Great business opportunities in aeronautical engineering
Atlantic France is a land of aerospace: you can therefore rely on a strong local supply chain and high-quality talent pools.
Airbus, one of the world leading aircraft manufacturers, has two plants in our region. This has allowed the development of great expertise and skills in structural elements manufacturing and tooling (high performance composites forming, hard metal machining etc.).
A major impact on sectors such as advanced manufacturing and electronics
As aircraft manufacturers increase their production rate and quality, tier 1 contractors and subcontractors gain more business. The development of Airbus and its strategic partners has led to high levels of investment over the last few years. You can take part in this economic ecosystem by providing an expertise in advanced materials, advanced manufacturing technologies and smart production lines.
Aeronautical engineering also represents an opportunity for the avionics industry and its suppliers. Consider providing your goods and services to the embedded electronics professionals working on commercial aircrafts, military and space sectors, and collaborate with key players in the market such as Artus-Meggitt, Eolane, SELHA, Souriau and Tronico.
Open innovation and high-level academic research
For years, the collaborative culture in Atlantic France fosters innovation and R&D with one single motto: local partnerships with global reach. Benefit from that spirit by participating in research programs led or supported by the French cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies, EMC2, and the industrial collaborative platform IRT Jules Verne.
In Atlantic France, you can also build your excellence with academic research, which is a pillar of the innovation process. Higher Education institutions such as the University of Nantes, the IMT Atlantique and Centrale Nantes engineering schools are strongly committed to helping the industry to propel to the future.
High performance transport infrastructure to connect your business to the world
Since 2018, aviation giant Airbus has opened its maritime logistics hub to other manufacturers. Take advantage of this high-quality transport infrastructure which connects Saint-Nazaire with Hamburg (Germany) and Mobile (Alabama, USA). By offering direct access to Northern and Southern Europe, Atlantic France stands as the ideal meeting point for your clients and partners.
Powerful networking and the right connections
Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing
Technology transfer platform, speeding innovation for industry and developing programs on AI and robotics/cobotics.
IRT Jules Verne
Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication technologies
Industrial Technical Center of plastics and composites
This technology transfer centre specialises in acoustics and vibrations, materials, biological and medical engineering, and design engineering.
World-class academic resources for a high-flying sector
- Arts et Métiers ParisTech: This engineering school provides courses to develop the skills that are essential to face the challenges of tomorrow’s industry and to participate in technological developments (transport, health, energy and construction).
- Centrale Nantes: Ranked in the top 5 best engineering schools in France. Known for its Ph.D. research studies on Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing. Other Ph.D. research studies on Computer Science and Automation, & Robotics.
- ESTACA: This engineering school provides courses in all transport sectors: aeronautics, automotive, space, naval, urban transport and rail.
- Polytech’Nantes: The graduate school of engineering of the University of Nantes, located on 3 campuses (Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon). Sectors: Electronics, Digital, energy, construction and materials.