Advanced and processes in Midi-Pyrenees,
Concentration & Specialization for High-Performance Materials
Presentation and Key Figures
Due to the presence of many highly innovative industrial sectors and/or consumers of innovation (aeronautics, space, automotive, mechanical engineering), the use and integration of new materials has always been a major aspect of the stakes in Midi-Pyrenees.
Our region has succeeded in creating excellent conditions for development of materials and processes, based on the many collaborative programs bringing the research and industrial communities together. The materials and processes sector in Midi-Pyrenees offers a tremendous strong point which is unique at the level of any European region.
Leading concentration for the manufacture of technical ceramics in France
with the Bazet (Hautes-Pyrénées) industrial complex
Second in France for advanced materials research
Leading French complex in power integration
Top concentration of civilian aeronautics in France
Location of establishments
Did you know…?
A 450-kg reduction in the weight of an Airbus
creates capacity for 6 more passengers
A 100-kg weight reduction on a rocket
means a 100-kilometer gain in trajectory
France produces more composites than its European partners
Driven by the need to optimize costs and reduce lead times, intra-sector relationships have developed, providing technological responses to meet prime contractors’ requirements and expectations.
In aeronautics, for primary load bearing structures, composite materials are ideal, thanks to their performance, low weight, reliability, longevity and flexibility in shaping.
With the A380 , for the first time in the history of aeronautics, the center box will be built entirely of carbon fiber , contributing to reducing the aircraft’s weight by one ton.
25 leading industrial establishments,
150 specialized cutting-edge subcontractors,
28 university laboratories,
4 national research organizations,
1000 researchers, engineers and technicians