You do not change the name of a winning process. Quelet remains Quelet. From the name of the founding family of this company, born in the 1970s, to which Pierre-Jean Quelet gave its origin by betting on the development of composite materials. Good choice because you can find them everywhere now. In the automotive and aviation industry, skis and bicycles, pool shells and fishing rods, boats and bulletproof vests. The list is certainly not exhaustive.
Fiber, an essential ally
The industrial boom for carbon fiber is explained by the weight savings it generates. Light and strong composite materials divide the mass by four without changing the resistance – the fiber has become an essential ally of the automotive industry for the manufacture of much more ergonomic control jigs, robotic arms, tools, etc. .
Acquired, Quelet company settles in Étupes
That said, the Quelet composites solutions company is also changing bosses. Philippe Chalot, born in Montbéliard, worked for Ariane Espace and NASA on American and European bases, took over from Quelet in 2003. Nineteen years later, the car enthusiast, who attended the Sbarro design school, decided to fully live his passion time. To put it simply, to return to his first love.
“This acquisition brings us closer to Stellantis”
Designer of custom cars, such as the Smarlinette inspired by the mythical A 110 now produced at the Tertre garage in Allenjoi, which bought the brand, and the feisty Ve-ZERO squinting at the American market, Philippe Chalot separates therefore move away from the Quelet composites and solutions industry. It has just been bought by one of its historic suppliers, the engineering design office in Belfort PACEO. As her boss Jean-Baptiste Perney explains, “Our profession is to study, design and manufacture tools, which are supplied ready-made to our customers. We have already performed 3D checks on carbon molds for Quelet, which has developed rare know-how in the Nord Comtois. This acquisition allows us to get closer to Stellantis. Composite materials offer great perspectives.”
Hiring two employees
PACEO transports Quelet company to 200 m . building² at Technoland Étupes “to be as close as possible to our Faurecia, Stellantis, etc. catchment area. says Jean-Baptiste Perney. The acquisition results in the hiring of two employees (8 in total with Belfort) and a planned capital expansion for the next two years.
Waiting for the green light VS
Philippe Chalot continues to make custom cars at his Dampierre-les-Bois premises under the SARL Valentine (his daughter’s first name) banner. “A new adventure for Quelet with PACEO. A new life for me”, he laughs. He is waiting for the green light from the Nevada Department of Transportation to launch commercialization of the VE-ZERO (electric hot rod) in the United States. With four orders already placed for this vehicle that combines retro design and new technologies, it was produced in Dampierre and presented at the beginning of this year at the world’s largest show dedicated to technological innovations in Las Vegas.