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News from the French Rail Industry

Business France - 26-janv.-2016 15:03:11

A few selected articles from our French Rail Industry portal : Passenger Service & stations Faiveley Transport to supply access door systems for Shanghai metro lines 8 and 13 (China) Transport Companies & professional organisations Keolis renews its contract to operate the Hellweg network (Germany) Electronic systems Thales selected by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to modernize the Queens Boulevard Line (USA) Engineering and Testing SYSTRA and SNTF have undertaken to set up an Algerian joint venture dedicated to rail systems engineering (Algeria) Official website : French companies of the French Rail Industry :      

France’s rail industry rolls out web portal for business and innovation

Business France - 14-déc.-2015 13:16:41

The web portal French-rail-industry  was launched in 2014 to promote France’s know-how in the railways sector, thanks to a partnership agreement between Business France, the French export-support agency, and Fer de France, the interprofessional Association for France’s railway industry. French-rail-industry aims to meet a double objective. First, it helps to raise awareness among industry professionals worldwide of the know-how prevalent in France’s railway sector — a widely acknowledged and greatly praised centre of excellence. Secondly, French-rail-industry helps to establish connections between international buyers and French suppliers. The directory of French players in the railway sector, makes it easy for potential customers based outside France to browse the profiles of any French company they choose and contact them directly through a messaging interface integrated into the website. The French suppliers featured on the platform are broken down into eight main categories: embedded electronic systems; mechanical components fitted on rolling stock; passenger-information and ticketing systems; passenger public transport; rail-car layout; railway infrastructure; railway testing and engineering; and, finally, rolling stock. Thanks to the expertise, technological skills and innovative ability of its companies, France’s railway industry enjoys international recognition: the country is ranked third worldwide in the sector. Within Europe, the French railway industry is ranked second only to Germany, with 1,500 companies generating over €4 billion, i.e. 25% of the country’s exports in value. Go to the web portal :    

Awards and Trophies handed out by World Efficiency as part of COP21

Business France - 30-nov.-2015 17:33:47

  Trophies for Climate Solutions An increasing number of businesses are committed to production, construction, development and operations models that have less impact on resources and the climate. Innovative solutions in terms of reducing energy consumption, cutting greenhouse gases and safeguarding resources already exist. With a view to highlighting them, the ADEME (French Environment and Management Agency), C3D (Collège des Directeurs du Développement Durable), Crédit Coopératif, Orée Association (Business and Local Areas), Solutions COP21, Shift Project and World Efficiency have launched the first Trophies for Climate Solutions. Certified by the COP21 "solutions agenda", the purpose of the trophies is to recognise the best climate change attenuation and/or adaptation solutions and give these initiatives a standard-setting value for other businesses looking to take action in these areas. The Trophies will be officially awarded on 2 December 2015 at the “Galerie des Solutions” expo held at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre by World Efficiency during COP21 . The winners will receive exposure on 4 December at the Winners Conference as part of the COP21 Solutions event at the Grand Palais in Paris. Learn more:   Green Building Solutions Awards 2015 This year, the international network Construction21* is putting on a unique Green Building Solutions Awards event to mark the occasion of COP21. The contest, which is coordinated by ten Construction21 platforms, highlights six categories of climate solutions: Net Zero Energy Buildings Low Energy Renovation Renewable Energies Bio-based and Recycled Materials Smart Buildings Health & Comfort. As the first European awards for sustainable construction solutions, the contest takes place in two stages: a national contest in each participating country takes between May and September to short-list projects, and then an international contest is held between October and December to select the national winners in each category.  Official presentation of winners and prize-giving ceremony on 3 December at the Galerie des Solutions Expo held at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre during COP21.   *The Construction21 network boasts ten national platforms (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Romania, Spain) and an international platform in English that is directly connected to the European Commissions Build Up portal for energy efficiency in buildings. Learn more: Official website :  

