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The excellence of French know-how


The "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (EPV) label is a mark of recognition of the State set up to distinguish French companies with craftsmanship and industrial excellence.

Faced with increasingly harsh international competition, the mention "French product" is not always enough to attract customers. Framed, the label "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (EPV) highlights French manufacturing excellence.

The EPV label: ambassador for the excellence of "made in France"

Delivered by the State after rigorous instruction, this label aims to reward small and medium-sized companies emblematic of French industrial or artisanal excellence.

Its criteria include the mastery of advanced, renowned or traditional know-how, generally associated with a terroir. They highlight the high added value of manufacturing "made in France" in the eyes of domestic and international buyers.

This promotional action is amplified by a presence of companies labeled on major trade shows as well as support for export.

Distinguishing manufacturing excellence and rare know-how, the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label enables French companies to gain value in the face of global competition.

A reference

Unique companies that know how to reconcile tradition and innovation, know-how and creation, work and passion, heritage and the future, local and international.

A national network of companies of excellence sharing the same values

Adaptability, responsiveness, innovation, passion for the profession: Living Heritage Companies are driven by common values. Whatever their size, their notoriety and their specialties, they watch together on a treasure, that of the French manufacturing heritage.


Support for "made in France"

Living Heritage Enterprises maintain their production activity in France, in sectors with high added value. Most of them are present on international markets and thus export French iconic know-how. They are representative of the spirit and know-how "made in France" and forge French economic and cultural identity.

  By appealing to the know-how of a certified company, customers and specifiers support the maintenance and development of these prestigious activities in France, in order to set and consolidate long-term and non-offshored jobs.


The sign of the tailor-made

These companies are able to work on unconventional sites, to respond to the most original orders, to offer new and tailor-made solutions to meet the most demanding needs and the most demanding customers. In all fields, from tradition or advanced techniques, these companies have a common talent: that of proposing the customized service, the article not found.

  Perpetuating or reintroducing ancestral and original techniques, they also do not hesitate to innovate and invent new processes or products to meet current needs and standards.


The houses labeled "Living Heritage Companies" are characterized by:

- the possession of a specific economic heritage derived from manufacturing experience,

- the implementation of a rare know-how based on the mastery of traditional or high-tech techniques,

- attachment to a territory.

1. Criteria indicating the possession of a specific economic heritage:

- The company has equipment, tools, machines, models, rare technical documentation.
- The company holds industrial property rights related to its products, services or production equipment;


- The company has a significant customer network.

2. Criteria indicating the possession of rare know-how based on the mastery of traditional or high-tech techniques:

- The company owns exclusively or with a small number of companies, an indisputable know-how
- The company has know-how which is not accessible through normal training channels but by those provided by the company itself.

-The company employs one or more employees with excellent know-how, justified either by high-level titles or awards or by significant professional experience.

3. Criteria indicating the age of the geographical location or the reputation of the company:

- The company has been established in its present location for more than fifty years or has premises that have historical or architectural value;

- The company insures a production in its historical basin;

- The company has a name or a well-known brand, in particular because it benefits from national distinctions or is the subject of reference publications, or because it intervenes:

* on property belonging to the protected heritage as historical monuments;

* on objects or furniture stamped or allowing to perpetuate a stylistic current of French art.

The Ocher Company of France obtained the EPV label in January 2016.