Invest in Western France

The Pays de la Loire has seen significant growth in both the number of foreign companies setting up facilities in the region, and direct investment in local companies from abroad sufficient to underpin more than a thousand jobs. These positive figures are solid proof of the attractiveness of the region and its openness to the global economy.

Last year sixteen international companies set up new businesses in the region, compared with nine in 2014. Forty-two projects with foreign investment have been brought to fruition in all, with twenty-two funding extensions and four returns to activity in the region. These investors chiefly originate from the UK, Germany, Canada, the United States and Italy, and as a result 1,073 jobs have been created or maintained in the region.

Typical of the foreign companies taking a stake in the region’s dynamic economy are the Japanese firm Faith which has set up shop in Angers or the Italian construction machine specialist Tesmec, which has added Durtal to its strength—and both have benefited from the Region’s tailored support. The Regional Agency is the local reference point for the Business France network, responsibility for the Region’s technical coordination body Hub International. This public support for international business in France has a twofold mission: to attract international business to the region, and the marketing of the region’s companies abroad.

Industry and IT: sectors of excellence

Industry has always had a central role in the Pays de la Loire’s economy historically. It is also a key domain for the future, thanks to the innovations of the digital sector. Analysis of the region’s 2015 data shows that 26% of international investment was placed in advanced production techniques and 22% in the digital and electronics sector.

Contact: Virginie Cassaigne, Director, International Department v.cassaigne@agence-paysdelaloire.fr

Pays de la Loire: fertile grounds for international investment