by Charlotte Roudovsky.-
Mrs. Charlotte Roudovski, Journalist and Head of Communications of France Security News, interviewed the CEO and Director General of Musthane, Réza Rosier.
Musthane, thanks to its know-how and experienced engineering team, supports its customers in inventing new concepts by integrating the idea of mobility and flexibility. Musthane´s specialties are in the following sectors: Defence & Space, Airports, Aeronautics, Environment, Oil & Gas, Civil Defence, Industry, Aircraft Recovery and Energy. France Security News then publishes the interview conducted by Charlotte Roudovsky.
CH.R.: What is Musthane? Can you present your company?
Musthane is an innovative SME that produces and distributes customised flexibility and high-tech mobility solutions. Based on designs using innovative technical textiles, its products are 75% targeted at the defence sector, but also the industrial and humanitarian sectors. Almost 80% of the systems designed and manufactured by Musthane are sold abroad. Musthane is also highly committed to maintaining industrial employment in France by proposing solutions which are designed and manufactured in the Willems factory in the outskirts of Lille. Based in the north of France since its foundation in 1989, the company has 45 engineering and production employees, and reported turnover of €8 million in 2015.
Musthane has a strong innovative policy, and each year dedicates between 5 and 10% of its turnover to research and development. Innovation is the driving force behind our company and we attach particular importance to developing the range we offer to our customers by regularly developing new solutions to meet their needs.
The Musthane design office, made up of generalist and specialist engineers, regularly files patents to protect the industrial heritage of the company whose seven brands offer innovative solutions through the ‘Must’ concept, which implies notions of urgency and excellence: Muststore®: fluid storage and distribution (water/fuel) – Mustmove®: tactical mobility of machinery and men – Muststop®: plugs and environmental protection – Mustbalance®: volume compensation and separation – Mustlift®: lifting loads in extreme situations – Mustshock®: passive shock absorbers, and Mustpress®: pneumatic jacks.
CH.R.: You promote the “made in France”: do you think this is important in your sector?
Our children will have a job in France only if we are able to maintain the conditions for innovating.
Protecting our know-how by filing patents is crucial to being able to manufacture in France. ‘Some companies spend millions relocating, which is contributing to the structural extinction of jobs in France and a brain-drain to other countries. Musthane has made a quite different choice, a more engaged one society-wise, which sits better with our values. For years we have used local, historical know-how about textiles and invested heavily in R&D and in new manufacturing tools to produce locally.
After almost a decade of innovation in high-tech polymer textiles and the filing of forty patents, Musthane is indeed resisting the temptations of relocation and is keen to defend its 100% made-in-France claim, supported by the historical know-how of the region. All the patented solutions of Musthane’s seven brands are designed and manufactured in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region. All the technical textiles assembled are made a few kilometres from Musthane’s site, from specifications drawn up by its design office for specific projects and requirements.
This approach allows Musthane to develop sensitive products in the aviation and defence fields domestically.
CH.R.: This year you launched your solution Mustmove® DFP: can you talk about it?
Mustmove® DFP recovery mats allow vehicles to be freed from sand or mud thanks to their anti-skid surface. They are flexible, roll-up mats designed with high-resistance textiles coated with a special polymer. The thin end allows the vehicle to slide easily in the rut and the wider part gets the wheel free. The upper surface is equipped with studs and ruts which improves wheel grip and prevent any skidding. Easy to install and remove after use, they are also highly resistant, repairable, impermeable to mud and sand, compact and light (230 x 500 mm rolled-up, for a 2.4m long mat, weighing 6kg) and easy to clean, which means they can be re-used immediately if necessary. Mustmove® DFP mats have proved their worth: in most cases documented, vehicles have been recovered in less than 15 minutes. Also, they have been successfully assessed by STAT (French Army Staff Armament Programs Directorate).
The mats are delivered in a kit comprising two flexible mats and an anchor set – an aluminium anchor, a high-strength soft strap and an anchor setting and blocking device. This allows the anchor points to be installed quickly and easily, with no danger to wheels if they drive over the anchors, contrary to metal studs. Installation and removal of the anchor takes less than a minute.
Mustmove® DFP mats are a result of over three years’ research and development and the elements making up the kit are protected by three international patents. They are part of the Mustmove® range of field of operations mobility solutions by Musthane, thus supplementing the Mustmove® HELIPAD, a mobile, roll-up landing pad for helicopters and rotorcraft drones, Mustmove® Beach Access, mobile landing tracks and Mustmove® SIM, a solution to make roads for vehicles, passages for pedestrians and waterproof roll-up tent mats.