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0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12% 14% 16% 18% 20% Share of sector in all manufacturing projects in France (left axis) Share of manufacturing projects by sector in France (right axis) Agri-food, agriculture and fishing Furnishings, household goods Construction, building materials Chemicals, plastics Electronic components Consulting, engineering and business services Automotive industry Energy, recycling, other concessions Electrical/electronic/IT equipment Medical/surgical equipment, diagnostics and devices Software and IT services Machinery and mechanical equipment Aerospace, naval and railway equipment Media, publishing Pharmaceuticals and biotechnologies Metals, metalworking Telecoms, ISPs Perfumes, cosmetics Textiles, industrial textiles, clothing and accessories 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Source: 2016 Annual Report, Business France CHAP. 1 / FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN FRANCE IN 2016 28 / 2016 ANNUAL REPORT - BUSINESS FRANCE
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It therefore becomes important for regions to remain competitive should they wish to attract, consolidate and retain economic activity. The number of investment decisions involving global and European headquarters based in France rose sharply from 27 in 2015 to 36 in 2016, as did those involving French headquarters, rising from 24 to 34. FOREIGN FIRMS EAGER TO INVEST IN FRENCH MANUFACTURING In 2016, a total of 280 investment decisions were made in production/manufacturing operations in France, amounting to 25% of all foreign investments. The importance of such projects can be seen by the fact that these activities were also the leading contributor to employment, with 11,271 jobs, or 37% of all jobs generated by foreign investment. Confirmed production/manufacturing investments mostly involved expanding existing production facilities in France (65%) and new sites (16%). Investments in production/manufacturing in France confirmed by American, Belgian, British, German and Italian companies amounted to 62% of all such investments. Germany was the leading foreign investor in this area, with 52 investment decisions, accounting for 19% of all production/manufacturing investments and 17% of all jobs generated by such investments. Italy was the leading contributor to production/manufacturing jobs, accounting for 19% of jobs generated by foreign investment in such operations. Half of all production/manufacturing investments were concentrated in the agri-food industry (16% of all investments in production/manufacturing), the automotive industry (9%), chemicals/plastics (9%), and metals/metalworking (9%). GREATER NUMBERS OF R&D PROJECTS IN 2016 Innovation is recognized by business decision-makers to be a driving force behind France’s attractiveness as an investment location, as is the thriving “La French Tech” ecosystem. PressReader SOFTWARE AND IT SERVICES Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, PressReader has developed a digital newspaper distribution platform.
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