Automotive industry

> 400 businesses
> over 30,000 employees
531 million euros trade surplus        


The automotive sector is the French Centre-Loire Valley region’s leading employer, providing over 30,000 jobs. Although the Loire Valley central region no longer has any vehicle manufacturers on its territory, it is home to a large number of parts manufacturers and subcontractors, with close to 400 such establishments in all.

The automotive industry’s key companies in the Centre-Loire Valley region

Delphi, Michelin, Hutchinson, SKF, Paulstra, Valéo, John Deere, Mecachrome, ZF, Saint Gobain, Mécachrome

Fields of expertise

Tyres, ball bearings, engines and turbines, automobile lighting, injection systems for diesel engines, plastic technical parts, etc.

Research focuses

Energy and propulsion, user safety, materials, mechanical engineering, etc.

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