The French Art Design Studio: ARTASA, contributed to the signature interior of the public area of the new Marriott Courtyard hotel in Riyadh

YASMINA OUARI - 26-sept.-2016 13:17:15
United Arab Emirates – September 2016 – ARTASA has designed and produced all the exclusive artworks displayed in the public areas of the new Marriott Courtyard hotel in Riyadh (recently opened), a property of AL HOKAIR REAL ESTATE.   Already well established in the GCC, ARTASA has been selected by AL HOKAIR REAL ESTATE, a leading group of Saudi, to provide all the art pieces of the lobby, lounge, restaurant and business center of its new luxury hotel property located at Mussa Bin Nasser street in Riyadh.  For this project, ARTASA has worked in collaboration with artists from North America, Europe, Asia and Saudi, fulfilling the particular requirements of Marriott and the interior designer of the project: Echo Architecture London. One of the most impressive art pieces is the huge backlit photo visible at the lobby reception of the hotel. It looks like a large window open onto a Ghaf tree, a local tree of Saudi Arabia. Riadh SIFAOUI, co-Founder and Art Director of ARTASA, has produced this image on order using the particular multi-row panoramic technique of shooting. Made of 20 photos stitched all together, the backlit image is offering an amazing sharpened and detailed view onto the tree, from corner to corner. This impressive rendering is emphasized by the angle of shooting: Riadh SIFAOUI has placed his camera under the tree. As a result, the backlit image gives the amazing feeling of being at the shade of it. The high quality of the digital print made on one roll of almost 7 meters long and 3 meters high (printed in France) and the backlight installation are accentuating this impressive rendering.  In addition to it, for the handmade paintings, the digital arts on glass and the other art pieces and decorative items displayed in the public areas of the hotel, ARTASA has collaborated with established artists coming from all over the world. For instance, ARTASA has involved Paul VILLINSKY, a famous visual artist from New York, for the wall installation located at the main entrance of the hotel. The artist has personally installed onsite a flow of over 200 butterflies. Cut from recycle aluminum cans and painted with the colors of the lobby, the butterflies are installed on wall of 7,6 meters long and 4 meters high and show several shapes and sizes. ARTASA has also worked with an experienced French artist, Jean-Paul BOYER, specialized in modular sculptures. His sculptures are made of many elements assembled with a central axis around which they can freely move. His idea is to keep alive the interest of the visitors by showing many different shapes with each of his sculptures. Mrs. Marie-Noelle DUREGNE, Co-founder and CEO of ARTASA stated: “We are proud of all the art pieces and decorative items we’ve provided for the Marriott Courtyard hotel in Riyadh. Each of them has been designed and produced on order, involving artists from America, Europe, Asia and also from Saudi! That’s why I can say that we’ve contributed to give a signature to the interior design of the public areas of this luxury hotel".   Marie-Noelle added: “Of course, we are also proud to count the Marriott Courtyard Riyadh in our list of references and FAWAZ A. AL HOKAIR REAL ESTATE Co., one of the largest real estate company of Saudi Arabia, as one of our client”. About ARTASA: ARTASA is a French company. Headquartered in Paris, the company is internationally oriented since its launch and particularly active in the Gulf Area. To suppo rt its business development and to establish a close relationship with its clients, ARTASA has developed partnerships with local companies and representatives. The French team is focused on the development of new collections inspired by cultures and heritages. They love to design art pieces mixing different techniques: academic drawing and painting techniques, ancestral craftsmanship (e.g: screen printing or gilding), and new technologies (e.g: laser cutting or digital art). For frames and onsite installation, ARTASA is working with partners located in each market covered by ARTASA.  Because ARTASA founders are art lovers, they continually look for new professional artists and craftsmen, all over the world, and they are especially concerned with quality and final rendering of their art pieces. For more information: ARTASA Paris Marie-Noelle DUREGNE                                                      M: +33 6 73 79 30 41  Available on WhatsApp Follow us on twitter: @artasa E-mail: Website:   ARTASA representatives: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Muhanad Alsayed, +966 56 410 0051 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Haif Hospitality Furnishing,, +966 11 464 9038 Doha, Qatar – Builtech Construction & Interior Decoration, +974 3101 0177 Ends -  Press Enquiries: Miryem OUKAS MESSIDI +971-55-478-32-15

