Competitive clusters














img poleThe OPTITEC competitive cluster belongs to the "complex systems in optics and imaging" sector. Managed by POPSUD, an association set up in 2011, the OPTITEC cluster is made up of major industrial groups, SMEs and dot-com companies, as well as a number of research organisations in the PACA region.

Optics and photonics are at the heart of tomorrow's technological development. Southern France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées) is one of the wealthiest European regions in this field, and offers a wide array of skills: from optical micro components to image processing, from light sources to detectors, from optical fibre data transmission to lasers, from mechanical optics to complex optical instrumentation, from telecommunication to space or medical fields.

The Urban Community takes part in the smooth running and management of the cluster and contributes to the Unique Interdepartmental Fund, so as to finance R&D for those innovative companies that develop within its area.

OPTITEC will play an indispensable part within the future Technoptic building, as the association will – amongst others – manage the active optics platform.


Chair : Jacques BOULESTEIX

Technopôle Marseille Provence à Château-Gombert
c/o OAMP
38, rue Frédéric Joliot Curie
13388 Marseille Cedex 13
Phone : 04 91 05 59 69
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The SCS cluster has a true ambition: to become the unquestionable, acknowledged actor in the field of Secured Communication Solutions, by covering the whole of the IT job value string, from Silicium to its utilisation: Microelectronics, Telecommunication, Software and Multimedia.

The Cluster's applications cover the following fields: Traceability, Connectivity, Identity, Mobility and in a transverse manner, Safety in markets such as Industry, Health/welfare, Transport/logistics/distribution, Tourism, Agriculture/agrifood, Sustainable Development...


Chair : Jean-Claude NATAF
Director : Georges FALESSI

CICA - 2229 route des crêtes
06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis
Phone : 04 92 96 79 60
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EurobiomedEurobiomed competitive cluster belongs to the Health sector in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon regions. It covers a tightly-knit network of over 400 businesses, mainly SMEs, 8 universities and a number of schools training 39,000 students in all, 400 research laboratories, 4 university hospitals and one inter-regional clinical research management. Eurobiomed ranks among the top French and European clusters in the health sector.

The cluster works in the following fields: infectious and tropical diseases, emerging pathologies, rare diseases, medical diagnosis/devices, immunology, neurological pathologies/care and palliative care.


Chair : Jacquie BERTHE
Director : Emilie ROYERE

2 rue Henri Barbusse
Téléphone : 04 91 13 74 65
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PégaseThe PÉGASE cluster gathers together over 200 actors focusing on the development of a new generation of aircraft (drones, dirigible balloons, light planes, helicopters, new concepts and stratospheric aircraft) which are designed and implemented to accomplish specific missions such as structure inspections without heavy equipment, carriage of oversized loads with no infrastructures...

These exceptional missions have opened new markets to be gained by the air and space industries. These new developments are expected to create some 10,000 jobs within 10 years.

Within the Pégase network, can be found the traditional actors in the competitive clusters and Prides (Regional Clusters for Fair Economic Development): industrialists, research and training organizations, customers in need of more efficient aircraft and air/space services (e.g. emergency preparedness, fire fighters...).

Most actors in the cluster are located in the PACA region, but PEGASE also includes members originating from the Rhône-Alpes, Ile de France, Corsica regions...


Chair : Gérard GONINET
Director : Jean-Yves LONGERE

Bâtiment Gérard Mégie
Domaine du Petit Arbois - Avenue Louis Philibert
13545 Aix en Provence Cedex 4
Phone : 04 42 12 68 68
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Since it was labelled in July 2005, PACA PRIDES Sea Cluster have imposed themselves as unquestionable actors in the policies of sustainable development, maritime and coastal safety/security. The cluster covers five major market-oriented fields: maritime safety and security, naval and water sports, sea energy resources, sea biological resources, environment and coastal development.

The major high-tech fields are: marine and submarine technologies, complex information and communication systems, marine biotechnologies, ecotechnologies and more particularly those related to monitoring and protecting the sea and coastline environments. Our main objectives are: in the region - spreading our actions toward the French Mediterranean coastline, and worldwide - prioritising actions in Europe, the Mediterranean basin, North America and Brazil, focusing and organising our action toward the collaborative programmes and innovative projects, developing support services to the members especially SMEs/VSBs, developing strategic partnerships with other clusters, Prides and foreign sea-related clusters.


