Sysnav was chosen to represent the high-tech SMEs of Normandy at the panel discussion on the future of the space industry with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It is a recognition of the remarkable development of the company since its establishment just over two years ago and an acknowledgment of the excellent scientific and technical reputation of the company.
On 14 December 2010, President Nicolas Sarkozy was present in Normandy for a panel discussion on the future of the space industry. With Ms. Valerie Pécresse, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Mr Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, and Rural Affairs, Mr. Eric Besson, Minister to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, and Mr. Rene Ricol, Commissioner for the Grand Emprunt, he symbolically met with some major French firms (represented by Mr. Welsh and Mr. EADS for Snecma), high-tech SMEs (represented by Sysnav through its Chairman, Mr Vissière, and society) and with the academic world (represented by a lab director and a doctoral student). The choice of Sysnav for this panel discussion, although the space is only a short quarter of the turnover of the company, is a recognition of the excellent development of Sysnav since its creation, just over 2 years ago, and its scientific and technical expertise.
Mr. Vissière has briefly traced the evolution of the company – which employs today a dozen of doctors or engineers – emphasizing the role played by public aids. He finally stressed the complexity of the relationships between major groups and SMEs: when these grow beyond a certain size, they are not only sub-contractors but become also potential competitors. Sysnav CEO was wondering how public policies could better support this growth transition which is known to remain a problem in France.