Les Ateliers de Pondicherry Pvt Ltd - Louis Vuitton

Les Ateliers de Pondicherry is a 100% subsidiary of « La Maison » Louis Vuitton Malletier (LVMH Group) dedicated to Manufacture Shoe-Uppers and Leather-Goods Components.

Starting from zero to establish a Greenfield project, the first one for Louis Vuitton Malletier in Asia. Within less than 3 years achieved 2 workshops, more than 450 employees, and one of the best LVM entities as Quality result. The Investment for the Project was: 16 million Euros

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C.E.O and General Manager

Jan. 2007 – Jul. 2010 (3.5 years)

Part of LADP Team


Leather-Goods production


Shoes Production


The Training Center



To setup Manufactures of Shoes & Leather-Goods by starting from zero

Main Achievement:

Financial and Legal
– Preparation of the 3 to 5 years Business Plan, including P&L, Capex, Cash Flow management…
– Transfer Pricing Policy, management of local taxes, audit preparation
– Board Committee member of the company

Real Estate
– Negotiations for the lease of workshops as well as purchase of land and building
– Getting necessaries licenses and conversion from agricultural land to industrial
Total 4 buildings, covered 5000 square meters, 12 acres of land purchased including 8 converted into Industrial

Human Resource
– Implementation of the H.R. Policy as per Indian Factory Act
– Recruitment process and implementation of the training program for staff and artisans
– Registration form as per Provident Fund, Standing Order, Employees State Insurance,…
2009 absenteeism rate = 3.49%., more than 450 employees recruited included staff and training

– July 2007, first batch of artisans joined the company for training
– In November 2007, first invoices were already in process (Shoe-Uppers and Leather-Goods)
– June 2008, total autonomy of the workshop
250 000 invoicing hours in 2009 (400 000 pieces of Leather-Goods and 81 000 pairs of Shoe-Uppers), 190 000 invoicing hours for the half of 2010

Development and Quality
– Integration of the entire «Know-how» as per Luxury/High-end standards
– Implementation and working on continuous improvement including 5S, TQC, PDCA, 8Do, PSM, EMS, Best Practices…
2008 and 2009, the rejection rate 0.28% as per customer reporting for Shoes-Uppers and 2.74% for Leather-Goods components

Finance Control
– Implementation and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (Production cost, efficiency, quality, consumption, hourly rate, logistics costs, service rate …) and following the Business revues.
– Monitoring Business Plans based on 3 to 5 years

– Getting in October 2008 Certification SA 8000-2001 (Social Accountability)
– Participation regarding local social support (Orphanages, donations following cyclone…)