The main excellence poles on the river
Charente catchment area are Cognac, packaging and Magelis Pôle
Image (pictures industry).
Charente vineyards represent 50 % of all Cognac vineyards and 5365
exploitations. The major cognac production, making, and trade enterprises
are located in the Charente department.
In 2002, 145 million bottles have been produced.
It is in Cognac and in Jarnac that we find the main Trade Houses.
The river Charente was once used to transport the cognac to atlantic
harbours, from where it was going in the whole world. The business
houses trade 99 % of cognac, and some of them are world leader groups
like Hennessy, Rémy-Martin, Martell or Courvoisier.
The cognac activity created many other activities, indirectly linked
to cognac, like glassworks, cooperage, corking …)
packaging activity in the Charente department represents 150 industries
and a 765 M€ turnover.
381 million euros turnover. It is a traditional sector of the Charente
152 million euros turnover. It is an important activity for Cognac
area, related to bottles making and glass decoration for wines.
137 million euros turnover. Located mainly in the West of the department,
the cooperage industries are flourishing and find new world markets.
packaging and print
122 million euros turnover. These crafts gather many activities,
like the packaging of dairy products, the sweet products packaging…
and cork, plastic, metal and Packaging machines are less important.
MAGELIS POLE IMAGE (Picture industry)
It is made of a joint association which aim is to promote cartoon
strips by developing the research in pictures and in pictures production.