Go green. Technological research and development | Innovation Establishment of businesses and research centres Business development | Networking Incubation | Training and human resources
UNION EUROPﾃ右NNE Fonds social europﾃｩen
Project co-financed by the European Union
At the heart of a new industrial revolution
Multimodality, new uses, safer, more comfortable and more economic vehicles, innovative mobility services, and more: the transport sector is at the heart of a new industrial revolution taking place at global level. Transalley is an industrial and scientific cluster of international reach, which has developed an ecosystem for propelling innovation and is home to the driving forces of one of the leading areas in the automotive and rail sectors, Northern France and the Valenciennes region. It offers all professionals in these sectors top-class resources and a complete range of tools with which to develop their businesses, their technologies and their skills.
A world-class industrial and scientific cluster
A technology park dedicated to businesses and research centres in the field of sustainable mobility
The Transalley cluster brings together more than 60,000 professionals, 300 businesses and 400 researchers in the field of sustainable mobility. Its location enjoys a full range of industrial expertise in all fields within the automotive and railÂ industries, including manufacturers, component makers, design offices, test centres, certification bodies and so on.
Transalley is developing a technology park in Valenciennes, covering 34 hectares adjacent to the university campus, and bringing together research and training centres, start-ups, established companies and institutions in the transport sector. The technology park is a centre of excellence for research and innovation at international level. As a major resource hub offering top-class infrastructure, the Transalley technology park is an ideal location for investment and development of businesses and technologies in the European mobility market.
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S upporting the performance of rail and automotive companies Developing tomorrow’s railway infrastructure Boosting new systems of mobility and logistics Making test and accreditation structures available to companies Anticipating new forms of mobility and their economic models
Specialist services for innovation, skills development and business set-up
A vital synergy, driving innovation and development
Transalley also boasts a team of experts in the mobility sector giving businesses and researchers direct access to the services offered by members of the cluster: technological research and development, networking, innovation, incubation, set-up, recruitment, human resources development, international activities, etc.
Regional and public authorities, business groups, competitiveness clusters, scientific groups, training bodies: Transalley brings together major actors in the automotive and rail industries. Its sole objective is to help businesses and professionals to develop and to make its locality the future crucible of transport and mobility.
The nerve centre of the European automotive and rail industries Transalley’s locality, in the vicinity of Valenciennes, in northern France, is home to many of the key players in the European automotive and rail industries. Powerful, well balanced and structured, this world-class cluster offers development opportunities for all actors in the mobility sector, at local, national and international levels.
The location for international leaders Northern France is home to several dozen international operators in the automotive and rail sector. With its leading position in these markets at global level, it represents a real driving force for economic and technological development for the entire area.
A dense and well-structured economic fabric With over 300 automotive and rail companies and 60,000 professionals, Transalley sits at the heart of a unique pool of skills and industrial resources, organised by activity, facilitating networking and partnerships. The SMEs in the sector are particularly dynamic, actively participating in initiatives, which enables them to innovate and develop. Regional industrial activities such as mechanics, plastics and textiles further enhance the competitiveness of the transport and mobility cluster.
A centre of innovation Hosting numerous groups of engineers and scientists, Transalley nurtures innovative development in all mobility sectors. Its innovation capacities have led to the creation of I-Trans, a global inland transport competitiveness cluster. Start-ups, research teams, research partnership projects, incubation: innovation is now supported at all levels, and is rapidly gaining in strength through contact with a dense and diversified industrial fabric.
Heart of Europe Transalley is located in one of the densest and most accessible logistics regions in Europe.
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At the heart of regulatory change As a privileged site for businesses, Transalley works alongside major private and institutional actors, giving it the status of decision-making centre in the mobility sector, at both national and international level. ■ The European Railway Agency (ERA) works to establish technical standards and international signalling codes, in the interests of rail safety. ■ The Railway Certification Agency (CERTIFER) brings together over 400 experts. It assesses and controls urban and rail projects to ensure their interoperability, safety and availability, both nationally and internationally. ■ The Établissement Public de Sécurité Ferroviaire (EPSF) is the French authority on rail safety, responsible for audits, inspections, and authorisations. ■ The Centre d’Essais Ferroviaire (CEF) in Valenciennes is the only site in France able to test all types of railway rolling stock for the purposes of accreditation.
