Alstom begins train production for the Riyadh Metro

Miryem OUKAS MESSIDI - 16-nov.-2015 11:33:47
16 November, 2015 - Alstom has started the production of trainsets for the Riyadh Metro in its Katowice plant in Poland. As part of the contract awarded in 2013 by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to the FAST consortium , which includes Alstom , for the design and construction of lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro network, the Katowice plant will manufacture all 69 of the Metropolis trainsets. The first three Metropolis trainsets will be delivered to ADA in 2017. Katowice plant, which hosts around 1,000 employees, is one of Alstom’s largest train manufacturing sites in the world. Every step of the train’s production, including the final static and dynamic tests, is carried out here. A full-size mock-up of the Riyadh Metropolis trainset manufactured by Alstom will soon be unveiled to the city’s inhabitants by ADA.   Metropolis for Riyadh is composed of two cars per set and is 36 metres long. Each train features three classes: first class, family and single. The train is driverless and is 100% motorized, allowing it to run on the slopes of the line with gradients up to 6%.  The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lightning, air conditioning and an advanced passenger information system. In addition to the Metropolis trainsets, Alstom will provide Urbalis, its CBTC  signalling solution, as well as the power supply and Alstom’s energy recovery system HESOP. All sub systems have been optimised together so as to reduce energy consumption. The other Alstom sites involved in the project are located in France (Valenciennes for the engineering, Le Creusot for the bogies, Villeurbanne for the train control and monitoring system, Ornans for the motors and Saint-Ouen for the signalling), Spain (Madrid for the passenger information and security system) and Belgium (Charleroi for the traction sub-system and auxiliary converter). About Alstom  As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market – from high-speed trains to metros and tramways – and associated maintenance, modernisation, infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.2 billion and booked €10 billion of orders in the 2014/15 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 32,000 people today.  Press contacts Linda Huguet – Tel. + 33 1 57 06 10 42 Justine Rohée – Tel. + 33 1 57 06 18 81 Tarek Solimane (Alstom Transport Middle East) – Tel.: + 971 56 4162 566

Atlantic renewable energy solutions: A global offer to the Middle East

Yousra LAHBABI - 15-nov.-2015 09:41:23
United Arab Emirates; November 2015 - ATLANTIC, The French leading indoor comfort solutions provider in Europe, strengthens its position of leader at BIG 5 Dubai, displaying a global multi-energy solution responding to the specific needs of EMEA Region.  The widest multi-energy DHW offer From solar to heat pump and electric water heaters and from 10 to 3000L water heaters, Atlantic has been displaying at the BIG 5 the broadest portfolio of multi-energy global solutions for both domestic and commercial applications.  This year is no exception as BIG 5 is hosting the commercial launch of ATLANTIC new solar water heater offer, a high-end forced circulation solar solution with indoor tank and outdoor solar panel. Thanks to strengthened polyurethane insulation and low consumption pump integrated, Solerio Optimum allows you to save up to 70% energy and is A class with the new European Energy Efficiency Regulation (ErP). With tank capacities from 150 to 400L and equipped with steatite backup heating element and new elliptic solar exchanger for better performance, this user friendly water heater is the optimal renewable energy solution for water heaters in the Middle East. Focusing on constantly improving its offer to match its customers benefit and regional specific requirements, Atlantic dedicates an average of 4% of its turnover to R&D, focusing on the production of more efficient renewable energies solutions.  As a result of this constant effort, 2015 was also marked with Atlantic’s upgrade of its heat pump water heater offer and the worldwide launch of its new ONDEO range of small capacity compact square water heater from 10 to 30L.  With this new offer, Atlantic will be displaying at the Big 5 a wide portfolio adapted to all the specific needs of the region both in terms of capacity and energy source. All Atlantic DHW tanks benefit from the brand’s experience of more than 35 years in tanks enamelling and anti-corrosion technologies.  A long term policy for the Middle East Further to sustainable commercial success in the Middle East, investments were made in a 20 000 m2 factory dedicated to water heaters, which is now the largest industrial site dedicated to water heaters in the Middle East. Built on full French technologies and management, the plant supplies the most highly demanding markets worldwide and is ISO 9001 approved.  Having all products CE and NF (French norm) certified, the company’s products are also complying with specific market certifications and labels such as ESMA, SASO or KUCAS. Consultants and contractors particularly appreciate the before and after sales service provided by the Group which has built a significant commercial presence in the Middle East (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA, Jordan, Oman, Lebanon etc) as well as in Africa for the last ten years.  Contact: GROUPE ATLANTIC Mr Serge RAVEYRE Tel. : + 33 1 46 83 60 64 For more information, visit our website Media Enquiries: Miryem Oukas Messidi Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15       Mail : Yousra Lahbabi Mobile : +971 (0)56 470 23 82      Mail :  

