on the West African market. Just a few years later, whereas the enterprise was doing properly, “A chemist good friend reveals me a outstanding product that he cannot promote in america: a stable, dry lubricant”.

The younger entrepreneur is gained over and needs to be a part of the journey. Slightly than distribute this product, he takes shares in an organization and creates Dipostel. “A lubricant with out oil or grease, we caught the eye of the SNCF, within the cleanliness and non-flammable facet of our resolution”, remembers Paolo Di Natale. The dry lubricator might be marketed everywhere in the world and “with Alsthom we are going to win many contracts”.

After braking, Dipostel is creating a “friction modifier. We reply to all these rail points, reminiscent of braking but additionally the transmission”. From the railway business, these options are additionally offered in different industries reminiscent of aeronautics.


The corporate lives very properly, due to this fact relocates its manufacturing to Austria till the Covid interrupts the world economic system. “In a short time, reasonably than moping round and questioning if the pandemic was going to kill everybody, I acquired into the relocation venture”. Paolo Di Natale believes that as “creator of wealth, I had this duty, as do different enterprise leaders. It was additionally an consciousness, we have been speaking concerning the sovereignty of the nation and I felt involved”.

In his need to return to the nation, he seems to see if he can apply for assist and comes throughout Advert’occ, the financial improvement company of the Occitanie Area: “I made, on the recommendation of Ingrid Larrieu, a letter of intent on December 21, 2020. Two days later, I obtained a letter signed Carole Delga telling me that the venture her”. A railway business that desires to come back again from organising close to Montpellier was the successful combo: “We have been supported tremendously by the area and I can testify that each penny spent by the Area needed to be justified”.

Upcoming tasks

The return to France is greeted by new successes and quite a few improvement tasks. Dipostel has employed 4 individuals on the Saint-Aunès website which can home the Austrian manufacturing line. Now, the workforce is 15 workers. Dipostel recorded two very high quality successes, one on rolling inventory and the opposite with a traction gel that forestalls lifeless leaves from inflicting the rails to lose grip.

The corporate may even should push the partitions somewhat as a result of a second manufacturing line is deliberate. In addition to a laboratory to develop new formulation. And even a railway check bench to go upmarket. For this improvement “the Area is able to comply with us, proof that we did properly to come back again”. when the French tax system is rather less fascinating than that of Austria, Paolo Di Natale doesn’t remorse something: “We can’t have a purely financial reasoning. I’m 59 years outdated and I might get pleasure from retirement however I’ve enjoyable in what I do and I’m glad to do it right here, in my nation”.

Dipostel, one of many first recordsdata chosen

Mademba Ndoye is in control of Enterprise and Native Assets missions on the Advert’occ company. He remembers that from the primary months of the well being disaster, the Occitanie Area launched RelOCC with the goal of relocating strategic industrial actions for the area to key sectors and sectors: well being, agri-food, mobility. “Dipostel was one of many first recordsdata chosen from this name for tasks”. The Advert’occ company gave Dipostel the good thing about the “development contract” scheme. The company is now mobilizing a brand new “Export” system for Dipostel and a research is underway on a Regional Business of the Future system.

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