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Inventing tomorrow’s transport solutions
Research, engineering, technologies, tests, trials: the cluster has seen the emergence of many innovations in the transport sector. It is currently the scene of an unprecedented mobilisation of efforts, as well as massive investment, to develop the mobility solutions of the future.
A world-class scientific and technological centre With over 400 researchers in the field of mobility, the cluster represents one of the largest innovation and research centres in the automotive and rail sectors and in sustainable development in France and Europe. Internationally renowned and firmly structured, this scientific capacity offers businesses broad perspectives for innovation. ■ The International Campus on Safety and Intermodality in Transportation (CISIT) brings together R&D programmes initiated in 12 university research laboratories and 3 technology centres. ■ I-Trans, a world-class cluster, includes over 100 businesses and 30 research and training bodies. Its mission is to federate and structure innovation projects in the field of inland transport. It gives Transalley an innovation capacity of international standing, as already demonstrated in over 200 projects. ■ The Railenium Institute of Technological Research brings together industry and academia to form the largest research and development centre in the world in the railway field, and in infrastructure in particular. It alone brings together some 300 researchers.
Innovation on the move ➔ 1983: Inauguration of the
first automated metro (VAL) invented, designed and produced in Lille and Valenciennes ➔ 1999: Launch of the Centre d’Essais Ferroviaires (CEF), one of three European centres ➔ 2007: Worldwide launch of the first Bombardier Hybrid trains ➔ 2011: Production of the Kangoo ZE in Maubeuge, the first electric car mass-produced in France ➔ 2012: Production of the Yaris Hybrid by the Toyota factory in Valenciennes, for the European market
Its public research capacities are coupled with private international research centres, placing Transalley at the heart of many key innovations, including hybrid vehicles, automated metros, tram-trains, etc.
A training centre With 7 universities and over 20 business and engineering colleges (representing 160,000 students), the region gives companies access to skills and training at all levels, covering all specialities. National accreditation of Valenciennes University as an “Innovative Campus in Sustainable Transport” reflects the excellence of the training provided and has enabled the establishment of the Institute of Sustainable Transport and the International Management Institute in the technology park. The region has several highly specialist organisations in the transport sector: railway systems, industrial design, logistics management, automation, etc.
A significant concentration of test and engineering centres, driving innovation In collaboration with manufacturers, scientific actors have developed test and engineering centres specific to the automotive and rail industries. These facilities enable manufacturers to quickly test and verify their innovations, thus accelerating their time to market. ■ Crash and structures ■ Multiaxial fatigue ■ Thermodynamic resistance tests ■ Aerodynamic tests / Large wind tunnel ■ 3D movement analysis (motion capture) ■ Anthropomorphic simulation and Airbag test bench ■ Acoustics: anechoic and reverberation chambers ■ Tribology ■ Road and rail driving simulation ■ Motor and turbocharger tests ■ Vibration tests ■ Thermo-mechanical simulations ■ Railway tests (speed, endurance, automated driving, electromagnetic compatibility, etc.) ■ Rail traffic simulation
Specialist training ➔ International master's in rail and guided
transport systems (ENSIAME) ➔ ISD Institut Supérieur de Design, specialising in Transport
scientific and technological areas of excellence ➔ Multimodality / Co-modality /
Intermodality ➔ Vehicle lightening ➔ Vehicle energy efficiency ➔ Vehicle and passenger safety ➔ Intelligent systems ➔ Clean vehicles ➔ Morpho-adaptive safety and human factors
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Valenciennes is home to Transalley technology park, the nerve centre of the cluster which brings together in one location businesses, research teams and operators in sustainable mobility. Close to major industrial actors and leading scientists, it provides its residents with every asset required to develop their innovations.
