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A 195-hectare site dedicated to business exchanges and technological development, ESTER Technopole is above all a place where innovative high-tech projects can take root and thrive.

ESTER h as attracted a host of tech companies and related institutions (business and technology incubators, research laboratories, technology transfer centres, engineering schools), creating a vibrant atmosphere of exchange and innovation.

Through a close partnership with the University of Limoges – with some 700 researchers and lecturers spread across its three engineering schools and numerous other faculties – ESTER puts businesses at the centre of a network of highly-skilled specialists with countless opportunities for collaboration.

5 major sectors are represented at ESTER:
- Industrial ceramics, materials and surface treatments: Limoges is France’s leading centre of ceramics production.
- Electronics, optics and telecommunications  (microwaves, electromagnetism,  photonics and wireless networks)
- Biotechnology and health: with a wealth of expertise in genetics, cellular and molecular biology, in vitro work, food technology, cosmetics and pharmaceutical research.
- Water and Environment: an acknowledged centre of expertise in drinking water and waste water treatment, air quality management and waste processing and regulation, with particularly strong research and training facilities.
- Engineering: a broad spectrum of specialised institutions and businesses (design offices, engineering firms, consultancies etc.) working across a variety of sectors.

The ESTER Technopole’s central resource centre offers 6600m² of business facilities and hospitality resources.
With numerous meeting rooms, conference halls and catering facilities, the centre creates the perfect conditions for businesses to do what they do best: sharing expertise, innovating and building for the future.

Getting there:
A20 southbound: Junction 30 ESTER Technopole
A20 northbound: Junction 31 ESTER Technopole

Key Figures:

  • 174 companies
  • 1 965 jobs
  • 44% of companies working in the B2B Services sector
  • 829 students, including 61 % at ENSIL – the Limoges Ecole Nationale Supérieure for Engineering
  • 2 home-grown competitiveness clusters: the European Ceramics Centre and ELOPSYS (Centre for Advanced Technologies in Microwaves, Photonics, Secure Networks, Interfaces and Digital Imaging).
  • 4 additional competitiveness clusters (ViaMéca, Cancer-Biotech-Healthcare, Meat and Related Products, Electrical Energy Systems)

Le Mag d'Ester de février 2014

Centre for Innovation and Research in Electronics (CIRE)

The CIRE was officially opened on 29th March 2013, with three dedicated buildings housing the offices of the ELOPSYS competitiveness cluster alongside various research laboratories, start-ups and other young companies working in the electronics sector.

The CIRE is located in a section of the ESTER business park reserved exclusively for innovative companies and institutions working in sectors falling within the scope of the ELOPSYS competitiveness cluster.

The largest building, with some 1020m² of usable floor space, contains offices and meeting rooms. It is currently home to the offices of the ELOPSYS cluster, the University’s XLIM laboratory, the OSA Department, the CISTEME technology transfer centre and the AUTONOM LAB association.

The second building is a technology centre with 470m² of floor space over two floors, divided into units of 150-200m² ideal for laboratories or technical facilities.

The third building contains 880m² of usable floor space ideal for start-ups and small businesses, capable of holding up to 20 companies in modules of 25-50m² (suitable for 3-4 people).

Together, these three buildings make up the Centre for Innovation and Research in Electronics. The buildings have been constructed using sustainable materials (wooden frames), and are thoroughly well-equipped and fully accessible to users with limited mobility. The modern, dynamic design is in keeping with the overall aesthetic and philosophy of the ESTER Technopole site.