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

5 expertises of excellence


Great business opportunities in manufacturing and industry 4.0

Enter a dynamic industrial environment offering a lot of diversity

Industry thrives in Atlantic France! Develop your business alongside major companies in a wide range of sectors: aeronautics (Airbus, Stelia, Spirit Aerosystems), agrifood (Lactalis, Pasquier, Bel group), shipbuilding (Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Naval Group), marine leisure and sailing (Beneteau), electronics and IoT (Thales, Eolane), and green energy (GE Renewable Energy, Naval Energies).

Whether you have a “big” or “small” business, you will find your place here. Atlantic France welcomes industrial businesses of all shapes and sizes (French flagships, large corporations, medium-sized family businesses, small businesses, startups) whose performance is rising to record levels.

Benefit from networks and R&D facilities dedicated to manufacturing

In Atlantic France, you will benefit from a supportive business environment. Our region offers R&D solutions and strong networks open to cross-border cooperation in industrial automation, advanced materials, digital solutions, virtual and augmented reality, and IoT.

This is the ideal backdrop for getting your innovation projects off the ground and bringing them to fruition!

Obtain public support to develop innovative solutions in industry 4.0

Increase your business competitiveness thanks to our support schemes. Atlantic France’s regional authority has launched the Industry of the future plan* and numerous calls for proposals to modernise small and medium-sized businesses with local partners.

You will also get access to other public support helping entrepreneurs to 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 (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 …)

Vegepolys Valley

The reference cluster for plants production respecting both environment and health, and fostering new technologies.

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Cluster dedicated to marine activities with 6 strategics areas.

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


Network of the regional players in sailing

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


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.

IPC Laval

Industrial Technical Center of plastics and composites

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