Bacacier presents a new solution to customize industrial buildings at the Big 5 Show in Dubai

Yousra LAHBABI - 12-nov.-2015 08:21:26
United Arab Emirates; November 2015 – Bacacier , a major actor in metallic cladding for buildings in France for 20 years, is the first manufacturer to propose a major alternative for the traditional metallic cladding in industrial and commercial areas with no aesthetic and technical  innovation. Bacacier By Starck, designed by Philippe Starck, one of the greatest designers in the world, is exhibiting at the Big 5 Show in Dubai (Stand 1C35). In fact, for 50 years, buildings in the industrial and commercial areas are built with a magma of metal sheets having the same shapes. Everything looks  the same. The loss of identity in city suburbs is too obvious. For an architect, creating a unique building using the available products on the market of metallic cladding becomes an aesthetic and economic challenge. Bacacier has faced this challenge creating a new solution with Phillipe Starck, a game where all pieces can be connected to each others allowing the ultimate customization of the building. Basically, there are new stamped sections. Then a patented fixing system that allows to accessorize the building without re-drill and without loosing its integrity nor its thermal performance. Finally, a set of accessories offering endless finishing possibilities. UNIQUE is the master-word of the concept :  « with Bacacier, we imagined an indefinite construction game, a Meccano which will be an amazing tool for architects » points out Philippe Starck. Aesthetic and practical, the offer of Bacacier By Starck meets the traditionnal installation techniques and presents to date the most economic solution to clad a metallic construction and make it unique, giving it a strong identity while being « reversible » without major intervention ! In France, less than 2 years after its release in the market, the 100th building equipped with the Bacacier By Starck solution has just been installed. Bacacier by Starck is presented for the first time at Big Five Show in Dubai, before its launch in New York in 2016. About Bacacier  : In 20 years, Bacacier has worked its way among the three first manufacturers of industrial and commercial building cladding in the french market. Today the group is spread over 20 operational sites in France. Bacacier group is led by an ambitious vision : « different industriel building ». 400 employees 140 millions euros of turnover 20 % of the french market Bacacier has an integrated pole of 7 engineers dedicated to the development of new products and personalized services. Bacacier By Starck is represented all over the world by Bacacier 3S. Contact :   Mr. Julien FAISANDIER Tel: +33 (0)4 73 88 59 50 Mail:   Media Enquiries: Miryem Oukas Messidi Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15       Mail : Yousra Lahbabi Mobile : +971 (0)56 470 23 82      Mail :    

ZODIAC AEROSPACE opened new facility in Dubai the 9th of November 2015

Yousra Lahbabi - 11-nov.-2015 07:04:39
Dubai, November 11, 2015 – Zodiac Aerospace inaugurated a new facility ‘Zodiac Aerospace Services Middle East’ on November 9, 2015 during the Dubai Airshow. “The new 4,500 square meters site in Dubai South will allow Zodiac Aerospace Services to better serve its customers in the area, by reinforcing repair and logistics capabilities and shortening its lead times”, said Christophe Bernardini, CEO of Zodiac Services. Tahnoon Saif, Vice President of Aviation at Dubai South, said: “We are happy to welcome Zodiac Aerospace, one of the leading players in the era of modern aviation. By establishing base here, the company can now leverage on Dubai South’s gathering aviation ecosystem, which includes the Al Maktoum International Airport – the world’s largest airport in the making.” Zodiac Aerospace Services Middle East will mainly focus on servicing the group’s products, including seats, oxygen equipment, avionics and electronics, fuel systems, evacuation slides and galley inserts. The company will employ more than 100 persons and contribute to develop the aeronautics sector in the region. From left to right : M. Ahamd Alansari, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Dubai South; His Excellency Michel Miraillet, Frances Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; His Excellency Kahlifa Suhail Al Zaffin, Excecutive Chairman, Dubai South; M. Olivier Zarrouati, Chief Operating Officer, Zodiac Aerospace. Click here to watch the movie: About Zodiac Aerospace Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft and for helicopters and spacecraft. Zodiac Aerospace has 30,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of €4.9bn in 2014/2015, through two main activities: Aircraft Interiors activity which combines the Business Groups Cabin & Structures and Seats, and the Systems activity comprising the Business Group Aerosystems.  

