Toyota Yaris

It includes:

  • 30% of national vehicle production
  • 50% of national engine and gearbox production
  • France's leading region for the production of electric and hybrid vehicles
  • 7 automaker sites between Renault, Peugeot Citroen, and Toyota
  • more than 400 suppliers and service providers
  • 50,000 professionals (including more than 36,000 fully dedicated jobs)

Simulateur de conduite

Valenciennes is one of the Region's four key automotive locations.

Global leaders have a presence in the region: Renault, Peugeot Citroen, Toyota, Valeo, Visteon, Bridgestone, Faurecia, and more.

It is home to many players involved in the structure and development of the sector.
They include:

  • ARIA, the Regional Association of the Automotive Industry whose members include the region's automakers, parts makers, suppliers, research offices, and colleges.
  • the Automotive Cluster (Pôle Automobile) which assists auto industry players by preparing them for their future and encouraging their growth.
  • i-Trans, a competitiveness cluster for sustainable ground transport, whose strategic focus for automobiles is on new types of engines, comfort and acoustics in the passenger compartment, flexible and smart equipment production lines, and passenger mobility.

The presence of mechanical engineering and plastics business clusters in the region, along with fellow competitiveness clusters Matikem, Up-Tex, and TEAM2, is an undeniable asset for the auto industry.

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  • Alstom,
  • Bombardier,
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The transport industry hub of Valenciennes is home to Transalley technology park. This site devoted to innovative and sustainable mobility plays host to businesses, research teams, and sustainable mobility operators, all in a single location. With its proximity to key industry players and leading scientists, it gives its residents everything they need to develop their innovations.

A technology park connected to the University

The technology park is ideally situated in the university campus extension (Mont Houy site). The University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UPHF), which has been recognized for innovation in sustainable transport, enjoys nationwide renown as a center for transportation. It offers a unified "transport and mobility" course of study, includind short cycle, first cycle, master, PhD. Pilot of the CISIT project, the University is a noted actor for research into sustainable transport.

The UPHF possesses significant technological platforms and a testing center (C3T Valutec) accessible to businesses. It is attuned to the needs of companies and does all it can to encourage innovation.

A community for every actor involved in sustainable mobility

Plan technopôle transalley

Plan technopôle transalley

The technology park's 34 hectares offer 180,000 m2 of spaces suitable for all sorts of companies and research teams.

The Transalley technopole hosts:

  • companies that want to be at the center of European transport markets and industries
  • companies that want to work with the University
  • large corporate groups, small and medium businesses, and start-ups
  • R&D centers
  • transport-related institutions (research, platforms, training, etc.)
  • consulting companies (innovation, legal, etc.)
  • ransport clusters

The technology park will offer:

  • shared facilities and spaces: an auditorium, conference rooms, a showroom, record-keeping facilities, etc.
  • world-class services for residents (food, housing, employee child care, fitness center, etc.).

The Transalley technopole is an ideal place to invest in and develop companies and technologies for the mobility market in Europe.

logo Valenciennes MetropoleLogo Région Hauts-de-France Logo Feder Logo CCI Grand Hainaut Hauts-de-France Logo i-Trans Logo AIF Logo Pôle automobile j innove logo Logo Valenciennes French Tech logo UPHF Logo Cisit Logo Ifsttar Logo Railenium


The Transalley project is governed, coordinated, hosted, and promoted by the Valenciennois Technology Park Association, created in 2009.
The Association is financially supported by Valenciennes Métropole, the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis, the Grand-Hainaut Chambre of Commerce and Industry, Hauts-de-France Region and the European Union with the European Regional Development Fund.


International partnership with Canada

IVEO En route vers le transport de demain   Transalley signed an agreement of international collaboration with IVÉO, technopole dedicated to sustainable and intelligent transport of Longueuil - Montreal (Quebec).
IVÉO builds indeed on the model of the Valenciennes ecosystem because there are similarities between these two territories. This collaboration has for objective to accelerate the development of Quebec and French Transport sectors and to take advantage jointly of the infrastructures and existing services of these two ecosystems of innovation.

