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French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Mathilde Mortreuil - 21-oct.-2014 03:25:16
 Véronique Cuziol, project head at Ubifrance, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector shows the best of the French manufacturing: “No, not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors are successful. For example, the mechanical engineering industry.” What exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in products and services, but broadly they service and produce valued added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries.   The French mechanical engineering industry has a turnover of 113 billion euros annually, of which 45.6 billion are exported. These figures rank sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Fives, Alstom, Areva and Air Liquide) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are  SMEs and start-ups.   Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations of French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore it’s not surprising that a great part of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.   French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters, some of the best in the world, into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the “Factory of the Future”: disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3d printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.   Some of these French start-ups are making big splashes with innovative products. For example the French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the world’s lightest seat while also offering an innovative and ergonomic design, the “Titanium Seat.” Expliseat has recently received certification from the FAA (Federal American Aviation Administration) and can therefore supply the US aircraft industry.   Another example of a successful subsector is the textile machinery manufacturing: French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products and an excellent customer service, as well as a highly skilled workforce.   The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over one billion euros. There are also a myriad of smaller but nevertheless very ambitious companies such as Manoir Industries: specializing in metal forging and foundry, their objective is to become the world’s leader in the production of metals for the nuclear, oil & gas, petro-chemistry and construction sectors.   One must remember that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking 4th in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between a French and a foreign company.   Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion, has 80 offices overseas. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.   More information about French companies : French exporters directory mechanical engineering

Airbus and the Bourget airshow exhibition

Bertrand Pinardlegry - 25-juil.-2011 08:18:55
  At the 49 th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Airbus won about US$72.2 billion worth of business. The EADS Company sets new records for any commercial aircraft manufacturer at any air show ever Record of stroke deals . In total, the company has sold 730 aircrafts, along with 667 A320 Neo and 12 A380. The commitments comprise Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 312 aircraft worth US$28.2 billion and firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft worth around US$44.0 billion. Record of planes booked for a single command . Air Asia booked 200 aircrafts. Record of the best-selling airliner in the history of commercial aviation . The A320neo Family backlog since its launch in December 2010 has indeed now reached 1,029 units.

International Airshow: Le Salon du Bourget 2011

Bertrand Pinardlegry - 03-mai-2011 03:23:57
The International Paris Air Show –Paris Le Bourget has been the premier and largest worldwide event dedicated to the aviation and space industry for a century. With some 2,000 exhibitors, 138,000 trade visitors, 3,000 journalists and 200 official delegations, the Show indisputably remains a key point in the industry’s economic cycle. It is the essential event for meeting aviation and space industry professionals, discover the latest innovations, admire over 140 aircrafts and enjoy the flying display. For more information on the event: http://www.paris-air-show.com/en   Contacts: alain.etchegaray@ubifrance.com                  benoit.monet@ubifrance.com
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François COTIER, Country Director, Business France, Australia & New Zealand : Business France, the French Agency for international business development, lies at the heart of France’s public-sector export support framework. With 80 Trade Commissions in 60 countries, Business France offers a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at accompanying French-based companies in their development on export markets : The French Trade Commission - Business France in Australia, part of the French diplomatic mission in Australia, is dedicated to the promotion of the French companies and especially the SMEs on the Australian and New Zealand markets. We are organised in four departments : 1. Food, Beverages & Agriculture 2. Fashion, Homeware, Health and Beauty 3. Infrastructure, Transport, Industry, Energy, Environment 4. ICT, Innovation, Services Formed by a team of dedicated trade advisors, Business France Australia - New Zealand offers to the Frenc

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