The Ain encourages innovation, bringing together centres of excellence, specific development networks, know-how, and the very latest technologies.
Plasturgy, industrial vehicles, refrigeration and air conditioning, agribusiness, the strong sectors of the Ain benefit from a network of public and private laboratories and resource centres that encourage innovation.
The Ain, a partner in the poles of competitiveness
* Plasturgy - PLASTIPOLIS
When a company established in the department is involved in a Centre of competitiveness and R&D project, the Ain local government supports the company with a direct subsidy.
Major centres of Research and Development, both public and private
* The European Plasturgy Centre - PEP at Oyonnax, full scale testing centre, applied research, professional training, scientific monitoring.
In 2007, the Ain Inter-municipal energy and e-communication syndicate committed itself to deploying an optic fibre network called LIAin (Liaison Internet de l'Ain) with the objective of making high-speed broadband available to professionals and private individuals in all the municipalities in the department (an FTTH network: Fibre To The Home).
The District council of the Rhone-Alps deliberated for creation on two clusters economic additional, bearing to the 10 clusters of Rhone-Alps.
COMATEL has recently acquired new expertise in the field of hydraulic pneumatic and micro-mechanical controls...
Sage Concept Etude is a research consultancy based in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Assisted technically and financially by the Ain network of experts, the company SAGE Concept successfully developed a new all-terrain comfortable snowshoe.