Pays de la Loire

Regional GDP

106.7 bn€

Contribution to France's GDP

5 %


3,8 millions


32 082 km²

Regional capital


At the cutting edge of technology

Thanks to the presence of 10 clusters, international contractors, subcontractors and cutting-edge facilities, Pays de la Loire region is a top ranking market for advanced production technologies. “Jules Verne Manufacturing Valley” certification symbolises a top-flight French ecosystem of production know-how, and boosts the region’s reputation as a vanguard for advanced manufacturing.
The region particularly shines in the areas of aeronautics (Airbus, Stelia, Spirit Aerosystems, Daher, etc.), agrifood (1,000 companies with 50,000 employees) and healthcare (bioformulation, development of anti-cancer vaccines, immunology and e-healthcare in particular). In the automotive sector, the Pays de la Loire region offers investors a robust ecosystem focused on the car and on future mobility issues (presence of car manufacturers, topflight subcontractors and embedded electronics gathered around the ID4CAR cluster). The region also organises the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of world’s most prestigious sports car races.

For a century and a half, the Pays de la Loire has been France’s top region in terms of naval and nautical industries. Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, was launched from the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. It is also France’s capital for marine renewable energy (MRE). The region generates one-third of the country’s offshore wind power and is home to leading manufacturers (Alstom-GE, DCNS, Rollix, STX), as well as Neopolia EMR, a cluster that brings together 115 companies throughout the MRE value chain. Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port provides companies with a logistics platform and access to the sea.


Welcome to Pays de la Loire

Specific support for foreign-owned companies

Join the foreign-owned companies club to :

  • Get support. We help new companies to integrate and grow
  • Connect with local authority representatives or other managers of FOCs
  • Exchange ideas. Enjoy sharing information on the business outlook and technological and social developments
  • Promote your business. Joining our club can help boost your reputation
  • Help your managers to integrate into the ecosystem

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Your regional contact

Solutions & Co
Economic Development Agence – Pays de Loire
Tel : +33 (0)2 40 48 45 04



International secondary school

Lycée Nelson-Mandela Section Internationale Américaine – Nantes
Lycée Grand Air Section Internationale Britannique – La Baule



St Edward’s University (Texas/Angers)
Nantes University
Angers University / UCO
Le Mans University


Engineering and business schools

AUDENCIA – École de commerce / management
ESSCA – École de commerce / management
IRCOM – École de commerce / management
Arts et Métiers Paristech
Centrale Nantes
ENSIM – École nationale supérieure d’ingénieurs du Mans
ESA – École supérieure d’agriculture d’Angers
ESAIP – École supérieure angevine d’informatique et de productique
ESB – École supérieure du bois
ESEO – École supérieure d’électronique de l’Ouest
ESIEA – École d’ingénieurs du numérique
ESTACA – École supérieure des techniques aéronautiques et de construction automobile
ICAM Nantes
IMT Atlantique – École nationale supérieure Mines-Télécom Atlantique Bretagne Pays de la Loire
ISMANS – Institut supérieur des matériaux du Mans
ISTOM – École supérieure d’agro-développement international
ONIRIS – École nationale vétérinaire, agroalimentaire et de l’alimentation de Nantes-Atlantique
Polytech Angers – École polytechnique universitaire de l’université d’Angers
Polytech Nantes – École polytechnique universitaire de l’université de Nantes

French tech in the regions

5 French Tech

French Tech Nantes: Capitale French Tech
Angers French Tech: #IoT #Manufacturing
Laval French Tech: #EdTech #Entertainment
Vendée French Tech: #CLEANTECH #MOBILITY

Incubators and accelerators: (focus international)

Village by CA: 4 locations
Imagination Machine (Rob Spiro)
Incubateur Centrale-Audencia-Ensa Nantes

Discover the region Pays de la Loire


450 km of Atlantic coast and 2 islands
215 km of beaches
250 km of the Loire river
2,800 km of cycling trails (including the Loire à Vélo and Velodyssey trails)
3rd largest French wine area by number of AOCs
125 chateaux and remarkable civil architecture sights
191 Val de Loire tourist wine cellars
33 golf courses
156 French horse-riding schools
7 casinos
7 spa centres


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