Business France just published its 2019 report. France came 1st place in Europe for international investments, and Atlantic France’s results improved for the third consecutive year. Thanks to 62 investment projects, the number of jobs provided in our region by internationally-owned companies has increased by 18% compared to 2018.
In 2019, France became the most attractive country in Europe. Over the last year, international investments have led to 1,468 projects and a 30% increase in related jobs.
In Atlantic France, 62 investment projects and over 2,100 jobs
More than 950 internationally-owned companies are situated in Atlantic France. Last year, they led 62 investment projects (36 expansions, 24 new establishments and 2 business takeovers). This allowed 2,104 jobs to be created or maintained.
International investments in Atlantic France in 2019
40% in production activity
An 18% increase compared to 2018
and 24 new establishments
The majority (61%) of the international investments in Atlantic France were related to the sectors of production and sales. 28% of the jobs created in trade and distribution were due to international companies! The manufacturing investments increased by 39% and our region represented 11% of logistics jobs created in France.
43% of jobs created or maintained
40% of projects
18% of jobs created or maintained
5% of projects
15% of jobs created or maintained
15% of projects
Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Italy among the top investing countries
The many jobs created in logistics are related to the establishment of an important logistics center in Verrières-en-Anjou for the German group Action and its discount supermarkets Lidl. The investment has been made by its logistic partner, the group Kühne + Nagel. Switzerland is therefore the top investing country, followed by the United Kingdom, Italy, the USA and Germany.
25% of jobs created or maintained
8% of projects
17% of jobs created or maintained
18% of projects
12% of jobs created or maintained
21% of projects
Dedicated business support and international success stories
Many reasons explain why Atlantic France is attractive to international investors. In particular, the region offers numerous business opportunities and dedicated solutions for internationally-owned companies.
Last year, the Business Solutions Atlantic France agency organised 22 missions abroad and 180 meetings. 37 out of the 62 international investment projects came from this commercial prospecting.
In 2019, major stakeholders decided to make the move and reinforce their presence in Atlantic France. Here are a few examples:
- CGI (Canada), IT services
- GE Renewable Energy (USA), marine renewables [more info]
- NTN Transmissions Europe (Japan), automotive
- Easyjet (UK), transport
- Action (Germany) and Kühne + Nagel (Switzerland), agrifood
- Accenture (Ireland), business consultancy
- TechnoAlpin (Italy), industrial design