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The birthplace of the French automotive industry, Paris Region draws its success from its tremendous capacity for innovation which started with the early car makers Citroën, Levassor, Panhard and Renault, combined with a highly-skilled workforce.
Paris Region offers a unique development environment for international companies in the automotive sector. It is one of the few regions of the world to have two major global manufacturers: PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault. Most of the world's main car part manufacturers are also located in Paris Region.
While Paris Region remains a major industrial centre with the factories in Flins (Renault), Poissy and Aulnay-sous-Bois (PSA), the region is also home to Renault and PSA's global decision-making centres and has become their leading research hub.
The car manufacturers rely on the presence of a very diverse network of part manufacturers and suppliers, both French (particularly Valeo and Faurecia) and foreign (Bosch, Johnson Controls, Denso, Lear, Delphi, etc).
And finally, major corporations, SMEs and state-owned R&D laboratories have teamed up to create the Mov'eo competitiveness cluster. One of the world's very first competitiveness clusters, Mov'eo represents 70% of French automotive R&D.
Research and training
70% of researchers working in the French automotive industry are in Paris Region, supported by a solid structure of public-sector research labs and universities. 17,500 people are employed in automotive R&D in Paris Region.
update April 28, 2011