In 2005, the State labelled Techtera a competitive cluster in the field of technical and functional textiles. Its mission is to promote the sector’s companies in Europe and abroad in order to position the region as a hub of innovation and excellence on an international scale, to bring industrial players, scientists and training structures together and to favour innovation by reinforcing the cluster’s members’ expertise.techtera

It consists of:

  • An administrative board made up of companies and centres of expertise (scientific and academic),
  • Industrial players: Sofradim, Thuasne, Porcher Industries, Hexcel …
  • Centres of expertise: ITECH (the Textile and Chemical Institute of Lyon), IFTH (French Institute for clothing and textiles) …
  • Local authorities: Métropole de Lyon Community Council, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council…

 A leader in the sector in France, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region has a concentrated value chain with the highest number of companies in Europe specialised in the field. It groups together 5 of the most profitable market segments:

  • Transport – Automobile – Aeronautics: Chomarat, Hexcel Reinforcements, MBD Texinov, Porcher Industries…
  • Medical: Ganzoni, Gibaud, Sofradim, Thuasne…
  • Sports and leisure: Babolat, Lafuma, Porcher Sport, Rossignol, Salomon…
  • Construction & civil engineering – Environment: Dickson, Ferrari, Mermet, Porcher Construction and Industries
  • Defence and protection: Billon Technic, Boldoduc, Chargeurs Interlining, Sofileta…

Find out more about competitive clusters in the Lyon area: Lyonbiopôle, Axelera, Imaginove and LUTB