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HANNOVER MESSE 2016 - The French industry 4.0 area

Purva Marwaha - 25-avr.-2016 08:15:20

A host of product innovations and the latest technology   With the leading trade fairs taking place in parallel, HANNOVER MESSE covers a wider range of themes and exhibits than any other event – R&D, industrial automation and IT, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as energy and environmental technology. The opportunity to develop new sales leads in other sectors, unique access to new products and technologies and a huge international presence attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. Discover a host of product innovations and the latest technology.   Welcome to the French industry 4.0 area   Acknowledged for its deep industrial roots and a highly open economy, the Alsace - Champagne-Ardenne - Lorraine Region welcomes you to the French industry 4.0 area, with the presence of ten innovative SMEs. These companies offer technological solutions for industries to increase flexibility and connectivity:   -        CRSI (servers and IT solutions) -        3D MORPHOZ (additive manufacturing services) -        ACCELINN ( Innovation Management  and Unified Efficiency ) -        BIOPTIMIZE (data mining) -        CPC ANALYTICS (big data) -        DIVALTO (Business management, mobility and collaborative portal solutions) -        IMAG’ING (laser scanning specialist) -        OPTA LP (optimization of logistics and production) -        VISUOL TECHNOLOGIES (defect detection solutions) -        VIZE SOFTWARE (visual analytics software).     HANNOVER MESSE in numbers   • Over 5 000 stands from 70 countries in16 halls and 250,000 m2. • More than 200 000 visitors from 100 countries (68% of decision-makers). • More than 100 conferences , themed events and Innovation Awards (Hermes Award, Robotic Award).     Official website : Alliance pour l’industrie du futur : Business France :              

Peugeot plans to re-enter India by 2021

Purva Marwaha - 22-avr.-2016 11:47:05

  French car company Peugeot has set its eyes on the Indian car market and plans to enter here by 2018. The car maker plans to get into a partnership with an Indian company to start its new foray in the sub-continent.  Peugeot, which is expected to make  India  its manufacturing base for domestic and export markets, is likely to launch its products before the end of 2021. Peugeot’s Indian entry is considered as a part of the company’s aggressive ‘Push to Pass’ growth plan for the period 2016-2021. In 2014, the French carmaker formed a new ‘India-Pacific’ business zone comprising India,  SAARC  countries, Japan, Korea,  Australia  and New Zealand. The company is looking at launching only new generation cars in India and not those which are at the end of their production cycles.  For its Indian venture, the automaker wants to focus on frugal research expenditure and rigorous control over production costs as well as fixed costs in the price sensitive Indian market. Peugeot wants to reach an average of four percent recurring operating margin in 2016-2018, and target six percent by 2021. It wants to establish itself as a big brand and accordingly plans a blitzkrieg of products from its global range, notably the plug-in hybrid cars and autonomous connected vehicles. This will be Peugeot’s second entry into the sub-continent. In its first innings in India, which ended late 1997, the company had partnered with Premier Automobiles.   Source: Business Standard-    

Urgo takes a minority stake in a company in India

Purva Marwaha - 19-avr.-2016 09:01:23

Aiming to flourish its wings in Indian market, France-based life sciences group URGO today said it has taken equity share in Eucare, a pharmaceuticals firm, for forging an alliance in area of burns, advanced wound care, surgical hemostasis and dental regeneration concepts. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed a strategic partnership deal on behalf of URGO and S Sridharan from Eucare Pharmaceuticals. "We are excited to set foot in India with the support and experience of our new partner. Eucare is a partner with strong market presence, manufacturing, regulatory and R&D capabilities. URGO will now be able to provide its internationally recognised and scientifically proven TLC based wound dressing concepts to all Indian patients," Pierre Moustial, General Director, URGO Group told UNI on the sidelines of a FICCI event. URGO will start its operation from Chennai and in future it will take to other parts of the country. ’’We will now benefit from URGO’s global network in serving newer international markets. The partnership will enable us to access URGO Group’s global expertise in the areas of clinical research, manufacturing, regulatory and marketing,’’ Mr Sridharan said. He also said cost effective products will be provided to diabetic wounded patients. Mr Sridharan further added both the companies will dedicate their efforts to work hand in hand with public and private hospitals to set higher standards for wound care treatments. He also said URGO and Eucare would aim to become the caring partner of all major hospitals across the country. However, Mr Moustial refuses to reveal the amount of investment in India. 

