The figures talk for themselves

1st French region for pleasure boat exports

400 firms and 6,100 jobs

€1,2 billion in revenue

equivalent to ¼ of all revenue generated by the French marine leisure industry

36 yacht ports & 15,000 berths


Great business opportunities

Great because leading international names are here with us

Atlantic France hosts the global leading boat building yards: Beneteau Group. Marine equipment suppliers work closely alongside their customers. This is why Japanese group Yanmar chose to set up its first sales office in France (La Roche-sur-Yon) to market its boat engines.

Great because the marine industry is constantly innovating and we need solution providers

Here’s a taste of our local innovations: the foils developed by Beneteau Group (the foils of the Figaro Beneteau 3)and its new shared ownership scheme (the Beneteau Boat Club), the first electric houseboat (Sixto Green) developed by Nicols, the connected sailboat project (EVA 2) with its port manoeuvering software developed Kara Technology in association with D-ICE Engineering. Airseas, Zephyr & Borée and Neoline are developing a sailing system to economize energy for cargo ship.

There are plenty of opportunities for you as a solution provider here in Atlantic France. You could introduce new uses along our coast and also test your ideas directly with key industry players.

Great because we’ve got more scope for doing business together…

Our river boating sector offers strong growth potential (riverside activities, houseboat hire, river cruises…) along with its 375km of waterways, 36 yacht ports, 15,000 berths and our collaborative business environment provides plenty of exciting opportunities to explore. Here are some recent examples of what we mean: Band of Boats (online platform for individuals hiring and selling boats), Boat Club de France (private boat booking club), Nautic Easy (pleasure boat restoration services).



Leading names


Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters


The French industrial cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies


Rubber and polymers cluster

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Cluster dedicated to marine activities with 6 strategics areas.


The innovation cluster for managing electric and thermal energies.

Innovation platforms


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

Technocampus Composites

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing

Technocampus Ocean

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to marine structures and metallic materials

Technocampus Smart Factory

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to industrial uses of virtual reality

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



Atlantic Digital Innovation Boating Association which networks innovative nautical companies, helps the creation of start-ups and facilitates the digital transition of the sector​

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!
08 November

Vendee Globe sailing race

Les Sables d'Olonne

The only sailing race around the world, solo, non-stop and without assistance. Departure: 8th November 2020
Meet us there!
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!