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What is the Industrial Hive?

The Hive

The Industrial Hive is a collective and a resource space of 1100 m² located at the heart of the industry 4.0 site of Lyon (USIN).

The Industrial Hive is a non-profit association under the 1901 law, created by 7 manufacturers from various sectors of different sizes, alongside a university. The Hive’s mission is to enable local manufacturers to help each other find answers to current challenges and to develop their performance. How? By carrying out technological, human or organizational transformation projects together.


Where is The Industrial Hive ?

It is at the heart of the USIN site, the pilot site for the industry of the future in Lyon.

USIN is a vast industrial site revitalization project. An 11ha site, belonging to the Bosch group since 1938, ideally located on the outskirts of Lyon, in the heart of the city of Vénissieux, which has a marked industrial culture. The SERL group, the Banque des Territoires and the Caisse d’Epargne Rhône Alpes are co-acquirers and managers of the site. Close to the Bosch Rexroth group, which remains adjacent to this plot, the new tenants are industrial players seeking space and an environment favourable to the development of their industrial activity. Boostheat, AdèleH, Symbio and the Bosch R&D departments are among the first tenants to move into the existing 30,000m². Other industrial companies of different sizes and at different stages of their development will gradually move into the future 30,000m² of additional space provided by the USIN program.

The Industrial Hive, installed on the site since its beginnings, is the totem of tomorrow’s industry, providing a place for exchange, methodology and support for the 4.0 roadmap for industrial companies.


Frédéric Massel

“The Hive is a booster of dynamism and innovation thanks to its openness to the outside world, made up of competent local players that share the same issues as us, Bosch Rexroth.

Frédéric Massel
Production Director - Bosch Rexroth France
Rémi Wuillemin

“The project (Connected Supervision) and the way in which La Ruche operates have opened up channels of communication not only between companies but also within companies. It has made relations more fluid and “broken down” the existing silos within our own structures.”

Rémi Wuillemin
IoT Solution Architect - Aldes Aéraulique
Dominique Damide

“For e.SNCF, The Industrial Hive is a place that catalyses innovation and helps to transform industrial companies. The agile project methodology developed by The Hive creates value to speed up the resolution of issues within our activities or to carry out innovative and digital projects in a collaborative manner.

Dominique Damide
574 AuRA, digital accelerator - e.SNCF
Frédéric Crétaud

“We see it even more today after such a special period… After a great collective impetus, everyone tends to close in on themselves and focus on their own objectives and interests.

The Hive is a means for a company facing strategic problems to open minds to collaboration,

Frédéric Crétaud
Site Director - SNCF Passengers
Delphine Gréco

“The Industrial Hive is all about meeting people. Meetings motivated by the same desire: to innovate! Technological, environmental and social innovations: 3 pillars of a Hive where each bee embodies the ambition of a territory where Industry 4.0 is at the service of the common good.

Delphine Gréco
Head of corporate partnerships - Iaelyon School of Management
Emmanuel GRANGE

“The Hive allows us to connect our experts with each other, but also with their peers from other industrial entities. It’s a learning by experience where we benefit from the contributions of those who are more advanced on the subjects.

Emmanuel Grange
Industry 4.0 Manager - Bosch Rexroth
Valéry Le Goff

“The Volvo/Renault Trucks teams are heavily involved in The Hive project roadmap.

The Connected Supervision project has enabled the business experts to rapidly increase their skills in the actual implementation of 4.0 technologies: digital sensors, IOT connectivity, dashboard and predictive maintenance, making it possible to confirm or challenge the vision and roadmap in the plants.

Valéry Le Goff
Vice president manufacturing engineering - Volvo / Renault Trucks
Photo Yohann Bourgault

” The Industrial Hive is a place where we can meet between industrialists and work on different subjects.

Last year, a Blockchain project was launched there with the aim of pooling the efforts of the different members of The Hive.

Yohann Bourgault
Mission Blockchain Director - e.SNCF
Photo Régis Pierrelle

“When the health crisis of COVID 19 broke out last March, many industries in the Lyon area wondered how they could help and interact usefully.

With The Hive, we were able to very quickly set up this coordination between the requesters (hospitals, Direccte, Region…) and the producers capable of manufacturing parts that were out of stock.

Régis Pierrelle
Design office director - Volvo / Renault Trucks
Photo Axel Riehl

“At the heart of an industrial site in the city, USIN in Vénissieux, The Industrial Hive enables the development of inter-company and cross-industry synergies in favor of the transformation of the industry. It is an association that both brings together the biggest names in industry in the metropolis, and offers a resource place where ETIs and SMEs can come for inspiration in order to accelerate their projects.

Axel Riehl
Director of Innovation and Economic Action - Metropolis of Lyon
Laure Corriga

“A school like ours must be close to the companies and the territory. It is interesting to know how the business world is evolving to offer the right preparation for the jobs of tomorrow. »

Laure Corriga
President of the INSAValor management board - INSAValor

The 5 Values of The Hive

Discution Ruche

The Industrial Hive’s participants understand how to embody the values that are important to them:

Friendliness – the fundamental part of any lasting human relationship.

Collaboration – several people together are better than one alone!

Pragmatism – in order to learn, focussing on action rather than analysis and seeing it as a source of transformation.

Audacity – daring to explore and set up new partnerships!

Sustainable approach – environmental, social and human impact.  Using this filter to increase the positive impact of actions taken.


At the Industrial Hive, as its name suggests, we love nature and life. 

The current thinking on building design,  waste management and sourcing of service providers is firmly oriented towards the  “cleanest” solutions possible.


The Hive’s origins

Photo de l'entrée de La Ruche Industrielle

The concept of the Industrial Hive was devised by 3 intrapreneurs from the Bosch Rexroth and Renault Trucks/Volvo groups.

Having personally led and successfully carried out intraprenarial projects in their companies, they’ve laid the foundations for an inter-company structure that creates permeability between worlds and enables the implementation of the famous “collective intelligence”.


Who’s behind the Hive?

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