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Northern France, a strategic location and an outstanding industrial base in the Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardy regions.
Rail, Automotive and Logistics — sectors playing a key role in the economic development of Northern France.

Northern France offers outstanding infrastructures including a dense rail network with major inter-city and international links, and has a long tradition of trade and cross-border exchange reflected in a unique focus on transport at work throughout the sector.

Transport-related industries in Northern France include:



Rolling-stock Industry:

10,000 employees, 40% of French production.

Northern France is the main centre for the rail industry in France.

The European Railway Agency is based in Lille-Valenciennes and France's national rail safety organization, notified body for rail certification, is nearby Amiens.



Automotive Industry:

70,000 employees, 30% of French production.

North France ranks second behind the greater Paris area for automobile production in France.



Logistics and Transport:

71,000 employees, the no. 2 French region in the sector.
Northern France ranks second behind the greater Paris area for logistics and transport.


Innovation for sustainable transport systems:



R&D Projects

More than 450 participants involved in 177 R&D projects totaling € 412 million of investment.



Members : 130

28 big companies
21 Research and Higher Education Organisations
15 others



16 major research equipments and pooled test facilities

Railenium: an international testing and research institute dedicated to rail infrastructure and systems
CADEMCE: dynamic test benches for pantograph-catenary systems
Transalley: Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Cluster
STEEVE: Energy Storage

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19 offers of training programmes open to international students

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