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The United States (26%), Germany (19%) and Italy (10%) were together responsible for more than half of all foreign R&D, engineering and design investments in France in 2016. Clariant International AG CHEMICALS, PLASTICS Based in Muttenz, Switzerland, Clariant is a multinational chemical group with more than 18,000 employees worldwide. Clariant France is headquartered in Choisy-le-Roi (outside Paris) and employs nearly 450 people at seven locations, including five production facilities. Although Clariant has decided to centralize its research and development in Frankfurt, it is still expanding its R&D operations in France. In 2016, it began to establish a new R&D center at Oncopole, the Toulouse cancer research hub. The new center will create around 30 jobs. They chose FRANCE Source: 2016 Annual Report, Business France 1 Data on R&D activities and headquarters are fully comparable with all previous years, as these investments have always been recorded from the first job created. CHAP. 1 / FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN FRANCE IN 2016 30 / 2016 ANNUAL REPORT - BUSINESS FRANCE
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These projects follow on from the 2015 acquisition of a nearly 350 MW portfolio of wind power projects in northern France. Together, they will give Boralex a portfolio of approximately 850 MW in projects being developed in France by late 2018. In 2016, Boralex became France’s largest independent producer of wind power, after two utility companies. Boralex RENEWABLE ENERGY Headquartered in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Boralex develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France and the United States. It is recognized for its solid experience in optimizing its asset base in four power generation types: wind (80%), hydroelectric (15%), thermal (4%) and solar (1%). The group is a leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power. It employs 400 people, including 130 in France, and has an annual revenue of Can$280 million. In 2016, Boralex announced the purchase and expansion of wind farms in various regions – Bretagne (Brittany), Grand Est, Hauts de France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Occitanie – resulting in the creation of around fifteen jobs. They chose FRANCE FRANCE: AN INNOVATIVE ECONOMY Innovation and R&D in France are regularly acclaimed by foreign business executives. Nearly three-quarters of decision-makers who responded to a recent survey see France as an innovative economy. France is also deemed to be particularly attractive when judged on human capital criteria, with its well qualified R&D personnel and research partnerships with academia being looked on favorably by foreign decision-makers. Access to finance (76%) was also identified by foreign investors as one of the leading criteria in France’s attractiveness for R&D operations. Among the innovation support on offer, France’s research tax credit serves as a strong incentive encouraging companies to set up R&D operations in the country.
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