<P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The results for 2012 are proof of Lyon&#8217;s international reputation: <STRONG>amongst the 10 biggest businesses to set up in the Lyon urban area, 8 were foreign-owned companies</STRONG>, including European ones such as Windhager (Austria), Mapei (Italy) or Fresenius Medical Care (Germany). Henceforth, <STRONG>Lyon has a new target: BRIC</STRONG> (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and Asian countries undergoing rapid development. </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>The Mayor of Lyon seeks to attract Asian investment</H3> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>G&#233;rard Collomb, Senator-Mayor of Lyon, travelled to Asia in mid-July, accompanied by 30 representatives from Lyon</STRONG>, including business leaders Bruno Bonnell (Robopolis), Jean-Michel Aulas (Cegid) and <STRONG>local economic players</STRONG> <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/compagnie-developpement-france/set-setting-up-company-development-europe-france,p,49,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Jacques de Chilly, Executive Director of Aderly</A>, and Philippe Grillot, President of the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>The aim of the Lyon delegation was to <STRONG>strengthen partnerships with large Chinese and Japanese groups</STRONG> already established in the region (Haier, Bank of China, JTEKT, Toshiba, etc.). In South Korea, the objective was to <STRONG>develop contacts with businesses in the robotics industry.</STRONG> </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>By visiting Asian decision-makers and investors in person, the representatives from Lyon were also looking to &#8220;<STRONG><EM>identify potential projects and draw them towards Lyon</EM></STRONG>&#8221;, explained Jacques de Chilly.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <H3>Lyonbiop&#244;le: Focus on BRIC</H3> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P><STRONG>Following a trip to China</STRONG> last May to sign an agreement with two businesses from the life sciences sector, <STRONG><STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-biopole-pole-centre-recherche-scientifique/index,p,98,EN.jsp" target=_blank>the Lyonbiop&#244;le world competitiveness cluster </A></STRONG>is now turning to Brazil</STRONG>. Philippe Archinaud, President of Lyonbiop&#244;le, will undertake promotional activities in Rio and Sao Paolo alongside SMEs from the health sector. The aim is <STRONG>to bring Brazilian companies to the Lyon region to take advantage of the many opportunities for innovation and research. </STRONG></P> <P><BR>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>