The Automotive Techdays is a joint initiative of more than 40 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.

Actia Automotive   AD-VENTA altair AMIS Extrusion bolhoff cea centumadetelcetim chomarat Europe Composite Technologies EFI EFI Lighting Ercteel Eve System Gaming Hexcel hutchinson solvay CT-IPC Magnum Courb MAG mavel Mecaplast plastic Rayconnect renault saertex saint Schrader Siemens Sintex NP solvay Staubli symbio   Tresse Industrie IW valeo Vision Systems volvo
ACTIA® is a family-owned group based in Toulouse, which specializes in onboard, high added value electronic systems for the vehicle and telecommunications markets. The ACTIA group (2015 turnover: €381 million with 3,000 staff worldwide) now consists of 21 companies in 15 countries. Innovation, Internationalism and total control of the manufacturing process of our products have been the foundation for the quality and success of our solutions. Website
Ad-Venta is specialized in pressurized gas circuits and components. With a 40 years experience on harsh environment applications, Ad-Venta provides dedicated failsafe turn-key system for Hydrogen Mobility, covering :
  • Small footprint pressure regulator
  • Cost effective pressure management device
  • Precision gas mixing solution
  • Integrated gas tank bulkhead,…
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 2 500 employees, Altair operates 48 offices throughout 23 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
Amis is a private forging compagny which delivers high precision components for the automotive industry. Our process integrates cold and warm forging, turning, heat treatment, grinding for Engine and Transmission Parts production. AMIS produces Differential bevel gears, reverse gears, synchroniser rings, park lock wheels, engine gears, starter parts and delivers to car (EOP) manufacturers in Europe, India and China. 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). A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives: To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future. 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-Adetel, a French mid-size company (60M€/600p) consists in three main subsidiaries with international footprints:
  • Adeneo: customer service from the idea to the electronics product through a multi-skill expertise; Full or part product lifecycle management,
  • Adetel Transportation Solution: transportation market solutions; Energy management & passenger information lines of products,
  • Adeneo Embedded: software system integrator; Embedded software expertise & IoT.
The Group has led the field in bringing innovative and highly advanced embedded electronics systems covering the entire capabilities to meet the challenges of many of the world’s most demanding electronics systems. These embedded computers, control systems, electrical energy management and storage equipment, measurement and test engineering, passenger information systems along with qualification & robustness, reliability, PLM, IPEM (electromechanical packaging engineering) know-how have been at the center of multiple aeronautics, defense, railways, medical, industrial, energy and automotive applications. Website
As the leading French player in the fields of mechanical engineering innovation and R&D, Cetim has built up a wide network of partners. Cetim provides a comprehensive array of services to the mechanical engineering industry from consulting to testing and from engineering to training in new skills. R&D function is carried out either within specific sectors or cutting across sector boundaries, and within either a national or an international context. Website
Established in 1898, Chomarat is an independent industrial group and a leading player in the textile field. It relies on an international network in the field of composite materials and engineered textiles, and has industrial sites worldwide support the development of international groups. To meet its customer’s requirements, Chomarat develops robust technical expertise that is based on a wealth of knowledge. Chomarat’s teams provides support for the Group’s customers in the most innovation-oriented sectors, like automotive, aerospace, sports, energy, boating, protection, building & construction and civil engineering, and also in markets requiring creativity and expertise, like luxury goods. Website
EUROPE COMPOSITE & TECHNOLOGIES is a specialist in the manufacturing of composite (polyester, vinylester, epoxy reinforced with fiberglass or carbon…) parts, sub-sets and equipment for transport (bus and coach industry), agriculture, aeronautics, water, biogas and NRE, city furniture, etc. ECT runs today 2 industrial facilities, one in Brittany, the other one in Rhône-Alpes, totalizing over 6.000 m² covered, a 2015 Turn Over of 4.5 M€ for an average staff of 35. Each site is equipped with an efficient computer controlled production system, and an engineering department using CAD Solidworks software in order to assist his clients. ECT masters several technologies in the field of thermosetting polymers (open or closed molds) and his Quality Management System is certified ISO 9001 for both production site. 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
Founded in 1990 in the Lyon area, ERCTEEL is specialized in the POWER ELECTRONIC and Energy conversion business applied on TRANSPORTATION and industrial equipment. ERCTEEL is today a FRENCH key player in providing engineering support, development & power electronic 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 (3kW-20kW / 75Vdc-600Vdc)
  • DC/DC, AC/DC CONVERTERS for hybrid plug-in, electric bus and rail equipment (20kW-80kW)
  • SUPERCAP assembly, management and control for energy storage application (100Wh-1000Wh)
EVE System is an engineering company, expert in design, prototyping and industrialization of electric architectures for electric and hybrid vehicles. Our activity is divided into two business units : Engineering servicing and Electronic Control Units manufacturing. EVE System’s root know how deals with battery integration and management for automotive application, electric motor sizing and electric & hybrid vehicles supervision. We are working with clients part of urban mobility, service vessels, motor sport, agriculture, industry and leisure activities sector. 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.
