Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees merged into a single region on 1st January 2016.
The data of this site mainly concerns the former Midi-Pyrenees region and is currently being updated.

Rail Transport

The ever-changing rail transport sector has great market potential and therefore deserves to be known in Midi-Pyrenees.


In Midi-Pyrenees, all technological resources are present and all sectors of the rail industry are covered: infrastructure, rolling stock manufacturing, electronic systems, software solutions, tests and diagnostics, maintenance and renovation and of course, product support offers.
Today, industrial players in the sector are organized in the region with the creation of an association - Mipyrail - and they show a real willingness to collaborate, particularly on projects.

Key figures

  • 50 companies
  • 5,500 employees
  • Revenues of nearly €1 billion

Key industrial players

Main research units

LAAS (650 people): This CNRS laboratory focuses on information science and technology, communication and systems.

LAPLACE (300 people): The leading French concentration of research resources in the field of electrical engineering and plasma focuses in particular on electromechanical energy conversion.

Mipyrail Innovation, a Cluster dedicated to rail transport in Midi-Pyrenees

Created in August 2010, the MipyRail Innovation association brings together 20 Mipyrailmanufacturers of the Midi-Pyrenees region working in the rail sector. It covers the entire sector: infrastructure, rolling stock, electronic systems, software solutions, support, testing-diagnostics, maintenance and renovation.
Its principal activities include organizing a technological day, structuring innovative projects, meeting principal national rail operators and centralizing their requirements, and developing relationships with other national rail associations.
The association is open to any manufacturer with significant rail activity in the Midi-Pyrenees Region.

Strategic partners for the development of activities

Aerospace Valley: Global competitiveness cluster with more than 50% of projects concerning embedded systems applied in particular to transport. Thus, there are strong synergies with the rail industry for the design of automatic systems.

PRIMES: Developing collaborative projects in mechatronics (synergistic combination of mechanics, electronics and real-time computing) and management primarily of energy for railway, civil aviation and habitat applications.