The Centre-Val de Loire Region is a Magnet for Foreign Investors
In 2014, 25 projects of foreign companies in the Centre-Val de Loire region were listed and a total of 2.115 jobs were created/maintained. These numbers exceeded the previous average of the 2010-2014 period considerably. Regarding the type of investments made, site extensions and company takeovers are now more common than start-ups from scratch.
Europe is still the leading supplier of investment projects and jobs for the Centre-Val de Loire region (40%), followed by North America with 28% of projects. But both of these regions are steadily losing ground to the emerging economies, from which 6 out of 25 projects came in 2014.
In 2014 two-thirds of investment projects and 80% of the jobs created/maintained in the Centre-Val de Loire region involving foreign companies concerned production roles. The region is now the leader for new production jobs in mainland France (1,769 announced in 2014). The projects listed reflect the region's top industrial activities: over the 2010-2014 period, almost a third of projects and jobs created/maintained concerned the pharmaceuticals, mechanical equipment, plastics processing and household equipment sectors.
Logistics has also been well represented with the region's prime geographical location and outstanding transport infrastructure having a positive impact.