On March 2016, Arts et Métiers obtained a subsidiary, AMVALOR, to promote and enhance its research activities. The work is carried in as close proximity to the territories as possible and must meet the needs and demands of businesses.
AMVALOR is the promoter of the partnership research activities of Arts et Métiers. This company promotes relations between laboratories and businesses looking for technological solutions, research and industrial transfer skills and training courses for their innovative projects. This structure strengthens the consistency between the science and development activities of Arts et Métiers, giving greater clarity to the skills offered by the Arts et Métiers network established throughout the country.
Rising to technological challenges
AMVALOR's primary role is to identify the needs of businesses in terms of technological developments and innovation. It then mobilises the Arts et Métiers scientific, technical and teaching teams to provide appropriate responses. The subsidiary is supported by the school's 14 research laboratories in carrying out partnership research operations, providing design services, carrying out measurements and testing, technological monitoring and organising theme days (seminars, consultations, conferences, etc.). It coordinates, sets up and manages projects. Another major role of AMVALOR is to encourage and assist the enhancement and transfer to companies of knowledge originating from the Arts et Métiers laboratories (products, materials, processes, expertise) with the support of its transfer teams and technology platforms.
Finally, AMVALOR promotes the emergence and creation of start-ups through participation in investment funds (Pertinence Invest, for example). It develops activities to enhance the intellectual property of the Arts et Métiers laboratories (licensing, spin-off incubation, equity, etc.) in order to increase the economic impact of innovative ideas originating from research studies.
AMVALOR project themes
AMVALOR focuses on the themes developed by the following sectors:
- Factory of the Future: manufacturing processes, operational excellence, virtual reality and augmented reality, collaborative industrial robotics, digital engineering; functional materials and surfaces; non-destructive testing;
- Transport: automotive, aerospace, rail and shipbuilding;
- Health: biomechanics, medical imaging;
- Energy: smart grids, storage, clean production, turbomachines;
- Sustainable construction: thermics, wood and eco-materials for building.
- 130 direct employees, 18 of whom work at the head office and 112 in laboratories (R&D and transfers, doctoral student, postdoctoral students and technicians)
- 400 employees involved in research
- 700 industrial contracts per year