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 and automotive structures. Website
For 160 years, the Hutchinson Group has designed, developed and produced high performance products, and pushes technological limits further each day to offer greater comfort and safety. Sealing systems, vibration, acoustic and thermal insulation, fluid transfer systems, transmission and mobility: our expertises are anchored in the determination to create what does not yet exist in order to anticipate tomorrow’s needs. 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
The purpose of the company is the development, the manufacturing and the marketing of electrical vehicles as well as any secondary service activity, component, spare parts and secondary sub-systems. Website
Created in 1999 in the scientific center of « Ecole Centrale de Lyon », Mag Tech is specialized in studying and manufacturing electromagnetic devices. The research department is working with an important universitary team, including the « Laboratoire Ampère de Lyon » for electromagnetic modeling’s. Our services covers from unit to mass production of electromagnetic components or complete systems using our industrial facilities in Asia. Website
Mecaplast Group is one of the European leaders in auto parts, specialized in plastic injection. Founded in 1955by Charles Manni, the Group designs,develops and manufactures parts and complete systems for vehicle Body and Engine. Today it reports a revenue of more than 734million euros. Our 6000employees are based in 18 countries to serve automotive markets across the world. Website
Plastic Omnium, a $6.6 billion company, delivers to the world’s car-makers innovative solutions for emissions reduction and freedom of design. In each of our 120 plants, our 26 000 employees are committed to delivering the highest standards of quality in two fields of expertise: N°1 worldwide in Exterior Body Systems, Plastic Omnium produced 18 million bumpers as well as 1 million tailgates in 2015 and provide technological, multi-material solutions with high added value that increasingly integrate functions, enhance safety and reduce weight. N°1 worldwide in Fuel Tank and Emission Reduction Systems, Plastic Omnium produced 19 million tanks in 2015, supporting sustainable mobility by providing new solutions for all kinds of powertrains including clean diesel and plug-in hybrids. Website
Expert in assembly technology, ARaymond is renowned worldwide for the intelligence and the innovation of its fastenings solutions. Millions of vehicles worldwide are fastened by ARaymond™ products. Applications include interior and exterior trim, IP, power train, electrical distribution, thermal management and fluid handling. For fluid handling, Quick Connectors simplify assembly operations because of their simple operation and their accessibility. They are found in all types of automotive fluid connection systems: fuel lines, cooling circuits, air conditioning, power steering and brake fluid circuits, etc. Used by most leading automobile brands, ARaymond™ Quick Connectors are appreciated for their comprehensive range and their many integrated functions (various valves, temperature sensors, etc.). Today, fluid connection systems have become one of ARaymond leading areas of expertise. Most leading automobile brands use ARaymond™ Quick Connectors because they answer their needs: ease of operation, expertise in assembly solution, traceability, range diversity and integrated functions. 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
SAERTEX France was founded in 2002. In Arandon, east of the French metropolis of Lyon, reinforcing textiles are produced for shipbuilding, the automotive industry, construction and for the sports and recreation industries. SAERTEX France takes the wishes and demands of its clients into account, and has specialized in the products: SAERcore, SAERcore MAX, SAERfix, multiaxial fabrics, UD complexes and kits (kitted fabrics). In constant exchange with the clients, mutually developed products and procedures are constantly being developed. 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
For more than 100 years, Schrader has been the world’s leading pioneer and innovator of valves and sensing technologies. Throughout our history, Schrader innovations have provided practical and economical solutions to customers for tire, engine or air conditioning systems. Schrader means fluid control and pressure management for a large range of fluids such as air, air conditioning gas, fuels… Schrader has the abilities to design and manufacture several functionalities such charging ports, safety valves, pressure and flow regulators. Website
Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software. Our Smart Innovation Portfolio helps manufacturers optimize their Digital Enterprise and realize innovation. Website
For more than 80 years the SINTEX NP Group combines plasturgy with other processes, to bring innovative solutions to the different markets it serves. Upon others, it processes a very wide range of polymers and composites, for applications in the fields of automotive, electricity and electronics, aeronautics,… Furthermore, combining metal works (stripes or wires) and plastics, SINTEX NP offers turnkey solutions for overmolded circuitries. Also, SINTEX NP is an industrial known name for plastronics, a association between polymers and electronic. This is in this field we have initiated and managed the collaborative project HYPLATE : study, development and industrialization of bipolar plates for fuel cells. Website
Our Research & Innovation is at the core of our business. Solvay’s laboratories are strategically located across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the USA. And our commitment to R&I upholds our reputation as a leader in our field. It is embedded in our past and future, as we continue to lead the way in pioneering technologies that ask more from chemistry. Over 150 years ago Ernest Solvay made his technological breakthrough with the ammonia-soda process. Since then we have pioneered new concepts such as biosourcing as alternative to fossil raw materials, silica for energy efficient tires, or high-performance polymers reducing weight of cars or airplanes – even Solar Impulse. Our R&I employees across the globe continue to push boundaries and we continue to excel, propelling this field into the future. Website
Combining expertise for efficient electrical power contacts and competence for high quality mechanical couplings, Stäubli is designing reliable and ergonomic connection systems; specifically dedicated to the e mobility market. Website
Symbio FCell SA is the French leader in hydrogen Fuel Cell systems designed for the transportation markets. Fuel Cell System kits designed and produced by Symbio FCell for land and sea vehicle manufacturers offer a seamless evolution of green mobility solutions that extend electric vehicle autonomy. Our modular H2 systems provide a wide range of PEM-based mobile energy solutions, from 5 kW to 300 kW, that address density and reliability issues and are ready for cost effective mass production. Website
Tresse Industrie is specialized in the design and manufacturing of technical textiles dedicated to electromagnetic interferences shielding on power cables for hybrid and electric vehicles. 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
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
Vision Systems is a tier-one system supplier in aeronautics, land transport and marine developing bespoke solutions: solar protection, driver assistance and onboard entertainment solutions. Vision Systems combines complementary skills in electronics, mechanics and composite to provide ever more innovative solutions for cost reduction, heightened safety and improved comfort. Website
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2012 the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to about SEK 304 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden. Website
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