Since its creation, the geographical area where Elastopôle has been active has comprised the four regions, Centre, Auvergne, Pays de la Loire and Ile de France, covering 70% of French employees in the rubber sector.
Most French employees in the rubber sector are located in this vast area which includes Nantes, Clermont Ferrand and Paris, i.e. 30,000 jobs (58%) of the 52,000 jobs in the rubber conversion industry.
But the only French cluster concerned with rubber, Elastopôle, has an ever stronger national outlook and we will be delighted to welcome any members who wish to join us to advance the French rubber and polymers industry. This explains why a significant number of companies from the Rhône-Alpes region have joined us.
Also, as part of its strategic thinking, the Cluster decided to strengthen its existing links with the Polymers technologies cluster in Normandy, centred on the Institut supérieur de Plasturgie d’Alençon, with which we make up a polymers cluster covering the whole of western France.
Ultimately, Elastopôle aims to become a reference cluster for Europe. This openness is given practical effect by the involvement of ETRMA (European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association) in the cluster’s governance, as evidenced by European developments in the cluster’s work.
This geographical concentration is a source of interaction between people and structures and acts as an accelerator for innovation. It enables us to develop a networked organisation with a territorial base, to provide a more effective response to the demand to be more competitive.