Lyon: a strategic region for logistics in the heart of Europe

Situated at a cross-roads of major transportation routes and renowned for its economic dynamism, the Lyon region is fertile ground for the development of the logistics sector. The region is the second most important in France for the logistics industry and is attractive due to the high population density, high levels of consumerism and the density of the communication infrastructure. The development of multimodal transport links is a major challenge for the region, particularly in terms of rail and river/sea freight.

Key figures
  • The Nord Isère area is the N°1 terrestrial logistics platform in France and one of the most important in Europe
  • One of Europe’s main multimodal infrastructures
  • 200 hectares available for transport companies operating air, sea, rail and road transport services
  • 2nd region for people hired in this sector
  • 163,263 workers in transport and warehousing in the Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes region, i.e. 12% of the national total in these sectors
  • 23,290 salaried jobs in the Lyon metro area alone – a 6% rise in 10 years
  • 4.5 million sq. m of logistics facilities in the Lyon Urban Region (RUL)
  • By road: 235.7 million tonnes of goods shipped in 2017
  • Rail and river/sea: 2.6 million tonnes handled by public ports in 2017

These companies have chosen Greater Lyon

  • DHL
  • Easydis
  • Geodis Calberson
  • ID Logistcs
  • Kuehne+Nagel
  • XPO
  • Rhenus Logistics
  • UPS
  • Yusen Logistics

PIPA and CAPI, the two main logistics hubs in the region

  • Nord-Isère: the biggest terrestrial logistics platform in France, and among the biggest in Europe, with 2.3 million sq. m of warehousing, 131 sites, 10,000 jobs, and a network of expertise in factory logistics and its roles: the Logistics Intelligence Hub (PIL);
  • Plaine de l’Ain Industrial Park: with about 520,000 sq.m of warehousing, logistics is one of four big business sectors in this territory.

Training logistics talent

In Lyon, several independent training centres run courses specific to the logistics and transport sector. These are aimed equally at students and professionals – with topics such as transporting hazardous materials.

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