Chair : Bernard SANS
Director : Patrick BARAONA

229 Chemin de la Farlède
83500 La Seyne sur Mer
Phone : 04 94 03 89 03
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Capenergies’ ambition is to prepare the industry and training sectors toward the upcoming technological changeovers related to fossil energy depletion, and take advantage of our region’s assets so as to develop a domestic energy sector geared to “tomorrow’s energetic mix”.

Today, the cluster gathers together 400 actors in the regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Corsica, Monaco, Guadeloupe (Synergîle) and Reunion (Témergie) involved in all types of non-GNG producing energies, SMEs-SMIs, VSBs, industrial groups, research laboratories and training centres.


Chair : Serge DURAND
Director : Patrick BOUCHARD

Château de Cadarache - Bâtiment 906
13108 Saint Paul Lez Durance
Phone: 04 42 25 64 25
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Sustainable areas and responsible industries: this is the core mission of the "Risk and area vulnerability management" cluster.

With a network of 192 members over 60% of whom are SMEs, the Risques cluster, located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon regions, federates the energies and skills of businesses, major groups, research laboratories, technical and training centres towards innovation and concrete solutions in the overall management of all risks (whether natural, technological, industrial...). The Risques cluster also aims to boost the economic expansion of the region's companies by assisting them toward innovation, international openings or else financing them inside the network with the "business angels" and other assisting structures. Last but not least, the Risques cluster aims to develop their R&D. Since 2005, this assistance and knowhow integration have given birth to almost 200 innovative projects, 65 of which have been acknowledged and subsidised by over 40 million Euros. The cluster intends to become a major European actor in risk management.


Chair : Joël CHENET
Director : Richard BIAGIONI

Europôle méditerranéen de l'Arbois
13857 Aix en Provence Cedex 03
Phone : 04 42 12 30 50
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WATER Cluster

In May 2010, the WATER cluster received the label of competitive cluster with worldwide calling; it has federated the players in the water sector, corporations, institutions and academic research from three French regions: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées. The cluster's strategy focuses on the water cycle – from its beginning to its restitution to natural environments, via various uses – within a context aggravated by global changes and usage conflicts.

The WATER Cluster's activities rely on 4 strategic orientations:

  •    identification and mobilisation of water resources;
  •    coordinated resource management;
  •    re-use of all water;
  •    institutional and societal approaches.

 The WATER Cluster's objective is to create added value via ecosystem activities, the development of innovative projects, worldwide development and diffusion of French technologies and knowhow.

Contact : Lounis MEBAREK


Delegate in charge of the WATER competitive cluster in the PACA region, with a worldwide calling

Téléphone: 04 42 97 10 15


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TRIMATEC cluster

The Trimatec cluster contributes in the development of innovative projects by implementing ecotechnologies at the service of industry. It is getting a firm footing in the area. Its inter-regional size favours synergies between research and companies over a widespread area.

Ever since its creation, the cluster's high-tech scope has focused on innovative green processes.

The Trimatec cluster clearly displays its place in the ecotechnological field while offering a structured organisation specialised in four main areas:

Chairman : Lounis MEBAREK
Secretary General : Béatrice RUIZ

47, avenue Général de Gaulle
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Téléphone : 04 42 38 29 96
Mobile : 06 85 20 24 29
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PASS cluster (Perfumes Aromas Scents Savours)

The Parfums Arômes Senteurs Saveurs competitive cluster aims to become a worldwide reference specialising in the characterisation, assessment and production of natural substances used in the aromatics and cosmetics industries.

The Parfums Arômes Senteurs Saveurs competitive cluster has implemented a vertical integration system. It is made up of the whole value chain in this sector which has always been present in the entire region, spanning from cultivation of perfume and aromatic plants through production of aromatic constituents and their formulation in finished products.

These aromatic constituents aim at reaching four major industrial markets : alcohol-based perfumes, cosmetics, detergents and agrifood

Chairman : Han Paul BODIFEE
Secretary General : Philippe CLAUD

48, avenue Riou Blanquet
B.P. 21017
06131 Grasse Cedex
Téléphone : 04 92 42 34 84 
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