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The AUVERGNE IS PART OF THE TOP french REGIONS of aeronautics.
The aeronautics industry has flourished and developed simultaneously under the patronage of the Michelin brothers.
Today, the sector is centred around two key activities : upstream, around the production of various materials, aluminium, special alloys, composites, and downstream around maintenance activities.
Auvergne's aeronautics industry employs over 11,000 people across one hundred or so companies which have developed expertise sought after by the big European and American stake-holders.
Key national groups have established production sites in the Auvergne and have made significant investment in the region. The majority of the big-sized companies of the region are involved inlarge-scale European programmes such as those relating to the A380, the A350 XWB, the new generation A320, the A400 M and the Falcon F7X. This is the case for Michelin, Aubert & Duval (supplier to Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, Boeing) or even Safran/Sagem, leader in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technologies. The SMEs-SMIs also work with key stake-holders such as the likes of Airbus, Dassault or Eurocopter. Their annual turnover is approximately 2.1 billion euros and they are established in all the sectors of the aircraft and space market: military fighter and transport aircraft, commercial small, medium and jumbo aircraft and also helicopters, drones, missiles, launchers and satellites.
A fast growing maintenance sector
The many areas of excellence in the Auvergne in terms of aeronautics maintenance make an ideal framework for the usual range of maintenance operations and also for the overhall and maintenance of the fleets of national and European airlines. With almost 2,000 employees, these activities cater for both civil and military sectors and are growing strongly.
Training and research
With guaranteeing businesses skilled labour in mind, the Auvergne region has efficient training centres and schools specialised in aircraft: IFMA (French institute for advanced mechanical engineering) , ISIMA (French graduate engineering school focused on computing and its applications), Polytech' (Institute of engineering sciences), ENSCCF (Clermont-Ferrand’s Superior National School of Chemistry).
The Region has developed a training cluster dedicated to the aeronautics tradeswhich encompasses all existing training services : Campus Aeronatique Auvergne
Auvergne benefits also from the expertise of private research centres of worldwide renown with the laboratories of companies such as Michelin, Constellium, Aubert et Duval, Safran, NSE …
An aeronautics cluster : AVIA
AVIA comprises some 50 aeronautics companies in the Auvergne and the Massif Central regions. Its aimis to ensure the promotion of their know-how to key clients and to combine their resources.
Finally, the region has set up infrastructures to match its ambitions:Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne international airport has connections to 20 French and European destinations with a turnover of approximately 600,000 passengers per year. An industrial estate located on the airport platform of Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne, the Zone Industrielle Aéronautique Sud, is dedicated to aircraft sub-contracting companies and accommodates an aircraft cluster of over 2,000 employees.
An international business convention
The Regional Economic Development Agency is the organizer of a major event : Advanced Manufacturing Meetings. It permits business meeting between prime contractors and subcontractors in the aerospace industry.
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