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Foreign investment: record employment in Hauts-de-France

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The second most attractive French region for foreign investors, the leading French region for industrial investment. This year Hauts-de-France occupies all the top three places in the 2018 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France, published by Business France.

The 2nd most attractive region in France (just behind Île-de-France), the leading French region for industrial investment, 3rd place for project creation (+18.5%)… The Hauts-de-France region has beaten all records in the number of jobs created or maintained by businesses with foreign capital (according to the 2018 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France published by Business France). In total, 5,266 jobs – 92% of which were new positions – were created or saved in 2018. 1 industrial job in 6 created or maintained by foreign investors was in Hauts-de-France.

This is a record for employment in our region! It has so many strengths: its strategic position, the availability of land, its pro-business ecosystem, puts forward Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts-de-France Region. We are working hand in hand with the local authorities, State departments and all the stakeholders concerned, with one aim in mind: developing our region to create jobs!“.

Even more sites created and extended

The report reveals how companies are committed to the economic dynamism of Hauts-de-France: this is reflected in the sharp increase in sites extended (+29%) and created (+24%). As witnessed by the Toyota, Bombardier, Arcelor Mittal, Procter and Gamble and Refresco plants. These investments also demonstrate the loyalty of groups historically located in the region to Hauts-de-France.

Investments resulting in significant job creation

The Coca Cola Group for example, which has been in the Hauts-de-France region for 30 years, has just invested 19 million euros in its Socx (59) site to open a new ultra-modern bottling production line. 23 additional permanent jobs will be created.

The same approach for Refresco, whose fruit juice production and bottling plant is based in Le Quesnoy. The company continues to grow, with an investment of 97 million euros for the construction of a new production line and logistics. 50 new permanent employees are likely to be recruited.

In the food sector, the Japanese group Takara Foods has chosen Hauts-de-France for its first investment in Europe. A “ramen” manufacturing plant will be opened in Amblainville in Oise, with the creation of 30 permanent jobs.