For over 40 years, Aquitaine has been a land of advanced materials in the aeronautics, space & defence, sailing or wind sectors. The region covers a full range of skills, with industrial applications for international leaders such as Arkema, Toray CFE, Herakles, Astrium, Dassault Aviation, Epsilon Composite, EADS Composites Aquitaine ..., with particular excellence in thermostructural composites with ceramic matrix.
For SMEs, Aquitaine Innovation Development Agency detects and supports innovative projects, connects businesses, laboratories and technical centres. In the framework of its action for structuring and animating industries, the Agency sustains innovation (collaborative projects, support for records’ engineering) and competitiveness (collective actions and pivotal projects).
The sector represents around 6000 jobs, 250 establishments and 1000 researchers in fifteen laboratories.