This article showcases our top picks for the best France based Mechanical Engineering startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Mechanical Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top France Mechanical Engineering Startups
Uptime.ac is maintains and modernizes elevators of all makes. The company agrees to repay 1/4 of the contract if the elevator suffers more than 2 breakdowns during the year.
It relies on the knowledge of its technicians, a connected box and applications to create a unique maintenance method. Uptime customers have access to a digital space where information about their facilities is centralized in real time..
Altran is a European innovation and engineering consulting firm, consulting in innovation and R&D, in organization and information systems, in strategy and management. The company offers clients an unmatched value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs.
Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialization, to invent the products and services of tomorrow. Altran covers the entire project life-cycle, from the planning stages such as technological monitoring, technical feasibility studies, strategy planning, etc and to the final realization like design, implementation, testing, etc.
It supports them throughout the entire value chain of the life cycle of a project, from the idea to industrialization. The company adopts a proximity policy and positions its regional players at the heart of its customers’ challenges by deploying offers adapted to the local, national and international markets.
For over 35 years, the company has provided expertise in aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, finance, life sciences, railway, and telecommunications. The Aricent acquisition extends this leadership to semiconductors, digital experience, and design innovation.
Combined, Altran and Aricent generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2018, with some 47,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Altran was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Neuilly-sur-seine, France..
Eco-Tech Ceram is an innovative company specialized in thermal storage, energetic efficiency, industrial wastes valuation recovery and advanced materials characterization. ETC has been created in 2014 by Antoine Meffre, based on his experience as a PhD.
doctor on industrial waste materials valorisation for heat storage applications. He is at the origins of the EcoStock concept.
The technology is based on 10 years of research conducted at the PROMES laboratory, a research unit associated to CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and to the University of Perpignan. From 2008, the laboratory was studying the valuation of industrial wastes, and, thanks to 3 postgraduates from PROMES (specialized in heat storage, processes and materials) now part of its team, ETC discovered the possibility to create ceramics with great thermal properties.
ETC adapted this material on large scales in the aim to create new recovery heat method, EcoStock. Turnkey storage units, the EcoStock is an eco-efficient thermal storage solutions for high temperature thermal applications..
V-Motech invents a new approach of outsourcing «at home», for trades in the automotive industry withing the vehicle and powertains branches. They offer a large spectrum of skills and expertise.
The mutualisation and the modularity of their knowledge allows us to provide all the technical expertise you need in the accomplishment of your innovative projects with a high-added value.. .
Pazzi wants to provide turnkey restaurant solutions for locations like train stations, airports, shopping centres, campuses, etc. The startup says that its robots could produce 100 pizzas per hour.PAZZI is the opportunity to create and customize your pizza to infinity.
More than 500,000 recipe combinations are available at any time. This is an optimal and visible follow-up of the pizza making by the customers, with a promise of guaranteed time for the first time in restoration.
It’s also a unique visual experience: show cooking. Customers can see the robots prepare their order by executing elegantly developed movements..
In a world in constant technological evolution, looking for optimized solutions INGELIANCE implements simultaneously proven expertise and those developed in the framework of its fields of excellence. With their shared human values, 480 employees of the group evolve with their customers, attentive to the needs and stakeholders as very committed on innovative and structuring projects.
The growth of our Group is based, firstly, on the trust of our customers, competence and proven performance of our teams, on the other hand, the innovative nature of our services.. .
H2P Systems is a waste heat regeneration technology platform. H2P technology is based on an unique patented thermodynamic open cycle using ambient air as working fluid.
Thanks to a heat exchanger and an hot air machine, H2P engines convert thermal energy from the conventional engine’s exhaust gases into additional mechanical power. Fuel consumption and gases emissions drop by 8% to 10%.
H2P engines are designed to fit existing systems using combustion engines such as heavy-duty vehicles and power generators.. .
Gmi-Aero is a provider of solutions and products for advanced process control used in the composite material manufacturing and repair. As the pioneer in the integrated equipment for advanced process control, GMI AERO evolved to be a key player in the composite repair market and today provides full range of repair equipment and products to best address the ever-increasing technical challenges arising in the aeronautical and wind energy industry.
