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Lille, a historic industrial powerhouse

It’s no coincidence that industry is the region’s number 1 employer. In the 19th century, Lille became a key player in this sector with the rise of the textile industry. Already mechanized, the 20 spinning mills set up in Lille, Roubaix and Tourcoing at the end of the century made the region the largest workshop in France.

Alongside the textile industry, the metal, metal processing and mechanical engineering industries quickly became Lille’s 2nd economic flagship, with the flagship Compagnie Fives-Lille bridge and locomotive construction plant, which closed in the early 2000s.
Despite the decline of the 1950s, the area remained the most favorable for the development of industrial activities, enabling them to provide20% of employment in the region today.

The essentials in figures

59,300 employees work in industry, i.e. 15% of the workforce in Metropolitan France. work in industry
4 sectors account for 40% of industrial salaried employment: wood/paper, textiles, machinery manufacturing and food processing (sources: URSSAF, Pôle Emploi, banque de France, 2018).
10% of French engineers are trained in the Hauts-de-France region
The Lille European Metropolis wins the Territoire d'industrie 2023-2027 program
2nd European region in terms of number of projects for Industrial Foreign Direct Investment (source: EY 2022)
2nd youngest region in France: 31.5% of the population is under the age of 25


Numerous technology transfer structures: CRITT, CDT, CRT, PFT, then Carnot institutes, SATT Nord, competitiveness clusters.

Renowned research laboratories: L2EP, Cristal, Laboratoire de Chimie, L’usine agile des arts et Métiers…

Atelier 57: the largest SNCF train renovation center, this 4.0 factory concentrates all technological solutions dedicated to train renovation and modernization.

Team²: the only competitive cluster dedicated to circularity through recycling.

World Forum: The World Forum for Responsible Business is an annual cycle of events designed to promote a responsible global economy, by showcasing the “Best Practices” of companies around the world that operate responsibly.

Textile expertise insured

The Hauts-de-France region now ranks second in France for technical textile manufacturing, with 3,300 dedicated jobs. (Sc CCI Hauts-de-France). It has to be said that everything is in place to support the sector’s development: 21,300 hectares dedicated to linen production, as well as 17% of European textile engineers trained in the region.
In the Lille European Metropolis, 130 textile, fashion and clothing companies are listed, with a total workforce of 9,000.

In addition to traditional garment manufacturing activities, the entire industry is becoming structured around eco-responsible issues. Companies in the sector, supported by CETI (Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants), are all encouraged in the circulatory and zero-waste approach incumbent on this sector, which is responsible for 1,700,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Euramaterials, a cluster serving the materials processing industries, supports young initiatives in this field, bringing them to maturity through its incubation program.

Lille, cradle of the 3rd industrial revolution

As a resolutely industrial region, the Hauts-de-France is inextricably linked with an eco-responsible dynamic. At a time when the challenges of cleaner industry and a healthier economy are at the forefront of global strategies, it is essential to identify all the changes that are possible on our own scale.

Team², the only national competitiveness cluster dedicated to circularity through recycling, is taking student and professional engineers along in the search for answers, and is succeeding in convincing the major companies concerned to transform their processes.

Today, materials derived from recycling are increasingly considered as real materials, and no longer as secondary materials. This awareness can be measured on a regional scale with the intelligent deconstruction of buildings (half of the region’s waste).

Other, younger companies are tackling the mobility segment, with the creation of traceability or data security applications to optimize the lifespan of parts and vehicles. These nuggets can be found at EuraTechnologies, a pioneering French Tech incubator which has already supported over 300 Tech nuggets.
An economy driven by more responsible players, and durable appliances made from recycled materials – this is the objective of the region’s 700 eco-businesses, making it France’s 4th green economy region. This approach is directly in line with the regional Rev3 program for a sustainable, connected economy and, at the metropolitan level, the PCAET for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, developing renewable energies, improving air quality and adapting to climate change.


A competitiveness cluster serving the materials processing industry. It supports companies and research players, enabling them to find solutions, perform and grow.


Lille European Metropole’s site of excellence dedicated to fresh, local produce and logistics. Its aim is to boost the creation of innovative companies and jobs in the fresh produce sector in the region.


As an ecotransition gas pedal, it aims to facilitate energy and ecological transitions in the Hauts-de-France regional economy and beyond.


Certified in 2010, Team2 is the only national recycling innovation cluster that stimulates, supports and promotes industries dedicated to the production and use of new resources, thanks to its expertise and its network of industrial, scientific and institutional partners.


12,000m² at the service of companies to encourage and accelerate innovation.

It’s a place to design, experiment, prototype and industrialize new products, materials and processes adapted to the needs of the global industry. CETI works with producers, major brands and distributors in the fashion, sports, luxury and technical textiles sectors. Its international dimension places it among the world’s Top 5 technical centers.