Presto will showcase new solutions for public places and healthcare facilites at the Big 5 2015

Yousra LAHBABI - 10-nov.-2015 07:09:40
United Arab Emirates; November 2015 – For the past 3 generations, PRESTO, the family-owned French Group has been manufacturing and selling tapware for all types of public buildings. From November 23rd to 26th 2015, PRESTO will be exhibiting its tapware solutions for public places and healthcare facilities at the BIG5 Dubai tradeshow.  PRESTOGREEN RANGE: PRESTO INNOVATION PRESTO has drawn on its decades of experience operating in water-scarce countries across the globe, where the need to save water is crucial, to design more water-efficient solutions that will be showcased at this year’s event. The PRESTOGREEN range is fully in line with environmental approaches such as the HQE, LEED and BREEAM green building standards. PRESTOGREEN offers more water savings thereby guaranteeing more credits. PRESTOGREEN provides increased water savings: 1) By reducing the flow time to 7 seconds, combining comfort and savings or 2) Through a water flow at 1.9 L/minute that is achieved by “spray effect” aerators which ensure maximum ease of use and an optimum jet pressure quality for such a low flow rate and which can be interchanged with all types of taps.   The PRESTOGREEN range is available on a large portion of PRESTO wash basin taps: - Mechanical time-delayed taps: PRESTO 500 - PRESTO 600 - PRESTO 2000 - PRESTO 4000 S®  - NEW TOUCH® sensitive tap - VOLTA® electronic tap Focus on… PRESTO 504 with 150 mm projection, designed to save water in places of worship. PRESTO 504 with its projection was engineered to lend convenience and comfort to ablutions in places of worship. PRESTO 504 helps to save significant amounts of water through a constant flow rate of 3L/min (4 flow positions) and a flow time of 15 seconds (automatic interruption of water flow when the time has elapsed). PRESTOGREEN® references available.  PRESTO will be exhibiting SO’O® wash basin mixer tap from its electronic tap range. Just by merely detecting the user’s hand, it delivers the adequate amount of water to ensure perfect hygiene without having to touch the tap. It features an anti-overflow safety system that is triggered if the cell is obstructed as well as an anti-scalding safety system that limits the mixed water temperature to the required value.  Presto® 1000XL DVA, a dual volume direct flush valve which allows a water saving of up to 90% compared to a conventional flush, thanks to its two independent adjustable water volumes. Its clean-cut, contemporary design is not only hygienic and practical, but also safe and efficient: water is always available and the two flow rates (high and low) are constant regardless of water pressure variations (between 1 and 4 bar). Its anti water-hammering device shuts off the flush by gradually reducing the water flow, thus preserving the installations and guaranteeing their longevity. Its anti-siphon mechanism protects the drinking water system against possible back-flow of polluted water. It comes pre-assembled, which not only significantly reduces the installation time, but also provides the assurance that it is correctly placed. Disassembly for servicing and maintenance has been designed to give maximum accessibility. MasterMix® is a shower thermostatic mixer tap from Sanifirst® that is especially suited to healthcare institutions (hospitals, dependent care facilities for the elderly). It offers the advantage of no cross-connection between hot water and cold water (no check valve), thereby limiting the risks of bacterial proliferation (e.g. Pseudomonas, Legionella, etc.). The MasterMix® tap also offers an anti-scalding safety system for users (securing of the cartridge, cold body) and is easy to maintain. A pioneer in the history of French tapware, PRESTO has always pursued a dynamic R&D policy aimed at better controlling water and energy consumption. Today still, it continues to receive prizes for innovation, its products offer concrete solutions that comply with the health and safety standards.  PRESTO operates in over 80 countries worldwide. In 2014, the Group opened a new subsidiary (PRESTO MIDDLE EAST) in Dubai and recently opened it subsidiary PRESTO NORTH AFRICA in Tunisia.  Being an exhibitor at BIG 5 will offer PRESTO the opportunity to meet with its prospective customers in the region and promote its product offerings.  PRESTO will be exhibiting in Hall 1 – Booth G30 at BIG 5 in Dubai, on the Business France French Pavilion.  PRESTO GROUP: Commercial Contact: Napoleon DAOU Regional Manager Media enquiries: Miryem Oukas Messidi - +971 (0)55 478 32 15 -  Yousra Lahbabi - +971 (0)56 470 23 82 -   

