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David DECROCK

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d.decrock@nfinvest.fr

News

Liberty House moves to acquire Aluminium Dunkerque

GFG Alliance—the holding company for Liberty House—is set to acquire the Aluminium Dunkerque plant in Hauts-de-France for $500 million, and the British group is already planning more investments.

Worldwide innovation—Cousin Biotech develops pain-relieving implant

Cousin Biotech, a specialist in technical textiles for medical applications based in Hauts-de-France, has developed an implant that can replace oral pain medication after inguinal hernia surgery.

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TECHNICAL TEXTILES

We’re one of Europe’s leading regions for technical textiles—a place where expertise meets innovation to develop the fibers of tomorrow. And with our highly interconnected business ecosystem, extensive R&D capabilities, and direct access to markets, your project is sure to succeed.

NO. 2 REGION FOR TECHNICAL TEXTILES IN FRANCE

TOP COMPANIES

  • Cousin Trestec: Sport and leisure
  • Cousin Biotech: Surgical products
  • Damart: Technical fabrics
  • Oxylane / Decathlon: R&D for sport & leisure
  • Dickson Constant / Glen Raven: Weaving for outdoor technical textiles
  • Duflot Industrie: Nonwovens
  • Ferlam Technologies: Thermal insulation
  • Mortelecque: Filtration
  • PGI-Norlys: Nonwovens
  • Pronal: Flexible structures
  • TRP Charvet: Weaving

KEY FIGURES

  • 150 businesses
  • 9,000 jobs
  • €2 billion in sales
  • Technical textiles represent 17% of all textile sales in France
  • Lille Region is in the heart of Technical Textile Valley: Europe’s largest concentration of technical textile companies is within a 150-km radius.

MAJOR R&D PLATFORM

DEDICATED RESEARCH FACILITIES

  • GEMTEX—laboratory for textile engineering and materials:
    A component of ENSAIT, France’s leading university laboratory for textiles
    Among the top 5 in NoetonTexRank’s European rankings for 2012

  • HEI—industrial engineering school
    Science of color and colorimetry
    Finishing, textile testing, and more

  • IFTH—French institute for textiles and clothing
    Polysensoriality
    Lightness, miniaturization and more

  • ENSCL—graduate school of engineering/chemistry in Lille
    Mineral physics
    Polymer systems engineering and more

  • PERF—laboratory for processes/development of functional coatings
    Padding and more

  • Ecole des Mines de Douai—industrial engineering and research
    Composite textiles

CLOSE-UP: UP-TEX

The competitiveness cluster exclusively for technical textiles

AIMS

  • Promote the use of textiles in any sector seeking new levels of performance

FOCUS AREAS

  • Advanced textile materials
  • Polysensorial technology
  • Design and mass customization

STRUCTURE

  • 140 members
  • 19 R&D laboratories
  • 116 projects sponsored since 2006
  • €174 million in R&D spending 

CLOSE-UP: CENTRE EUROPEEN DES TEXTILES INNOVANTS (CETI)

CETI is a shared platform for innovation with a peerless combination of expertise, tools and textile technology equipment.

AIMS

  • Encourage and accelerate innovation in textile materials
  • Explore original, innovative paths to new textile applications for a variety of markets, including health, transport, safety and civil engineering

More information about the CETI

LARGE LABOR POOL

KEY FIGURES

  • 6 million inhabitants
  • 33% of the population is under 25
  • 2nd-largest education cluster in France
  • 210,000 students: 9% of the total for France

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industrie Textile (ENSAIT)
    Largest school for textile engineers in Europe
    120 textile engineers trained annually: 70% of all French master’s degrees in textiles Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur
  • Hautes Etudes Industrielles (HEI)
    Technology, innovation, management as applied to international textile markets

  • Ecole des Mines de Douai — industrial engineering
    Specializing in composite textiles

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL) — graduate school of chemistry/engineering
    Polymer systems engineering

  • Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du Textile (ESAAT) — applied arts and textiles
    BTS degree in Fashion Design, Textiles and the Environment (Textiles, Materials and Surface option)
    DSAA degree: textile design

  • And many more