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Top region for export surplus

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Top of the line training


INRA, world well-known Institute for forest Industries Research

Four Reasons to set up in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

  • Largest forest and leading timber producer in France: 2.8 million hectares, annual production of 10 million m
  • Leading region for resources of maritime pine, oak and chestnut; 2nd region for Douglas fir and poplar
  • Leading French region with 72% of the harvest from certified forests
  • Wide variety of species in four defined geographic zones: maritime pine in the Landes, conifers in the Haut-Limousin, poplars in the alluvial plains and hardwoods in several Departments
  • With €10 billion of annual revenues, 56,000 employees and 28,300 establishments, Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the leading French region in the sector
  • The complete value chain is present:
    – Managed forestry and timber production
    – Processing of timber: sawmills, primary and secondary processing, paper mills and bio-refineries, wood panel industries
  • Industries developed in the various uses of wood
    – Packing: cooperage (top producing region), crates, pallets
    – Furniture
    – Wood and sustainable construction: plywood panels (top producing region), particle board, fiber board, flooring, paneling, moldings, doors and windows, framing, building systems and lumber
  • Resources that open new opportunities: energy efficient buildings and construction sites, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, product life cycle analysis
  • Leading French region for research focused on all the forest woodchain
  • INRA, world research cluster in forestry
  • Research units focusing on Timber & Civil Engineering
  • The only competitiveness cluster in the forest industries sector (Xylofutur)
  • Xyloforest, research and innovation technical platforms
  • Building sustainably with timber, using local natural resources and new energy materials
  • 2nd ranked French region for the construction of new homes in 2016 (up 18.4%)
  • Leading French region in photovoltaics
  • 2nd ranked French region for bioenergy
  • HYPERION Tower in Bordeaux : the tallest Timber Frame Tower first built in France,  a 50-meter high residential tower in Bordeaux
  • The PERSPECTIVE building within the Bordeaux Euratlantique complex : the tallest wood-framed services building in France
  • Pôle Atlantech in La Rochelle : the first low carbon business park, a forerunner in Europe in sustainable development, low-impact mobility and green construction
  • Virtual construction space / Domolandes science park : 150 m² equipped with the most innovative tools of virtual immersion and BIM (building information modelling)
  • Innovative technology for intelligent buildings : smart grid / smart city (energy, management, storage, energy efficiency); Digital (connected habitat, Internet of things, smart energy, smart LED and OLED)

Companies Doing Business Here

tartiere et fils
smurfitt kappa
joubert plywood
international paper
finsa morcenx
allard emballages
scierie labadie
scierie archimbaud
menuiserie gregoire
logo keyor
Integral bois system
groupe tmb
Alliance foret bois
Les bois du poitou
Chavaud bois

Specialized Partners for Your Project

Several organizations specialized in innovation, research and development are present in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. This dynamic ecosystem provides a vector of opportunities for businesses in the implementation of their project and their business! Networks, partners, product innovation support, are among the many services and areas of expertise provided by these stakeholders to support the development of your business.


  • XYLOFOREST : facilities of excellence of 14 research laboratories coordinated by INRA with 6 technical platforms :
    Xylomic (genomics and phenotyping of trees)
    Xylobiotech (forestry biotechnologies)
    Xylosilve (innovative forestry systems)
    Xyloplate (advanced engineering with wood)
    Xylomat (wood-based composite products)
    Xylochem (chemicals and bio-refineries using wood)
  • INRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux forestry research station : agronomy, genetics, plant physiology and pathology, ecology, chemistry and physics of the environment
  • GEMH – GC&D : heterogeneous materials engineering & durability of wooden structures
  • CTMNC (Natural Construction Materials Technical Center) : research, technical assistance and professional training
  • IEFC-EFIATLANTIC international scientific cooperation and technology transfer focused on managed forests
  • Aquitaine-Quebec Forestry-Lumber agreement  : scientific cooperation and technology transfer in the forest sector in Quebec and Aquitaine
  • I2M  : acoustical physics, durability of materials, design and assembly of structures, processes, interactions, fluids and transfers applied to civil and environmental engineering
  • SIAME : mechanical, energy and electrical engineering applied to energy transition and eco-construction, risks and structures
  • IRSTEA : research in environmental and agricultural sciences and technolgies
  • VALAGRO : plant chemistry and renewal carbon

