PAILLARD, MANUFACTURER OF STANDARD AND BESPOKE AXLES SINCE 1898
A company on a human scale, constantly seeking new solutions and high performance: PAILLARD has been designing, in partnership with its customers, and supplying suspension systems for nearly 125 years.
Paillard is born
The PAILLARD Company is founded in Vincennes, near Paris, by André PAILLARD, and makes its name in the field of brakes for horse-drawn vehicles
Between the wars
After the first world war, the company starts to manufacture brakes for heavy goods and military vehicles
After the Second World War, the company gradually abandons the HGV market, specialising in brake manufacture and turning to material handling.
PAILLARD enters the light trailer axle market
The company, while retaining its military and material handling operations, moves into light trailer axle markets (caravans, compressors, generators, horse trailers, boat, and utility trailers).
PAILLARD, leading producer of electric caravan brakes
Marguerite PAILLARD takes over and restructures the company. PAILLARD becomes the leading producer of electric brakes for caravans.
The company is expropriated from rue Daumesnil in Vincennes (94) and moves temporarily to 37 rue de Strasbourg in Vincennes (94) while waiting for the construction of a new factory in Melun - Vaux-le-Pénil (77).
The company moves permanently to Vaux-le-Pénil
Merri PAILLARD is appointed CEO
PAILLARD goes into partnership with KNOTT
(Germany), with whom it significantly expands activities in the road transport.
Merri PAILLARD and Alain FAURIE buy LAROSE DIFFUSION (trailer spare parts distribution company, located in Vierzon).
Alain FAURIE takes over the company, which becomes PAILLARD SAS
Development of industrial activity
Alain FAURIE greatly develops operations in the industrial sector, a field in which PAILLARD has acquired considerable experience throughout its history, making it today's leading French company in steering axles (except for cars and trucks).
Launch of a motorised axle for hydraulic assistance on agricultural, public works and road trailers
PAILLARD launches an innovative motorised axle for hydraulic assistance on agricultural, public works and road trailers. The CICLAD fund takes over the PAILLARD group. Guillaume BELS replaces Alain FAURIE at the head of the company
Launch of the PRIO 2018 initiative, based on the company's values:
aimed at developing the company's performance using the LEAN methodology.
ISO 9001 version 2015 certification
Didier SCHIEBER, new CEO
Didier Schieber takes over as head of the company. Production of the first axles for the Indian market.
Flexible LEAN unit
Introduction of a flexible LEAN unit to reduce axle production times for industrial customers.
The health crisis hits the French economy, which slows down sharply. PAILLARD takes this opportunity to develop new applications: suspended drive wheel for agricultural machinery, air-suspension axles for road trailers, light tractor steering axles, to break into new markets...
Commissioning of a YASKAWA Jigless welding robot that makes processes faster and more reliable. Launch of the PAILLARD 2024 progress initiative, with the ambition of developing new products and boosting productivity.
Continued export growth, particularly to Denmark. First contracts for the new 'light' industrial axle.
Our bespoke axles
As a manufacturer of axles for over a century, we have developed our own range of axles for industrial applications.