The Automotive Techdays is a joint initiative of more than 30 selected companies and research institutes with the aim of identifying Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes as a top region for the delivery of automotive technology. See below to find out more about each of these organizations.

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The AKKA Group, an engineering and technology consulting company, supports its clients in meeting their increasing challenges. Our key assets are:
  • a wide-range of global services for industrial projects
  • the ability to collaborate across the entire product lifecycle
  • Offices in Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia and Americas
  • 21 centers of excellence across Europe and the World to enhance Group synergies
  • 15,515 skilled and dedicated employees
Thanks to the assets of our in-house research center, AKKA Research, we enable you to develop and create your vision of the future. We have the tools and means to turn your concept into reality. AKKA is the European leader in the Mobility segment. With more than 15,000 skilled employees and a solid presence in Europe, Asia and America, AKKA is one of the leaders among European consulting engineering companies, always eager to meet the highest quality standards. Website
Founded in the 90’s in the Lyon area, ALPHEE DEVELOPPEMENT and ERCTEEL are specialized in the ENERGY CONVERSION and POWER ELECTRONICS business applied on TRANSPORTATION and industrial equipment. ALPHEE and ERCTEEL are today FRENCH key players in providing engineering support, development & provision of solutions such as:
  • LOW & FAST AC/DC CHARGING STATIONS for electric bus, electric vehicles (40kW-320Kw / 400Vdc-1000Vdc)
  • Embedded AC/DC battery CHARGERS for electric vehicles (1kW-20kW / 75Vdc-650Vdc)
  • DC/DC, AC/DC CONVERTERS for EVs, hybrid plug-in, electric bus and rail equipment (10W-80kW)
  • SUPERCAP assembly, management and control for energy storage application (100Wh-1000Wh).
They support their customers whatever their technical challenge in compliance with manufacturing, safety, environment and quality standards. Website
Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 2 600 employees, Altair operates 69 offices throughout 24 countries. With a 30-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to more than 5,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the electronics, architecture engineering and construction, and energy markets. Website
AVICEN, the open and independent reference platform dedicated to exchanging, exploiting and monitoring data for all types of connected vehicles. AVICENselects high quality data from its automotive edge computing platform, to validate against standards and aggregates it into natural-language for B2B actors. We provide out-of-the-box or customized services to suit business needs (predictive maintenance, supply chain, R&D…) in order to create innovating services and new stream revenues. Website
Bollhoff is a family-run enterprise – an international group specialising in fastening and assembly technology with – a strategic partner for innovative enterprise. With our own production and development department, we design, manufacture and deliver a wide range of fasteners and assembly systems for metal and plastic – world wide Website
The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). The CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. Website
centumadetel Centum Adeneo, part of the group CENTUM (2200p/150M$), offers Build To Spec activities and engineering services with more than 400 professionals (85% of engineers) and 40M€ gross sales. The design center handles Electronics, Electrical engineering, Analog, digital, Power electronics, Power supply, Software, FPGA, Electromechanical and Packaging engineering, Electronics CAD & industrialization, thermal analysis & robustness, test & measurement engineering in harsh environments such as the Aeronautics, Defense, Railway, Industry & Energy, Automotive & Medical markets. Applications: energy storage and conversion for the development of electrical transports or energy efficient vehicles (land-based, aeronautics, naval), embedded information systems and control and command for all markets (smart & security), signal processing for medical/defense markets (new applications), interconnection and fast electronics for transport/defense, digital simulation for test equipment and experimentations. Website
As a recognized tier-one automotive supplier, EFI Automotive delivers electronic and electromagnetic systems to major carmakers worldwide. These systems improve performance in three major vehicle functions: engine, transmission and emission efficiency. Thanks to its 80 years’ experience, EFI Automotive offers its customers:
  • Unique competencies and industrial know-how
  • Exceptional responsiveness in finding solutions to the many problems customers encounter in designing new vehicles
  • An approach based on anticipation and innovation, designed to stay one step ahead of customer needs
EFI Lighting is a Joint Venture between EFI Automotive Group and Brochier Technologies, effective from Sept. 1st, 2015. This company develop, manufacture and market innovative solutions for automotive interior lighting based on Lightex® Technology. This technology is based on optical Fiber weaving into textile with innovative side emitting process and optical Fibers connected to LED modules. The main applications are :
  • Specific Interior surface lighting DESIGN is required on doors, dashboard or Headliner.