Deployed with the world’s largest Aircraft Manufacturers, MRO’s and Airlines, GMI’s products deliver the most advanced solutions throughout in all process steps in the repair application and lifecycle.. .
Founded in 1812, Fives is an industrial engineering Group, which designs and supplies complex machines, process equipment, production lines, complete plants and after-sales services for manufacturers worldwide. From aluminium, steel, glass, automotive, to aerospace, logistics, cement and energy industries, Fives helps its clients maximize their performance.
Providing customers with capital goods including technological breakthroughs as well as quality, safety, environmental performance, automation and process intelligence, is at the core of the Group’s mission.. .
Created in 1989, Navocap is recognized for its know-how and its capacity for innovation. Over the years, its team of 40 people has become experts in providing mobility support solutions requiring the mastery of the design, manufacture, and installation of onboard equipment, radio networks, and operating centers.
Its 2015 turnover is 4.4 million euros. Since July 8, 2016, Navocap has joined Ixxi, a subsidiary of RATP specializing in ticketing and passenger information systems.
The solutions proposed by Navocap: – For public transport networks and operators: Precursor in the definition of innovative solutions, Navocap has developed 2 offers that meet the requirements of the sector: • SiCae, a tailor-made SAEIV solution that combines safety, passenger information and operating assistance; • EasyGo, a scalable SIV technology that delivers reliable, available and distributable Traveler Information. Second player in the market for SAEIV (Operating Assistance Systems and Traveler Information) and SIV (Traveler Information Systems) in France, the company now equips 115 transport networks and more than 6,000 vehicles.
– For the blind and visually impaired: ANGEO, a technical tool for guidance assistance developed with the support of the CNRS, CNES, the European Community and the DGCIS, – For paratroopers: OPANAS ( Operational PArachute NAvigation System).. .
AIO is dedicated to sustainability in all shapes and sizes. We create the factory of the future, where the prime focus is on people and nature.
The ultimate dream is to reach an environment where operators can work comfortably and safely, where their gestures are assisted, and their arduousness is reduced. In the long run, operational efficiency is improved because the factory favours the development of each workers’ expertise.
AIO also takes energy expenses very seriously by avoiding costly and wasteful production lines. Contributing to a sustainable society in the industrial field means developing lean and flexible lines, more efficient and more capable of contributing to a sustainable society.
We achieve this through Karakuri Kaizen, passive robots that are ready to be integrated into green and frugal layouts. Improving ergonomics and operation times becomes possible with mechanical tricks.
AIO designs frugal, turnkey devices for companies that opt to make more efficient, more human, more “health and safety” and more eco-friendly factories. Occupational exhaustion is a challenge that accentuates aging and pain through work and its consequences, including job fatigue and work-related illnesses.
Decent work puts people first, made possible through the creation of Numii, a real-time dataset for human working conditions. The Numii scale is a CES award-winning invention that creates digital factory twins, giving you valuable insight into what’s going on with production lines.
Chaumeca is design and manufacture compressed air and gas processing equipment for all types of industries. Our skills are gathered around the client project to provide a global and personalized solution.
Our application engineers and design offices work closely together to design the solution that best suits your needs. Our customer service takes over for the maintenance of your equipment.
Non-Heat Adsorption Dryers, External Regeneration Adsorption Dryers, Refrigerant Dryers, Separators, Filters, Refrigerants, Water Washers, Membrane Scrubbers.. .
CentrExpert provides global safety solutions for training, material audit transformation of standard industrial equipment to make it usable in areas with certification and after-sales service. The company is committed to converting machines and equipment, enabling it to be used in explosive atmospheres, more commonly known as ATEX zones.
CentrExpert was founded on 2011 and is headquartered in Chasse-sur-rhône, France.. .
Segula Technologies, Research and Innovation form the core of Their engineering projects. They are involved with fascinating technological projects, anticipating the developments that will shape the world of tomorrow.
