The MittelstandLab


The Mittelstandlab was created on initiative of MEDEF (French Business confederation) and METI (French federation of medium-sized companies) with the support of strategic partners. It is a laboratory for studies and exchange of good practices, experiences and achievements of the Mittelstand in France and in Germany. Founding members are French and German CEOs.


- The Mittelstand Lab is a think-tank gathering founding members representative of French medium-sized companies and the German Mittelstand

- It is a laboratory for exchange of experiences, good practices and propositions to improve the convergence of the French and German models ; and to contribute to a better understanding of the potential, achievements and practices of medium-sized companies in France, Germany and Europe.

… Studies based on field experience: 

- The MittelstandLab’s work is based on company practices in France and Germany, through case studies and visits of corporate sites. 

- The think tank’s works, reflections, analysis and activities will be communicated through a website,, with the objective of informing the general audience, political representatives and the media about French medium-sized companies’ role, achievements and challenges, and therefore increase their influence. 


- Strengthening and developing French medium-sized companies by the light of European experiences.

- Anticipating the economic model of tomorrows European medium-market companies in a globalised and hyper-technological world. 

- Stimulating beneficial ideas for medium-sized companies in France in the light of the French presidential debates of 2017 

Key areas of exchange 

The Mittelstand Lab has identified a number of matters where exchange of experiences, good practices and ideas can lead to new solutions and propositions, such as:

- Similarities and analogies of French and German medium-sized companies 

- Vocational training and apprenticeship

- Business succession and the preparation of the young generation

- Internationalization : from local to global

- Access to new technologies and the digital transition

- New financing tools and methods

- Economic and territorial development

Founding members 

In France : Groupe Poujoulat, Groupe Armor, Groupe Henner, Mane Fils, Osmos Groupe, Paprec et Hélios, Poclain Hydraulics, Thuasne, Mazars and Roland Berger. In Germany : Brita GmbH, Hager SE, MEA AG and Trumpf. 

The team 

The Mittelstandlab is directed by Elizabeth Ducottet, Co-president of METI and CEO of Thuasne and Dorothée Pineau, Deputy Director General in charge of the International and European Cluster of MEDEF. François Roche is the Editorial Director and Laura Durand the Project Manager.

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