Axelera is the competitive cluster for the chemical and environment sectors in Lyon and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Its mission is to create value by facilitating innovative and competitive solutions for the chemical, environment and energy industries, and then promoting them on an international scale from a solid regional base.


Created in 2005 by 6 founding members: ARKEMA, CNRS, ENGIE, IFP Energies nouvelles, SOLVAY and SUEZ, Axelera is supported in its functioning by 8 funding partners: the State, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the Metropole de Lyon, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, the General Councils of Drôme, Isère, Haute-Savoie and Loire.

It currently brings over 320 members together  – including companies (SMEs, ETI, groups), research laboratories and training organizations in the chemical and environmental sectors –  around 5 strategic axes:

  • Renewable raw materials
  • The eco-efficient factory
  • Materials and products for industrial sectors
  • Recycling and recyclability
  • The conservation and restoration of natural and urban spaces

It proposes a range of services from support to innovation, including assistance for economic and international development, networking and the development of skills.

Discover our chemicals industry fact sheets in the Lyon region in our Publications section.

Discover Axelera’s 2015 activity report


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