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Renault S.A., Boulogne-Billancourt, Île-de-France, North East France, France

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Location Category ID: 6325
Added to Database: 5 April 2010
Last Edited: 2 May 2010
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Official Website: Renault.com
Other Links: Wikipedia
Latitude, Longitude: 48.82361416 , 2.23360419
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: Renault FT Light Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Manufactured December 1917)
2: Renault FT Light Tank - Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Boxmeer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands (Built 1918)
3: Char B1-bis Heavy Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Manufactured 1938)

Models of tank built here:
1: Marder I Tank Destroyer (Assembled at Becker's Baukommando works in Paris - possibly Renault factory but location unconfirmed)
2: Panzerjäger Renault R35(f) Tank Destroyer (Chassis manufacturer and assembly site)
3: 15cm sFH 13/1 Auf GW Lorraine Schlepper Self-Propelled Howitzer (Assembled at Becker's Baukommando works in Paris - possibly Renault factory but location unconfirmed)
4: Renault FT Light Tank - One-piece cast round turret (Sole manufacturer 1917)
5: Renault FT Light Tank - Polygonal turret (Primary manufacturer 1917-18)
6: Renault FT Light Tank - Forged and cast round turret (Primary manufacturer 1918-21)
7: KS Tank (Primary FT manufacturer 1918-21)
8: Renault TSF Command Tank (Primary manufacturer 1918-c.1920)
9: Char B1-bis Heavy Tank (Primary manufacturer April 1937-June 1940)



Producing cars since late 1897, the Renault corporation was founded in 1899 as Société Renault Frères by Louis Renault, his brothers Marcel and Fernand, and his friends Thomas Evert and Julian Wyer. Louis was a bright, aspiring young engineer who had already designed and built several models before teaming up with his brothers, who had honed their business skills working for their father's textiles firm. While Louis handled design and production, Marcel and Fernand handled company management.
The Renault reputation for innovation was fostered from very early on. In 1899, Renault launched the first production sedan car. At the time, cars were very much luxury items, and the price of the smallest Renaults available being 3000 francs reflected this; an amount it would take ten years for the average worker at the time to earn. As well as cars, Renault manufactured taxis, buses and commercial cargo vehicles in the pre-war years, and during World War I (1914–18) branched out into ammunition, military airplanes and vehicles such as the revolutionary Renault FT-17 tank. By the end of the war, Renault was the number one private manufacturer in France.
After France surrendered in 1940, Louis Renault refused to produce tanks for Nazi Germany, which took control of his factories. He produced lorries for the German occupiers instead. The Provisional Government of the French Republic accused him of collabrating with the German occupiers and had him arrested during the liberation of France in 1944. He died in prison before having prepared his defence. An autopsy later showed that his neck had been broken, suggesting that he was murdered. His industrial assets were seized by the provisional government of France. The Renault factories became a public industry known as Régie Nationale des Usines Renault. (Source: Wikipedia).

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2004

Renault factory on Ile Seguin, Paris
1: Renault factory on Ile Seguin, Paris

Taken: 2004 (Estimated)
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 257
Added: 5 April 2010
Views: 81
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1918

FT factory, assumed to be Renault, photo from Tanks! - mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks
2: FT factory, assumed to be Renault, photo from Tanks! - m...

Taken: 1918 (Estimated)
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 282
Added: 2 May 2010
Views: 184
Has Priority: 0