Platforms in support of innovation and testing

  • FCBA : technology Institute for forestry, cellulose, wood-construction, furniture
  • NOBATEK / INEF 4 : private technological research center / Institute for energy transition in sustainable development, rehabilitation and construction
  • PFT Aquitaine wood (Secondary school for wood industry professions – Saint-Paul-lès-Dax); PFT wood construction (civil engineering university center – Égletons); PFT building rehabilitation (Secondary school for construction industry professions – Felletin)
  • TIPEE : sustainable building technology platform

Competitiveness Clusters

  • Xylofutur – the only French competitiveness cluster in forest industries (products and materials from managed forests): management and resource mobilization, processing of forest industry materials (construction, furniture, packaging), fibers and chemicals (biofuels, nano-cellulose, composite materials)

Other Clusters / Business Networks

  • Eco-habitat Cluster : innovative construction solutions
  • Energy-Storage Cluster : management of renewable energy, storage of energy for electricity grids, habitat and mobility
  • CREAHD : cluster for sustainable construction resources, environment, development & habitat
  • Eco-industries Cluster : circular economy and energy transition skills center
  • Sysolia : industrial solar-energy systems cluster
  • SoBIM, the Building Information Modeling club of southwest France: Community of professionals eager to learn and put into practice digital modeling and the BIM approach

  • BoisLim : Limoges forest industries inter-professional group
  • CAPEB : confederation of construction trades and small businesses
  • CODEFA : Aquitaine forest industries development committee
  • CRPF : regional forest property center
  • ETF : association of forestry contractors
  • Fédération compagnonnique des métiers du bâtiment building trades federation
  • FFB : French construction federation
  • FIBA : Aquitaine federation of forest industries
  • Futurobois : inter-professional group of forestry-wood-paper industries in Poitou-Charentes
  • IFB 64 : inter-professional group of forestry-wood-paper industries in Pyrénées-Atlantiques
  • Interbois Périgord : inter-professional group of forestry-wood-paper industries in Dordogne
  • Sysso : union of foresters of southwest France
  • UIRPM : regional union of maritime pine industries
  • Aquitaine Carbon Association reforestation assistance
  • FransylvaFederation of private foresters

Many training programs related to wood from the CAP professional aptitude level to Doctorate

  • Building Rehabilitation – Felletin Vocational School in building trades
  • 2 forest industries training centers – Meymac/Bazas
  • Forest industries university chair at the University of Limoges
  • ENSAPBX: national school of architecture and landscaping – University of Bordeaux
  • Professional degree programs in wood-construction – civil engineering university technical institute Bordeaux/La Rochelle
  • Bois PE Plateform : Egletons Training and Innovation Center
  • Bordeaux Sciences Agro
  • University of Bordeaux « Forestry-Wood »
  • + Numerous other vocational training programs in the wood industry

Selection of Sites Dedicated to Forest Products and Sustainable Construction

Our Services to Companies

| Business Environment

We will send you the information you need to study the feasibility of your project in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (supply of raw materials, market data, subcontractors, R&D partners, etc.).

| Real-Estate Solutions

We look for, select and present real-estate offers suited to your specifications. You can send us your search criteria and we take care of the rest in strict confidentially!

| Financing and Public Aid

Various programs are available to obtain the financing necessary for your business set-up. We can introduce you to our experts in financial engineering who will study the available public or private solutions.

| Networking

We open our network and put you in relation with the key stakeholders for your project. Our proximity to regional partners will enable you to fast-track the execution of your business set-up!

| Administrative Procedures

We know that certain procedures can be complex, so we activate our network to facilitate your installation. We mobilize various players according to your needs and your timetable.

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An Accessible Region

Nouvelle-Aquitaine, on the Atlantic coast and bordering Spain, is strategically located on Europe's North-South logistics itinerary. With extensive, modern transportation infrastructures, the region is easily accessible from European economic capitals, putting companies close to their markets:

  • 11 airports, 7 serving international destinations
  • Over 60 international routes with daily or weekly service
  • Growing number of low-cost airlines
Road and Rail Network
  • LGV SEA (Bordeaux - Paris in 2 hrs.)
  • North-south and East-West expressway networks
  • 4 ports of trade
  • Links to 300 ports worldwide
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