Welcome to the Plaine de l’Ain Industrial Park!

The first industrial park run by an ISO 14001-certified, EMAS-registered (EcoManagement and Audit Scheme) and LUCIE-accredited (ISO 26000) management body..

The Park in figures

Natural ambition


Four decades of PIPA
  • 2012 The Park's management body received LUCIE accreditation (ISO 26000)
  • 2011 MAPEI set up premises at the Park
  • 2008 The PIPA Business Incubator opened
  • 2006 Orapi set up premises at the Park
  • 2002 Plastic Omnium Sigmatech worldwide Research and Development Center set up at the Park”
  • 2000 The Park's management body received ISO 14001 certification and EMAS registration
  • Dès 1995 The Park's logistics community expanded (with the arrival of ND, Geolis, Botanic, Biomerieux,, etc.)
  • 1998 Harry's (Barilla) set up premises at the Park
  • 1992 Basf Pharma set up premises at the Park
  • 1988 Merial's clinical research centre was set up at the Park
  • 1984 Unilever set up premises at the Park
  • 1983 The A42 motorway (Lyon to Geneva) was opened, with a dedicated junction for the Plaine de l'Ain Industrial Park
  • 1982 Gefco became the Park's first logistics company
  • 1976 Tredi (part of the Séché Environnement Group) became the first company to set up premises at the Park
  • 1974 The Syndicat Mixte de la Plaine de l’Ain (SMPA) was created

The Plaine de l’Ain Industrial Park can trace its origins back to two events in the late 1960s:

      • a plan to build a second new town between Lyon and Geneva, similar to the new town between Lyon and Grenoble – a project that met with opposition from both the local population and politicians.
  • an idea to build a second refinery (which was abandoned following the oil crisis), then to relocate Lyon’s chemical production facilities following the accident at Feyzin in 1967.
      Local politicians – driven by Guy de la Verpillière, the then MP and Mayor of Lagnieu and Departmental Councillor for the Ain department – decided

to create a vast industrial park

    where new factories would be built. The idea was to create local jobs to combat rural exodus.

A series of studies conducted on the Plaine de l’Ain area revealed that it was highly suited to use as an industrial park:

  • limited urban development
  • exceptionally flat topography
  • soil with limited agricultural value
  • prevailing winds that avoided the surrounding villages
  • the Rhône river close by
  • an abundant but precious supply of ground water
  • a favourable location between Lyon and Geneva
  • soil that was perfectly suited to construction.The Syndicat Mixte de la Plaine de l’Ain was set up in 1976 to manage the area, under the chairmanship of Guy de la Verpillière.

The development policy was founded on three strategic cornerstones which remain the guiding principle more than 40 years later:

  • a controlled pace of development
  • a determination to host a wide range of businesses
  • a commitment to protect the environment.These principles would later become the pillars of what we now call « sustainable development »!