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With 10,200 jobs and 160 companies, the aeronautics sector in Hauts-de-France represents a complete ecosystem. It offers quality infrastructure and workforce to companies in the sector that wish to set up there.
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What Hauts-de-France offers

Hauts-de-France has been an aerospace hub with solid industrial expertise since the early 20th century, when French aircraft manufacturer Henry Potez built his factory in Albert-Méaulte.


Located midway between Toulouse and Hamburg, Hauts-de-France enjoys a strategic position near aeronautics decision-making centers in Northern Europe.

The southern end of the region is only 20 km from Charles de Gaulle airport, putting us close to key players in the Paris region.


Like the national industry, the Hauts-de-France aeronautics sector is highly diversified, focusing primarily on:

  • producing assemblies for leading equipment manufacturers
  • machining parts
  • tool-making


Hauts-de-France offers you a highly qualified labor pool, thanks to a wealth of aeronautics training programs that are hard to find anywhere else in France.

We’ve got every kind of educational institution—from vocational and technical schools to universities and schools of engineering—right here in the region.



IndustriLAB is an innovation hub for the aeronautics industry, dedicated primarily to Stelia Aerospace and its suppliers.

  • 2,500 sq m of office space
  • 5,000-sq m workshop
  • 1,000 sq m training center
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The Technical Center for Mechanical Industry (CETIM) offers businesses the tools and skills they need to boost competitiveness and forge ties between research and industry. CETIM focuses on:

  • Boosting production capacity without compromising the reliability of your industrial processes
  • Cutting manufacturing and operating costs
  • Developing tomorrow’s Clean Sky-compatible planes and launchers
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Based in Albert-Méaulte, Altytud is the leading aeronautics cluster in Hauts-de-France, delivering the technical and technological support businesses need to diversify output and stand out from the crowd.

It brings together more than 80 members (i.e. 6,000 employees), with a 100% industrial governance. They have three main goals:

  • Contributing to the recognition of the regional aeronautics industry
  • Increasing your business prospects
  • Promoting your skills development
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ONERA is the French aerospace lab, dedicated to research in aeronautics, space and defense. In Hauts-de-France, it focuses primarily on mechanical research related to aircraft safety.

  • 90 employees
  • 45 engineers et senior executives
  • 5 doctoral candidates
  • Europe’s largest array of wind tunnels
  • Model design and fabrication
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The laboratory at the University of Picardy Jules Verne is home to research professors in IT, automatic control engineering, robotics and computer vision.

  • 4 research teams
  • 40 teacher-researchers
  • 30 doctoral candidates
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