What companies are based in Lyon?
Lyon has top-ranking companies in every sector of activity. Here’s an overview.
As France’s second-largest economic hub, the Lyon metropolitan area boasts more than 110,000 public and private establishments. The job market is also highly diversified thanks to innovative and dynamic companies.
One of the biggest sectors is biotechnology. Lyon’s Biodistrict in Gerland is home to flagship companies and exceptional know-how. Sanofi-Pasteur, for example, is the world leader in human vaccines, producing over one billion doses a year. Its subsidiary Genzyme, specialized in rare diseases, is also based in Lyon. In total, 2,300 companies make the city of Lyon a center of excellence in this strategic and ultra-technical field.
Lyon also has a strong industrial base, led by historic companies such as Renault Trucks which began in Lyon a century ago. It has a workforce of 5,000 people across all its sites in the Lyon region. Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay, works in specialty chemicals. Its R&D center is located in Saint-Fons, just south of Lyon, and it is one of the pillars of the Axelera competitiveness cluster, alongside other companies in the chemical and environment sector. SEB, a major name in domestic appliances, has its headquarters in Ecully, west of Lyon. Its products are sold worldwide and it employs over 25,000 people. In the service industry, examples include Orphoz, a subsidiary of McKinsey in business consulting, set up operations in Lyon in 2011, and GL Events, a European giant in event venues and organization.
The metropolitan area is also one of the most intensely industrial regions in France, with 18% of employees working in industry, energy and the environment.
In 2014, over 15,000 companies got their start in the urban area. The digital technologies sector accounts for 7,000 firms, including 300 fast-growing companies. Lyon is a pioneering member of the French Tech initiative.
The Lyon metropolitan area has a vibrant job market, with a salaried population of 594,260 people. The entrepreneurial spirit is also strong, and hiring by start-ups grew by 2.3% between September 2015 and September 2016.
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