Why Alsace ?

 

There are 7 good reasons to do business in Alsace:

 

  1. Alsace is strategically located at the heart of Europe
  2. First-class transport links with the wider world
  3. A dynamic and diverse local economy
  4. A region where excellence and innovation reign supreme
  5. Strasbourg : a city with an international role
  6. Unbeatable quality of life
  7. A wide range of greenfield and public property sites suitable for the most demanding business customers

 

1. Alsace is strategically located at the heart of Europe

 

Cathédrale de Strasbourg et drapeau européen  

Alsace is located in the Upper Rhine Region, one of the wealthiest, most densely populated regions of Europe. Moving to Alsace offers access to 300 million consumers living in a 900 km/560 mile radius around Strasbourg.

Moreover, thanks to its prime location at the heart of Europe, Alsace takes part in a wide range of cross-border initiatives such as the European Confederation of Upper Rhine Universities (EUCOR), created in 1989: the universities of Freiburg, Basel, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe and Mulhouse-Colmar joined forces to promote cooperation in the fields of training, research, administration, the arts and sport.

 

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2. First-class transport links with the wider world


  • logo TGVSeveral airports are located less than 2 hours by public transport from the region, including Strasbourg-Entzheim, Basel-Mulhouse and Baden-Airpark, as well as the airports at Frankfurt and Zurich, which both serve intercontinental destinations;
  • High-speed rail links to Paris, Lyons and other major European cities;
  • Highly-efficient river freight facilities, with container ports sited up and down the Rhine, Europe’s number 1 commercial waterway;
  • A well-developed, efficient road and rail infrastructure;
  • World-beating, ultra-fast internet connections thanks to the Paris-Frankfurt fibre-optic link.

 

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3. A dynamic and diverse local economy


Alsace has traditionally offered a home to both national and international business (Clemessy, General Motors, Hager, Kronenbourg, Lalique, Liebherr, Lilly France, Mars, Peugeot, Rhodia, Ricoh, Timken, Tryba, Wrigley France...).

Setting up a business in Alsace offers the opportunity to participate in a diverse economy boasting large numbers of SMEs that make for a robust and varied economic scene. Local businesses are both innovation-focused and export-minded.

Alsace is France’s second most important region in terms of industrial output. There are five key sectors: the agri-food industry, machinery/industrial equipment, the automotive industry, chemicals, rubber products and plastics and lastly, metalworking.

The tertiary sector is particularly well-represented, accounting for 80% of businesses and 67% of jobs. Strasbourg is one of France’s three major financial centres, and is also turning into a hub for the insurance services sector.

The region has positioned itself at the forefront of environmental issues and green industries and energy conservation/efficiency initiatives.

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4. A region where excellence and innovation reign supreme

 

The University of Strasbourg is the largest in France; the Université de Haute-Alsace (University of Upper Alsace) voted to join the University of Strasbourg in March 2011. The Shanghai ranking includes several universities and ‘grandes écoles’ in or near Alsace, including the University of Strasbourg which is placed between 100th and150th in the world, giving it the number 5 spot in France. More specifically, it is the university’s Chemistry department that really shines, being ranked 14th in the world and number 1 in France.Testtubes

Alsace’s universities and ‘grandes écoles’ serve a total of 66,000 students, 20% of whom come from abroad.

In addition, Alsace possesses a large number of educational and vocational training establishments and also many on-the-job training opportunities covering a wide spectrum of professional fields.

There is no doubt that Alsace has tremendous potential for innovation: Its 5 industry clusters create a bridge between the world of research and the corporate sector:

 

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5. Strasbourg: a city with an international role

Au coeur de l'Europe


 Located in a naturally cosmopolitan region, the city of Strasbourg is known the world over thanks to the presence of over one hundred European institutions and international bodies, including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Throughout the year, Strasbourg plays host to a frenetic round of committee/expert meetings and parliamentary sessions, welcoming numerous heads of state and leaders from Europe and the rest of the world. The city exudes an eclectic, creative atmosphere.

 

 

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6. Unbeatable quality of life

Life is good in Alsace, as we’re sure you’ll agree when you experience it for yourself: fine cuisine, local wines, beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna and built heritage. Paysage alsacien

Over the last 15 years and more, Alsatian towns have been at the forefront of innovative transport systems (trams, cycle paths, car-sharing schemes and electric vehicles).  

Various sites in Alsace are UNESCO World Heritage sites: Strasbourg, since 1988, Neuf-Brisach, added in 2008, the Bibliothèque humaniste (Humanist Library), Sélestat (added 2011)...

The region has plenty to offer in terms of the arts and culture, with over 250 museums, the Ballet du Rhin, the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Opéra National du Rhin, the Zénith de Strasbourg concert venue and more. Moreover, the area is blessed with a pleasant climate and a multitude of outdoor and sporting activities.


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7. A wide range of greenfield and public property sites suitable for the most demanding business customers

Zone d'activités 


In Alsace a wide selection of options are open to businesses looking for premises:

  • Young Business Development Centres and business incubators, which are particularly suitable for start-ups and entrepreneurs,
  • Business centres offering shared services (secretarial services, meeting rooms...),
  • A large range of sites in industrial estates, either general-purpose sites or more specialized or cornerstone sites, classified according to the facilities and services they offer,
  • ...

 

 

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This website will take you through these different options. Feel free to contact us for more details.