  • Car Interior Air Purifier to destroy COVs, but also bacterizes and formaldehydes
EXOES is a French technology provider developing innovative solutions in zero emission areas and in fuel consumption reduction for internal combustion engines. EXOES provides its customers with simulations, prototype developments, test rigs, vehicle integration project. Zero emission technologies:
  • battery thermal management for demanding applications
  • fuel cell integration in mobile power units for air conditioning, refrigeration or electric power supply
Internal combustion engine technologies:
  • waste heat recovery components: expander, pump and valve
  • high pressure SCR systems: pump
EXXOTEST® has been supporting manufacturers and equipment manufacturers for over 20 years with hardware and software tools for analyzing, logging, emulating, flashing and diagnosing embedded communication networks. On the occasion of the 2018 edition of the AUTOMOTIVE TECHDAYS, we will have the pleasure to present our new 3rd generation compact USB communication interface « VCI-MUXDIAG-3 ». « VCI-Muxiag-3 » is a high-performance USB communication interface that supports multiple communication channels: CAN-FD, CAN High Speed & Low Speed, LIN, BroadR-Reach, and Ethernet (DoIP). An essential tool for the development, validation and diagnosis of your embedded electronic architectures and equipments, VCI-MUXDIAG-3 retains the qualities of robustness and compactness that have made the reputation of previous generations. We look forward to seeing you at our booth to introduce you to VCI-MUXDIAG-3, its development tools and related accessories. Website
GAMING develops new solutions to make it possible to face new industrial challenges. GAMING offers innovative solutions to industries eager to reach the top of efficiency and productivity on their assembly lines. In 2016, GAMING will put at OEM disposal new fastening components adapted to new manufacturing of composite parts and multi-material assemblies. GAMING … the new rules of the game to achieve easily optimal lightness performances through the lightest processes. Website
gulplug is a French startup, launched in 2014 by 2 entrepreneurs, Xavier PAIN & Eric MARSAN, former innovation manager & marketing surveys at Schneider Electric.
  • 7 co-founders, InnoEnergy & WiSEED shareholders, with BPI, CERA & BNPP banks.
  • 3 M€ of seed funding, 9 employees.
  • 2 technology license agreements with Schneider Electric.
gulplug designs a new way to connect any electrical machine to the net and the main power:
  • innovative energy sensors and complete transmission system to the net,
  • energy monitoring and saving with predictive alerts,
  • automatic self plug-in of electrical and autonomous vehicles and industrial robots using a disruptive patented magnetic technology.
HEF Groupe, leading company in surface engineering with 2.000 employees worldwide offers functional coatings and nitriding processes for wear, friction and corrosion improvement. HEF Groupe’s unique coating and nitriding technology combined with its deep understanding of tribological challenges will give customer’s application the best performance and durability in one solution. Proximity of our services is a natural target of HEF Groupe. By the way most reliable and economic products are offered to our customers thanks to our 64 sites all over the world dealing with all of the value chain from the advanced engineering to the serial production. Website
Hexcel is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibers, reinforcements for composites, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades. Website
energies IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a major research and training player in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From research to industry, technological innovation is central to all its activities, structured around three strategic priorities: sustainable mobility, new energies and responsible oil and gas. Website
IPC (Innovation Plasturgie Composite), establish 1st december 2015, is the new Technical Center for Innovation and Expertise in support of industry. Opened to industrials, IPC takes part in the setup of partnerships and help create synergies between actors of plastics and composites branch. Our objectives are to improve competitiveness of the industry through innovation and give access to technological means for industrials. Website
METRAVIB, a brand of ACOEM, is supporting the industry with comprehensive Engineering services to help reduce the environmental impact. We offer expertise in the field of Noise and Vibration Engineering combined with a deep know-how in systems reliability and material testing. From the design stage to the qualification of solutions METRAVIB helps manufacturers, design offices, laboratories in their quest for ever more reliable and higher-performing products. Components reliability and comfort issues play a crucial role for the transportation industry. METRAVIB has been working with this industry for 40+ years, providing unrivaled expertise in engineering and solutions development. The numerous challenges to face, such as the industrialization of composite materials, environmentally friendly means of propulsion… give rise to acoustic and mechanical problems, for which METRAVIB experts provide reliable and cost efficient technical solutions focused on reducing noise and vibration issues. Website