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A technology park at the heart of an international cluster
CISIT IRT Railenium C3T, Inland transport technology centre Institute of Sustainable Transport International Management Institute Railway cluster (AIF) I-Trans competitiveness cluster Northern France automotive cluster Valenciennois Technology Park Association - Transalley services Incubator Business development incubator Business centre Services Centre (sport, accommodation, catering) ENSIAME Institute of Science and Technology (ISTV) LAMIH (Laboratory of Automation, Mechanics & Industrial and Human Information Systems) TEMPO (Heat Sciences, Flow, Mechanics, Materials, Formatting, Production) IEMN - DOAE (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies - Department of Opto Acoustics and Electronics) Northern France railway cluster of excellence
A welcoming and convivial location With its proud industrial heritage, Valenciennes is now a transformed metropolitan centre, where sport, culture and sustainable development all find full expression. Its residents prize its friendliness, typical to this area which regards hospitality as an art form. Thanks to its pleasant environment and proven know-how in business establishment, Valenciennes is already home to some of the major international names in transport, including Toyota, Michelin, Mercedes Benz and the ERA.
The Transalley technology park offers its residents direct access to the clusterâ€™s most valuable resources. Through contact with the major names in the automotive and rail sectors, it enables businesses and scientific teams to build and rapidly develop their networks of customers, suppliers and partners. Close to specialist research and test centres, Transalley Technology Park is also a real driver of innovation, where each business is able to make the very most of its creativity and follow its ideas through to fruition.
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A space designed for all actors in sustainable mobility
An ideal setting for combining professional and private life
The 34 hectares of the technology park, adjacent to the university campus, offer 180,000 m2 of space suitable for all types of companies and research teams: ■ A cluster space hosting professional hubs and operators in innovation (I-Trans, automotive hub, AIF, etc.) ■ Business hotels ■ A business incubator and a development hub peopled by innovative young companies ■ Shared facilities and spaces: amphitheatre, meeting rooms, show room, documentation centre, etc. ■ Extensive land available for the potential development of largecapacity buildings ■ A highly varied property offer, from 15 to 10,000 m2
The technology park offers many services to residents, providing an ideal working environment favourable to partnerships and interaction: ■ Numerous areas for leisure and relaxation: cafeteria, sports halls, health centres, etc. ■ Catering ■ Accommodation ■ Company childcare ■ Caretaker services
100% sustainable As a host to sustainable development companies, Transalley technology park has adopted the major principles of respect for the environment: ■ Excellent accessibility by public transport ■ Shared electric mobility resources ■ Low energy consumption buildings ■ Sustainable rain water management ■ Renewable energies
Direct access to the resources and expertise of the cluster Innovation, research, technological development, establishment, human resources: to allow businesses and research centres to benefit from optimal support for their projects, Transalley has a team of experts who will put you contact with the most appropriate representatives in the cluster. As a real one-stop-shop for sustainable development, Transalley is the perfect partner for all your initiatives. The Transalley teams will support you and place you in contact with the most appropriate actors in innovation, in order to lend structure to your approach and identify the responses best suited to your project. Technological research and development Transalley supports all companies seeking to develop their technological know-how in the mobility sector. Our team can organise the training, funding and expertise required for the deployment of any type of technology. In partnership with CISIT Research partnership As a founding member of Transalley, I-Trans competitiveness cluster offers management services for industrial innovation projects and public funding applications: technical assessments, networking, mobilisation of public funds, technology watch and advice on intellectual property. In partnership with I-Trans competitiveness cluster
Tests and trials Transalley has close links with numerous test and trial centres, particularly suited to the validation of new automotive and rail equipment. Transalley experts can guide you in choosing and implementing your tests and accreditation programmes, whatever your objectives.
Commercialisation of research Transalley assists scientists in the protection of their inventions and the commercialisation of their research amongst manufacturers. In partnership with Valenciennes University
Business creation Specialising in the automotive and rail sectors, the Transalley team will guide you towards the best resources for funding, structuring and supporting your business creation project.
