The figures talk for themselves

230 firms and 23,400 jobs


Great business opportunities

Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has two plants in Atlantic France and this has allowed the local supply chain to develop great expertise and skills in structural elements manufacturing and tooling (high performance composites forming, hard metal machining…).

As aircraft manufacturers increase their operations, tier 1 contractors and subcontractors gain more business. The increasing production rate of Airbus and its strategic partners is for instance leading to high levels of investment and creating a need for additional skills in advanced materials, advanced-manufacturing technologies and smart production lines.
The embedded electronics industry for commercial aircrafts, military and space sector is also offering opportunities to collaborate with key-market players such as Artus-Meggitt, Eolane, SELHA, Souriau, and Tronico.

For years, the collaborative culture in Atlantic France fosters innovation and R&D with one single motto: local collaborations with global reach. The French cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies EMC2 with the industrial collaborative platform IRT Jules Verne are driving and supporting research programs with that spirit. Academic research is a pillar of the innovation process in Atlantic France, and Higher Education institutions such as the University of Nantes, the IMT Atlantique and Centrale Nantes engineering schools are strongly committed to the industry leaders’ excellence.

Since 2018, Aircraft giant Airbus has opened its maritime logistics hub to other manufacturers to connect Saint-Nazaire with Hamburg (Germany) and with Mobile in Alabama (USA). With a direct access to performing transport infrastructures linking Northern and Southern Europe, Atlantic France is the meeting point for your clients and partners!
This supportive business environment has already attracted world leaders in aeronautics: Arconic, Spirit Aerosystems, Figeac Aero, Web Industries and more.

Is your need different? Let’s look at its business potential.


Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters


The French industrial cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies


Rubber and polymers cluster

Business clusters

Neopolia Aerospace

more than 65 companies which pool their expertise and collaborate in order to respond innovatively to the needs of the aeronautics market.

Innovation platforms

Technocampus Composites

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing

CEA Tech

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

IPC Laval

Industrial Technical Center of plastics and composites


This technology transfer centre specialises in acoustics and vibrations, materials, biological and medical engineering, and design engineering.

Academic resources

Academic resources

  • Arts et Métiers ParisTech: This engineering school provides courses to develop the skills that are essential for meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s industry and to participate in technological developments (transport, health, energy and construction).
  • Centrale Nantes: This engineering school is a Grande Ecole and trains engineers to a very high level. Students are equipped with a strong managerial ethos and taught to appreciate the wider environmental and societal dimensions to the scientific subjects they study.
  • ESTACA: This engineering school provides courses in all transport sectors: aeronautics, automotive, space, 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.

Let's meet at an event

21 June

International Paris Air Show


Where aerospace leaders get down to business. 21 - 27 June 2021
Meet us there!