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BYD chooses Hauts-de-France

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

New Yaris in production at Toyota’s Onnaing plant

Toyota’s plant in Onnaing, a suburb of Valenciennes, will begin producing the seventh version of the Yaris hybrid in March. In 2016, France manufactured 237,000 of these cars—more than any other automobile....

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RAIL

We’re at the heart of tomorrow’s transport systems. The leader in French rail and a major player in Europe, Northern France is developing a solid, tightly interconnected rail sector. Structured around a broad range of R&D facilities, our rail ecosystem is looking resolutely toward the future.

NO. 1 RAIL REGION IN FRANCE

KEY FIGURES

  • 4 world-class vehicle manufacturers
  • Over 100 specialized suppliers and subcontractors
  • Nearly 10,000 rail industry jobs
  • 40% of all rail manufacturing in France
  • €1 billion in sales

4 WORLD-CLASS BUILDERS

  • Alstom: urban transport, metros, interconnected regional and national transport
  • Bombardier: trams and urban transport
  • Siemens: urban transport
  • Titagarh Wagon AFR: freight cars

LEADING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS

  • Barat Sofanor: seats / interior fittings
  • Deprecq: sheet metal
  • Faiveley NSF: ventilation, heating and air conditioning
  • Forges de Fresnes Valdunes Group: triangular brake beams for freight cars
  • MA Steel: wheelsets and axles
  • Outreau Technologies: crossings
  • Railtech: welding equipment and technology
  • Stratiforme Compreforme Groupe: composite parts for locomotives and rail cars
  • Studia, Technifrance: consulting and research support

A FULL RANGE OF EXPERTISE

  • ERA — European Railway Agency
    Improving rail safety and interoperability in Europe

  • RIA — Railway Industries Association
    Promoting Lille Region’s rail industry
  • CEF — Centre d’Essais Ferroviaire (railway test track)
    A unique test track designed for locomotives, electric rail and metros

  • CERTIFER — French railway certification agency (Notified Body/NoBo)
    France’s only certification authority specializing in rail and guided transport

ADVANCED RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

I-TRANS: WORLD-CLASS CLUSTER FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

Areas of activity

Key figures 

Invent, design, make and sell tomorrow’s transport systems

  • Rail interoperability
  • Freight and passenger intermodality
  •  Intelligent transport systems (ITS) 
  • Automotive
  • 120 member companies40,000 jobs (direct and indirect),
  • Over 30 research and training centers
  • Over 2,400 researchers
  • 245 projects sponsored
  • Over €483 million in R&D spending

CISIT: CAMPUS INTERNATIONAL SUR LA SECURITE ET L'INTERMODALITE DANS LES TRANSPORTS

KEY FIGURES

4 STRATEGIC GOALS

Leading the effort to build tomorrow’s vehicles and transport systems

RESEARCH AREAS:

  • intermodality
  • Ecodesign
  • Rail and automotive safety for equipment manufacturers builders and operators

12 laboratories and 3 technology development centers

  • Optimize management of multimodal chains
  • Meet new challenges to design clean, safe, light vehicles 
  • Promote intelligent, safe mobility 
  • Address morpho-adaptive safety and human factors

RAILENIUM: INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

Research areas

Test facilities

Railenium is a European center for R&D, innovation and testing, specializing in rail infrastructures

  • Cut investment costs for infrastructure, maintenance and renovation
  • Reduce energy consumption and carbon footprints
  • Expand the capacity of existing infrastructures 
  • Reduce operational disruptions
  • 5-km test loop with a heavy train running at 120 km/h
  • Test track for urban rail transport
  • Rail-wheel test unit
  • Fatigue test track

TRANSALLEY CLUSTER FOR INNOVATIVE, SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

GOALS

FACILITIES

An industrial and scientific cluster targeting world-class status, Transalley has developed an ecosystem designed to boost innovation.

  • Help rail and automotive companies succeed
  • Develop tomorrow’s rail infrastructures
  • Jump-start new mobility and logistics systems
  • Make testing and approval facilities available to business
  • Anticipate new forms of mobility and their economic models
  • Cluster space for professional hubs and innovators including i-Trans, Railenium, AIF and CISIT
  • Applied research laboratories
  • Technology platforms
  • Business centers
  • Incubator for innovative new businesses

HIGHLY TRAINED LABOR POOL

KEY FIGURES

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

ADVANCED TRAINING IN SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Mécanique Energétique (ENSIAME) in Valenciennes: 180 engineering graduates/year. Three specialties: mechanical engineering/energetics, mechatronics, master’s degree in rail and guided transport systems.
  • Institut Catholique des Arts et Métiers (ICAM) in Lille: 200 engineering graduates/year. Master’s degree in railway engineering.
  • Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur (HEI) in Lille: 300 engineering graduates/year. Specialties include mechanical engineering and design, master’s degree in innovative technology for transport systems.
  • Centre International de Formation Ferroviaire de la Côte d’Opale: A wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurotunnel Group and the first private-sector training center focusing exclusively on the rail industry. Offers training for 15 professions including freight-train drivers, rail maintenance specialists and railway ground agents.
  • Centre de Production de Formation Traction in Lille: SNCF’s largest training center for TGV drivers in Europe. France’s only driver training center for high-speed TGV trains (has trained 1,600 specialists nationwide).

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