* 8.5 patents / 10,000 inhabitants
Grenoble Alpes owes its economic strength to an exceptional concentration of both innovative SMEs and established industry leaders – all within a radius of 20km.
x Energy: EDF, Schneider Electric, GE Renewable Energy, Siemens, Verkor, Enedis, Engie, and more…
x Electronics / Digital Technologies: STMicroelectronics, SOITEC, Intel, Orange Labs, Apple, Huawei, Naver Labs Europe, Salesforce, TDK, CapGemini, Atos, HPE, Aledia, and more…
x Health: Medtronic, BD, Fresenius, Johnson & Johnson, Roche Diagnostics, Biomérieux, Trixell, and more…
x Sports & the outdoors: Go Sport, Rossignol, Petzl, and more…
x Chemistry and the environment: Vencorex, Arkema, Hexcel, Tredi, Areva, Artelia, and more…
x Mechanics & Metallurgy: ARaymond, Caterpillar, Poma, and more…
x Food processing: Yoplait, Teisseire, Chartreuse, and more…
x Others : Vicat, Calor, Serge Ferrari, Lafarge, and more…
* R&D makes up 7.6% of the workforce
** Clarivate Analytics / Reuters 2020
x 5 Major European research facilities: ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin), EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), LNCMI (National Intense Magnetic Fields Laboratory), IRAM (Institute of Millimeter Radio Astronomy);
x Academic research centers that are among the most inventive in the world (CNRS, Institute of Neurosciences, CEA Tech, INRA, Inria, Inserm, Inrae, and more…);
x World-class private R&D centers (Orange Labs, Apple, Schneider Electric, Huawei, Atos, Air Liquide, Naver Labs Europe, STMicroelectronics, Soitec, GE Renewable Energy, BD, HPE, and more…);
x A global innovation campus: GIANT (Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies). 255 hectares (630 acres), 5,000 scientific publications and 600 patent applications/year;
x MIAI Grenoble Alpes: 1 of France’s 4 Multidisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Institutes.
* Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) is among the world’s top 150 universities, offering a wide choice of multidisciplinary and transversal programs. The university welcomes 59,000 students each year, with 42% pursuing degrees in a scientific field. These students promise to be the future talent of local companies, research labs and organizations. In the 2021 Shanghai Ranking, Université Grenoble Alpes was listed #1 in France for the 5 following majors: Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Metallurgical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Geography , Hospitality and tourism management.
* Grenoble, #3 European city in its category for its strategy for local economic appeal towards foreign investors (Financial Times)
Situated near Turin (Italy) and Geneva (Switzerland), Grenoble Alpes is ideally-located at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Grenoble Alpes is located in France’s second strongest economic region, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The region has 8 million inhabitants (the same population as Switzerland or Israel) and a GDP of €250B (equivalent to that of Finland). With over 22,000 companies, which represent 500,000 jobs, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the premier industrial region in France.
The infrastructure in and around Grenoble is well-developed and high-performing. This makes the city particularly accessible – an advantage for any company that wants to move to Grenoble.
Thanks to its 3 international airports (Lyon, Geneva & Grenoble) Grenoble Alpes is connected to all of Europe’s capitals, making its location, with regard to the rest of the continent, simply ideal.
With its exceptional resilience, Grenoble has had a major role in each of the 5 industrial waves of the past 150 years:
- 19th century – Gloves
- End of 19th century – hydroelectricity, paper mills & mechanics
- End of the 1920s – electrometallurgy, electrochemistry, electric equipment
- In the 1950s-60s – electromagnetism, nuclear & computer sciences
- Today – micro & nanoelectronics, medtech/biotechnologies, biomechanics (and more generally intangible services), digital, artificial intelligence, the environment (chemistry, cleantech & smartcities)
Avant-garde in many domains
- 1788 – Vizille, birthplace of the French Revolution
- 19th Century – Arts: Stendhal & Berlioz
- 1817 – Artificial cement (Vicat)
- 1822 – Champollion decodes hieroglyphics
- 1889 – Hydroelectricity (Aristide Bergès)
- 1947 – Cable transportation (Pomagalski)
- 1973 – Head lamp (Petzl)
- 1970 – Louis Néel
- 2015 – Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s (Pr Benabid)
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