Their know-how in projects such as connectivity, renewable energies, energy consumption and many others open up exciting prospects for creating the future together.. .
In 1998, Volkswagen AG decided to revive the legendary Bugatti automobile brand, purchasing all trademark rights, and the next year Bugatti Automobile S.A.S. was founded in Molsheim, Alsace, as a Volkswagen France subsidiary.
As early as 1998, Volkswagen presented its first Bugatti prototype at the Paris Auto Salon – the Bugatti EB 118, a two-door coupé with 555 HP designed by Italdesign. It was followed by another Italdesign product, the Bugatti EB 218, a four-door limousine which was presented at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1999.
At the International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt in the fall of that year, Volkswagen introduced the Bugatti 18.3 Chiron, named after the greatest Bugatti racecar driver of the interwar era. The Bugatti Veyron*) Concept Car was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Both the Chiron and the Veyron were developed by the Volkswagen AG design team led by Hartmut Warkuss. In 2001, Volkswagen decided to start serial production of the super-sportscar Veyron, whose official name was “Veyron 16.4”.
In the fall of 2004, after renovation of the traditional Bugatti headquarters at Château Saint Jean was completed and the new assembly studio constructed, Bugatti S.A.S. began manufacturing the first Veyron.
About 80 cars are assembled each year, most of them being picked up directly in Molsheim by their new owners. This is a pleasure that customers back in Ettore Bugatti’s days also used to indulge in..
Since its foundation in 1956, Bertin has been at the forefront of innovation, one of the leading players in the field of industrial modernization, offering a unique combination of expertise and the development and supply of equipment of a highly technological nature. Every day, our engineers and experts deploy their multi-disciplinary know-how to serve our clients and customers working in the fields of Energy, Environment, Life Sciences, Defence, Aerospace, Industry and Services.
Since January 2008, Bertin Technologies belongs to CNIM group. This industrial shareholder gives a large operational autonomy to its subsidiary, supporting its international growth strategy.
Bertin Technologies owns a subsidiary in USA, Bertin Corp, and four others subsidiaries in France: Bertin Pharma, Vecsys and recently, Saphymo (January 1st , 2015) and Ami Software (May 18th ,2015).. .
the QUINOA group has structured a global offer of ventilation systems. Today, it is the leader in residential ventilation thanks to its brands: AUTOGYRE, HBH and DMO.
The recent acquisition of HYDRONIC was a major step for its “Professional” residential, collective and tertiary buildings (Offices, hospitals, etc.). With brands such as Hydronic, Panol, Sotis, the QUINOA group, is today positioned as a partner and supplier of integrated solutions for the professional market of aerodynamics and indoor air quality..
Axyn Robotique is a young start-up focusing on service robots conception, manufacturing and commercialization. Their ambition is to create robots with real added value about usage.
These robots are the fruits of the work from a team of robotics experts supported by marketing and financial advisors. They are building a strong patent portfolio around the new concepts from their service robots range..
Pollen AM is dedicated to develop Personal Manufacturing. We are engineering a 3D printer and its ecosystem to deliver on-demand high quality, completely finished and ready to use products, from your home.
To this day, 3D Printing technologies are the source of great hopes, but none are yet suitable for everyone nor for most products. To make it a tangible reality, shifting from prototyping and gadgets to high end goods, major hurdles have to be tackled : .Versatility of materials : one shouldn’t have to choose a single material to obtain the object of desire.
.No additional workforce : from coloring to texturing, no post-treatment should be needed. .Create without learning : 3D modeling is hard, time consuming and it shouldn’t be so.
At Pollen, we believe we have terrific solutions to these matters.. .
Positics is the specialist in equipment and the integration of positioning solutions, georeferencing and environmental capture in all its dimensions. Positics brings together, within a single company, all the technologies necessary for georeferencing, positioning, dating and orientation of your laser data or photography inside and outside.
Positics is also a specialist in tracking systems for the development and validation of vehicles (ADAS standards) and lidar perception for autonomous vehicles and robotics.. .
