Automotive industry in Val d’Oise


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Expect to be safe

Anticipating innovations in the automotive industry, the Gendarme special unit PJGN in Pontoise set up in 2015 the OCSTI (Central Observatory of Intelligent Transport Systems) to detect threats and opportunities represented by intelligent logistical systems. This helps to prevent new vulnerabilities such as those arising from the computerization of logistics.

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Multidisciplinary training

The GARAC in Argenteuil is the national school for the auto industry. It offers 21 tracks from diploma to Engineer, preparing young people to meet the techno- logical and commercial challenges in cars, motorcycle, truck and mobility services. It trains qualified technicians as well as highly sought-after executives in the industry.

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Spotlight on this industry

The automotive sector brings together car manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and many parts vendors as well as numerous subcon-tractors belonging to various sectors (tool and die, plastics, stamping, foundry, electronics, automation, etc.).

It also includes manufacturers of trucks, buses and coaches, as well as autobody shops. This sector is structured around five main business divisions: distribution (vehicles and fuel), car maintenance, services for drivers, drivers training and recycling.

The industry has developed an action plan for a limited number of high-stakes structural projects: 

> Environmental: with the arrival of the electric  motor  and  the  evolution  of hybrids, which will profoundly impact the whole sector;


> Digital: with the connected, intelligent, autonomous vehicle and the emergence of subjects as complex as the protection of data held by a vehicle;

> Societal: with new mobility offers and a profound evolution of the relationship between humans and cars.

On-board electronics mean piloting and controlling all the functions of the vehicle to improve comfort and security, to reduce global energy consumption and emissions. Valeo (specialized in systems and electrical and electronic equipment for motors and parts) and Autoliv (specialized in security equipment for vehicles) work in this sector.

The automotive sector files more patents in France and invests more than 6 billion euros a year in R&D. Valeo, a global group, holds the largest number of patent filings in France.

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Valeo “engine control system”, located in Cergy, is a company specializing in electronic and electrical systems and equipment for engine controls and automotive parts. It also provides spare parts for car manufacturers.


The Val d’Oise is home to major companies in the automotive world, such as Autoliv, in Cergy, which specializes in the manufacture, development and marketing of motor vehicle safety equipment (airbags, safety belts, steering wheels). Autoliv is also working on the design of the car of the future.

The downstream component of the Val d’Oise region includes service companies that represent a particularly dense ETI, SME and TPE eco-system like Telma, Flex-N-Gate and Visteon Electronics.

Erpro in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, brings together 2 companies, one specialized in 3D printing and the other in cutting metal parts. The SME employs fifty employees and produces single pieces or very small quantities for tests and demonstrations.

For example, a steering wheel for a prototype car, a crank case for an electric bicycle or an airplane part for wind tunnel testing.

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Research  and higher education:
University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP)
33, boulevard du Port 95011
Cergy-Pontoise cedex

> School of Electrical Engineering, Production Engineering and Industrial Management

Graduate School for Electronics and Applications Public laboratories

University  laboratories:

Information Processing and Systems Team

Complex systems engineering and computer sciences

Laboratory of Industrial Eco-Innovation and Energy

Laboratory of mobility, network, regional and environmental geography

Laboratory for Systems and Applications in Information and Energy Technologies

Private laboratories:


Well-known companies in Val d’Oise

3M - Night Safety Systems for Motor Vehicles (Reflective Lighting Systems).

ABB - Manufacturing of industrial equipment, energy technologies and automation: high, medium and low voltage products, controls, variable speed drives, instrumentation and analysis, motors and generators, robotics.

Akebono - Research and Development Center specializing in the manufacture and marketing of brake pads for motor vehicles.

Autoliv - Development, manufacture and marketing of safety equipment for motor vehicles (airbag, seat belts, steering wheels), autonomous cars.

Erpro - Creating prototypes, models and small series with 3D printing.

Flex-N-Gate - Manufacturing, design and distribution of automotive equipment such as bumpers - front blocks, power units, fans for the automotive industry.

Lear Corporation - Manufacture of seats for the automotive industry.

Soufflerie climatique d’IDF - Analysis, testing and technical inspection of all types of land vehicles.

Telma - World leader in frictionless braking, on-board electronic devices for brake compatibility with ABS, EBS, ESP systems.

Tyco Electronics - Manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic connections for automotive, capital goods (telecommunications, computerized aeronautics, etc.).

Valeo - Design and manufacturing of electronic and electrical systems and equipment for engine controls and automotive parts (spare parts for car manufacturers).

Visteon Electronics - Manufacture of electronic parts for the automotive and automotive industry, interiors such as dashboards, audio systems, information displays.

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