Lyon: a leading industrial area

Automotive, metallurgy, textiles, health, agribusiness… The diversity of Lyon’s industrial heritage is unique in France. All across the Lyon region, industry has established itself as major sector of the economy. This highly diversified industrial base is reflected in the many specialisations of local firms, in silk, chemicals, the environment, transport, mobility, energy and pharma-biotech, to name a few. Lyon is France’s top industrial city and has everything required to become the capital of industry of the future.

Key figures
  • 75,550 jobs in 6,790 industrial establishments,
  • 13% of overall employment including 8,300 jobs in the chemical industry,
  • 8,200 jobs in the pharmaceutical industry,
  • 7,800 in the energy sector and 13,500 jobs in the metal industry, machinery and equipment,
  • 1,200 industrial jobs created in 2018, representing 10% of industrial job creations in France,
  • 5,300 hectares of industrial zones, i.e. 80% of all business zones,
  • 4 major industrial sites labelled “Showcase for the Industry of the Future” by French Fab (Air Liquide, Framatome, Gravotech, SNCF),
  • 400 training organisations.

With their advanced know-how and technologies, industrial companies in the Lyon area benefit from a dense network of major industrial corporations, SMEs and innovative start-ups : Bayer, Babolat, Gerflor, Lustucru, Materne, Porcelanosa, Renault Trucks, Saint Gobain, Schneider Electric, Seb, Vicat…

In the Lyon region, industry contributes to the local area across more than 2,900 sites. Two areas are particularly emblematic of the industry of the future:

  • Lyon Parilly Factories: 10,000 industrial jobs, 200 industrial establishments, a 160 hectares park, 1 train station, 1 subway and tram station
  • Lyon Chemical Valley: 9 R&D centres (Arkema, IFPEN, Solvay RICL, TOTAL CRES, Adisseo, Elkem, Vencorex, Kem One, JTEKT), 2 platforms for collaborative innovation, more than €700M of current investment in projects ELKEM, SAFRAN, SYMBIO…
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