The materials and processes sector

Contrary to popular belief, Materalia is not only the "materials" or metallurgy cluster. Materalia is involved in all types of materials: metals, polymers, glass, ceramics, composites, plastics, textiles and renewable materials. The term 'process' refers to all the operations using these materials that make up the final product.

Materalia has contributed to regional and national awareness of the importance of this industrial base, resulting in :
  • the success of the Institut de Recherche Technologique (IRT) Matériaux Métallurgie et Procédés (M2P) project, bringing together small and medium sized companies and major groups;

  • the signature of the State-Region Pact confirming the establishment of the European Materials, Energy and Processes Valley;
  • the structuring of the Materials & Processes sector as part of the Greater East Materials Alliance approach.

Participating in the European clusters evaluation carried out during he "European Clusters Excellence Initiative" project has also meant that Materalia is now recognized as one of the European clusters and that a potential growth in the number of our members has been identified.  
 Materalia's technological positioning is also in line with the European Commission's KET (Key Enabling Technologies) approaches, to give European coherence to the cluster's partnership ambitions.


Materalia has identified markets in which manufacturers and scientists have decisive advantages. Within each strategic business aera (SBA), the aim of the cluster's team is to contribute to the emergence of collaborative or individual projects with significant economic impact. 

  • Organisation of seminars and events.
  • Construction of an industrial network by sector: major accounts, professional associations, company visits in each sector.

  •  Setting up thematic working groups.
  • Implementation of project engineering action plans: identifying calls for projects and setting up European projects.
  • Integration of partners by "Interclustering": cooperation with regional and cross-border clusters, as well as with partner competitiveness clusters - Participation in the identification of training needs, implementation of action plans by mobilizing resources and skills in educational institutions and existing structures.