The biggest-ever wind turbine blade measures 107m, and it’s from Cherbourg!

A record-breaking 107m long rotor blade makes it the biggest offshore turbine blade ever built. LM WIND POWER in Cherbourg holds the record. The challenge began in 2017 and has stayed the course: one of the biggest French factories in the General Electric group hasn't stopped hiring staff since it opened in January 2019. fabrication…

Jean-Louis Louvel, eco-friendly entrepreneurship

Jean-Louis Louvel is president of the PGS Group near Rouen in Seine-Maritime and was named "Entrepreneur of 2023" by EY. It's a first for a managing director in the region. Let's meet a Norman with inspiring values and his sights set on a more sustainable world. What does PGS stand for? Palettes, Gestion, Services (Pallets,…

World Calvados Day 2023: the ambassadors showcased calvados and Normandy to the world!

October 20th saw over 500 people get together from all over the world as part of the second World Calvados Day celebrating Normandy's signature spirit. Normandy ambassadors living everywhere from New York, Sydney and Dakar to Tokyo, Brasilia, Vietnam and Mauritius used any excuse to get together with fellow Normans, friends, workmates and family to put Normandy…

La Glass Vallée: an industry of excellence in Normandy

La Glass Vallée is the world leader in luxury bottleware and accounts for over 70% of global production of glass bottles for fragrances, spirits, cosmetics, medicine and toiletries. This industry of excellence brings centuries of expertise together in the Bresle Valley, on the border with Normandy and the Hauts-de-France. Let's take a deep dive into glass…

AJ Hackett: Normandy, a natural choice

He introduced people to adrenaline-pumping experiences when he bungee jumped off the Eiffel Tower in 1987. AJ Hackett has set up bungee jump sites around the globe attracting thrill-seekers from all over the world. What fuels him? Creating unforgettable experiences in incredible places. One of them is the Souleuvre site in Calvados, the famous New…

The Prix Liberté: Normandy’s tribute to history

The Prix Liberté is awarded by 15-25 year olds every year to people or organisations fighting for freedom. The innovative campaign is organised by the Normandy Region and brought to life by the Institut international des droits de l’Homme et de la paix (International Institute for Human Rights and Peace) based in Hérouville-Saint-Clair. The award…

Horse racing: No pain, no Graignes

Saddle trotting, harness racing and gallop racing more recently… The Afasec horse racing college in Graignes teaches over a hundred students from around the world the art of turf racing in Saint-Lô Agglo in Manche. Despite being little-known and hard to fill, careers in the sector are attainable and appealing. A unique school in Normandy…

Ireland & Normandy: the links that tie them together forever

Ireland? Guinness, greenery and the Troubles. But that's not all. The country has had a close bond with Normandy that lives on today, after 850 years and one invasion. Read on for our Top 5 bonds! Act I : Invasion After the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, conquered England in 1066, the Normans turned…

Normandy and England: celebrating our shared history and culture at major events

In the wake of a delegation's trip to London in early December 2023, let's take a look at what's coming up in 2024 and beyond to celebrate the bonds between Normandy and England. William the Conqueror's 1000th birthday: a cultural tribute that goes beyond borders Normandy is getting ready to celebrate William the Conqueror's 1000th…

Aptar Pharma: a pioneering group

Normandy is home to a network of pioneering groups and industries that are often looking for new staff and working hard to make the industry more sustainable. Let's meet Aptar Pharma in Eure, the world's leading spray and aerosol manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry and an "Industry Showcase of the Future". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9IYg6YGCl8 What is the…

British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer: honouring D-day heroes

The British Normandy Memorial was officially inaugurated on June 6th 2021 in Ver-sur-Mer after 6 years of work. The memorial pays tribute to both the British armed forces, who played a crucial role during the D-Day Landings in June 1944, and the Norman civilians who lost their lives during the battle. Tribute to 22 442…

The rest of the world joins Normandy in remembering D-Day

The Allies landed in Normandy to liberate France and Europe from the Nazis on June 6th 1944. The milestone event made Normandy famous the world over. Projects such as the Normandy World Peace Forum or Prix Liberté help to remember the past and pass down essential values to future generations. 80 years have passed but…

In the Suisse-Normande area, Cotral Lab, world leader in custom-moulded hearing protection devices

In the workplace, the different kinds of harm caused by regular exposure to noise are recognised today, such as tension, tiredness, difficulty in concentrating, irritation or hearing loss. In order to combat these problems, Laurent Capellari founded Cotral Lab 26 years ago, at Condé-sur-Noireau, in the Norman county of Calvados. His aim? To provide custom-moulded…

Isigny-Sainte-Mère: Normandy dairy know-how recognised around the world

Since 1932, Normandy’s Isigny-Sainte-Mère Cooperative has proudly maintained its know-how and quality in making dairy products. Managed by Daniel Delahaye since 1990 until his recent retirement, the business now achieves two thirds of its turnover abroad. Milk, cheese, fromage frais, butter and cream sold under the Isigny Ste-Mère brand are to be found across the…

Tertu: how Normandy is helping make roads safer around the world

They flash past us, often unseen, and yet they’re indispensable. They appeared in france in the 1960s, lining the roads – retaining devices, or crash barriers. They help keep vehicles on the road and give users added security. In the norman county of orne, at villedieu-lès-bailleul, tertu equipements has been developing innovative ones made from…

D-Day: A Norman’s tribute to veterans

The wonderful story that you are about to read comes from one of our Normandy Ambassadors, living out in the USA, Virginie Feutry-Durr, without whom this D-Day 2024 would be lacking one of its key ingredients. In 2022, due to her background and her commitment, she was able to lead an American airline company, a…

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