Industrial automation

The figures talk for themselves

2,000 jobs


Great business opportunities on offer

A wide range of sectors where automation has many applications: automotive, aeronautics, agrifood, plant industry, shipbuilding, sailing, electronics, energy, industrial carpentry, mechanics…

A European market within easy reach and a vibrant R&D scene: Proxinnov is the region’s go-to organisation for robotics integration. It works to bring the industrial automation industry together both in France and Europe, via the Digital Innovation Hub.

Major industry players present in Pays de la Loire: SEPRO GROUP, France’s largest manufacturer of industrial robots, the British firm EUROPLACER, and the Japanese firm Yaskawa (Japan being the leader in robot manufacturing).


Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters


The French industrial cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies


Promotes and develops business and innovation in automotive industry


The reference cluster regarding production of specialized plants respecting both environment and health.

Innovation platforms


An organization serving manufacturers, bringing together companies in the robotics sector


Technology resource centre specialising in virtual reality, augmented reality and emerging technologies

Technocampus Composites

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing

Technocampus Smart Factory

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to industrial uses of virtual reality

Business clusters


Brings together businesses in the electronics sector and users from all sectors.

Academic and technological resources

Academic resources

  • IMT Atlantique: This engineering school provides courses in the convergence of digital technology, energy and environment
  • 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
  • IUT La Roche-sur-Yon: University Institute of Technology with a professional license dedicated to industry trades, mechatronics and robotics
  • Polytech’ Angers: The graduate School of Engineering of the University of Angers. Sectors: Industrial Systems, Health and biology sciences and construction

Technological resources

  • CEA Tech: Technology transfer platform, speeding innovation for industry and developing programs on AI and robotics/cobotics
  • IPC Laval: Industrial Technical Center of plastics and composites
  • IRT Jules Verne: Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication technologies
  • LARIS: This laboratory works in three ICT areas – system automation, image signals and reliability – with applications for the plant sector, healthcare and information science
  • LS2N: Laboratory which brings together 450 people working at the heart of the digital world. Its aim is to put cybernetics and IT research in Nantes squarely on the map, and participate fully in the digital revolution in our society today

Let's meet at an event

28 October


La Roche-sur-Yon

2 days of preprogrammed business meetings between users of industrial robotics and solutions provider offering their capabilities and services. 28 - 29 October 2020
Meet us there!