Excellence in economics and academics
If Grenoble's economy is so vibrant, it's partially thanks to outstanding partnerships between public and private research labs, and leading companies in key sectors that are meeting the challenges of today's economy.
Micro and nanotechnologies
Grenoble is among the top 5 cities in the world for this sector, with more than 22,000 jobs in private companies and 3,000 researchers in public labs, including the CEA Tech. Over 15 years, nearly 12 billion euros have been invested in the sector. Why ? To remain a world leader in the field of semiconductors.
Leading companies : ST Microelectronics, Soitec, E2v, Sofradir, Trixell, Thales...
Computing and software
From intelligent systems to connected objects for a seamless world, major public and private research centres are leading the way. As a global competitor in digital technology, Minalogic helps its members boost their objectives in order to grow their project, accelerate innovation and spreadinnovation. More than 270 companies are members, 9 out 10 of which are small companies. The energy of the French Tech Label is put into action in and around the city through Digital Grenoble. This economic ecosystem employs more than 15,000 people.
Leading companies : HP, Atos/Bull, Capgemini/Sogeti, Xerox, Photoweb...
Health and medical technology
With a university hospital centre at the cutting edge of fields like neurology and trauma, and numerous public and private labs, the Grenoble area is perfectly poised to develop its health and medical technology sector. Globally, clusters like LyonBiopole (vaccinations and diagnostics) and Clara (cancer research) lead the way in innovation. Medic@lps and I-Care accelerate the development of start-ups in the fields of health technology. This field of the future has created more than 3,200 jobs in 15 years.
Leading companies : bioMérieux, Roche Diagnostics France, BD, ARaymondlife...
The arrival of 21 hydrogen-powered electric vehicles in the city sent a clear signal. The Tenerrdis competitive centre, dedicated to the move towards sustainable energy, has already certified more than 250 projects carried out through partnerships between international groups, small companies, and labs. The Smart Grid Campus, which encourages research into smart electric grids, was certified Campus of Excellence. GE Renewable Energy also chose to create its turbine research center in Grenoble. More than 10,000 people work in this sector.
Leading companies : Air Liquide, Schneider Electric, Atos Worldgrid, Alstom Hydro...
Chemistry and environment
South of the city, the Grenoble Chemical Park spreads over 130 hectares. This site is closely involved in the chlorine industry and is France's only phosgene production site, a chemical used especially in the polymer industry. Even further south, the Jarrie chemical platform spreads over a hundred hectares. Here, they produce hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, bleach, lye and more. There are over 2,000 jobs in these 2 century-old sites. The region benefits strongly from its long tradition of expertise, combined with the Axelera cluster and other research and training entities. This leads to the development of new applications for air quality, biomaterials, green chemistry, and more.
Leading companies : Arkema, Air Liquide, Isochem, Vencorex...
Metallurgy and mechanics
A tight network of small business subcontractors supports the big companies and adds to the diversity of Grenoble's industries. The sector represents 8,000 jobs and invests in cutting edge technology to increase productivity and attract new types of abilities. Technological platforms like Poudr'Innov and CRV Constellium contribute their expertise to innovative projects. In 2015, the City area launched a vast action plan in the sector with the cluster ViaMeca and EDF bringing various companies together and encouraging cross-company training.
Leading companies : Proma, Caterpillar, ECM Technologies...