The entire sector had been waiting for years. The end of March saw the first-ever French manufacturing exhibition of this size and scope (2,700 exhibitors): Global Industrie is the result of the combination of four leading exhibitions – INDUSTRIE, MIDEST, SMART INDUSTRIES, and TOLEXPO – at the heart of Manufacturing Week.

The success is largely down to GL events, which managed to draw 40,800 visitors (27% more than the sums of each individual exhibition in 2017) and several high-ranking political figures. Not only did the President invite nearly 200 manufacturers to dine at the Élysée palace before the opening day, but three ministers and one secretary of state visited the exhibition, symbolically marking the central place of manufacturing in the nation’s economy. The exhibition also welcomed flagship French manufacturers, including French Fab companies. Europe was represented by several delegations and the 2nd Stakeholder Forum.

The public also demonstrated its attachment to the sector by massively visiting the exhibition’s various events: for example, the Connected Factory, which included demonstrators from the four exhibitions, drew more than 8,000 visitors. The 5,900 students and more than 1,000 jobseekers who visited the exhibition show that manufacturing is once again a promising sector for young talent and future generations.

“It was definitely a challenge to not only successfully organise a totally new exhibition like Global Industrie in such a short time but make it a major European event from the outset,” says Sébastien Gillet, Event director. “All stakeholders (exhibitors, visitors, politicians, large companies, heads of professional organisations ...) were satisfied. The enthusiasm sparked by Global Industrie and the event’s highlights is increasing awareness and awakening the pride of the French public in this sector.”


Global Industrie is proud to have welcomed four cabinet members: Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy; Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation; Laura Flessel, Minister for Sports; and Delphine Geny-Stephann, Secretary of State for the Economy (accompanied by Cédric Villani, mathematician commissioned by the government to produce a report on artificial intelligence).

The entire sector was present for the occasion via regional pavilions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, PACA, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France, Normandy, Pays-de-la-Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and Occitanie). The exhibition brought together the entire ecosystem (from start-ups to large purchasers, subcontractors, manufacturers of equipment or solutions, Carnot Institutes, and research centres), the entire value chain (R&D, design, production, maintenance, services, training), and all user sectors (Transport and mobility, Energy and infrastructure, Food-processing, Consumer goods, Chemicals, Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, Mechanics ...).
Global Industrie is more than just a showcase. It is a four-day event where you can actually do business, where machines/equipment/solutions are sold, contracts are signed, and leads are explored. In addition, the free Business Meetings service resulted in 1,041 business meetings.

The event’s international scope was evident by the 18 international pavilions (including Portugal, Italy, Algeria, and South Korea) and the many visits by foreign delegations and distinguished guests, such as Oleg Bocharov, the Russian Deputy Minister for Industry, Augusto Santos Silva, the Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Hideaki Omura, the Governor of Aichi Province in Japan.
The Stakeholder Forum 2018 was organised by the Economy Ministry and the European Commission and was held as part of Global Industrie. During the three half-days, 400 people (ministers, general managers, CEOs of large companies, local authorities ...) participated in workshops dealing with various aspects of the sector’s digital transformation (financing, digital skills, public/private partnerships, digital platforms, digital innovation hubs).


Awards, Connected Factory, Lab, Campus, Conferences, and televised panels... Global Industrie’s multifaceted events promote the talents and know-how that are the wealth of French industry.

Global Industrie Awards
The six 100% original categories were defined to faithfully reflect the diversity of the sector in general, and of the ranges being exhibited in particular.
The six winners selected by the jury from the 180 competing innovations were announced to the 1,500-strong audience of the Global Industrie Awards event on 27th March:

  • Industrial Transformation: MESHROOM, for its virtual reality software MESHROOM VR Studio
  • New Technology: AUTODESK FRANCE and RAMLAB, for the on-demand hybrid production of the Waampeller propeller
  • Production Performance: CATALCAD-BRICSCAD, for its BRICSCAD V18 software combining parametric CAD and direct modelling technology
  • Outstanding Achievement: FONDEX, for the creation of parts by sectioning and press stamping, which increases the performance of a car’s electronic package
  • Collective Success: EDEIS, for the construction of an open-air test bench to develop, validate, and qualify engines for next-generation civil aircraft
  • Responsible Solution: INOSPRAY, for DITYSPRAY, a propellant-free alternative to aerosols and cartridges using compressed air

Connected factory
For the first time ever, a 1,000 m² complete manufacturing chain in operation was showcased at an exhibition. It provided an overview of the progress in automated production, thanks in particular to the technologies from the Industry of the Future (cobotics, augmented reality, predictive maintenance, digitisation of production, customisation ...).
The 80 participating companies were coordinated by the engineering firm ADI, providing a concrete illustration of the synergy between the four constituent exhibitions and showcasing almost all the sectors present at the event.
With more than 8,000 visitors and engraved medals distributed, the technical challenge was clearly met and surpassed.

The Campus
5,858 students and around a thousand jobseekers came to the exhibition. A new space was specially designed to cater to them, as well as parents and teachers, with 1,500 m² entirely dedicated to training and jobs.
Point Info, Amphi, Jobs Centre, Demonstration Space, Careers and Orientation Space, High School Itineraries ... The several distinct spaces multiplied the opportunities to explore the sector, meet with manufacturers, and witness promising technologies in action.
Furthermore, initiatives like the “Génération SMART” competition and “Elles bougent” put young people to the test and introduced them to the opportunities in the sector.

Hackhathon, Industry 4.0
Agorize, the first open-innovation challenge platform, Arts et Métiers Acceleration, and the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited 91 international start-ups and 215 students divided into teams to design and create new solutions to meet the challenges set by Hager Group and Novares, partners of the event.
During the first two days of the exhibition, the eight finalists were given 48 hours to prototype their concept with the help of experts. The awards ceremony resulted in new partnerships.

Expertise Centres
The eight newly created expertise centres were installed at the heart of the French and international pavilions and the villages (electro-technologies, surface treatments, plastics processing, smelting, metal shaping, machining, and large-size mechanical engineering).
These dynamic networking and presentation centres drew on the support of the various French and international partners, unions, and federations to showcase know-how via events, outstanding parts, mini-workshops, pitches ...

The televised panels:
More than 200 expert speakers, including Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of EDF, participated in the 65 conferences, round tables, and masterclasses in the three TV studios. They covered issues that are at the heart of the manufacturing sector, such as cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, cobotics, customer-supplier relationships, financing, electric and autonomous cars, the future of the aerospace industry, training, the environment, machine learning, biomaterials, and digital twins ...
The visitors were certainly won over, as the three conference rooms remained packed over the four days. Altogether 3,252 people attended.



Building on the success of this first edition and the enthusiasm of all the stakeholders, Global Industrie is already planning the next event in Lyon.
For the first time in its history, France’s top manufacturing region will host an event of this size entirely dedicated to the sector.












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