5 reasons to choose Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

DO YOU NEED TO DEVELOP YOUR COMPANY ? SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS IN AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES, FRANCE, WILL BOOST YOUR GROWTH. AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES IS THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL REGION IN FRANCE, HOSTING MORE THAN 22,000 INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES AND 500,000 JOBS IN THIS AREA.

Join right now leading companies such as Michelin, Renault Trucks, Gerflor, Sanofi Pasteur, Safran Sagem, BASF, Arkema, Constellium, Plastic Omnium, Schneider Electric and many more French and international companies that decided to establish themselves in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

A strategic location

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes offers an ideal location that makes it easy for you to access 80 % of the French territory within a 4-hour drive. You can easily travel and access european and international markets via 115 direct flight destinations from the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport.

An international influence

Along with Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Catalonia (Spain) and Lomabrdy (Italy), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a member of the "Four Motors for Europe" and offers an excellent location to boost your business.

  • 2nd French region in terms of import and export  (53 billion Euros exported and 52.5 billion Euros imported)
  • 3,000 subsidiaries, joint-ventures, and commercial offices abroad
  • 2,800 foreign companies
  • 2nd most attractive French region for foreign investment


Economy and employment in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is one of the most dynamic regions in France and Europe. Here you can find all the talents and workforce you need.

  • 2nd most populated region in France with 8 billion inhabitants (12 % of the French population)
  • About 60,000 new inhabitants per year
  • 2nd Frenhc region in terms of GDP in France and 8th in Europe Europe

Excellence in education

Training is one of the most important topics for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. Young talents trained in regional universities and top ranking Grandes Ecoles are the future employees of your company.

  • 300,000 students and 30,000 foreign students
  • 3 university centers : Lyon-Saint-Etienne, Grenoble-Savoie et Clermont-Auvergne
  • 42 universities and top ranking higher education establishements (INSA Lyon, Mines Saint-Etienne, ISIMA, Grenoble INP…)
  • 1 Regional Digital Campus
  • 15 % of French engineers are trained in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

R&D at the service of businesses

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a territory of innovation, where communities of researchers are imagining the future technologies that will enable regional companies to develop new products and services.

  • 2nd French region and 5th European region for research
  • More than 600 laboratories
  • 400,000 researchers and engineers
  • 20 % of french R&D centers
  • 6.5 billion € in R&D

Examples of R&D centers and international laboratories you can find in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes : CEA, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory), Inria (the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics), International Agency for Research Cancer, French National Institute for Agricultural Research,  Michelin RDI Campus, Total, Limagrain, bioMérieux, STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric.

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