International Francophonie Day
March 20, 2018
On international Francophonie day, we would like to share a little bit about the francophone origins of the name Poclain. Poclain is often thought of as a family name, but the name actually comes from a pond that was once used for retting flax fibers. In the local dialect in Le Plessis-Belleville, France “poche” (prounouced poque) means pond, and a poque à lin means “flax pond”.
This name morphed into Poclin, and eventually Poclain. Although the name comes from this pond, Poclain has been a family-owned company since its conception. The pond from which Poclain gets its name was near the founder, Georges Bataille’s original family farm site. Georges Bataille chose this name in 1926 when establishing the Poclain company. Learn more about Poclain’s history http://www.poclain.com/en/history #mon20mars