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Employment area: Lisieux

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6,928 establishments, 471 of which employ 10 or more salaried workers
45,473 jobs including 7,500 in industry

Sectors: Metallurgy, agrifood, mechanics, ..
Companies: Knorr-Bremse, Nestlé, Lactalis,

The Lisieux employment area: 1,424 km2
The area encompasses 171 communes and a population of 126,392 inhabitants (2009) for a density of 89 inhabitants per km2.


Total employment at 31/12/2005 was 45,473 jobs. The number of salaried workers in industry is 7,500 with an employment feminisation level of 29.5% and an average age of 38.6 years. Industrial share in employment: 17.6%.
The unemployment level at third term 2008 was 7.4%.
At 01/01/2006, the employment area included 6,928 establishments (625 in industry, 941 in construction, 2,006 in trading and repair and 3,356 in the services sector).
Breakdown of salaried employment by sector for firms employing over 20 salaried workers: 24% in metallurgy; 14% in household equipment, electricity and electronics; 16% in the agrifood industry; 10% in mechanics; 9% in the wood and paper industry and 10% in the chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical and maintenance industry.
At the 1st of January 2006, there were 471 establishments employing 10 or more salaried workers.

Main sectors of activity.
- Agrifood industry: Nestlé, Lactalis, Cidrerie du Calvados la Fermière (CCFL), Calvados BOULARD, Calvados Père Magloire,
Calvados Château du Breuil…
- Motor vehicle equipment manufacturers: Oxford Automotive, Knorr Bremse…
- Electrical and electronic equipment: Atos, Chauvin – Arnoux…
- Other sectors: Compagnie Fontes en Coquilles (iron foundry), Plysorol (manufacture of wooden panels), Axe Métal
(metal cutting and stamping), Buronomic (office and retail furnishing manufacturer), Sanofi – Aventis
(manufacture of pharmaceutical products), CECA (production of basic inorganic chemicals)…


Although tourism is the driving force of this region's development, clear evidence of traditional industrial activity remains.
Nevertheless, the industrial activities which, hitherto, formed the region's mainstay, are currently on the decline (household equipment, wood, textile and clothing).
The motor industry has successfully filled the consequent industrial gap. Several, highly dynamic motor vehicle equipment manufacturers and subcontractors working in metallurgy and mechanics have created several dozens of new jobs. Thanks to the motor industry, metallurgy is solidly established as Lisieux's premium industrial sector.
Electric and electronic equipment comes in in second position with Atos (fine sheet metal, cabinets and cases) and Chauvin – Arnoux (measurement instruments).
The agrifood industry is the Lisieux area's third industrial employer. The industry concentrates on dairy production in an area where cattle breeding is the main agriculture activity. Based on local produce, cider-based production is another Lexovian* speciality.

* from Lisieux

  • Knorr Bremse Lisieux
  • Distillerie de Calvados
  • Cellier du Père Magloire