The Plastics Vallée is historically a land of industry:
- The local firms used to make combs and hair ornaments out of wood and horn.
- Since the 1950's: the plastic's industry has evolved, and the Plastics Vallée has become the World's Plastic's Capital.
Today the Plastics Vallée represents:
- The 1st Plastics Industry Pole in Europe
- 600 small & medium innovation-orientated companies
- A 2B € yearly turnover
It's main business markets are:
Our plastic's industry firms are historically turned towards innovation: 73% of them have a innovation structured approach.
In order to facilitate innovation , the Plastics Vallée has endowed itself with:
- The "Centre technique industriel de la Plasturgie et des composites" (Industrial Technical Center for the Plastics and Composites Industry)
- The competitiveness cluster Plastipolis (R&D projects)
- The PlastiCampus: a cluster of various local schools working hand in hand with firms and associations and providing a large range of courses and degrees from Youth training to Master's degree in engineering.
Allizé-Plasturgie: a professional organization at the service of plastics and composites
Allizé-Plasturgie is a cross-regional confederation consisting of 5 regional unions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Burgundy-Franche-Comté, Grand-Est, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur & Corsica and Occitanie) which collaborates across the whole of eastern France to respond effectively to the needs of manufacturers. This network enables us to develop tools that are suited to the whole of the region.
IPC: an expertise dedicated to plastic and composite innovation in France
Since 2016, the profession has new ressources to support companies, in particular VSEs and SMEs:
- Financial support for R&D
- Technology and skills transfer
IPC has a national dimension and is represented throughout the country. IPC relies on the Federation of Plastics and Composites and its professional organizations. IPC develops partnerships with all technical and scientific players: competitiveness clusters, technical centers, universities and engineering schools.
Key figures about IPC:
- 12M€ yearly turnover (40% in R&D)
- A staff of 80
Plastipolis: the competitiveness cluster for plastics & composites
Since 2005, the competitiveness cluster supports innovative projects through identification and development of new technologies. It also promotes the plastics industry worldwide.
Key figures :
- 300 suscribers of which 200 firms, 50 R&D centers and schools, 20 local authorities and 30 institutions.