With 9 universities and 24 engineering schools, les Hauts-de-France is a major research and innovation center for the auto, rail, and sustainable mobility sectors. The region has also been the birthplace of important innovations, like hybrid vehicles, automated subways, tram-trains, and more. The University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis (UPHF) serves as an anchor for education and research in the field of transportation.

This scientific capability has a solid foundation that includes:


Banc moteur

his international campus devoted to safety and intermodality in transportation builds synergies between the basic research conducted at 12 partner laboratories and technological innovation in concert with industrial partners. The laboratories are those of National Research Centres (IFSTTAR, ONERA and CNRS), three Universities (Valenciennes, Lille, and Artois), and three engineering schools (Centrale Lille, Mines Douai, and Arts et Métiers Paritech).
CISIT has set four major strategic targets for research and innovation:

  • Human mobility and use of transportation
  • Optimizing logistics and mobility systems
  • New materials and structural concepts
  • Vehicle feature design and performance

The University of Valenciennes is running the CISIT program.


A global competitiveness cluster for sustainable ground transport and logistics. The cluster includes more than 100 companies and 30 institutes of research and education. Its mission: To coordinate and structure collaborative innovation projects in the fields of rail, automotive, and multimodal transport (freight and passengers).



An Institute of Technological Research and railway testing with an international pedigree. Railenium is an interconnected community of businesses and researchers (which will eventually include 200 people) with the goal of helping railway industry players compete better through innovation. Applied innovation to enhance the performance of rail systems (in urban, high-speed and conventional settings) and rail network operators.

Testing centers

Designed for the rail and auto industries: Valutec C3T, CRITM2A, CREPIM, and the railway testing center. These facilities allow businesses to quickly test and validate their innovations, and get them to market quicker (crash testing, wind tunnels, acoustics, and more).

TER Bombardier

It includes:

  • 40% of France's rail industry operations
  • 14,000 professionals
  • about 200 businesses including global leaders Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, Eurotunnel and a dense network of small and medium enterprises (parts makers, research offices, engineers, etc.)
  • 60% of the region's rail activity is based in Valenciennes


Many players are involved in the structure and development of the sector

Métro RATP

They include:

  • the Railway cluster (AIF) a group with 130 members representing the railway system as a whole: Engineering, infrastructure, rolling stock (both passenger and freight), instrumentation and control, maintenance, testing, certification, and training.
  • RAILENIUM, the only Institute of Technology Research in France dedicated to rail, particularly infrastructure performance.
  • I-Trans, a competitiveness cluster for sustainable ground transport that focuses on rail infrastructure, rolling stock, freight, and passenger mobility.
  • the European Railway Agency (ERA), which works to establish technical standards and international signaling codes to ensure rail safety.
  • the Centre d'essais ferroviaire (CEF), a testing facility for all types of rolling stock on rails, with the aim of type approval (speed, endurance, autopilot, and electromagnetic compatibility testing).
  • the Railway certification Agency (CERTIFER), an independent agency of more than 400 experts that acts as a global leader in evaluating products and systems for railways and urban guided transport in order to ensure their interoperability, safety, and reliability.

A pool of qualified talent for the rail industry

The region has many higher education programs that specialize in rail, created with the help of businesses (on-board communication in transportation, rail engineering).

  Surface (in sq. m.)
Lots A-B 5 273
Lots C-D 5 000
Northern extension  9 735
Lot I1 9 159
Lot J1 6 156
Lot K1 4 148
Lot I2 6 810
Lot I3 5 880
Lot I4 6 760
Lot J2 7 074
Lot J3 7 074
Lot K2 5 818
Lot K3 6 072
Lot K4 5 660
Lot I5 5 880
Lot I6 6 760
Lot J4 7 074


Valenciennes Métropole is building the technology park with landscaping carefully crafted to fit perfectly with the existing natural environment; the central plaza, which is critical to this development, is meant to serve as a pleasant, enjoyable space.

The technology park includes:

  • An office park with space for lease
  • Mixed office/workshop premises
  • A wide range of plots of land available for acquisition, including lots from 4000 to over 9000 m2, allowing for high-occupancy buildings.


Programs already in place