CRISIS – A manufacturer of musical instruments from the Aisne, whose know-how dates back to 1827, “fights to survive” because of the health crisis
From Sidney Bechet to the Republican Guard fanfare, his clarinets and drums have toured the world. But now silenced by the health crisis, instrument maker PGM-Couesnon, whose know-how dates back to 1827, “is fighting to survive”.
The global shutdown of musical life, festivities and concerts caused orders for this SME in Etampes-sur-Marne, in Aisne, to drop by more than 50%, one of the last two companies in the sector in France. For 2021, turnover is expected to drop from 520,000 to 270,000 euros.
“We are fighting to survive”
“We are fighting to survive,” laments Sophie Glace, co-manager with her mother, Ginette Planson. With a production of brass and percussions intended for 80% for export – in particular the military bands of Africa and Latin America – “when there was a crisis in France, we fell back on abroad but there it was impossible ”.
The nine employees, all multi-skilled workers and musicians, are on partial unemployment until the end of the year. “Africa has been a little less affected, so there is at the moment a thrill, a timid recovery of quotes”, hopes Sophie Glace.
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