*Please note that the Regional leadership of the AmCham Rhône-Alpes chapter is in transition
If you are a member at the regional level, and have any questions about your membership, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL WEBSITE: www.amcham-rhonealpes.org
Economic development agency for the Rhône-Alpes region
Located in south-eastern France, adjacent to Italy and Switzerland, the Rhône Alpes region is situated at an important crossroad in Europe. The region includes 8 départements: Ain, Ardèche, Drôme, Isère, Loire, Rhône, Savoie and Haute-Savoie. Its wide network of motorways (1,326 km), its 5 airports, its 264 railway stations and its 300 km of navigable waterways on the Rhône and the Saône, allow it to be connected to the rest of the world. The region accounts for close to 11% of French exports. With more than 6 million inhabitants and a GDP of 1,762,379 million euros (French National Institute of Statistics [INSEE], August, 2007), the Rhône Alpes region distinguishes itself by its powerful, economic potential, its capacity for innovation and the numerous jobs that it creates. As part of the leading group of the great economic regions of Europe, this area, which ranks 2nd behind the Ile de France region, creates 10.4% of jobs, nationally.
The industrial sector includes traditional sectors which have been able to adapt to technical progress (textiles, mechanics, chemicals, etc.), as well as innovative technology sectors (information technology, biotechnology, electronics, etc.). Such industrial sectors display the region’s several clusters of excellence. 20% of qualified French engineers are trained each year in the 35 grandes écoles (ISRA, INSA, etc.) and world-renowned institutions of higher education in the Lyon area. The city has gained recognition due to its global cluster of competitiveness, the Lyon Biopôle. The Rhône Alpes region is also home to 5 clusters of competitiveness elsewhere: Axelera (chemicals-environment), Lyon Urban Truck & Bus 2015 (transport), Techtera (technical textiles), Imaginove (digital entertainment) and Minalogic (microelectronics).
The Rhône region is characterised by several strong points. As the leading French region for chemical production, the Rhône Alpes produces all of France’s paracetamol and the majority of its PVC. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is home to flagship companies such as Rhodia, Atofina Aventis, Biomérieux, Mérial, Boiron and Merck-Lipha. The agro-food industry (9,350 employees) is represented by the establishment of important company headquarters, including that of Blédina, a subsidiary of Danone. In addition there are more than 2,000 metallurgical companies with 60,000 employees. Renault Trucks, Bosch, Adg Camping Gaz, Koyo, Alcatel Cable and Fagor represent the major companies. The IT sector represents 30,000 jobs which includes various services such as consulting on computer systems, engineering and system integration.
11% of French workers are employed by companies with foreign capital in the region employ. Foreign capital has also facilitated the creation of 4,179 jobs in 2006. Schwörer Haus, Ferropen, Easyjet, BPI, Wice Technologies and Gifas-Electric are on the list of the more recent investments and openings of 2007. This region comes second only to the Ile de France as the area where foreign companies are set up.
Thank you to AFII (Invest in France Agency) for providing this information. AFII's mission is to make France Europe's leading destination for international investment. Visit their website at http://www.invest-in-france.org
A series of meetings called “ChamMasters” with the specific objective of sharpening public speaking skills and “Speaking with impact”.
At the Hotel Hilton in Lyon, 70 quai Charles De Gaulle.
From 7:30pm to 10pm.
€45 for members of AmCham and of the American Club of Lyon
€55 for non-members
* Dinner is included and possibility to include it in a DIF
Le Dauphine newspaper wrote an article about the 2008 Presidential Election, and the AmCham France Rhone-Alpes! Click HERE to read the article...
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05 Nov 2009-
For event listings, check out the Rhone-Alpes site: www.amcham-rhonealpes.org
28 Apr 2009-from 11:30am to 1:30pm
"Making Effective Dispute Resolution through Arbitration"
17 Apr 2009-9am to 5pm
Making Memorable Presentations
25 Mar 2009-8:30am-10:30am
Business Intelligence: A Key Tool for Management
29 Jan 2009-8am-10am
"US Policy under Obama: The New New Deal"
22 Jan 2009-5:45pm to 8pm
"Good to Great: Corporate values and vision as a competitive advantage"
20 Jan 2009-6pm-8:30pm
"Good to Great: Corporate Values and Vision as a competitive advantage"
09 Dec 2008-6pm - 8pm
"ESTA & Visas: Will you able to go to the United States in 2009?"
25 Nov 2008-7:30pm
Some of the world's finest wines: France vs. USA
09 Oct 2008-6:30pm-8:30pm
Arbitration: A cost-effective solution for dispute resolution
12 Mar 2008-17:30-20:30
L'Environnement comme moteur de Croissance
15 Feb 2008-12:00 - 13:45
Economic metldown in the United States
07 Dec 2007-two full days
Forum International pour le developpement durable
27 Nov 2007-
A Rhône Alpes-Auvergne Chapter, Ile-de-France Networking and Investemtn events
28 Jun 2007-8:00-9:45
Rhône Alpes-Auvergne Regional Chapter Event: Business Tools Conference & Breakfast
03 May 2007-18:30
The US economy as seen from France