The Languedoc-Roussillon, among the Top 10 most attractive French regions for inward investment

19 inward investment projects were given the go-ahead in the Languedoc-Roussillon in 2012, leading to the creation or the retention of 482 jobs.


Over 300 foreign firms (covering all sectors of activity - source INSEE) are present in the Languedoc-Roussillon, employing around 15,800 people. The Languedoc-Roussillon is the 10th most active host region in France for inward investment. 


Most of the projects involve creating new sites, representing 58% of investment in 2012.


The United States heads the list of investor countries in the region, with 7 projects. Finland, Belgium and Spain all invested twice in the Languedoc-Roussillon in 2012. The region hosts 50% of all Finnish projects in France.



Examples of foreign investment projects accompanied by Invest Sud de France in 2012


  • CAMERON INTERNATIONAL: the US firm, Cameron, which developed global riser manufacturing facilities in Beziers in the Languedoc-Roussillon, consolidated its production unit with the creation of 33 new jobs. CAMERON is a member of the ISF board.


  • SYNERGY HEALTHCARE PLC (ISOTRON France): the British firm is opening a unit in the Gard in partnership with the CEA, to create the largest European sterilisation facility for medical devices using gamma rays. The structure will lead to the creation of 12 jobs.


  • TRANSASIA BIO MEDICALS LTD: specialised in the manufacturing of medical diagnosis instruments, the Indian firm, Erba international, has taken over Maxmat in Montpellier. The 14 highly qualified employees in the field of automatic medical systems will all continue to work there.


  •  NTN-SNR: a subsidiary of the NTN Corporation group (Japan) and leader in the automotive bearings market in Europe, the company is now set to produce 3rd generation bearings on a new site in Alès-Groupillac. NTN SNR, which employs 4,600 people in ten factories across Europe, has its head office in Annecy (Haute-Savoie). In 2011, the group reported a 740 M€ turnover.
    Project supported by the public authorities including the Regional Council, NTN SNR is a member of the ISF Board.


  •  RHODIA: the Belgian chemical group consolidated all of its activities on the Salindres platform, with a total of 600 industrial jobs. Project supported by the public authorities including the Regional Council.


  • WINDEO GREEN FUTUR: The Brussels-based Belgian group, WINDEO GREEN FUTUR, has decided to transfer its French headquarters to the Languedoc-Roussillon, in the Montpellier area.


European leader in renewable energies and energy control, the structure created 100 new jobs in the Languedoc-Roussillon in 2013 - including 40 entirely new jobs.


The group has a 450m² showroom to promote its Renewable Energies and Smart Home offer.


Project supported by the Regional Council, Montpellier Agglomeration and the Hérault Departmental Council.



Source:  ARDE/AFII