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Investment in Northern France : All news

Dunkerque Aluminium, Liberty House, GFG Alliance

Liberty House moves to acquire Aluminium Dunkerque

19 Jan 2018 | Front page, Advanced Materials, Investment

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.

animation, film, Emile Awards

Emile Awards shine spotlight on Hauts-de-France

19 Dec 2017 | ICT, Front page, A region on the move

On December 8, Lille hosted the first Emile Awards, honoring Europe’s finest animated films—and underscoring the region’s role as a rising star in the industry.

museum, culture, hauts-de-france

Louvre-Lens Museum celebrates fifth anniversary

07 Dec 2017 | Front page, A region on the move

Since opening in December 2012, Louvre-Lens has welcomed nearly 2.8 million visitors, making it one of France’s top three regional museums and No. 1 in Hauts-de-France.

investment, glass production, luxury goods

Verescence renovates glassworks at Mers-les-Bains

01 Dec 2017 | Front page, Investment

The world’s leading maker of luxury glass bottles has earmarked €30 million to revamp its sites in Hauts-de-France. First up: an overhaul of the glassworks’ largest furnace, now completed.

Vandeputte, settled in, household cleaning products

Vandeputte opens green, high-tech facility in Hauts-de-France

01 Dec 2017 | Front page, Green Business, Investment

Belgium’s Vandeputte, specialized in eco-friendly cleaning products, chose France to ramp up production with a €10 million plant.

Wuhan-Dourges freight line

New Wuhan-Dourges rail link for Décathlon

09 Nov 2017 | Front page, Mobility, A region on the move

On Monday, November 20, a freight train from China will pull into the Décathlon warehouse in Dourges, launching a new weekly rail service between Hauts-de-France and Wuhan, in eastern China.

Croda, investment, chemicals

Croda’s long-term investment strategy

03 Nov 2017 | Front page, Investment

Specialty chemicals group Croda has invested steadily in its Hauts-de-France manufacturing site since 2006—most recently in a new production line to optimize profitability.

Lille, design, world capital

Lille named World Design Capital 2020

27 Oct 2017 | Front page, A region on the move

The World Design Organization has spoken, choosing Lille—in competition with Sydney—as the next World Design Capital from 2020 to 2022!

animation, Lille, digital

Grid opens new audiovisual studio in Greater Lille

11 Oct 2017 | Front page, ICT, Investment

Belgium-based Grid has opted to open its third office in Hauts-de-France—proof that Lille’s highly developed digital ecosystem is a strong selling point for animation studios.

Booking.com Tourcoing

Booking.com renews commitment to Tourcoing

09 Oct 2017 | Front page, Investment, Customer services

Booking.com has signed a deal for a new building in Tourcoing, making good on plans announced in April. Find out why the fast-growing online travel company chose to stay in Hauts-de-France.

textiles, medical, innovation

Worldwide innovation—Cousin Biotech develops pain-relieving implant

03 Oct 2017 | Front page, Advanced Materials, A region on the move

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.

BYD France

BYD gears up for production, hiring now

25 Sep 2017 | Front page, Investment, Mobility

In March 2017, China’s BYD group announced its decision to open an electric bus assembly plant near Beauvais, in Hauts-de-France. The firm is now seeking suppliers and looking to recruit 100 staff as the...

Pangniu Food France

Pang Niu Food sets up in Hauts-de-France

18 Sep 2017 | Front page, Health Nutrition, Investment

The French subsidiary of China’s Pang Niu Food is opening a plant in Charmes, halfway between Paris and Lille —a €2 million investment in producing foods with plant-based proteins.

Beauvais home to Massey Ferguson’s global center of excellence

12 Sep 2017 | Front page, Investment

US tractor producer Massey Ferguson—France’s largest manufacturer and exporter of farm machinery—is investing in a third plant at Beauvais in Hauts-de-France. Aim: improve the site’s logistics and supply...

Aerospace soars in Hauts-de-France

08 Sep 2017 | Front page, Mobility, A region on the move

The aerospace industry is booming in Hauts-de-France. With some 100 companies and a workforce of 8,500, the sector offers quality infrastructure and skilled employees to industry players that seek to do...

2XL to open 60,000-pallet warehouse in Dourges

31 Aug 2017 | Front page, Investment

Transport/logistics specialist 2XL selects Dourges and its Delta 3 multimodal platform for a new warehouse and distribution center.

Amaris, Lille, management

Success story: Amaris Lille set to expand

16 Aug 2017 | Customer services, A region on the move, Front page

Switzerland-based Amaris opened an office in Hauts-de-France in late 2015. Ranked among Europe’s leading independent consulting groups, the company is growing exponentially.

Lille, capital, design

Lille shortlisted as World Design Capital 2020

08 Aug 2017 | Front page, A region on the move

Greater Lille and Sydney are the finalists for the biennial title, awarded by the World Design Organization.

Ball Packaging Dunkerque

Ball Packaging finds success in Hauts-de-France

03 Aug 2017 | Front page, Advanced Materials

Ball Packaging has been doing business in Hauts-de-France for over 25 years. A world leader in beverage cans, the US-based company has generated steady growth and will use innovation to maintain it.

Medical excellence in Hauts-de-France—the Facing Faces Institute

20 Jul 2017 | Front page, Health Nutrition

The Facing Faces Institute (IFF) was founded in 2009 by Dr. Bernard Devauchelle, head of maxillofacial surgery at Amiens University Hospital Center and known for performing the world's first partial face...