Transport: Automotive Industry in Rhône-Alpes Region & Lyon
For numerous companies operating in the automotive industry, relocation in Lyon is synonym of greater business opportunities in France.
+ 1000 sub-contractors
6 545 companies in the automotive and transport sector
31 000 jobs among which 3,500 researchers
Companies : Renault Trucks, Irisbus Iveco, Jtekt, Plastic Omnium, Electricfil, Arvin Meritor, Valeo
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3500 researchers, 470 patents
15% of French engineers come from schools in Lyon
Competitiveness clusters : Lyon Urban Truck & Bus (LUTB), Automotive cluster Lyon
Elite schools in Lyon : INRETS, CPE Lyon, Centrale Lyon, Insa
Companies : Rhône-Alpes Automotive Cluster, Lyon Urban Truck & Bus, Inrets, CPE Lyon, Centrale Lyon, Insa
Testimony : Leif JOHANSSON, President of AB Volvo :
« the Volvo group has recognized an attractive industrial environment, a wealth of valuable competencies and remarkable
dynamics in Lyon and the surrounding area. All of these are conditions that favor our research and manifacturing operations »
Lyon Urban Truck & Bus (LUTB) : Unique R&D expertise in all segments of automotive industry Lyon
A European and global reference, from research to implementation of urban mass transport systems for passengers and goods.
82 R&D projects labeled
115 members: 60 SMEs, 27 groups, 15 scientific organizations,Public authorities,Users
Testimony : Nicholas Sonntag, Head of Westport (Canada) :
« The LUTB cluster made us aware of the incredible innovative capacity to be found in Lyon among its network of leading actors in our sector. This convinced us that Lyon would be the right choice for us to set up and develop our business in Europe »
To insure the successful development of your business in France, Lyon has strong academic force.
Research key figures:
20% of French engineers are trained every year in Rhône-Alpes
More than 600 laboratories :
2nd region in France for research with 25,000 researchers and engineers
9th European region for patent deposit in high technologies, with 1,885 deposits in 2006
Chemistry Nobel Prize in 2006 for CPE Lyon (Lyon School of Chemistry, Physics and Electronic)
Private research centres: Plastic Omnium and Koyo Steering Europe (worldwide research centres), Renault Trucks, ...
The LIT « Lyon Institute of Technology» regroups the 8 engineering schools of Lyon:
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
ISTIL (Institute of Engineer Sciences and Techniques of Lyon)
ITECH (Chemistry and Textile Institute)
ECAM (Ecole Catholique dArts et Métiers)
ISARA (Rhône-Alpes Agriculture Upper Institute)
CPE Lyon (Lyon School of Chemistry, Physics and Electronic)
INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences)
ENSAM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers)
The LIT includes 10,000 students, 1,200 teachers, 800 researchers or teaching researchers.
Public research centers are a key factor, which has turned Lyon and its region into a desirable destination for international relocation of automotive industry companies:
Industrial and technical centres in Lyon, France:
CETIM (Technical Centre for Mechanical Industries)
CTDEC (Technical Centre for Bar turning Industry)
CETIAT (Technical Centre for Gas and Thermal industries)
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