<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>If the 2012 figures for foreign companies in the <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/environnement-lyon/chemestry-environment-industry,p,64,EN.jsp" target=_blank>cleantech sector </A>coming to Lyon are anything to go by, then there&#8217;s no reason why it shouldn&#8217;t be a good year.</P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>30 cleantechs companies have in fact set up operations or branch offices in the Lyon region</STRONG>, with half of the investment coming from Europe, a quarter from Asia or North America and a quarter from elsewhere in France.</P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Most of these companies work in energy, industry or transport. Driven by environmental issues, one can see a number of activities now merging which were previously from quite distinct sectors. Buildings, for instance, are becoming increasingly environmentally-friendly in design, and the smart community concept encompasses technologies related to energy, the environment, transport, etc. The connection between cleantech and industry is becoming increasingly visible and should contribute to our economic development (or recovery!). The expertise is global but the Lyon area leads the pack and is attracting more and more interest. This is the challenge we&#8217;ve set ourselves for 2013, and we hope that you can contribute.</P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>Have a great year!</STRONG></P> <P align=justify>Fr&#233;d&#233;ric Miribel and the entire Cleantech team<BR></P>