What is industrial moving?

Industrial moving, otherwise known as industrial transfer, can be defined as a change in site, as well as a radical change in terms of organization. It generally occurs every 15 to 20 years, depending on the size of the company.

Preparing an industrial move requires great rigor and compliance with certain key steps. A number of issues are to be considered - from the equipment to be moved to the insurance policies to be taken out, as well as security, logistics, work to be done in the new premises or ergonomics. Production lines and the teams’ organization will be affected by an industrial move, regardless of its size.

Specificities of industrial moving: the 4 pillars

An industrial move relies on four major pillars that cannot be overlooked:

  • The creation of rigorous specifications;

  • An inventory of fixtures in the new site, prior to the move;

  • Machine security;

  • Checking machine packaging during transport.

Examples and practical applications

Preparatory study as groundwork for the industrial move project:

  • Conduct an upstream project to assess the entire production tool. This preparatory project is necessary, to minimize the impact of this disruption on the production chain and employees;

  • Make a list of all needs and constraints;

  • Analyze the production flow on the previous site;

  • Analyze the production tool to define upcoming constraints to do with the machines, equipment, energy forms, etc.;

  • Validate the study’s summary with your teams.

Steps for conducting the industrial move project:

  • The costing process for the industrial move is done by a budgeting tool or by experts;

  • A schedule of the various actions to be implemented shall be drawn up alongside the check-list of timeline constraints;

  • Simulation of the future site and of any work to be carried out. 

Precise and comprehensive specifications

Ensuring good structure within the industrial move’s specifications requires several points to be respected:

  • An inventory of the company’s equipment concerned by the transfer, detailing any services expected prior to the move (oil change, handling, assembly/disassembly) as well as the energy forms required for their proper operation;

  • Planning the future location of all the workshops, and the lay-out for the various departments, offices and support functions;

  • Potential investment in new production machines;

  • A specific timeline detailing the order in which the various equipment will be installed in the new site’s areas.

Choosing an expert in industrial moving

There are countless moving and transfer companies on the market. Turnkey offers are sometimes offered. Here are a few selection criteria:

  • Their experience in the field of industrial moving (special convoy),

  • Their financial soundness,

  • Their size (co-contracting or not),

  • The attention they pay to their customers,

  • Their certifications (ISO 90001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, etc.),

  • Their guarantees in the event of damage during transfer.

Administrative formalities to be complied with

An industrial company cannot simply move without informing certain administrative bodies, or complying with certain legal obligations:

  • A transfer notice is published in a legal announcement journal;

  • The general assembly minutes in which the transfer was approved needs to be submitted;

  • The new statuses need to be updated and submitted;

  • The change in the Trade & Company Register needs to be made;

  • Electricity, gas and telephone contracts need to be modified;

  • The Post Office needs to be warned about re-routing letters;

  • Vehicle registration documents need to be updated with the new address, if the company has a fleet;

  • The company’s partners need to be alerted;

  • The employees must be informed.

Industrial moving in figures

An industrial company moves once every 15 years on average.

Regulatory cornerstones

  • Legal text on classified installations, law dated 19 July 1976 (Official Journal dated 20 July 1976) and decree dated 21 September 1977 (Official Journal dated 8 October 1977)

  • Legal text on security, law dated 20 February 1992 (Official Journal dated 22 February 1992) and decree dated 26 December 1994 (Official Journal dated 29 December 1994)