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Pôle EMC2 Competitiveness cluster for innovation in production technologies

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Hub Name
Pôle EMC2 Competitiveness cluster for innovation in production technologies
Local Name
Pôle EMC2 Competitiveness cluster for innovation in production technologies
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


EMC2 is a French competitiveness cluster created in 2005 in the framework of a national initiative for industry competitiveness, operating in the Pays de la Loire and Brittany regions on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

The association gathers all the actors of innovation around key markets and technologies to foster the emergence of collaborative projects of R&D. The aim is to reinforce the innovation territorial ecosystem by structuring 4 sectors – aeronautics, naval, ground transportation and energy – in a common and transversal approach: the advanced manufacturing technologies. The vision of the cluster is to promote business development through collaborative innovation, building an innovation path mixing skills, markets and technologies to make innovation R&D projects emerge. EMC2 activities are enhanced by the IRT Jules Verne (Research and Technological Center) created 3 years ago at the initiative of the cluster.

EMC2 leads a network of 380 members composed of SMEs, Large Entreprises (LEs) such as Airbus, STX Europe, Naval Group, Solvay, Dassault… as well as the Research & Technical Organisations of our territory (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Université de Nantes, Ecole des Mines de Nantes,...). At the end of 2016, the global budget of R&D reached 1.395 bn € for 230 projects launched, including 523M€ of public funds.

EMC2 est le principal écosystème d’open innovation français dédié au manufacturing. Sa communauté, qui compte aujourd’hui 380 membres, relève des défis clés pour la compétitivité industrielle : réduction de l'impact environnemental des procédés et des produits, innovation pour l'industrialisation et la fabrication des produits, digitalisation de l'industrie et valorisation de l’humain dans l'usine. Reconnus en France et à l’international comme « experts du savoir-produire », les acteurs industriels et académiques d’EMC2  mènent des travaux au cœur des enjeux de l'industrie du futur.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)
Pôle EMC2
Year Established
Technocampus Composites, Chemin du Chaffault, 44340, Nantes (France)
Social Media
Contact information
Olivia Cahn
Contact information
Coline Fiquet
0033 (0)2 28 44 36 03


Organizational form
Number of employees


  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing

- Alliance pour l'industrie du futur / This national association aims to support small and medium industries in their transformation toward / industry 4.0

- French Tech "IoT manufacturing" thematic network / Ecosystem of technologically innovative French businesses throughout the world /

- Regional collective for the industry of the future

- French Fab / French Fab is an accreditation award created 2 October 2017 in order to federate French companies and to promote French industries throughout the world. /


Market and Services


  • Transport and logistics
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services

Service Examples

""Ma Manufacture"" : Industry 4.0 Maker Lab

Client profile: Industries, especially SMEs

Client needs: Premises and support to test and explore their idea. EMC2 supports SMEs in the transformation of ideas into innovative projects. 

Provided solution: Ma Manufacture is a premise dedicated to industrial innovation exploiration and acceleration.

It propose several services to support industries in their project such as:

- workshop and shared work space,

- Various equipment, tools and technologies

- A community of expert

Ma Manufacture supports companies (especially SMEs) in their practical and innovative development, offering means to test, design and produce their solutions.

Examples of industrial project:

- Ma Manufacture supported an SME (Omega System) in the design and manufacturing of a 1:10 mockup of a fiber placement machine.

- Project with IRT Jules Verne and Airbus: Support in the design and integration of sensors in hardware solutions adapted to industrial constraint. 

More details:

Smart-Yard : a competitiveness program dedicated to shipbuilding sector SMEs

Client profile: SMEs and mid cap from the Naval sector

Client needs: Modernisation of their production process.

Provided solution:

1. A technology and strategic roadmap to integrate 4.0 technologies into maritime shipyards and ancillary industries

2. Awareness, technology and business events : 250 actors from the shipbuilding sector as well as technology providers participated.

3. European Project on-going to share best practices and the state of 4.0 technologies implementation level into SMEs (IN4.0)

Plug IN - Conecting Manaufacturing and Digital Industries

client profile: Industries and digital technology providers

client needs: Support in the identification and integration of digital solution to modernise production processes.

provided solution: Plug IN Industry + Digital

Since 2015 this structural program aims to help traditionnal industries to integrate digital solutions in their process and product.

Our methodology is based on design thinking sessions, open innovation, calls for solutions, mediation.

Success story : Fonderie LEMER / connected lead fishing weights 


Support and access to funding for R&D project

464 supported projects since 2005

We propose two types of support:

1. Support industrial SMEs into developing and integrating digital solution

ie: Project Logistys To4D: technical and organisational solution to modelise and optimize logistic flows (3D and 4D simulation), integrating all infrastructures on the territory. 

2. Support technology providers SMEs to develop new solutions :

ie: Project FPIR (through EMC2-specific SME call for proposals) : Developement of a Virtual Reality training tool for industrial painting operations.


  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding


H2020 Projects

    Smart integrated Robotics system for SMEs controlled by Internet of Things based on dynamic manufacturing processes

    Smart integrated Robotics system for SMEs controlled by Internet of Things based on dynamic manufacturing processes

    HORSE aims to bring a leap forward in the manufacturing industry proposing a new flexible model of smart factory involving collaboration of humans, robots, AGV’s (Autonomous Guided Vehicles) and machinery to realize industrial tasks in an efficient manner. HORSE proposes to foster technology deployment towards SMEs by developing a methodological and technical framework for easy adaptation of robotic solutions and by setting up infrastructures and environments that will act as clustering points for selected application areas in manufacturing and for product life cycle management (production and/or maintenance and/or product end of life). The main strategy builds on existing technology and research results in robotics and smart factories and integrates them in a coherent framework. The suitability of the resulting framework is not only driven by but will be validated with end-users - manufacturing companies- in two steps: In the first, the joint iterative development of the framework together with selected end-users will take place (Pilot Experiments). In the second, its suitability and transferability to further applications will be validated with new end users, which are recruited by an Open Call mechanism. The novel approaches of HORSE are the integration of concepts such as (physical) human-robot interaction, intuitive human-machine interfaces, and interaction between different robots and machines into an integrated environment with pre-existing machines and workflows. Safety of the human worker as well as reduction of health risks through physical support by the robotized equipment will contribute to better overall manufacturing processes. In these, pre-defined workflows to be customized are the basis for servitisation, for the entire value chain that allow rapid reconfiguration of the robots based collaborative production processes. HORSE aims to foster advanced manufacturing technology deployment by industries and especially SMEs.

Last updated: 06/12/18 09:42