About Axelera

Axelera, a cluster operating at the crossroads of the chemical, environmental, and energy sectors, supports innovation and international development initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of industrial companies. Based in Lyon, France, a global chemical-industry hub, Axelera has built a strong foundation across France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

a powerful, diverse network of experts

Axelera’s 345 membership encompasses businesses of all sizes, research labs and institutes, and providers of education and training to students and professionals in the chemical and environmental sectors.

Our members are experts in their fields:

  • Materials, chemicals, and finished-product manufacturers
  • Equipment and systems manufacturers and integrators
  • Industrial services like process engineering, energy efficiency, and regulatory compliance
  • Environmental services like water, air, and ground pollution and other waste management
  • Chemical and environmental sector laboratories and technical centers
  • Training in chemistry and environment

5 STRATEGIC RESEARCH AREAS, a full range of member services 

Axelera projects focus on R&D, innovation, and business development initiatives targeting five strategic research areas:

  • Renewable raw materials
  • Eco-efficient factories
  • Chemicals and materials for manufacturing industries
  • Recycling and recyclability
  • Preservation and restoration of natural and urban areas

The cluster also offers a full range of services developed to support its members’ growth:

  • Innovation strategy
  • Business & international development
  • Networking
  • Competency upleveling and training

driving innovation and local economic growth

Axelera is driving innovation, and earning recognition for its strong results. The French government ranked Axelera one of the country’s best-performing clusters in a 2012 nationwide assessment and the EU gave Axelera its prestigious Gold label for excellence in 2014 and 2016. As of end-2016, Axelera had certified:

  • 286 R&D projects, funded for a total of €800 million
  • a total of seven company location/relocation projects and technical facilities
  • six technology platforms, including the Axel’One chemical and environmental platform

These are just some examples of initiatives that have positioned Axelera as a natural driver of economic development, helping the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region attract new businesses and foster business growth.

6 active founding members, 4 committed financing partners

Axelera was created in 2005 by six founding members: Arkema, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Engie, IFP Energies nouvelles, Solvay, and Suez.

The cluster enjoys the support of seven financing partners: the French government, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional government, the Greater Lyon intermunicipal authority, the Greater Grenoble intermunicipal authority, and the General Councils of the Drôme, Isère, Haute-Savoie, and Loire districts.


     About France’s clusters


The French government set up its national cluster initiative in 2005, and defines a cluster as an organization uniting businesses of all sizes, research labs, and educational institutions, operating within a specific geographical area, and focusing on a well-identified topic.


Government agencies at the local and national levels are firmly committed to the clusters’ mission of supporting innovation for a more competitive economy. Clusters help their members set up collaborative R&D projects with a sharp focus on innovation and leverage the results of these projects to get innovative new products, services, and processes to market.


France’s clusters help their members achieve positions of leadership on their markets in France and internationally, with the broader benefits of economic growth and job creation.

DGE – Direction Générale des Entreprises

French Ministry of the Economy, Industry, and the Digital Sector