A unique exhibition of low carbon solutions during COP21

Business France - 30-nov.-2015 17:24:22

  THE SOLUTIONS GALLERY : From 2nd to 9th December in the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget, France The Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) this December is intended to result in an international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. This agreement must be capable of driving forward the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions so as to restrict the rise in the Earth’s mean temperature by the end of the century to 2°C above the pre-industrial level.  Against this background, Reed Expositions France has been working with the General Secretariat of COP21 to organize the Solutions Gallery from 2nd to 9th December in the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget. Intended to support the diplomatic negotiations, the Gallery will be an exhibition of low carbon solutions exclusively reserved for professionals, and its mission will be to demonstrate that solutions do exist and to accelerate their market uptake.  Occupying an area of 10,000 m2, running for seven days, and accessible from the Blue Zone (COP negotiations zone), the Solutions Gallery will present innovative solutions developed and applied by companies, industries or territories that are designed to reduce the impact of economic activities on the climate: equipment, technologies, new models of organization and reproducible best practices…  Over twenty countries will be represented including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark , Germany, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, the United Kingdom,… More specifically, the Ivory Coast, one of the African countries most committed to climate questions, will have a strong presence through a stand presenting initiatives and projects in the country, a broadcast from the TV studio, and visits by numerous officials from the country. As host country, what France has to offer will take pride of place in a dedicated space at the heart of the exhibition.  It is therefore planned to demonstrate solutions – including clean vehicles in a dedicated outdoor space – and to stage special events, such as themed days that are integrated into the schedule of COP21, broadcasts and interviews with companies in a TV studio (eg. daily transport programme with Fer de France), guided tours and site visits for UN delegations. Other highlights will be prestige events such as networking sessions in a dedicated lounge, business lunches, VIP receptions in the heart of Paris… It will also host the official awards ceremonies for two sets of awards. The first Climate Solutions Awards, which will carry the COP21 label. Organized by Orée, AdEME, C3D, Crédit Coopératif, Solutions COP21, the Shift Project and World Efficiency, these will provide recognition for innovative solutions put forward by French SMEs or major groups to reduce energy consumption, limit greenhouse gases and preserve resources. There will also be the ceremony for the international Green Building Solutions Awards, which will be presented for outstanding examples of sustainable construction (building, technical solutions or materials) undertaken in countries covered by Construction21 or in its partner countries.  Over 20,000 professional visitors are expected: participants in COP21 (heads of state, ministers, UN delegations from 197 countries), professionals (private and public sector decision makers and specifiers, delegations invited by the organizers…) and representatives of the media (printed press, radio, television, blogs).   Official website :  

French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

- - 12-janv.-2015 14:55:03

Airbus, headquartered in the French city of Toulouse, projects that the global number of in service passenger aircrafts will double by 2033, to 31,400. The usual suspects can explain this rise in demand: change in demographics in developing economies, and tastes and preferences of their emerging middle class. Who will benefit from this near certain doubling of the market? Certainly one of the strongest cases comes from Airbus and the rest of the 3,000 French companies working in the field of aerospace.     More than Airbus The European aviation industry, the production, maintenance and support of civil aircraft, is currently second largest in the world following the US’s Boeing led sector. It is undeniably integral to France in producing jobs and growth, as it is the largest foreign looking sector with 22 billion euros in net exports. Many SMEs depend and service Airbus and these will directly benefit from the impending expansion of the giant’s aircraft deliveries, as for the A320 for example, rising from 42 to the target of 50 planes per month. Aside Airbus’s presence, there are many smaller companies that have succeeded independently and are capturing attention abroad. For example, Mapaero produces paint for airplane interiors and exteriors, such as for aircraft’s wheels. They rapidly acquire new airlines as clients, the company being particularly innovative as its products are in line with recent EU regulations restricting chemicals in paint. The company’s attempts to limit impact on environment will also secure it a bright future. Ready for Take Off The French aviation industry is currently well diversified, mature and a world leader. What are its prospects for the future? It seems hard for things to get better, but it certainly looks this way. Brice Robin, Ubifrance’s project head explains that the industry is not lingering on its current successes: “Yes, over the last 100 years France has a history with aviation. This however is never enough, and we have to look to innovation for the future. For example French companies spend an average of 14% of their revenues on R&D.” Innovation is incredibly important for France to extend its advantage in a market that requires the utmost quality in order to ensure the security and longevity of its very expensive products to its prospective clients. Mr. Robin adds that there is an industry pressure for firms to “deliver faster, perfect parts with high level of quality, and better products with new technology, such as lower weight.” There are competitors arising in developing markets such as Brazil, China and Russia. However, they are likely to have difficulty in competing with France’s knowhow and completeness of services.   Mr. Robin explains, as an example, that the French maintenance’s market provides a one-stop shop for clients and this reduces costs as well as being convenient: “Today buyers don’t only look at the cost of aircraft, but also the maintenance and all else surrounding the aircraft since they will keep the aircraft for 25 to 35 years. They will also be renovating the aircraft interior every 5 to 10 years.” An airline doing business in France will not only purchase from Airbus but also look to other French companies, some located as near as the Toulouse metropolitan area, that provide maintenance and other support in usage such as refurbishment.   Mr. Robin puts this all in perspective of the emerging competition of the French industry: “Clients cannot supply all of their parts and components from a new player in an emerging market because some technologies, materials, designs, and new processes there will not be available and this is a French advantage.“ For example, for the maintenance of certain structural parts that are produced by Airbus, there is a requirement of special certification that can only be found amongst French engineers. Ubifrance and French SMEs Ubifrance helps French companies find clients and partners abroad. For example, Win MS participated with Ubifrance at trade shows in Dubai and was able to attain contacts with local airlines. Their aeronautical maintenance equipment were very impressive to Qatar Air, world’s second most preferred airline according to the World Airline Awards.   Aeroform provides repairing equipment for composite materials, much of which can be found in the structure of modern aircrafts. The company was looking for one distributor in Spain and Germany, and with help of Ubifrance was able to attain a list of seven to ten possible suitors in each of the markets. In three months they signed one distributor in each country and are now working with Ubifrance to achieve the same results in the Russian market.     For further information about French exporting companies, please go to: Airbus : Aeroform : Mapaero :  


