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David DECROCK

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d.decrock@nfinvest.fr

News

Aircraft factory of the future in Méaulte

Stelia Aerospace has invested €70 million in a complete overhaul of its Méaulte production plant, making this site in the Somme area of Hauts-de-France one of Europe’s most modern aircraft factories.

BYD chooses Hauts-de-France

China’s BYD is investing over €10 million in an electric bus assembly plant in Allonne, near Beauvais.

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AUTOMOTIVE

Northern France lies at the heart of the automotive market, less than one shipping day from two-thirds of Europe’s automakers—and their subcontractors. It’s the perfect place to launch your operation, find partners, and enter the market.

NO. 1 AUTOMOTIVE REGION IN FRANCE

KEY FIGURES

  • 3 international automakers with 7 manufacturing sites
  • Over 200 automotive equipment manufacturers
  • Over 80,000 jobs
  • 37% of all vehicles made in France
  • 40% of engines and gearboxes made in France
  • Nearly two-thirds of Europe’s automakers are within 500 km
Automotive production sites

7 Sites

ELITE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

ADVANCED RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

LAGIS — automation, IT engineering and signal lab

L2EP — power electronics/powertrains

IFSSTAR — French institute for science and technology in transport, development and networks

IEMN —electronics, microelectronics and nanotechnologies institute

CISIT — international campus for transport security and intermodality

C3T — technological expertise in land transport

CRITT M2A — regional center for innovation and technological transfer in engines and automotive acoustics

CREPIM — research and study center for fireproofing processes (materials)

University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis

Ecole des Mines de Douai — industrial engineering

And many more

CLOSE-UP: I-TRANS COMPETITIVENESS CLUSTER

A world-class cluster for sustainable transport

  • AREAS OF ACTIVITY:
    Automotive
    Rail interoperability
    Freight-passenger intermodality
    Intelligent transport systems—ITS
  • 120 member companies—40,000 jobs affected
  • Over 30 research and training centers
  • Over 2,400 researchers
  • Over 199 projects sponsored
  • Over €420 million in R&D spending

HIGHLY TRAINED LABOR POOL

KEY FIGURES

  • 6 million inhabitants
  • 33% of the population is under 25
  • 2,000 students enrolled in mobility-oriented programs

SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Mécanique Energétique (ENSIAME) in Valenciennes — energy mechanics / engineering
  • Ecole Centrale de Lille — engineering
  • Ecole des Mines de Douai — industrial engineering
  • Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur (HEI) — advanced engineering
  • Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers (ICAM) — engineering
  • Institut Supérieur de Design (ISD) — advanced design for transport systems