REED EXPOSITIONS FRANCE appoints Boris Provost as Director of EQUIPHOTEL

OUARI YASMINA - 22-sept.-2016 14:23:13
Boris Provost is appointed Director of EquipHotel,the international event for hotel and catering professionals organised by Reed When he takes up his role in late September 2016, Boris Provost’s two key remits will be to develop EH Business Club, the new meetings event launching in Cannes in October 2017, and to expand the EH360 digital networking platform. He will then continue to develop EquipHotel, in France and internationally, directly overseeing the organisation of the show’s next session in November 2018. This appointment is part of the show’s ambitious growth strategy, as implemented over the past 4 sessions by Corinne Menegaux, Director of the Food Services & Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare, Communication & Culture Division at Reed Expositions France. “The tourism and hospitality sector is currently undergoing radical transformation. EquipHotel’s mission – as it has always been over the years – is to support industry professionals as they face these new challenges, by continuously delivering new ideas and new content,” says Corinne Menegaux, who will remain highly involved in the event’s strategy and future developments. As new ways of consuming various tourism products evolve ever more rapidly, with new players and new digital solutions constantly appearing on the scene, Boris Provost will need to anticipate major changes in the sector in order to communicate these effectively at the   show. “It’s a challenge I’m thrilled to be taking on! EquipHotel is part of an industry that’s constantly changing and I’m keen to contribute to these developments through my initiatives for the show. The pleasure of doing this will be all the greater for working with Corinne Menegaux and the existing exhibition team. In this context, the priority is to leverage all possible resources simultaneously, in France and internationally, in order to engage the entire hospitality sector around the EquipHotel brand – at the show in Paris, at the EH Business Club in Cannes and via our new EH360 digital platform!” says Boris Provost. In his previous role at WSN Développement, organiser of the fashion exhibitions Who’s Next and Première Classe, Boris Provost was successively responsible for marketing, communications, international development and the creation of exhibitions and other events in international markets. Now he’s set to bring these 15 years of experience with him to serve EquipHotel and its ambitions for the future. EQUIPHOTEL: at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles from 6 to 10 November 2016 EquipHotel in brief EquipHotel is organised by Reed Expositions, the leading trade show organiser. Its portfolio of major hospitality industry events includes: EquipHotel Paris, Marocotel by EquipHotel, Marocofood, Marrakech Hospitality Style, Parizza, Sandwich & Snack Show, Japan Food Show, Vending Paris. Combined, these shows attract more than 2,500 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors.

Alstom unveils its zero-emission train Coradia iLint at InnoTrans

OUARI YASMINA - 21-sept.-2016 14:14:19
20 September 2016 – Alstom has today presented its zero-emission train at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair, which takes place in Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. Despite numerous electrification projects in several countries, a significant part of Europe’s rail network will remain non-electrified in the long term. In many countries, the number of diesel trains in circulation is still high – more than 4,000 cars in Germany, for instance. Coradia iLint is a new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, its only emission being steam and condensed water while operating with a low level of noise. Alstom is among the first railway manufacturers in the world to develop a passenger train based on such a technology. To make the deployment of the Coradia iLint as simple as possible for operators, Alstom offers a complete package, consisting of the train and maintenance, as well as also the whole hydrogen infrastructure out of one hand thanks to help from partners. This launch follows the Letters-of-Intent signed in 2014 with the German Landers of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, and the Public Transportation Authorities of Hesse for the use of a new generation of emission-free train equipped with fuel cell drive. “Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains. It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years,” declared Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman and CEO. Alstom’s Coradia range of modular regional trains has a proven service track record spanning more than 16 years. Over 2,400 trains have been sold around the world and demonstrate a high availability rate. Coradia iLint is based on the service-proven diesel train Coradia Lint 54. It will be manufactured in Salzgitter, Alstom’s largest site. In addition, at the Alstom booth, you can embark on a journey to discover how the company masters all phases of its customers’ railway projects – designing, building, operating & maintaining and renewing – through tangible examples. The company will for instance demonstrate the modularity of its Avelia high speed range through a hands-on configurator. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a control centre, see how an AGV is repaired, and discover how train renovation works.  To download more pictures, please follow the link:   Discover Alstom innovations and meet with our staff at InnoTrans Hall 3.2 Booth 308 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 – customised services (maintenance, modernisation,…) and infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.9 billion and booked €10.6 billion of orders in the 2015/16 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 31,000 people today.   Press contacts Justine Rohée – Tel. + 33 1 57 06 18 81   Linda Huguet – Tel. + 33 1 57 06 10 42  

