The 2013/07/29 at 08:24
It’s already common knowledge that aeronautic and space activities are the economic locomotives of the Midi-Pyrénées region, today as well as in the last few decades. But where does this sector stand in the future? According to the CCI of Toulouse, nutraceutics, applied e-health for home use, or else medical devices for cancer and cardiologic problems are amongst the sources of growth for tomorrow. Target domains of activity (domains d’activité ciblés or DACs) described by the Chamber as local economic forces to support, in a report published in spring 2013 following a widespread survey on local dynamics. “At a time when most French people are asking questions about the future of our economy, we wished to launch discussion on this theme in order to find constructive and positive responses regarding our future. Beyond a mere update on how things stand, this research aims to offer leads for concrete progress,” explains Alain Di Crescenzo, President of the CCI of Toulouse.
The survey consisted in carrying out a diagnostic on the territory’s attractiveness capital, as well as a diagnostic on the streams that currently nourish Toulouse’s industrial fabric. The diagnostic on Toulouse’s attractiveness capital brought to light a few paradoxes concerning today’s industrial reality. On the aeronautics front, the robust health of the sector means that order books are bursting and that forecasts can remain optimistic in the long term.
However, this soar remains difficult for suppliers and subcontractors to absorb. Sectorial dependency means that these players are experiencing difficulties in growth and diversification of activities. Meanwhile, the stream-based diagnostic revealed a dozen domains with strong potential. Aeronautics, space, health and the food industry stand out for their maturity and structural nature. They are accompanied by the traditional and long-standing streams of automobiles, logistics and textiles. Finally, other domains are the focus of great expectations, even if they are less mature: embedded systems, applications for the space industry, eco-buildings, cultural and creative industries. These streams have the specificity of stemming from collective dynamics involving various types of players positioned on growth markets.
“Following these observations, we note that tomorrow’s regional opportunities are found at the crossroads of today’s savoir-faire. We have studied all streams synonymous with strong potential for our region. These have been crossed with support streams such as information technologies, financing, embedded systems, and this is the approach leading us to the identification of ten DACs that represent engines of the future,” indicates Alain Di Cresenzo.
The DACs are the following: sustainable and smart mobility, applied e-health for taking care of elderly persons in the home, medical devices for cancer and cardiologic treatment, nutraceutics and health foods, smart and sustainable cities, transmedia and digital content, sustainable agriculture, space applications, digital engineering and design. “Research ecosystems should gravitate around these target domains of activity in order to optimise the development of promising markets. Most of them are directly related to new technologies, digital technologies. They can spawn a great many attractive start-ups,” specifies Alain Di Crescenzo. “The synergies between VSEs, SMEs, and large groups will also contribute to the success of this vision of the future.”
The goal is to fine-tune this list in order to reach a tighter definition. The domains described are to be the object of an adapted accelerated-development programme, with the aim of promoting the diversification of activities on the territory. “The aim is to support the emergence of new champions,” states the Chamber report. The CCI is also urging the government to encourage the same type of approach in other French regions in order to guarantee the development of potential on a local scale.