Many global operators choose Lyon as an ideal location to develop their business.

The Lyon metropolitan area is France’s second-largest economy, a city where entrepreneurship comes naturally. Some leading entrepreneurial figures include Jean-Michel Aulas, Marcel Mérieux and Bruno Bonnell. Lyon is also recognized for its excellence in pharmaceuticals, CleanTech companies and digital technologies, which all find fertile terrain in Lyon for their development.

In the field of Life Sciences,  an economy unto itself in the Lyon area, there are a number of global players. Sanofi-Pasteur, devoted to human vaccines, is #1 in the world (1 billion doses of vaccines produced every year). BioMérieux   specializes in microbiology and clinical diagnostics, with operations in 160 countries around the world. The Lyonbiopôle cluster federates companies of all sizes in the Life Sciences to help them develop world-scale opportunities.

In the chemicals, environment and Cleantech sector, Lyon also holds a leading position. Rhodia, a subsidiary of Solvay in specialist chemicals, has been operating in Lyon since 2005.  Renault Trucks is a historic name in the region, symbolizing French and Lyon excellence in the automotive industry.

Other companies contribute to Lyon’s global reach, such as SEB, a world leader in small domestic appliances. The group has been headquartered in Ecully, west of Lyon, since 1976 and its products are sold in over 150 countries. The company has a global workforce of 25,000 people.

In event venues and management,  GL Events   is a well-known international player, with its headquarters in Lyon since1978.  Euronews  television and media company is also based in Lyon and broadcasts around the world.

All of these internationally active companies, and many others, have made Lyon an attractive professional environment driven by excellence and competitiveness. Foreign-owned companies also contribute to this international environment. As of 2016, there were 730 such companies with over 20 employees, employing a total of 81,500 people. The parent companies are mostly to be found in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, UK and Italy), the United States and China.