ENHANCE KNOWLEDGES AND INSPIRATION AT EQUIPHOTEL 2016 6-10 November 2016 at the Paris-Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre (France)

YASMINA OUARI - 21-sept.-2016 13:31:28
For more than 50 years EquipHotel has been helping international hospitality and catering professionals decode trends, discover innovations and build their networks, with the firm intention of offering new solutions and growth drivers for everyone operating in the hospitality and catering industry. EquipHotel is a source of inspiration for architects, decorators and designers from all over the globe.   CAPSULES WITH CONCRETE SOLUTIONS TO CURRENT ISSUES Hotel and restaurant professionals will have the chance to discover tangible and immediately practicable solutions for use in their establishments thanks to the Capsule series, an inspirational addition to Studio16, the 3,000-sqm ephemeral hotel-restaurant installed at the heart of the exhibition.  The Capsules are the matrices for the hospitality of the future, transforming constraints into sources of business for professionals, while enhancing the well-being of a varied range of customer profiles (families, business travellers and others).  Venues for inspiration, venues to gain insight into solutions, the Capsules reveal their content and added value:  Senses ROOM: universal design & accessibility  Experience the Senses Room – a 72sqm suite exploring accessibility through the theme of the “five senses”. It will perfectly embody the standards of high-end, international luxury hotels, while deploying new technologies, the finest materials and endless ways of stimulating the senses.   Spa Capsule: Spa & Wellness  Isabelle Charrier, Founder and Director of Emotion SPA magazine, will curate the Spa Capsule with a comprehensive, pragmatic and future-focused programme of talks on the spa business covering topics such as market developments, architecture, management, profitability and new studies. ERGO ROOM: risk prevention & ergonomics  This room aims to promote the prevention of occupational risks as a growth driver for businesses, providing concrete solutions to issues including musculo-skeletal problems, workforce retention and strenuous work. ORIGINE Capsule: sustainable development & technological innovations Origine is an energy-efficient, biosourced space for recharging your batteries.  This project’s ambition is to design a prototype hotel room and bathroom as it could look in 2020, by integrating sustainable development criteria and technological innovations. Get your free access! Use the code: TAE12   

Think&Go will present the first connected screens integrating contactless payment at GITEX Technology Week From 16 to 20 October 2016 - Dubai World Trade Centre

OUARI YASMINA - 19-sept.-2016 13:57:05
For its first participation at GITEX Technology Week, the French start up Think&Go will present a major breakthrough technology: connected screens able to interact with all connected objects (Smartphones, contactless cards, smartwatches, passports…). They allow to retrieve information or services, to buy or order a product, simply by using a contactless card or a smartphone on the screen. Visitors to our booth will be able to discover this screen with unprecedented capabilities and can make, if they wish, donations to various charitable associations, by choosing the amount displayed on the screen with a contactless bank card. Think&Go introduces a new consumption model The important point of these new generation screens is the simplicity and speed access to information. They simplify consumption habits and change usages and existing trade by opening new horizons and new ways for customers: It is possible to retrieve information (discount coupons for example) and then use on the web, in cash or on mobile. The usages are endless and allow to engage very easily the consumer, to create customer loyalty, to bring him new services… The screen becomes a new payment mode  Since few years, Ingenico Group, world leader integrated payment solutions, and Think&Go have integrated the contactless payment. This innovation transforming a screen into a new point sales channel may be installed in stores, streets, train stations, airports, metro stations, shopping centers… The traders can thus benefit from a new sales channel and consumers can buy or order an article directly on the screen and then redeem in the physical store. "For 30 years, the screens have not changed significantly: they show more beautiful images but remain passive. Today, they are able to transmit their content and carry out transactions, thus opening a new dimension: the Screen Commerce which allows to buy everywhere, at any time. Our breakthrough technology allows development of new digital services, essential to reboost the trade. This new sales channel opens big opportunities for brands. We have begun the marketing of our screens in France and in Asia. The GITEX Technology Week is a fabulous opportunity to meet the industrial and important groups in the Middle East where the NFC technology is already very developed and the mutation of digital signage is underway. The connected screens can contribute to this fantastic evolution" says Vincent Berge, founder and CEO of Think&GO.  A huge market The connected screens got their strength from various technological levers: the emergence of contactless and connected objects and the digitalization of trade. The global market integrates the sectors of mass-market distribution, transport, bank, tourism, without forgetting the retail and commercial centers.  About Think&GO Think&Go is the inventor of connected screens (2 patents and 20 international awards of innovation, including 2 prestigious Sesame in CARTES 2013, the E-Commerce Award in Paris 2015, and the price of Jeune Entrepreneur 2016 - La Tribune/BNP). This technology allows consumers to interact and to exchange information with images on the screens in less than a second, simply by putting his smartphone, contactless card, connected objects or passport on these images. Think&Go has already sold more than 200 connected screens around the world, for mass-market distribution, transport, digital signage, bank… with applications such as E-commerce or Drive-to-store allowing consumers to retrieve reductions coupons with any connected object. Think&Go aims to sell 7000 screens from here to 2018.  Site web : Twitter : Press Contact Stéphanie Renier – Editorial Secretary of Press communications  06 21 66 96 09 –    Press contacts : Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of communications  Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail :   

