Lyon: Economy


• 1.337 million inhabitants in Greater Lyon (INSEE 2013)

• A surface area of 51,500 hectares

Economic profile

• 39,543 businesses and institutions

• 14,800 new businesses created in 2012

• 5 competitiveness clusters (including two world-leading clusters): Lyonbiôpole, Axelera, Lyon Urban Truck & Bus, Imaginove, Techtera…

Lyon in the rankings

• 10th in the world rankings of the most innovative cities (2014)

• 9th most attractive European city (Ernst & Young 2013 Survey)

• Tourism: 2nd French city for conferences (ICCA 2013 rankings) and 4th “Travellers’ Choice Destination” according to Trip Advisor (2013)

• France’s 2nd largest region in terms of its health sector

• Rhône-Alpes Region is world's #1 producer of vaccines

Lyon’s leading companies and fields of excellence

After Paris, Lyon is the first choice city in France for businesses and is considered the future alternative to the French capital according to 60% of the decision-makers interviewed as part of the Ernst & Young 2013 survey. The city is now home to internationally-renowned companies and major decision centers, including:

• Sanofi
• Mérial
• Lafarge
• GL Events
• Bank of China
• Solvay Rhodia

Numerous fields of excellence make Lyon a major international hub:

• Life Sciences
• Clean technologies
• Tertiary sector

Business Clusters

• LYONBIOPOLE: Biotechnologies, health
• AXELERA: Chemicals, environment
• LUTB Transport & Mobility Systems: Transports systems,collective urban transport of people and goods by bus or lorry
• IMAGINOVE: Digital leisure andentertainment: video, games, cinema, audiovisual, animation,interactive multimedia
• TECHTERA: Technical fabrics,technical textiles

International Lyon

Lyon is also a city that is open to the world and receives significant foreign investment. 66% of the businesses which set up in Lyon in 2012 were foreign. The region hosts ¼ of France’s foreign businesses and there are now 1,800 foreign companies in the region, employing 92,000 people in total. World-renowned organizations have also chosen Lyon as the location for their headquarters:

• Handicap International


• CIRC (International Cancer Research Center)

• Interpol

• Euronews

Lyon is also a favorite city with foreign students who represent 10% of the student population in Lyon (Grand Lyon 2012) and strengthen the city’s international character.

Source :

More Info: