What are the leading sectors doing events in France?

What are the leading sectors doing events in France?

France’s leading sectors

Backed by its strong industrial tradition and internationally renowned expertise, France is a leading player in a number of key economic sectors.

Information technology

Information technology covers a huge array of business sectors. France is uniquely positioned to host and offer premium opportunities for global IT companies given its powerful communications infrastructures, highly active innovation clusters, skilled talent pools, state aid programs, research tax credit and special “innovation new company” status.

A select list to illustrate this sector’s buoyancy in France

The world’s largest digital incubator housed at Halle Freyssinet in Paris can accommodate no fewer than 1,000 innovative startups

2016 was the third year in a row that France sent more companies than any other European country to the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show.

€20 billion invested in the Very High-Speed Broadband France Plan to cover the entire country in ultra-high-speed broadband by 2022.

“La French Tech” is an accreditation for all players in the French startup ecosystem, starting with accelerators, entrepreneurs but also including communities like investors, engineers, designers, developers, large corporate groups, non-profits, the media, government agencies and research institutes

List of professional events taking place in IT sector


France has a prime ecosystem for growth in the healthcare industry for a variety of reasons: universal access to care, which creates a broad field of application; a dense varied network of healthcare infrastructures; a highly effective network of skilled researchers and scholars; and a powerful pharmaceutical industry.

All this combined makes France the leading country in the world for vaccines and Europe’s leading player in veterinary medicine. It is also ranked fifth in the world for medicinal products, medical technologies and devices, and enjoys a fine reputation in skin cosmetics, ophthalmology, cardiology, and telemedicine, among other fields.

With over €70 billion in revenues and more than 400 production facilities, France is a powerful healthcare cluster in the European Union promoting innovation and research through France’s unrivalled research tax credit. Every year, nearly 1,000 clinical trials are conducted in France, with two-thirds in private industry, mainly in oncology, rare diseases and infectious diseases.

CTA List of pharmaceutical and medical congresses in France


France’s automotive sector has 440,000 employees working at 3,500 companies, including vehicle-makers, engine manufacturers, equipment makers, car body designers and concept designers. The industry makes 43% of its sales in exports, files more patents than any other sector in France, and invests heavily in R&D to consolidate its position in every aspect of the trade, from connected/smart/self-driving vehicles, new engines and 2-liter/100 km vehicles, to new materials, safety, recycling and the ‘Plant of the Future’. From startups to large corporates, private and public labs, government authorities and automotive innovation clusters, players throughout the entire industry are catalysts for innovation and creativity, and generators of value and growth through collaborative R&D projects involving 1,000 industry members.

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France offers a rich ecosystem for the aerospace industry, boasting 4,500 companies offering a wide range of products, innovation clusters, public and private research centers, and specialist training institutions.

The sector posts some €50 billion in annual sales, two-thirds of which is produced for export. This vibrant industry has created several thousands of jobs in recent years, with 350,000 employees, a majority of whom work in highly skilled jobs.

Nearly 15% of turnover is invested in R&D for innovations, including lighter materials, engine efficiency, improved aerodynamics and new equipment.

The Paris Air Show at Le Bourget is the world’s largest trade show for the aerospace sector is the major event in this sector.

Mechanical industries

There are 30,200 companies in the mechanical industries sector, operating in a broad range of trades and markets.With €121.8 billion in turnover and 629,000 jobs, France is ranked sixth in the world and third in Europe.

This extremely diverse industry has a number of different application focuses, including automotive, aerospace, energy, construction, transport, electronics, agri-food, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals, among others.

The growing number of pioneering startups is evidence of this sector’s buoyancy and the continuous modernization of all businesses.

CTA List of events


A highly globalized, powerful and vibrant sector.

France’s at the heart of the European continent and the crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin offers it a geographical comparative advantage, making it a natural choice for a key role in European logistics.

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France’s chemical industry is the sixth largest in the world, and the second largest in Europe after Germany.

The chemical sector supplies substances and materials to a number of other industrial activities, including, for example, carbon fiber to the polymer plastics and aerospace industries.

Innovation is a determining factor, which is why 12,558 people work on R&D in this sector undergoing constant developments toward new processes and products that can provide solutions for the great challenges facing society, such as climate change and sustainable development.

France also has dedicated platforms for setting up all sorts of chemical plants that are accustomed to special process management in the sector and where most current utilities can be pooled.

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Energy & clean tech companies

France was Europe’s third largest renewable energy producer in 2015, generating 91 TWh of electricity from renewable sources.

France is also Europe’s second largest producer of hydroelectricity, and has some of the biggest potential for renewable marine energy production in the world, with 11 million sq. km. of ocean. The turbine industry owes its growth to Europe’s second largest wind source: some 500 new turbines go online every year as France moves towards reaching a target of 19,000 MW of installed land turbines by 2020. Europe’s largest solar power plant was installed in France in late 2015, and the country is also extremely well positioned in the biomass sector – as Europe’s second largest wood energy producer – as well as the geothermal and solar heating industries.

France is a leader in renewable energies as a result of an active R&D effort and the expertise of players up and down the value chain working in development, engineering, manufacturing, installation, operations and maintenance, among others.

Businesses, workers, non-profits, public authorities, research centers and innovation clusters are all motivated to achieve the ambitious goals that France has set for itself, which include 23% renewables in its energy mix in 2020 and 32% by 2030.


Agri-food is the largest industry in France.

It is a major business sector in every French region, and plays a key role in driving the French economy. Its diversity and expertise are the work of large world-renowned corporations and scores of SMEs (16,218 companies in all). With a direct focus on the global economy, the French agri-food sector is the world’s fourth largest exporter, with €44.3 billion in food exports.

It is one of the most vibrant industries in France, offering a wealth of opportunities due to an excellent on-the-job training system in agri-food professions, stringent occupational health standards, and sustained efforts to promote innovation and R&D (12 innovation clusters).

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