Two companies to build a High Throughput Satellite system using dedicated broadband capacity on Spacecom AMOS-6 satellite

Yousra Lahbabi - 08-nov.-2015 14:51:38
Paris, 5 October 2015  – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) and Facebook today announce they are partnering on a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online. Under a multi-year agreement with Spacecom, the two companies will utilise the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. In providing reach to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Eutelsat and Facebook will each be equipped to pursue their ambition to accelerate data connectivity for the many users deprived of the economic and social benefits of the Internet. Spot beams for community and Direct-to-User access Scheduled for start of service in the second half of 2016, the Ka-band payload on the AMOS-6 geostationary satellite is configured with high gain spot beams covering large parts of West, East and Southern Africa. The capacity is optimised for community and Direct-to-User Internet access using affordable, off-the-shelf customer equipment. According to the terms of the agreement, the capacity will be shared between Eutelsat and Facebook. State of the art satellite technology to meet pent-up demand Using state of the art satellite technology, Eutelsat and Facebook will each deploy Internet services designed to relieve pent-up demand for connectivity from the many users in Africa beyond range of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks. Satellite networks are well suited to economically connecting people in low to medium density population areas and the high throughput satellite architecture of AMOS-6 is expected to contribute to additional gains in cost efficiency. Eutelsat steps up Internet activity in Africa The capacity will enable Eutelsat to step up its broadband activity in Sub-Saharan Africa that was initiated using Ku-band satellites to serve professional users. Eutelsat is establishing a new company based in London that will steer its African broadband vision and business. The company will be led by Laurent Grimaldi, founder and former CEO of Tiscali International Network, and will focus on serving premium consumer and professional segments. Commenting on the agreement, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, said:  “We are excited by this opportunity to accelerate the deployment of our broadband strategy and to partner with Facebook on a new initiative to provide Internet access services in Africa. Eutelsat’s strong track record in operating High Throughput Satellite systems will ensure that we can deliver accessible and robust Internet solutions that get more users online and part of the Information Society.” Eutelsat sur : Eutelsat, website : Source :    

Diverse and top-quality French companies at the Big 5 Show Dubai, November 23-26, 2015

Yousra Lahbabi - 05-nov.-2015 12:47:59
United Arab Emirates; November 2015 – The French building finishing industry will once again be attending the Big 5 Show in Dubai on November 23-26, 2015, with nearly 50 companies representing various sectors of the industry. The French companies will be grouped together in a 552 m² French section organized by Business France, a government agency supporting the international development of the French economy. The Big 5 Show is a key event in the Middle East to meet the industrys decision-makers and professionals.   Total construction sector projects awarded in 2014 amounted to USD 30 billion, up 10% from 2013. The strong population growth (up 8% in 2014) and the World Expo expected to be held in Dubai in 2020 will require an additional 40,000 hotel rooms likely resulting in greater opportunities and allowing for French companies to position themselves with the purchasing advisors, namely the consultants, architects and interior designers. With a highly fragmented network of over 380,000 companies and €124 billion in turnover, the French building sector is extremely diverse ranging from structural (cement, concrete, exterior), building (roofing, insulation, bathroom facilities, heating and air conditioning, etc.), interior finishing and decoration (wall and floor finishing, paneling, luxury fixtures, home automation, etc.). France benefits from a reputation for reliability and quality, which are especially important in the building sector due to safety risks. French companies are recognized for their substantial expertise in sectors where technical skills are required and innovation, quality and design play a major role. In addition, French companies serve as a benchmark in terms of standards and regulations. For several years, French companies have been striving to increase their presence in the Middle East by positioning for major projects or by offering the market products with constantly evolving technology. The French offer stands apart thanks to its diversity and its innovative products and materials in the intelligent building, home automation, sustainable and ecological building, energy efficiency and wood construction sectors. Come visit the French exhibitors at the Big 5 Show in Business Frances two sections at the Dubai World Trade Centre: Hall 1 and Hall Saeed.   Media Enquiries: Miryem Oukas Messidi Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15       Mail : Yousra Lahbabi   Mobile: +971 (0)56 470 23 82       Mail :
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