Patrick Pirrat, an industrial expert in charge of regional development for the Chantiers de l’Atlantique Directorate General, summed up his collaboration with the Jules Verne IRT in three words: dream, adventure and hybridisation. A cruise ship is like a city with a population of 9,000 people that is assembled in 18 months and involves a very high level of commitment, whereas researchers are dreamers who take three years.
According to Patrick Pirrat, the system for recognizing researchers should include hybridisation, that is, the ability to seek out technologies to optimize them and adapt them for the industry. He highlights the critical need for dreaming to attract the best talents, which is also what IRT Jules Verne brings.
Jean-Marc Talbot, Senior Engineering DSM/AMS Director at Mentor Graphics (Siemens), said that with Nanoelec, Mentor Graphics can anticipate the human, material and technological needs of tomorrow’s nanoelectronics. Developing a semiconductor industry is the foundation for digital technology with increasingly low-cost processing and computing capacity, as well as a widespread presence of AI. In 2017, the semiconductor industry represented $420 billion, not including GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) and BATX (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi).
One of the three leading tool publishers worldwide, Mentor Graphics is European. The company is committed to anticipating future digital architectures and technological processes. Mentor Graphics benefits from a highly efficient ecosystem that enables it to conduct research on its own tools and anticipate the needs of the semiconductor industry, with international visibility notably thanks to its 20 publications.
With its sense of secrecy, why does Nexter, the French land defence systems integrator, collaborate with IRT M2P? Gilles Cholvy, Head of the Nexter Group Materials Expertise Division, provided us with some insight on this question. The European Reach regulation is problematic with respect to the unauthorized prohibition of substances based on Chromium 6, which are found, for example, in black Chromium – the basis for stealth of the Rafale gun – and on all armoured vehicles.
Nexter is very interested in the IRT because of its ability to bring together qualified partners for focused innovation, such as major decision-makers (Airbus, Peugeot, Renault, Alstom, etc.) and major formulators for surface treatments. The IRT can find academic partners involved with the industry. Starting with a single partnership, Nexter has now expanded to three partnerships and is completely satisfied.
Jean Scheftsik de Szolnok, President of Boehringer Ingelheim France, presented his partnership with BIOASTER. A leading group in animal and human health with a strong focus on innovation, Boehringer Ingelheim France has found a high level of expertise in biology and microbiology in Lyon, bringing together private expertise, active public authorities, and universities and research institutes, which convinced the company to set up its international veterinary vaccine R&D centre, opened on October 12.