Looking back at Global Indutrie 2019

A promising first edition

For their first ever trade show in Lyon, Global Industrie brought together no fewer than 2,500 exhibitor companies and brands in a convention space measuring 110,000m², with more than 45,800 visitors in attendance (12% more than came to Paris!). This was a stunning success for one of the year’s biggest industrial trade shows, and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises was proud to be a part of it.


Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises focused on a number of key business issues in and around the Global Industrie trade show in Lyon. From 5th to 8th March, visitors flocked to the international “Industry of the Future” conference, international “Industry 4.0” business events and an industrial careers week. To top it off, we had the Research Hub on centre stage on a stand in the R&D Space.


The International “Industry 4.0” Conference
As part of the Global Industrie trade show, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises hosted a breakfast conference on 6th March to discuss the industry of the future.


Almost 300 participants came to see the quality and good working practices on show from both French and international companies, with talks from a dozen different companies: small and mid-sized companies and international groups such as Siemens, Staübli, Hexcel, Renault Trucks, Thalès Avionics, Gripple, Clextral, Truphysics, Maccion…


What’s more, this conference was opened by Alec Ross, an American innovation, economic and technological development expert who advised the Obama administration on innovation. He also recently published “Industries of the Future”.


Here are a few key ideas from his talk:
“Over the past 25 years (1993-2018), digital technology has transformed information and how we communicate. The changes we’ll see in the next decade will dwarf what we’ve seen so far, especially in industry. Following on from consumer internet, B to B and B to C, we’re going to see a rise in the industrial internet.” “The arrival of this new technology will lead to both the destruction and creation of industrial jobs. We must reinforce workers’ skills so they can play a valuable role in our digitalised companies.”


“Data is the key raw material for industry 4.0, and power will go to those who can control this data. With these new industrial processes, the goal will be to harvest and analyse data. This is what will bring companies power in their markets. ”


“An understanding of foreign languages is essential for communication, and for any business seeking to operate worldwide. We used to rely on a pocket dictionary – now we’ve got Google Translate, a data analysis tool. In 3 years, you’ll be able to put on headphones and listen to an instant translation of what the other person is saying. This will energise development in many countries, and create market opportunities in developing nations. ”


“New, very powerful automatic industrial systems are appearing in the industrial sector: AI, cloud computing, machine learning and more. Advances in robotics mean we can now work in 3 or 4 dimensions, rather than 2. In 2025, robots will be low-cost network tools which take data generated nearby and send it to the cloud, receiving instructions quickly back. In industry, it won’t only be repetitive tasks replaced by robots – increasingly cognitive work will be done by automatic systems. Machines will be able to integrate millions of variables. ”


The afternoon of the 6th March and the morning of the 7th were dedicated to business meetings, allowing 140 participants, companies, R&D centres and clusters to identify and meet potential international partners and develop business, technological or research partnerships.


To help job-seekers get in contact with industrial companies, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises held a job-dating space throughout the entire show. A hundred companies and more than 500 job-seekers (previously matched by the public jobs agencies) got the chance to meet and make contact. Major industrial groups and HR firms also set up innovative recruitment workshops, and a number of regional partners held careers conferences.


The Agency was on hand to showcase our expertise, resources and tools to companies looking to recruit new talent, train their teams and improve their HR structure.


In an effort to facilitate relationships between companies and laboratories, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises opened a second stand in the Global Industrie R&D Space. This was a fantastic occasion for the Agency to show off their Research Hub: this collaborative portal is designed to facilitate contact between companies and the research sector.


Nine regional research laboratories and members of the Research Hub showed off their products, prototypes and demonstrations. These included Cristal Innov (high-performance crystals for high-stress environments), the Pascal Institute (bio-adhesives made from bio-sourced materials, positioning and guidance systems for autonomous vehicles and robots), Plasmat (plasma surface treatment), IPNL-LMA (particle and rare event detection technology) and Ampère (augmented polymers for high-power electronics).


Informing and orienting companies on the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes stand
The Agency was also on hand to host industrial companies on the regional stand and support the twelve MAI-selected companies as they showcased their products and services for the industry of the future. Here’s a look at some of the companies who came by.


The Agency was also on hand to host industrial companies on the regional stand and support twelve MAI-selected companies as they showcased their products and services for the industry of the future.