12 new Indian investments in France recorded in 2015

Thomas ILHE - 29-mars-2016 15:19:10

In the backdrop of the ongoing global Creative France campaign, Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, released the 2015 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France , which analyzes foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. The report reveals that there are over 120 Indian companies operating in France, where they employ more than 7,000 people.   According to the 2015 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France , of the total Indian investments in France in 2015,   42% were in production/manufacturing operations 33% were in business services and 17% in decision-making centers 17% were in energy, recycling, other concessions More than 1/3 was in energy (17%) and aerospace, naval and railway equipment (17%) Some of the main Indian investment projects in France in 2015 include:   • AEQUS , a Belagavi-based company specializing in developing and producing engineering solutions for the aerospace, automotive and oil & gas sectors, acquired the Besançon site of the French company Sira, an aerospace component manufacturer that had gone into liquidation. Further to this acquisition, in January 2016, Aequs wholly acquired Sira, which operates six sites in France and one in Morocco. Aequs employs 320 people.   • WPIL , a Kolkata-based company, manufactures pumps used in water distribution systems and nuclear infrastructure, among other applications. It acquired the French company Pompes Rutshi, based in Mulhouse. Pompes Rutshi, an active player in the design and manufacture of high-tech pumps for the oil, gas and nuclear sectors, has a 40-strong workforce.   • DNP INTERNATIONAL , a Surat-based company which designs and produces analysis instruments for use in industry (quality tests in industrial processes) and sustainable development (environmental impact measurements, pollution control), acquired the Grenoble-based firm Tethys, which employs 10 people. Twelve new investments from India were recorded in 2015, creating or maintaining 290 jobs. “ 2015 witnessed a renewed emphasis on Indo-French investment as both countries shared a common vision of manufacturing excellence and energy efficiency. With the help of the Creative France campaign, Business France was able to enhance its outreach to India and foster long-lasting ties with some of the most renowned names in innovation and sustainable development ,” commented Muriel Pénicaud, France’s Ambassador for International Investment and CEO of Business France . In addition to these five companies, one could equally mention the investments in France of groups such as: Infosys, Wipro, Bharat Forge, Muragappa, United Phosphorus, Crompton Greaves (Avantha Group), Titagarh, Air Works, Biological E, Transasia, Axis Aerospace, etc. “ These investments highlight the attractiveness of France for Indian investors who leverage the expertise, competencies and creativity they acquire in France, in order to increase significantly their contribution to the “ Make in India” initiative. One of the main assets of France for Indian investors is its state-of-the-art facilities in innovation and R&D ,” said François Richier, Ambassador of France to India . The 2015 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France released yesterday analyzes foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. In 2015, 962 investment decisions created or maintained 33,682 jobs, the best figure in the last five years. With an average of 19 decisions made every week, 2015 saw a 27% increase in jobs generated by foreign investment, up from 26,535% in 2014. Foreign investments were received from 53 different countries in 2015, up from 47 in 2014: those from European countries remained predominant (60% of all foreign investment decisions), followed by North America (22%) and Asia (13%), in very similar proportions to 2014. The leading source countries were the United States (18%), accounting for one-quarter of all inward R&D investments; Germany (15%), accounting for 26% of all foreign production/manufacturing projects; Italy (9%), providing 31% of inward investment in logistics; the United Kingdom (8%), accounting for 22% of all foreign investment in retail outlets; and Japan (6%), the fourth leading source of foreign production/manufacturing investment. BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) accounted for 7% of inward investments in France (68 investment decisions), including 44 projects from China and Hong Kong. Project numbers were up for many source countries, including Canada (38 projects, +31%), the Netherlands (37 projects, +12%), and Ireland (15 projects, +114%). France’s thriving regions and cities are often a decisive factor in attracting foreign investment to all of France’s regional economies. Ile-de-France (Paris region), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine attracted more than half of all foreign investment decisions. The leading regions by jobs created or maintained were Ile-de-France (Paris region), Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Analysis by business activity shows that Ile-de-France (Paris region) attracted 64% of all foreign investments involving decision-making centers (mostly first-time investments in France). Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (20%) and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (17%) stood out in attracting production/manufacturing projects, as did Ile-de-France (Paris region) (31%) and Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées (13%) for R&D projects. Foreign companies currently generate 32% of French exports. Figures from the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) show that more than one-quarter of foreign-owned company turnover in France was generated through exports in 2015, compared to 31% in the United States, 21% in Germany, 25% in the Netherlands, 15% in the United Kingdom, and 30% in Japan. About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. 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Jaitapur’s nuclear power project moves a step closer to reality

Our bureau - 29-mars-2016 14:17:31

  The French Ambassador to India, Mr. Francois Richier and EDF’s Senior Executive Vice President (engineering and new nuclear projects), Mr. Xavier Ursat stated that the new agreement signed between NPCIL and EDF, on Monday the 22 nd of March 2016, has opened the way for further negotiations relating to technical cost and financial aspects of the Jaitapur project for the 6 reactors. The project of Jaitapur is said to generate 10000 MW , it would be the biggest nuclear plant in the world,   and the estimated time to build the first reactor is around six and a half years. The EPR reactors are considered to be the safest nuclear reactors in the world and Finland and China have already accepted it. The government will take their final decision on this project by end of 2016 or by beginning of 2017.       Source: Times of India (Mumbai edition), 23/03/2016  

ACTIA India to unveil latest End Of Line diagnostic solution for vehicles ever conceived in India

