Manufacturing / Industry 4.0

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The figures talk for themselves

2nd ranking French region for manufacturing jobs

253,400 jobs in industry

8% of the sector's national workforce

7 Industry of the Future showcases in our region


Great business opportunities

Great because industry thrives in our region with its wide range of sectors: aeronautics, agrifood, shipbuilding, leisure marine, electronics and energy. A particular feature is the range of businesses of all shapes and sizes (French industry flagships, large corporations, medium-sized family businesses, small businesses, startups).

Great because in Pays de la Loire we offer a supportive and skilled business environment with strong and flexible networks. It’s the ideal backdrop for getting your innovation projects off the ground and bringing them to fruition.

Great because our region offers support schemes to help businesses become more competitive: This includes the “Regional Industry of the Future Plan” and its annual call for expressions of interest which helps establish practical ways to modernise small businesses.

Other support schemes help businesspeople innovate in the industry of the future: small business grants, guarantees, digital investment, equity holding, innovation support, etc.

  • The application form for the call for expressions of interest can be found here.( in French only)



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

Images & Réseaux

The reference cluster of digital innovation (Intelligent territory, smart home, e-education and e-health …)

Business clusters


Brings together 235 members from 130 professions, covers more than 300 skill sets and spans 45 markets


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


Business cluster of mechanical sector and materials

Innovation platforms

IRT Jules Verne

Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication 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


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


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


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


An association and network for promoting, disseminating and sharing the culture of user-centric design in business and industry, whatever the sector involved or size of business.

Research platforms


Research laboratory specialising in mechanics, civil engineering and marine technology

IMN Jean Rouxel

Research Institute of Materials with five research teams


Laboratory specialising in audible range acoustics and in new research areas relating to vibrations and ultrasound


Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes

Academic resources

Academic resources

  • Arts et Métiers Angers: 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: 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, urban transport and rail.
  • IMT Atlantique: Engineering School in the fields of Digital Technology, Energy & Environment
  • Nantes Atlantique Design School: a private institution for higher education dedicated to design professions, in association with the University of Nantes

Let's meet at an event

05 December

Nautic Paris International Boat Show


The major showcase where boating enthusiasts get inspired and informed on everything about ocean and river sailing. 5 - 13 December 2020
Meet us there!