Worldwide Players in the Shipbuilding Industry Meet in Nantes

Representatives from the world’s largest shipyards have been meeting in Nantes as part of the preparations for the JECKU Conference, the annual gathering of the shipbuilding industry. This year’s conference will take place in Paris, in November.

Taking the temperature in the shipbuilding sector, discussing the future: these are the aims of the annual JECKU Forum (JECKU: Japan, Europe, China, Korea and USA). Over the course of three days, from 27th to 29th August, some forty representatives of the largest shipbuilders, including STX France, Meyer Werft, Mitsui Heavy Industry, Hyundai and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, met at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry building in Nantes, to prepare for the TEM (Top Executive Meeting), which will bring together the different shipyards’ chief executives in Paris this November.

This event has been held for more than 20 years and takes place in Europe once every five years. France has been chosen as the venue for this year’s conference. Under the patronage of Euro Yards, the STX Shipyards (supported by local stakeholders such as Le Voyage à Nantes or Nantes – Saint Nazaire Port) and DCNS are co-organizing this 23rd edition.

The programme for the gathering in Nantes included discussions about the worldwide and regional economy, the situation on each continent, an analysis by market segment, worldwide capacity and demand, cost trends (manpower, raw materials, etc.) and the environment. In addition to the work sessions, the conference offered the opportunity for these representatives from abroad to discover Nantes, the City of the Dukes.







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