Purva Marwaha - 29-mars-2016 12:23:16

ACTIA India to unveil latest End Of Line diagnostic solution for vehicles ever conceived in India ACTIA India, a JV between ACTIA Automotive and DMG Finance & Investments, have recently unveiled their latest End Of Line (EOL) diagnostic solutions, developed for Renault, on their latest Kwid vehicle. This is the first time such a diagnostic solution is implemented in India automotive industry. In order to achieve this breakthrough, ACTIA India had to solve the main challenge of proposing a unique software suite combined to a hardware kit able to analyse diagnostic tests made on vehicles, at a cost efficient price. This achievement has been possible thanks to a “ jugaad innovation ” approach developed in collaboration with Renault, taking into account Renault technological legacy while processing the necessary adjustments and removing the superfluous aspects of the diagnostic. The unique software suite and the hardware kit enable manufacturers to treat diagnostic tests’ results in a simpler manner, which has a significant incidence on their operating costs. ACTIA India has strong expectations from the Indian market, as said by Mr. Pascal Perhirin, Business Development Manager, Off Highway Solutions and ex-CEO of ACTIA India: “ India is a highly dynamic market and the key words to enter this market are Innovation, quality and well-priced products. The latest EOL diagnostic delivered to Renault India makes us today capable of any kind of tailored diagnostic solutions, for all types of vehicles: cars, buses, trucks ”. In addition to this project, ACTIA India has also implemented a full End Of Line diagnostic solutions for Ashok Leyland in India, completed in 2013. The company can serve any kind of diagnostic requirement in the automotive industry: vehicle manufacturing (End Of line), repairing (VCI, aftersales tools) or maintenance operations (test lanes). About ACTIA India: ACTIA India is a JV between ACTIA Automotive, and DMG Finance & Investments, set up in 2002, with the objective to create an engineering and manufacturing base in India as well as to leverage the engineering strength in India thanks to a strong presence in the passenger and commercial vehicles market. ACTIA India is part of ACTIA, an international group created in 1986, which specialises in high added value electronic equipment, destined for the buoyant vehicle and telecommunications markets. The company is present in 15 countries (Headquarters based in France) and employs 3000 staff over the world including 730 engineers. The automotive division of the company focuses on 4 core activities: vehicle diagnostics, on-board systems, electronic manufacturing and fleet management. Highly involved in innovative technologies and in cutting edge manufacturing, ACTIA has committed to taking up the challenges of a connected and sustainable urban mobility. For further information, please visit: General view of Electrical and Electronic Diagnostic for conformity check, traceability reading, VIN writing and checking, DTC reading & erasing, learning procedures, configuration writing and checking, calibration writing.   About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: and .     Company contacts: Mr. Pascal PERHIRIN ACTIA Business Development Manager, Off Highway Solutions, Automotive Division Tel: (+33) 5 61 17 68 47 / @:   Press contact: Mr. Thomas ILHE Business France, French Trade Commission in India   Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6303 / @: thomas.ilhe

Paris French Tech Ticket

Purva Marwaha - 29-mars-2016 11:57:42

Part of the " French Tech " program initiated by the French Government and regional / private stakeholders to support the development of the French startup ecosystem (one of the most dynamic globally, as shown at Tech events such as the CES 2016 , the Mobile World Congress 2016 or the SXSW 2016 ), the " French Tech Ticket " consist in providing a “welcome pack” to entrepreneurs across tech-intensive sectors (Information & Communication Technologies, Internet / Mobile, FinTech, HealthTech, BioTech, CleanTech…) from all over the World looking at setting up or scaling up innovative startups: This welcome packs notably entails its laureates to: -        a fast-track procedure to obtain a residence permit; -        a prize money of €25,000 for one year awarded to each project team member; -        a free office space in a partner incubator; -        a dedicated mentoring; -        a Help Desk to assist winners with administrative procedures; -        a “Paris Landing Pack” to help foreign entrepreneurs relocating to Paris.   Looking at the first promotion of this “French Tech Ticket” (limited to projects to be incubated in Paris incubators, but which shall be from 2017 onwards opened up to any other “ French Tech Metropole ”), the global call for applicants resulted in 722 startup projects being submitted by a total of 1,372 entrepreneurs and 5,677 expressions of interest.   With the dynamism of Technology Entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem in India as well as the potentialities for cooperation between France and India in the technology-intensive industries, it comes as a satisfaction that India has positioned itself as the first country of origin of the total applicants for the 2016 promotion, surpassing the USA and Russia. Also, out of the 23 venture projects eventually selected for the first promotion of the “French Tech Ticket”, whose laureates settled in Paris in January 2016, 2 originate from India : - Dymond Cleantech : An eco-innovative electrochemical water treatment technique using superior quality diamond electrodes for effective water disinfection and purification. - Guesswork : A product recommendation engine for first-time buyers on e-commerce sites.   Further information on the “French Tech Ticket” initiative may be found in the attached press release.   Keep posted about the next global call for applications for the 2017 promotion at the Website of “Paris French Tech Ticket” !      

Thibaut Fabre, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!   Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India . We assist French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts in the following growing sectors: - Agro-business; - Lifestyle, Consumer Goods and Healthcare; - Infrastructure, Transport and Industry; - ICTs, Retails and Services.   Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework.  


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