Top French region in defense aeronautics

Top European for civilian drone testing

Leader in launchers, military aircraft, business aircraft

Flagship products: Rafale, Falcon, Ariane 6

Four Reasons to set up in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Companies Doing Business Here

AECE Group
Dassault Aviation
JV group
Nexter mechanics
Photonis Technologies
Stelia Aerospace

Sharing their experiences…

Testimony of Nicolas Courteix, Managing Director of IMET ALLOYS

This company, whose head office is based in Scotland, chose Eyrein in Corrèze to launch its project – unique in Europe – for the recycling and recovery of titanium and superalloys for the aeronautical industry. This is how Imet Alloys brought an industrial site back to life and is aiming for fifty jobs within five years.

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.


  • INRIA: Applied mathematics, algorithms, networks, systems and services for aeronautics, defense and space
  • LCTS: Thermo-structural composites
  • University of Bordeaux: 11 laboratories and platforms in materials, information technology, lasers, optics, and environmental sciences
  • XLIM: Electronics, microwave technology, optics, photonics, mathematics, computer, imagery, CAD applied to space

Technology Platforms

  • CITRA: Surface treatment
  • CANOE: Nano-structured materials
  • Compositadour: Composites and robotics
  • ATA:  High-performance composites
  • ISAAC: Remotely operated systems
  • IRT Saint Exupéry: CMC materials
  • CISTEME: Telecommunications, electronics and electromagnetism
  • CESA Drones: Independent center for UAV flight testing, training and qualification of UAV pilots

Competitiveness Clusters

  • Aerospace Valley: World competitiveness cluster
  • Aerocampus: Aeronautics and space campus, unique in Europe, bringing together all the resources for training at all levels and for all learners.
  • Way4Space: meeting place of the space ecosystem, intended for open innovation, and maturation of projects
  • TARMAQ : association de foreshadowing of the future City of Aeronautical and Space Knowledge

Other Clusters / Business Networks

Selection of Sites Dedicated to Aeronautics – Space – Defense

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.

Stéphane Leroy


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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