The figures talk for themselves

36 firms


Great business opportunities on offer

Great because leading international names are here with us

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 (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 in Cholet, the connected sailboat project (EVA 2) with its port manoeuvering software developed Kara Technology in association with D-ICE Engineering.

There are plenty of opportunities for you as a solution provider here in Pays de la Loire. 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, and our collaborative business environment provides plenty of exciting opportunities to explore. Here are some recent examples of what we mean: Band of Boats at St-Herblain (online platform for individuals hiring and selling boats) Boat Club de France (private boat booking club), Nautic Easy at Cordemais (pleasure boat restoration services).

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

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

Technological resources

Technological resources

  • 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

Let's meet at an event

07 December

Nautic Paris International Boat Show


The major showcase where boating enthusiasts get inspired and informed on everything about ocean and river sailing. From 7 to 15 December 2019.
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!