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Be part of Europe’s largest cross-border automotive network

Luxembourg is part of an international automotive network consisting of over 500 automotive companies. It includes 7 large OEM manufacturing plants, production and R&D facilities of more than 20 global automotive suppliers, and 15 renowned research and technology organisations (RTOs) applicable to the automotive industry. Together, they create more than 150,000 highly qualified jobs.

This network extends over six regions in Belgium, France and Germany with Luxembourg, and its dynamic and innovative automotive sector, at the very centre. With a total population of 11.5 million, the Greater Region area units the very best attributes and developments from Germany, France and the Benelux. Business and innovation partnerships across the borders are facilitated through the cross-border automotive cluster Autoregion, which federates the Luxembourg AutoMobility Cluster, ARIA Lorraine in France, and Fahrzeug-Initiative Rheinland-Pfalz and saar.is in Germany.

Develop your offering in Luxembourg – the digital heart of Europe

Smart mobility solutions and intelligent transportation systems, as well as connected and autonomous vehicles, all highly dependent on excellent digital infrastructures and the capacity to manage and treat big data in a highly secure manner. Luxembourg is a leader in these areas.

The government is strongly committed to developing the digital economy and data-driven innovation. Luxembourg is investing in high performance computing (HPC) capacities available for both industry and research, and plays a leading role in the EuroHPC initiative. The country has recently set up the first European partnership on artificial intelligence with NVIDIA (hosted by the University of Luxembourg), and is located in close proximity to DFKI, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence. Luxembourg is also involved in the EU taskforce on Data for Road Safety.

As home to one of the world’s leading financial centres, Luxembourg demonstrates outstanding proficiency in handling and storing sensitive data and is host to Europe’s most modern data centre park. It is also the best connected country in Europe in terms of low-latency gateways and ISP speed. It is a centre of expertise in cybersecurity, supported by leading R&D capacities, effective tools and a responsive legal framework.

Join a forerunner in mobility innovation

With a population growth of 40% and an increase in the workforce of over 60% in the past 18 years, finding innovative mobility solutions is a top priority in Luxembourg. Adding the government’s firm commitment to providing more environmentally friendly alternatives, the country is the perfect partner for developing and testing smart mobility. The government actively supports clean transportation, shared mobility, multimodality and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and offers incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles. In March 2020, Luxembourg will be the first country in the world to make the use of all public transport free of charge.

Use Luxembourg as a living lab

Luxembourg offers many opportunities for real-life testing and validation of new mobility services. Trialling pre-commercial use cases under real conditions often helps closing the gap between prototypes developed in a laboratory environment and full-scale industrialisation. Luxembourg offers access to the cross-border digital testbed for autonomous and connected driving that connects 215 km of public motorways and roads in France, Germany and Luxembourg. The testbed includes multiple border crossings, tunnels, high-density traffic at peak times and much more including 5G connectivity. Luxembourg provides permits for testing autonomous vehicles that are valid in the region of the testbed in all three countries.

Open your office at the Mobility Innovation Campus

Luxembourg is developing a Mobility Innovation Campus that will house the R&D departments of several international automotive suppliers. The campus will offer shared facilities such as R&D infrastructure, infrastructure for testing new mobility solutions on the site, meeting rooms and an events centre, and excellent opportunities for enjoying a good meal or a coffee break, indoors and outdoors. It will also house an incubator for innovative start-ups. Extending over an area of 14 ha, the campus offers an attractive environment characterised by openness and exchange (open innovation). In addition, the site breathes respect for the environment and opportunities for circularity. Partnerships with universities and research centres will bring students as well as professors to the site.

The automotive sector in Luxembourg

Major car manufacturers can be supplied from Luxembourg with same day delivery, thanks to its central location at the heart of Europe and extremely well connected transportation and communication networks. Luxembourg offers excellent logistics corridors, and in real terms, the cost of labour is among the lowest in Western Europe, due to a moderate tax structure and low social contributions.

The Luxembourg automotive sector offers a talented, experienced and motivated workforce that is renowned for its ability to tackle all kinds of challenges. We solve problems together with the customer, in the language of the customer whilst respecting the cultural background of the customer. 90% of the automotive workforce in Luxembourg consist out of French, German, British, Dutch, Belgium and Swedish native professionals. Our unique strength: we understand the voice of the customer.

Globally operating component suppliers such as Delphi, Goodyear, IEE, Carlex, ArcelorMittal and CEBI international are testimony to the many advantages of having a European Sales and R&D headquarters in Luxembourg. Goodyear’s latest investment of €77M million in a state-of-the-art production facility confirms the attractiveness of Luxembourg as manufacturing locations.

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