IRT Jules Verne in numbers (end of 2022)


  • 112 R&D projects – 249 M€
  • 19 EU projects – 7.9 M€ 
  • 131 employees
  • 77 patents (12 in 2022)
  • Equipment investments : 20 M€ +
  • 75 industrial and academic members and partners



Our ambition

IRT Jules Verne, set up in 2012 as part of the Investissement d’Avenir (Future Investment) programme, is a industrial research centre dedicated to manufacturing. Its vocation is to improve the competitiveness of strategic industrial sectors in France by creating disruptive technologies for manufacturing processes.

Its mission is to speed up innovation and technology transfer to factories. 


Our expertise

IRT Jules Verne offers 5 areas of technological expertise


Robotics and Cobotics


Composite Materials Processes


Metallic Materials and Additive Processes


Modelling and Simulation


Monitoring, Inspection & process Control



Our research topics

The IRT team works hand in hand with the very best industrial and academic resources in the manufacturing field.

Together, they strive to develop innovative technologies that will be deployed in the short to medium term in 5 research areas


Mobility in the Industrial Environment    Manufacturing Flexibility   Assembly and Joining Technologies   Forming and Preforming Processes   Additive Manufacturing Processes



Who are our solutions designed for ?



Working closely with production equipment manufacturers and integrators, IRT Jules Verne caters to 4 strategic industrial sectors.


In its bid to provide comprehensive solutions up to scale-1 demonstrators, IRT Jules Verne installs and utilises a wide range of exclusive state-of-the-art equipment.


Our location

IRT Jules Verne concentrates the majority of its teams in its new premises, the NAUTILUS: an open and collaborative workplace in the heart of the manufacturing campus in the south-west of Nantes Metropole, close to Nantes Altantique airport, Airbus Atlantic Nantes factory, Composites & Ocean Technocampus, DAHER, Jules Verne Manufacturing Academy, etc.


A 7,000m2 building – including 4,000m2 of technological space – dedicated to industrial innovation.

1 Mail des 20 000 Lieues, 44340 BOUGUENAIS.


Photo de l’IRT Jules Verne à Nantes. © Valéry Joncheray


The IRT association

Since 2015, the 8 French Technological Research Institutes and the 7 Institutes for Energy Transition have come together under the roof of the “French Institutes of Technologies” association, whose main aim is to promote the IRT and ITE model in France and internationally, but also to promote exchanges, as well as coherence and complementarity of research programmes, between the different institutes.

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