End of 2018, the “Groupe Progrès“ newspaper organized a meeting of chemical companies in cooperation with “France Chimie AURA“ (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes). The meeting held at the University of Lyon‘s large amphi-theater was attended by industrialists, representatives of the people, associations and the general public. For the duration of the evening, they exchanged ideas concerning the innovative and entrepreneurial sector and gained new insights.
The chemical industry is of paramount importance for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The industry alone employs some 32 000 people and generates sales of 11 billion euros, of which 75% is earmarked for export. Taking into consideration indirect workplaces, the number of employees reaches 100 000. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region provides 25% of the means required for national research in the chemical sector, and investments amounting to 500 million euros are made every year. Siegfried took part as representative of the sector Ain.