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Caen Normandie boasts an outstanding wealth of industrial skills and know-how, with a well-structured network of subcontractors, in particular in the aeronautical, automotive, materials and nautical sectors.

Automotive industry

Normandy’s automotive industry is a leading sector for the region: 350 companies with over 45,000 salaried workers with activities directly linked with the automotive industry. Major vehicle and equipment manufacturers, SME-SMIs have chosen to set up in Caen Normandie. Among these international firms: VOLVO RENAULT TRUCKS (2nd ranking site in the world in terms of the number of industrial vehicle cabins produced), PSA Peugeot Citroën (supplier of 60% of PSA’s suspension systems), Robert BOSCH (one of France’s strategic sites with the development of Industry 4.0 automation), VALEO, etc.

As a genuine land of experimentation, our startups join forces to invent tomorrow’s vehicles and to develop new technological solutions.

To serve the automotive industry, the MOV’EO competitiveness cluster and ARIA (Normandy Regional Automobile Industry Association) are two major stakeholders within the territory, offering support for business development, innovative collaborative projects, from startups to major groups.


Caen Normandie, and the Super Campus for Innovation in Caen’s North Plateau in particular, offers a concentration of a vast range of research and development activities in materials. The area is already home to a few internationally renowned establishments:

  • GANIL: one of the largest international laboratories for ion beam research: nuclear physics, atomic physics, condensed matter, astrophysics, radiobiology, etc. Thanks to its quite unique facilities, the site is a certified ‘Very Large Research Infrastructure’ and serves the international scientific community. You may also refer to ‘Expertise and Skills’
  • CNRT for Materials: this national research centre’s vocation is to develop top-level partnership research operations by relying on the expertise of fundamental research laboratories in the specific fields of materials, energy in the transport sector (automobile, aerospace, nautical), in construction and information technologies. In partnership with Caen la Mer, the Normandy Regional Council and Fabixis, the CNRT plans to create a regional platform for additive manufacturing, in order to develop research in original materials and to satisfy tomorrow’s industrial demands.
  • Maison des Matériaux (House of Materials) [project]: the aim is to federate stakeholders throughout the territory, to create areas propitious to encounters, to host research teams and startups.

Nautical industry

In the heart of the Bay of Seine and less than two hours from Paris, Caen Normandie is in a strategic location within France’s premier shipping complex (Le Havre, Rouen, Cherbourg, Caen). Linked with the world’s busiest seas via a 12km canal, the area benefits from an exceptional waterway that is highly favourable for the nautical sector. Caen’s ‘Presqu’île’, stretching over a surface of 300 hectares is also ideal for developing tourism-related activities, pleasure boating and water sports in particular. The following activities are represented: boat design and construction, maintenance, equipment manufacture, education and training in maritime professions, recycling of old pleasure boats.

  • The NORLANDA incubator/business centre accommodates startups specialising in nautical activities

Nuclear physics

Throughout its territory, Normandy concentrates a large number of nuclear activities in two major fields: energy and research on nuclear science and biomedicine.
The Super Campus for Innovation on the North Plateau encompasses facilities and high excellence laboratories coordinated by major national (CEA, CNRS, INSERM) or regional (ENSICAEN, Caen University) organisations. This research and innovation Science Park, located in the vicinity of the GANIL and the CYCERON imaging platform combines internationally renowned skills in the field of radiobiology, radiopharmacy, radiochemistry, hadrontherapy, dosimetry, instrumentation, beam control, medical imaging, image analysis and radioprotection.

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Higher education establishments, such as ENSICAEN, ESIX and INSTN dispense over twenty top-level courses focusing on nuclear science applied to health, such as the International Master’s Degree in ‘Sustainable Nuclear Engineering Applications and Management’, including the NUTMA (NUclear Technologies for Medical Applications) option, which enables students to acquire scientific knowledge in the various nuclear technologies deployed in medicine (radioisotope production, diagnosis, therapy, radioprotection, waste management, etc.).

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