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Home to over 124,600 businesses, Lille and its region have a diverse, fast-growing economy that reflects the energy and resilience of Northern France as a whole. Strengths in industry, farming and trade draw on century-long traditions and a store of cultural and human expertise.
Accounting for over 5% of national GDP, Northern France has the country’s no. 4 regional economy, and ranks third in both exports and industry. Top-tier clusters in automotive, railway, logistics, food industry, life sciences and more testify to its diversity, and underscore its ability to adapt quickly to a fast-moving environment.
Logistics3rd logistics region Outstanding transport infrastructure 5,600 companies Over 58,000 employees Land & building costs among the lowest in Europe
Automotive 2nd automotive region 55,000 employees 4 car manufacturers (Toyota, Peugeot/Citroën/Fiat, 2 Renault) Over 200 rank-1, 2 or 3 equipment manufacturers 563,002 vehicles manufactured in 2009 A great variety of training schemes tailored to each study level A well developed R&D activity i-Trans competitiveness cluster
Railway 1st railway region France’s densest rail network 4 of the world’s top manufacturers of cars Over 100 specialized suppliers and sub-contractors € 1 bn turnover Over 20 research and training institutions Over 1,800 public researchers i-Trans competitiveness cluster
Life sciences 3rd largest cluster in France for healthcare & biotechnologies 810 companies 23,000 employees 6.5 billon € turnover Over 300 research laboratories and academic research teams: Nutrition Health & Longevity cluster The densest European University Hospital site 15,000 students in life sciences 5 universities / schools specialised in life sciences
Food Industry Over 500 companies 27,000 jobs€9 bn sales Specialized logistics in agrifood Comprehensive courses in agrifood for ongoing professional training 500 researchers The Seafood industry cluster The Nutrition, Health and Longevity cluster
Eco-industry500 eco-businesses Over 14,000 employees (10% of national workforce)Over 2,000 subcontractors Over 60 research centers 400 researchers A unique cluster of expertise in site and soil decontamination
Customer RelationsSecond largest region in France for call center operations Almost 10,000 employees100 centers (Mail-order sales, Direct Marketing & other activities, Banking, finance, insurance A wide range of training courses in the field of customer relation 11,000 foreign students307,000 French people with foreign origin as well as foreign residents in Northern France.
Mail Order & e-commerceEuropean Capital of Mail Order Sales (MOS) 200 Mail Order companies 30,000 jobs Annual sales of €6.8 billion Major MOS companies have developed an e-commerce activity 900 companies (DM & Web agencies, Call centers, Logistics companies, Financial companies) France's first Master's Degree in Direct MarketingWorld-Class Retail & Trade Industries Cluster (PICOM)
Japan’s Toyotomi Kiko is investing €20 million in a new OEM production line
Close cooperation in vans in perspective
PSA Peugeot Citroën to invest €175 million to produce new engine
Food processing companies benefits from a new tool to test the foods of the future for safety and nutritional value
Roubaix-based video game creator Ankama grew an astounding 7345.11% from 2003 to 2008, and continues to expand
Order books filled through to 2013 for Alstom and Bombardier
The inauguration underscores our region's excellence in rail and related industries.
Euratechnologies looks to the future with a site dedicated to new technologies.
Lille won the highest index of satisfaction, ahead of Paris and Lyon, in the latest ECER-Banques Populaires survey of 2,400 European business leaders