Socomec places power and energy performance at the heart of rail transport

YASMINA OUARI - 18-sept.-2016 08:55:14
United Arab Emirates, September 2016 -  As a highly dynamic sector and with a drive for sustainable development, rail transport is undergoing massive changes. With its expertise and solutions, Socomec is helping rail transport professionals to meet tomorrow’s challenges: to secure rapidly increasing traffic, to modernise networks while reducing operating costs, and to optimise energy consumption.  Key areas of expertise and solid references Socomec, a family owned manufacturer for over 90 years is an industrial group with a workforce of 3,200 employees around the world. Its mission: the availability, control and safety of low voltage networks … with particular focus on the energy performance of its customers. The Socomec Group has long been involved in the rail transport sector and has produced electrical installations used on main lines, urban transport networks and in buildings both in France and internationally. Specific solutions adapted to your requirements With nearly 10% of sales revenue ring-fenced for R&D, Socomec places innovation at the heart of its development strategies. The Group also has an organisation dedicated to the design and production of customised solutions. This support covers all phases of rail projects, from feasibility and engineering assessment through to commissioning, including on-site training. Low voltage solutions for railway infrastructure Socomec’s offering meets the essential requirements of signalling systems, traction energy facilities and stations.  Our Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and AC/DC rectifiers protect and secure critical power supply systems and ensure the high availability and quality of the supply. Protection of persons and installations is assured by a wide range of switch-disconnectors, transfer switches and fuse protection equipment that has been tried and tested. In addition, innovative measurement solutions are also available for monitoring the LV network in real time.   Innovations for tomorrow’s applications Socomec supports companies in an approach to sustainable development that aims to reduce the environmental impact of rail transport. Our solutions allow the implementation of energy efficiency policies, including critical installations and even to become a producer of renewable energy.  Our range of energy storage solutions have been stringently tested and validated for Smart Grid projects and positions Socomec as a true pioneer in this field.  Socomec will be exhibiting at InnoTrans in the French pavilion HALL 26 / 115, Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. Press contact : Francesco SALERNO - Offer Communication Project Manager  Tel. +39 (0)4 44 59 87 34 - e-mail :   Press contacts : Miryem Oukas Messidi Regional Communications Manager  Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail :  