Numalliance provides CNC-controlled machine tools that specialize in the bending and cold forming of metal wires, tubes, and flats. The group, consisting of organic and external growth (4 acquisitions), offers complete productivity solutions to its customers (especially automotive).
The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe, Grand Est, France.. .
Vectis Group is a general industrial and mechanical maintenance company specializing in the manufacture, sale, rental and repair of industrial equipment, engines and professional equipment for industry, public works, and transport. Through its engine departments, gearboxes, industrial maintenance, machining, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, compressed air, electricity and forklifts, you have all the services, skills and equipment needed to operate your production tools and equipment.
your machine parks.. .
Poly-Shape is an innovative company specialized in the rapid design and manufacture of functional prototype parts. It also operates and develops innovative additive manufacturing technologies on strategic materials.
The company specializing in polymer additive design, metal, and manufacturing for aerospace, biomedical, additive manufacturing, and automotive. In October 2016, Poly-Shape is the winner of the 6th prize Image Entreprise Méditerranée in the “SME and Innovation” category and received The SME Award rewards Poly-Shape member of 3AF in November 2014.
Poly-Shape was founded in 20078 and is headquartered in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France. .
Groupe Gorgé is an independent group that specialises in high-tech industries. Today, the Group is active in the fields of security and protection in extreme environments, as well as in the 3D printing sector.
The Group is a world-class player recognized for its expertise in robotics, specialized automation systems and simulation. The Group operates in the area of active and passive fire protection for energy markets, notably in oil and gas and in the industrial and tertiary sectors in France.
In parallel, the Group has developed a complete offering in the field of nuclear environment protection and safety through by designing and producing high-performance partition systems.. .
LOMA Innovation is a french startup that started in Paris city in the heart of the greatest scientific institutions. LOMA Innovation develops a unique electroformable composite technology.
Their patented technology of electroforming composite brings the best thermoforming customer experience for a lot of different everyday life’s products, making them customizable reversibly and almost instantaneously.. .
Gillet Group is an innovator and manufacturer of standard and specific handtools. We provide different solutions for several needs and specifications put forward by our clients from several industries such as automobile, aeronautic, agriculture and railways.
We work with prestigious clients as Peugeot, Renault, Würtz, Airbus, Areva, Facom, Snap-on, Black & Decker and Bosch.. .
Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator
Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator accompanies startups in all phases of product creation, design, modeling, and manufacturing. By integrating the accelerator and its Micro-Usine 4.0, Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator’s experts will accompany startups from the design to the manufacturing of their product through the prototyping.
Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator was founded in 2018.. .
Femto-ST Institute is a joint research unit in France produced by the merger of 5 laboratories in different fields of engineering science: mechanics, optics and telecommunications, electronics, time-frequency, energetics and fluidics. The laboratories were French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Franche-Comté (UFC), the National School of Mechanical Engineering and Microtechnology (ENSMM), and the Belfort-Montbéliard University of Technology (UTBM).
Within the CNRS, FEMTO-ST belongs to the Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS). It gathers complementary skills, develops multidisciplinarity with an emphasis on scientific excellence and innovation..
Coldway SA develops and sells autonomous cold groups for mobile applications based on a disruptive technology. Coldway SA is a French company at the origin of a major innovation in the production of cold and heat: finally make possible the storage of industrial cold and its use on demand, without external energy supply, in any place and under any circumstances, whatever the power sought.
The originality of this invention, patented internationally, lies in an autonomous process that is to say without continuous use of external energy, mobile and reusable, without time limitation and without the use of consumables.. .
Established in 1990, HPS International (www.hpsinternational.com) designs, manufactures, and sells highly technical hydraulic cylinders. More than 85 percent of its operation with foreign customers is realized by the Company and has been rising sustainably for many years.
Centered in 11 nations, HPS has three factories in France (Ennery), China (Shenzhen), and Brasilia (Sao Paulo). These three international sites allow HPS, especially in China, to support dynamic markets in North America and in Asia..
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