Industry of the Future Challenge 2nd edition

Startups – innovate to build the industry of the future!

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ArianeGroup develops and supplies innovative and competitive solutions for civil and military space launchers, with expertise in all aspects of state-of-the-art propulsion technologies. ArianeGroup is lead contractor for Europe’s Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launcher families, responsible for both design and the entire production chain, up to and including marketing by its subsidiary Arianespace, as well as for the missiles of the French oceanic deterrent force. ArianeGroup and its subsidiaries enjoy a global reputation as specialists in the field of equipment and propulsion for space applications, while their expertise also benefits other industrial sectors. The group is a joint venture equally owned by Airbus and Safran, and employs nearly 9,000 highly qualified staff in France and Germany. Its 2017 turnover was €3.4 billion.

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Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 120,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of €13 billion. The European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions through its Digital Transformation Factory, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across all business sectors. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Syntel, Unify and Worldline. Atos is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

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SKF is one of the leading global suppliers of ball bearings, seals, instrument-equipped components, lubrication systems and services including technical assistance, maintenance and reliability services, technical advice and training. SKF has a presence in more than 130 countries and boasts a network of around 15,000 distributors around the world. In 2017, the SKF Group reported turnover of €7.45 billion, with 46,000 staff worldwide. Its French entity, SKF France, reported 2017 turnover of €1.1 billion and its eight sites employ more than 3,000 people.

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This site, formerly the French army’s Ballistics and Aerodynamics Research Laboratory, saw the birth of the European space industry. Since 2014, thanks to strong political will, this 70-hectare site has welcomed businesses and training providers working in cutting-edge technological sectors, such as industry 4.0, aeronautics, space, defence, security, energy, mobility, digital technology, geolocation, data science and more. This fully secure environment (video monitoring, 24/7 security with identity checks upon entry) provides totally customized real estate, a purpose-built industrial platform and a wide range of services, including: - a business incubator and service centre, - a lecture hall, - meeting rooms, - accommodation, - a shared company cafeteria, - a sports complex, - a nursery, - a concierge service, - a fibre-optic network, and more.

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For more than 70 years, Techniques de l’Ingénieur has been the largest resource for French-language technical and scientific documents and a reference partner for those working in design consultancy, R&D, innovation and training. More than 10,000 online articles and practical guides – with almost 400 added each year! – are reviewed and approved by 200 scientific experts, and are available to read and download online. Experts, researchers, university academics and industry engineers – all renowned by their peers – share their knowledge and provide a high-level network of authors. Access to the library resources also offers an opportunity to question these experts and use the multilingual technical dictionary, which boasts 15 fields of expertise and 6 business sectors, and can be found at And to follow the latest scientific and technical news, subscribe to the Techniques de l’Ingénieur magazine’s newsletters! (Free)

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