The 64 survey respondents certainly did register a decline in business, with a 1% drop in total revenues in 2003 and a reduction in headcounts of about 3%, representing a loss of 350 jobs.
But the proportion of space revenues as a percentage of total revenues decreased from 55% in 2002 to 48% in 2003, thereby reducing reliance on space activities.
These figures reflect a general trend that has impacted business sectors to a varying degree, since 14% of respondents to the INSEE survey get more than 90% of their business from space.
In the latter sector, the direct consequence has been a 10% reduction in headcount.
The construction of launch facilities for the Vega and Soyuz launchers at the CSG obviously contributed to this robust growth.
Who are the subcontractors?
- 2/3 of CSG subcontractors are located in the Kourou area and generate 86% of their total revenues from space. All other subcontractors are located in the Cayenne area.
- 1/4 of them are in corporate services, 20% in construction, 20% in industry and 10% in commerce and transport.
- 1/5 of these Guianese firms working in space have more than 50 employees, and 21% have between 10 and 49 employees. Firms with fewer than 10 employees represent only 14% of space activities.
* Survey of suppliers, subcontractors and service providers with revenues of at least 7,500 euros in the space sector in French Guiana, carried out between July 2004 and January 2005. The survey covered fiscal year 2002-2003 and the outlook to 2007.