Brigitte MARCEL - 20-oct.-2014 15:23:14

PARIS MASTERGROUP, a team of several engineering and architectural offices, is coming to Copenhagen between the 27th and 29th of October. Some of their areas of expertise:   • Urban and landscaping modelling, direction of the execution of the projects • Conception and project supervision of public spaces • Conception and supervision of architectural projects • Creation of eco districts • Reconvertion of brownfield sites and social housing areas • Integration of the transport challenge into the projects (multimodality and intermodality, parking, dedicated public transports, pedestrian and bike traffic) and technical expertise (benchmarking of public transports, analysis of traffic balance …) • Rehabilitation of historic buildings (mostly 19th century) – mostly converted into another use (cultural center, gym...) • Rehabilitation and extensions of building (schools. Library, retirement home) whilst still occupied   Projects in France:        Lyon: - Multimedia library and cinema extension of the City Council of Villefranche - The «Atelier» cultural centre - Rehabilitation and extensions of the multimedia library / Village hall - Ella Fitzgerald college - Rehabilitation and extensions of the College - Urban renewal of Lyon’s north-western of the 9th arrondissement - Urban renewal of Lyon Rhône banks - La Tourette high school Toulouse: - Toulouse ZAC Cartoucherie, urban qualification master plan of a former cartridge factory in multi-functional eco-district - Toulouse Reynerie district, an urban development project of Mirail area Nimes: - Nîmes Urban renewal of the Roman amphitheatre, with Grontmij as engineers Reims: - Reims Forward-planning 2020 - a shared urban project for a sustainable metropolis   Project in Finland:   Helsinki: - Helsinki Parc of Länsisatamanpuisto, an urban park in the former docklands   Would you like to know more about PARIS MASTERGROUP and perhaps meet them when they come to Copenhagen between the 27th and 29th of October? Do not hesitate to contact Brigitte Marcel at UBIFRANCE (the French Embassy’s trade department). Mail til: eller ring på +45 33 37 61 79  


Brigitte MARCEL - 17-oct.-2014 15:15:26

    EFFINATURE er den første miljøcertificering af bygninger og bykvarterer som fremmer biologisk mangfoldighed. Certificeringen anerkendes af internationale organisationer som OECD og UNEP m.fl. som det fremgår af ECOLABEL INDEX’S hjemmeside. EFFINATUREs mål er at: - begrænse bygningers negative påvirkning på miljøet og  - fremme biodiversitet i hverdagen. Referencer ved blandt andre: Nexity Ywood - (Marseille), Øko-distriktet Haut-Careï (Menton), Provinces Immobilier (Toulouse), etc. Partnere inkluderer: WWF, ECOCERT, FRB, etc. Er du interesseret i at høre mere om EFFINATURE eller møde gruppen NOVACERT som står bag certificeringen, kontakt venligst Brigitte Marcel ved Den Franske Ambassades Handelsafdeling i København. For videre information: Mail til: eller ring på 33 37 61 79. 

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