ALL4PACK Paris: Highlights on the agenda in 2016

Miryem OUKAS MESSIDI - 13-sept.-2016 09:34:41
At its 2016 edition, ALL4PACK Paris, the international reference trade event for the packaging and intralogistics sector, will be offering an unprecedented range of content, addressing today’s most pressing themes for industry professionals: connected and ultra-smart packaging, health, safety and transparency issues, eco-design and zero waste, and e-commerce. With a programme packed with exciting and insightful features and events, ALL4PACK fulfils the promise of its tagline “Let’s be creative”, plunging its attendees into a visiting experience hallmarked with innovation, as illustrated by the creative prowess of industry players.  All for innovation : a crossroads for trends and new products In 2016, ALL4PACK Paris will offer a multitude of show features to give the expected 98,000 trade visitors the opportunity to gain insight into trends and learn more about the challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow. This represents a high-value source of forward-looking information.  • PACK INNOVATION: revealing trends and acting as a showcase for new solutions, ALL4PACK Paris has asserted its status as the definitive crossroads for innovation. This is the backdrop for Pack Innovation (Hall 7), a space dedicated to innovation and the discovery of all the most recent solutions offered by exhibitors. The selected products will be displayed in a showcase throughout the show, and the most outstanding will receive a distinction from the Pack Experts Committee in the form of an Innovation Award.  • The TV Stage (Hall 7): a unique platform for analysis and exchange where all the exhibition’s highlights will be discussed by experts, stakeholders and influential figures from the industry. 4 days of debate broadcast on YouTube via All4PACK Paris’ WebTV! All the “programmes” will benefit from simultaneous interpreting into English. In tune with current market evolutions, the TV stage will focus on the following themes:   - Waste avoidance - The 4.0 industry - Health, safety and transparency issues - From eco-design to zero waste - Connected, active and ultra-smart packaging - Packaging as a booster of the supply chain and e-commerce  (Non-exhaustive list, programme currently being finalised)  • Expo 10/10, presented by the Pentawards: in a world exclusive, ALL4PACK Paris will play host to “Exposition 10/10”, the international competition dedicated to packaging. This look back in time will showcase the “greatest hits” from among the exceptional packaging solutions distinguished for their creativity and originality by the Pentawards judging panel over the past ten years. This is a unique opportunity for professionals to discover 100 packaging solutions from 26 countries, sorted into 10 categories, thus offering a global vision of the most creative and best-in-class from over the last decade. • Best Pack 4.0: the event which offers a blend of foresight, changes in use and design, at a time when connectivity is the buzzword for packaging of the future. Design students from four international colleges in Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands will offer a fresh and forward-looking view of technological progress-triggered developments which await the packaging world. They will offer their contributions to answer the question: “Starting from existing and already utilised technologies and those that will emerge in the short or longer term, what is your forward looking vision for utility and life cycle scenarios of the Connected Packaging of the future?”  All for business : 4 days of business meetings and sales opportunities  Through its scale and the exhaustive nature of its range on offer, ALL4PACK Paris is capable of bringing professionals from nearly 100 countries together in one place, making it a major meeting place for all industry players. To help all these people develop high quality ties at the show, the exhibition is stepping up its efforts in 2016.  • Business Meetings: a brand-new and free-to-use service which uses an online platform to forward-plan business meetings between exhibitors and visitors.  • The Forum (Hall 5a): a venue devoted to technical talks and workshops about the Packaging industry and the supply chain 4.0, in association with trade bodies ASLOG, CISMA, GEPPIA, SECIMEP and SYMOP. Among the themes addressed: the digitalisation of the supply chain, automation, robotics to improve firms’ industrial competitive edge… This event will provide an opportunity to foster dialogue and networking between professionals around lessons learned and tangible solutions.  • Test zone (Hall 6): an area set aside for AGVs (automated guided vehicles) and other wheeled and mobile equipment, to allow exhibitors to demonstrate their machines to visitors.  All for you : Make a date for 14 - 17 November 2016 at Paris Nord Villepinte!   ALL4PACK AT A GLANCE • The trade shows EMBALLAGE & MANUTENTION become ALL4PACK Paris • 14 - 17 November 2016, Paris Nord Villepinte, France, Halls 5a, 6 and 7 • 1,600 exhibitors and brands represented from the Packaging, Processing, Printing & Handling sectors, including 50% from outside France • Expected visitor attendance of 98,000 professionals, including 35% from abroad • 100 countries represented The COMEXPOSIUM Group, one of the world leaders in event organisation, is involved in more than 170 consumer and trade events, covering 11 different sectors of activity such as food, agriculture, fashion, homeland security, construction, high-tech, optics and transport. COMEXPOSIUM hosts 45,000 exhibitors and more than 3 million visitors in 26 countries around the world. Comexposium is developing worldwide through its activities in around thirty countries: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.  PRESS CONTACTS – RPCA Clotilde DE ANGELIS – Francis FIEVET-MAILHEBIAU –  Cathy BUBBE –  Telephone: +33 1 42 30 81 00  All media releases, kits and visuals are available in the Press section of the ALL4PACK Paris web site. For direct access, click here .
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