Why Alsace ?

Dynamic & Innovative Economy

Alsace, the cradle of French industry remains to this day a major industrial player, with universities and research labs fueling tomorrow’s growth both in traditional and technological fields.

Industrial Know-how rooted in History

Geographically and historically linked to the Rhine Valley and Central Europe, Alsace was an early player in the industrial revolution in the 18th century, when large-scale textile production triggered the development of the chemical industry and mechanical engineering, earning the city of Mulhouse the nickname  City of 100 Chimneys. To this day, the smallest villages create their own companies, while Alsatian-born household names such as ALcatel, ALstom, or Schlumberger have become world players.

Local capitalism, academic excellence, and more recently foreign investment, contributed to the development of new activities in electronics, life sciences, information technologies, making industry account for 24% of private employment in Alsace, much higher than the national or European average.

Top performing Industrial Sectors

Strasbourg University’s excellence in chemistry and biology, pharmacy, biotechnologies and life sciences have developed into one of Europe’s leading innovation clusters, Alsace Biovalley (Biotech & Life sciences and Medical Technologies)

Rooted in a century-old automotive tradition and an industrial network of specialized SMEs, the Pole Vehicule du Futur  cluster is dedicated to new mobility technologies.

Energivie/Fibres  has a membership of over 400 companies and labs developing energy-efficient building materials and technologies.

Mechanical engineering encompasses hundreds of large or small companies developing products or components for transport, industrial or agricultural equipment, railways, building …

Plus : alternative energies, textile, food processing, water management, IT, chemistry, …

Dedicated Public Policies and Infrastructure

A major component of the region’s DNA, industry is the focus of the regional authorities’ initiatives: incubators, industrial estates, financial support, education and training programs, and transport infrastructure are permanently being developed or adapted to suit the economy’s needs.