Incubation For innovation projects leading to the creation of companies, Transalley offers initial support for the establishment of the business plan and pre-launch hosting in the incubator, and for young companies: the business development hub. In partnership with the network of business development hubs and Valenciennes University
establishment Transalley supports all types of projects for establishment within the mobility markets. As a key driving component of the technology park, the Transalley team can mobilise all the resources of the cluster to make your establishment a fruitful and viable project. In partnership with Valenciennes MĂŠtropole and Nord France Invest
Recruitment Transalley facilitates the recruitment of all types of profiles (technicians, engineers, PhDs, apprentices, trainees, etc.), thanks to the rapid mobilisation of all components of the cluster. Training To enhance your skills or those of your teams, Transalley experts can help you build the optimal solution in partnership with the clusterâ€™s training centres.
business development To conquer new markets, Transalley can support you on export sales missions, at international trade shows, business conferences and meetings with other international clusters. Transalley also has international agreements with other technology parks, enabling businesses to develop more rapidly. In partnership with the AIF, the Automotive hub and I-Trans
A vital synergy driving innovation
Valenciennes University With 10,000 students and 650 teachers, Valenciennes University is renowned internationally for its scientific excellence in the transport fields. It includes a campus entirely focused on sustainable transport issues, combining science and management. It offers Transalley a direct link to high-level training and research.
I-Trans competitiveness cluster
Industry, research, training, public authorities: Transalley is the result of a combination of all the driving forces in one of the most significant clusters in the automotive and rail industries. Its objective is to provide professionals in the sector with all available resources and expertise for the development of their businesses, skills and ideas.
As a global competitiveness cluster, I-Trans associates the main actors in industry, research and training in the fields of rail transport, the automotive industry, intelligent transport systems and services, and logistics. It represents a major innovation driver, structuring, financing and supporting R&D projects in such areas as energy efficiency, noise and vibration reduction, carbon footprint cutting, transport reliability and safety, and improvement in industrial efficiency. I-Trans offers Transalley an expert team in industrial innovation, specialising in sustainable transport and able to mobilise significant financial and technological resources.
Valenciennes Métropole Encompassing 35 communes and 200,000 inhabitants, Valenciennes Métropole is the spearhead of Transalley’s development. It guarantees the cluster unwavering support from public authorities and extensive know-how in business set-up and regional development. It also works with businesses on their growth and investment plans.
Union UNION European EUROPÉENNE Fonds social européen
Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Grand Hainaut CCI) Directed by business managers, Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents the interests of industry, trade and services to the public authorities. Grand Hainaut CCI enables Transalley to offer expert support for all kinds of business projects: creation, export, training, etc.
Nord Pas de Calais Region With over 4 million inhabitants, Nord Pas de Calais is one of the most densely populated and active regions in France. It enjoys a structured and diversified economy, top-class higher education, first-rate logistics facilities, and a geographical location which places it at the heart of the European economy. With regard to its innovation strategy and economic development, the Nord Pas de Calais Region prioritises its support for the transport and mobility sector, and backs Transalley in its work.
Railway cluster (AIF)
International Campus on Safety and Intermodality in Transportation (CISIT)
The AIF includes over 100 members of the rail industry within Transalley’s locality: major international manufacturers, component makers, design offices, test centres and certification bodies. Its commitment to Transalley is a superb vehicle for innovation and business opportunities in the rail industry.
A group of around 15 university laboratories and technical centres, CISIT undertakes high-level research, with the objective of carrying through fundamental research in industrial innovation. As Transalley’s scientific engine room, it hosts some 400 researchers.
Automotive cluster (Pôle Automobile) The Automotive cluster brings together the French state, the Nord Pas de Calais Region and 150 companies in the automotive sector to respond to the challenges in this industry (employment, innovation, competitiveness, etc.). It allows the cluster to benefit from direct access to local automotive resources and great experience in supporting businesses through all stages of their development.
European Union Fully involved in the development of the cluster, the European Union provides financial support and international institutional visibility.
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As a federation of economic and scientific actors in one of the leading automotive and rail regions, Transalley is a cluster of international standing, which brings together regional authorities, businesses, research and training. It offers businesses in the mobility sector a framework and tools for development which are essential to the invention of future transport solutions. ■ Establishment of businesses and research centres ■ Technological research and development ■ Business development and networking ■ Innovation ■ Incubation ■ Business creation ■ Training and human resources ■ Tests and accreditations ■ International support