JTEKT European Operations, as this is the case for our mother company JTEKT Corporation, is organised in 3 divisions and 3 major brands interacting with each other. – Automotive division JTEKT Europe designs and manufactures state-of-the-art steering systems for all major carmakers under the brand JTEKT. Differentials and driveline systems are developed and produced under the brand Torsen. PowerPacks and electro-hydraulics systems are designed & manufactured under the brand HPI ( – Bearing Division JTEKT Europe Bearings manufactures bearings for the automotive industry as well as for the general industry under the brand Koyo ( – Machine Tools Division Toyoda Machinery Europe offers a wide range of machine models for all kinds of manufacturing jobs under the brand Toyoda ( Website
MATELYS characterizes, models and designs innovative materials for the control of sound and vibrations. MATELYS has a broad track record of successful applications with industrial and academic research laboratories for the development of porous media featuring multiple scales of porosity and increased sound absorption and/or transmission properties. MATELYS has a solid experience in the development of porous media with multi-physical criteria (i.e. acoustics, mechanics, thermals, flow). MATELYS provides services for characterizing the intrinsic properties of materials, proposes software products to model their response and provides turn key test rigs for the complete characterization of materials. MATELYS’s approach has been awarded for Research Golden Decibel in 2011 by the National Council against Noise and for the Industry Price of the French Acoustical Society in 2012. Website
NTN-SNR ROULEMENTS, having its head office in Annecy (Haute-Savoie, France), belongs to Japanese Group NTN Corporation, a global leader in bearings. NTN-SNR manages and develops all NTN’s activities for the EMEA region and Brazil. NTN-SNR, a major force as a designer, developer and manufacturer of bearings and sub-assemblies for the automotive sector, industry and aeronautics, offers a comprehensive range by also developing maintenance services and solutions. NTN-SNR employs 4,225 people at nine production sites, including six in France, as well as 18 sales offices. Website
OROS designs and manufactures noise and vibration testing systems (instruments, software and services), meeting the requirements and expectations of automotive industry. It masters the latest technology of data acquisition as well as application oriented software for NVH testing and measurement. OROS systems are used to obtain an effective evaluation of vibro-acoustic phenomena. The final aim is to improve the comfort of vehicles as well as their durability and performance. The OROS analyzers are flexible enough to handle automotive NVH testing measurements in different test environments: laboratory, in-vehicle or production. Dedicated for vehicles, engines and components NVH, the OROS Solutions cover a wide range of applications: data acquisition, structural dynamics, acoustics and rotating applications as well as a range of related services. OROS is a dynamic company, with innovation at the very heart of its strategy, offering a range of high-tech products and solutions. OROS has proven for more than 30 years the outstanding performance of its noise and vibration testing systems. Website
Plastic Omnium, a € 8 billion revenue company, delivers to the world’s car-makers innovative solutions for emissions reduction and freedom of design. In each of our 127 plants, our 30000 employees are committed to delivering the highest standards of quality in two fields of expertise: #1 in Exterior products, Plastic Omnium produced 29 million bumpers as well as 1,2 million tailgates in 2017. Worldwide, one in every six vehicles produced is equipped with a Plastic Omnium body module. #1 in Fuel Systems, worldwide, one in every four vehicles is equipped with a Plastic Omnium tank. Website
APOJEE is a company with more than 50 engineers and technicians acting as a supplier of high-technology mainly in the fields of power electronics and ignition / combustion. With two locations in France and one in Germany, APOJEE works with the major automotive, aerospace and industrial players. Power electronics: APOJEE studies and develops innovative and efficient power electronics subassemblies, particularly intended for electric powertrains. APOJEE offers a range of electrical test tools which allows the validation and qualification of power electronics products. Ignition / Combustion: APOJEE’s expertise in this area is widely recognized by industry leaders: Automotive manufacturers and Tier 1’s, Formula 1 teams and defense. With the skills and specific tools developed by APOJEE, our customers get significant gains in terms of consumption and emissions reduction. Website
Since 1974 RJP produces series tooling and manufactures prototype sound packages for leading OEM in automotive and industry. Our aim is to produce prototype and small series parts. We are fully equipped to design and to produce the tooling : CATIA V5 (CAD) and WORKNC (CAM). In addition, we have also 4 CNC (Computer Numerical Control) in order to make on-demand tooling. For the production of the trims, we have two hydraulic press of production and a manufacturing hall of 1400m². Website
Roctool is a Technology & Manufacturing solutions provider offering Engineering services & systems for injection molding and compression molding. Its R&D team is constantly adapting its induction technologies to more materials, in order to draw benefits such as reduced cycle times, surface quality, lightweighting, product performance, and overall cost reductions. Roctool’s latest technology: IDH – Induction Dual Heating, is a leading Heat&Cool process combining composites with overmolded plastic features, which targets major brands in innovative industries e.g. Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Products & Electronics. Roctool processes are already in production, in particular HD Plastics™ capabilities for plastic molding & Light Induction Tooling™ for composite parts. Website
