Renault Group

The Refactory in Flins

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After designing models that marked our history (Dauphine, Renault 4, Renault 5, etc.), the site has taken another turn in 2021 to become Europe's first circular economy factory dedicated to mobility. The Refactory's ecosystem brings together industrial activities that operate new value loops throughout the vehicle's life cycle, creating economic, environmental and social value. It contributes to the Group's objective of net zero-carbon activity by 2030 at its industrial sites in Europe.
  • FOUNDED IN: 1952

  • LEGAL FORM AND CAPITAL OWNERSHIP: “S.N.C.” (general partnership) with capital of €14,818,044 fully owned by Renault SAS (France)

  • ACTIVITY: Circular economy

  • WORKFORCE: 1,941 at December 31, 2023

  • AREA: 232ha, o/w 65 ha of covered buildings



To generate value throughout the vehicle's life cycle, The Refactory structures its operations around four interconnected divisions:

The renew factory & The bodyshop factory : Renovate or repair used vehicles to extend their lifespan.
LCV Retrofit: converting thermal Masters to electric.

Using second-life batteries for new applications.
HYVIA: Developing hydrogen-powered mobility solutions.

THE REMAKERS : Renovate parts for re-use in closed loops.
GAIA : Recycling raw materials, reusing parts, repairing batteries.

Campus: Promoting research and training on the circular economy.
Open innovation hub: supporting innovative startups in the sector. 

The Refactory constitutes a broad ecosystem, made up of numerous partners - industrial players, startups, academic partners. The strength of this ecosystem lies in the synergy of skills, the efficiency of industrial processes, and the sharing of innovation and research resources in a single location.


The Refactory in Flins is part of the Group's sustainable development policy and is committed to ensure, through continuous progress, that its activities are carried out in an environmental-friendly manner. The environment is a key issue for the site, in line with the sites decarbonation strategy, being fully involved in the prevention and the management of environmental risks.

Environmental policy (French only)


The Refactory is at the heart of Renault Group's circular economy strategy. In a market that is in the throes of restructuring, with increasing regulatory requirements, the Refactory must be exemplary in the quality of its activities.

Quality policy (French only)

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News 2022

Retrofitting robots: the other operation at the Refactory 

At the end of 2020, the Renault plant in Flins (France) embarked on a new path, to focus entirely on the circular economy. This is how the Refactory was born. It is well known for refurbishing used vehicles and for its role in Renault Group’s approach – i.e. generating value throughout the life cycle of its brands’ models. But the vehicles are not the only ones that are enjoying the benefits of transformation. The Refactory in Flins now houses a new workshop that retrofits robots. How can the Group's industrial resources be made 20 years younger? We asked the experts.

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News 2021

The Refactory in Flins launches its Open Innovation Hub

The Refactory in Flins, France, is Europe’s first plant focusing on the circular economy in mobility – and now also home to the Open Innovation Hub, a space for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Renault Group created the Hub to help start-ups develop, encourage innovation, and work alongside more agile stakeholders on services and markets that complement the Group’s main initiatives.

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News 2021

Refactory: the Flins site enters the circle of the circular economy

It's no secret that to support the energy transition and growing ecological awareness, both mobility and our business model need to evolve. So that tomorrow we can see cleaner, more sustainable vehicles on our roads, capable of living several lives and going further, travelling up to 1 million kilometres.

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Our history
Back to the key dates
  • 1952: creation of the Flins plant.
  • 1956: manufacturing of the Dauphine model begins.
  • 1961: manufacturing of the Renault 4 model begins.
  • 1972: manufacturing of the Renault 5 model begins.
  • 1978: manufacturing of the Renault 18 model begins.
  • 1984: manufacturing of the Supercinq model begins.
  • 1990: manufacturing of Clio begins.
  • 1993: manufacturing of Twingo begins.
  • 1994: manufacturing of Twingo (collection 2) begins, featuring the first application of the Easy system [manual gearbox with no clutch pedal].
  • 1998: manufacturing of Clio II and Twingo phase 2 begins.
  • 2006: 2 millionth Twingo.
  • 2012: launch of New Clio and ZOE production.
  • 2016: start of the Nissan Micra production in series.
  • 2017: 18 millions of vehicles produced since the plant was founded.
  • 2019: start of production of New ZOE
  • 2021: Start of the transformation of the plant into a site dedicated to the circular economy
  • 2023: Launch of The bodywork factory(repair of damaged vehicles)
  • 2024: the Refactory, 100% dedicated to the circular economy 

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