24 July, 2013

One year after Technicolor closure, Angers goes on the offensive in electronic

The Angers electronic campus' sponsors

One year after the closure of Technicolor, formerly Thomson, Angers has displayed a new project for the local electronic sector. Technicolor was set up in Angers in the 50's and was due to close its doors last october. That event created a huge emotion in Angers which is trying to keep an electronic activity on the former site of Technicolor. With the implementation of an electronic campus from next september near the Ecole supérieure d'électronique de l'Ouest, the city and Angers Loire Métropole look to adopt a more offensive policy.

Such a campus "will make more visible the size and the excellence of the French electronic sector and to give it more attractiveness and competitiveness in order to win market shares and to produce in France", said Paul Raguin, the manager of Loire Electronic Applications Valley, a professionnal community gathering companies and higher education institutes of the Pays de la Loire region.

But Angers Loire Métropole and Loire Electronic Applications Valley want to go further. Through a plaform, the local  and Western France electronic companies will be able to closely work with students, engineers, teachers and researchers of the electronic field in order to device new industrial process and may be products. And, in 2016, a building dedicated to the electronic sector will be erected in the Haut de Saint-Aubin district and will be a showroom for French and foreign purchasers.

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