A French industrial group active in various sectors of the textile industry: it produces fibers to be used by the apparel industry, threads, cottons, and wools destined for retail sale (among the many, the best known is the Pingouin label) and cotton fabrics for the shirts designed by Pierre Clarence, Dior and Cardin. Created through a series of mergers, it had nearly 17,000 employees in 1987, and then just a little over 5,000 employees at the beginning of the 1990s, after restructuring and sales.