The family-owned company SAERTEX®, with a turnover of approximately €380 million (2017), is the global market leader for manufacturing multiaxial non-crimp fabrics and core materials for the production of fiber-reinforced composites parts. Customers in the automotive, boat building, sports, wind and aerospace industries rely on composites that become lighter, more stable and more resistant to corrosion thanks to SAERTEX® reinforcing materials made of glass, carbon and aramid fibers. With some 1400 employees and 14 production sites on 5 continents, including our Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes facility with 50 employees in production and R&D, together with an active sales network the SAERTEX® group is globally positioned to meet the increasing demand for technologically advanced GRP and CFRP composite solutions. Website
Tresse Metallique J.Forissier a division of International wire group, is a leading European Manufacturer of flexible copper products engineered to conduct electricity either for power or for grounding purposes. Our products are sold to a diverse customer base of various OEM’s for use in Electrical appliances, power supplies, aircraft, railway and automotive systems. Website
SIC MARKING supply standard and tailor made industrial marking solutions in laser, dot peen and scribing, with leading positions in dot peen in several countries. SIC MARKING are active in the automotive, aerospace and mechanical industries where we enjoy references with most of the major players around the globe. As of today we have an installed base of approx. 40,000 marking solutions running smoothly. SIC MARKING is a profitable growing 50m€/250p industrial marking group with a global footprint ( HQ in France, 8 subsidiaries in the major world economies and 40+ distributors covering the rest of the globe). Website
Saint Jean Industries is a worldwide established innovative corporation, specialized in the development and manufacturing of high integrity/critical safety components and sub-assemblies for the automotive, truck, motorcycle, industrial and aeronautical markets. Website
STÄUBLI: AN INNOVATIVE COMPANY CONNECTED WITH TOMORROW’S ENERGY CHALLENGES Pollution, greenhouse gases, energy dependence… the issue of clean energy is central to industrial planning. For over 20 years, innovative and socially responsible Stäubli has been providing specific responses in the field of alternative fuels (LPG and natural gas). Backed by its considerable R&D resources and the group’s commitment to producing ever more sustainable solutions, Stäubli offers special hydrogen connection systems in order to provide an even better response to tomorrow’s challenges. All of its products comply with specifications forming part of a sustainable development approach that includes an assessment of the environmental impact of the solutions and their ability to comply with a commitment to environmental protection. Backed by its expertise, Stäubli guarantees the reliability and safety of the quick-release couplings on different applications: hydrogen refuelling, cooling circuits of fuel cell… Website
Valeo is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. We are an independent group, fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automobile industry, mainly for the reduction of CO2 emissions. The mission of Valeo Powertrain Systems is to develop efficient, green and enjoyable powertrain solutions from internal combustion engines to full electric propulsion. Valeo Electrical Systems – as part of Valeo Powertrain Systems – is worldwide leader of alternators, starters and reversible machines for passenger cars in 12 V. For the forthcoming acceleration of powertrain hybridization, it develops competitive electric machines matching with the constraints of compactness, cost and system efficiency. Website
Vibratec’s team is dedicated to our clients’ project and operational needs in mechanical engineering: reliability, monitoring, structural dynamics, acoustics & vibration. We provide one-shot diagnosis & trouble shooting, technical solutions and design assistance for transportation (railway, automotive, truck & bus and aerospace), energy and mechanical industries. With more than 100 highly-motivated PhD, engineers and technicians, Vibratec is able to:
  • Develop tailor-made solutions rapidly and efficiently (engineering studies, noise and vibration abatement products & measuring systems, software, off-line or connected monitoring systems, multi-physics test benches…)
  • Work on-site throughout the world, where and when needed
  • Combine simulation, measurement and testing methods using software and measurement tools best adapted to the technical requirements of the project
Vibratec is involved in R&D programs in order to remain on the cutting edge of their scientific and technological fields Website
Renault Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading truck manufacturers. Building on the legacy of more than a century of innovative French truck know-how, Renault Trucks supplies transport professionals with tools they need to more efficiently conduct their business. Renault Trucks offers commercial vehicle users a large choice of innovative services and vehicles (from 2.8 to 120 T) adapted to a wide range of transport activities: local delivery, regional distribution, construction, long distance, special applications and defence. Renault Trucks vehicles are sturdy and reliable with low fuel consumption that enables them to deliver greater productivity and control operating costs. Website