Interesting article here from 18th Feb this year which refers to Zodiac outsourcing to China in 2013...
Zodiac Nautic rapatrie une partie de sa production de Chine, Actualité des PME
Which loosely translated by Google says...
The company Zodiac Nautic wants to take part in near Toulouse entire production of floats and 80% of the annexes boats - Julien FAURE / REA
PVC floats tire Zodiac Nautic will be made Ayguesvives near Toulouse and Tunisia. Recovery after filing for bankruptcy by industry, the company believes that this will allow it to respond more quickly to demand.
Pneumatic Zodiac Nautic resurface. Energetic Development who took over in July 2015 boat activity of the former Z bankruptcy in Marine relocates Chinese production in its plants in Ayguesvives (60 employees), near Toulouse, and Tunisia (188 employees) . Outsourced to China since 2013, the production of PVC floats Zodiac boats will return in March to Ayguesvives. In September, production floats Bombard its entry-brand will be repatriated in Tunisia and Ayguesvives. This will cause the creation of 4 to 8 Jobs in the factory of Haute-Garonne whose numbers had dropped from 130 to 60 employees in two years. Then in 2017, Nautic Zodiac Ayguesvives to reintroduce the "annexes" of the Cadet range from small embedded tires on board boats. The company wants to bring all production of floats and 80% of the annexes boats. Chinese outsourcing will continue only to supply Oceania. "We found a discredit to our markets related to Chinese manufacturing, customers are not satisfied with the level of quality," says Pascal Andriot, industrial director of the Zodiac Nautic. The operation will also respond more quickly to market demand "because you have to order goods four months in advance in China," says commercial director Xavier Caron.
Recovery by industrial
After passing the group Zodiac at the hands of US funds invest Carlyle and OpenGate Capital, the manufacturer has lost 500 jobs in ten years, before filing for bankruptcy in April 2015. It was taken over last summer by Dominique industrial Heber-Suffrin Pierre Bastid and Florent Battistella, who invested 7 million euros in 2015 and 3 million this year to boost production. Small inflatable boats are manufactured in Ayguesvives and semi-rigid models in the Tunisian factory. The manufacturer, which also owns a unit of 29 people in the US, its biggest market, will manufacture 7,000 to 8,000 boats this year. Leave sales better than expected and the group plans to return almost to the level of 2014. The expected turnover for 2016 is 32 million euros against 24 million in 2015. Zodiac Nautic, which employs around 300 employees, renew its range for the Paris Boat Show and will hire two people for this consultancy. Z Space Marine branch, dedicated to the manufacture of stratospheric balloons and insulation for satellites, has meanwhile been sold at Airstar group that has retained 25 of 27 jobs on the same site of Ayguesvives.