Le Mans Metropole Economic Development Agency

“Why did your company decide to leave Créteil for Le Mans?” “My mission was to find a place that can satisfy several criteria: an industrial area with a good network of infrastructures for trading because we get a lot of ... [ En savoir + ]

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The Le Mans urban area is fortunate to have a geography placing it at the heart of four hubs, highway, railway, airport and sea, in line with eight economic development clusters.

A TGV railway hub

  • 54 minutes from Paris-Montparnasse (18 trips a day)
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes from Lille
  • 3 hours from Lyon
  • 3 hours and 15 minutes from Brussels
  • 3 hours and 30 minutes from Strasbourg
  • 4 hours and 20 minutes from London
  • 4 hours and 30 minutes from Marseille

An airport hub

  • Roissy-Charles de Gaulle: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Massy (Orly): 47 minutes

A 7-junction motorway hub

  • A28 Le Mans/Caen
  • A28 Le Mans/Alençon/Rouen
  • A11 Le Mans/Paris
  • A28 and A85 Le Mans/Tours/Lyon
  • A28 and A10 Le Mans/Tours/Bordeaux
  • A11 Le Mans/Angers/Nantes
  • A81 Le Mans/Rennes

A sea hub

  • Le Havre: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Saint-Nazaire: 2 and a half hours

“ColArt is the world no. 1 in the fine arts market, mostly thanks to its Winsor & Newton brands. This unique experience is one reason why we consolidated our logistical and industrial processes last year by repatriating English productions chains. Here in Le Mans, we have the land reserves, human resources, geographical location and transport infrastructure. These advantages are buttressed by the financial support and assistance of local authorities. Le Mans is now the group’s only production unit for fine arts colours in Europe. Our team now has more than 300 people. Our business is internationally oriented and has grown threefold in 20 years.

Thierry Collot, CEO, ColArt International

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