Infrastuctuur / Transport / Industrie

Record commercial performance for Alstom in 2015/16

Bastien Faugeroux - 19-mai-2016 09:47:21

Record commercial performance for Alstom in 2015/16 Between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, Alstom achieved a record commercial performance with orders received and backlog at respectively €10.6 billion and €30.4 billion. Over the same period, sales were up 12% (7% organically), amounting to €6.9 billion. The adjusted EBIT increased to €366 million, 23% above last year, leading to an adjusted EBIT margin of 5.3%.  Net income (Group share) reached €3.0 billion, benefitting from the sales of Energy activities to General Electric and after impact of exceptional impairments mainly in France.  Alstom benefits today from a very strong balance sheet. The net debt significantly decreased to €0.2 billion on 31 March 2016 compared to €3.1 billion on 31 March 2015. Equity amounted to €3.3 billion at 31 March 2016. Following the cash return to shareholders of €3.2 billion through the public share buy-back offer, the Board of Directors will propose no dividend distribution at the next Annual General Meeting.    “2015/16 is the second record commercial year in a row for Alstom, including a major e-Locos project in India and successes across all regions and product lines. Sales growth exceeded expectations with above 5 % average organic growth over the past four years. The adjusted EBIT was up by over 20%. Balance sheet is strengthened by the transaction with General Electric. The implementation of our strategy is on track allowing us to confirm our 2020 objectives.”, said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer.   Official website : www.alstom.com French Rail industry :  http://business.youbuyfrance.com/french-rail-industry/companies


Faiveley Transport : platform screen doors for new metro in São Paulo

Bastien Faugeroux - 19-mai-2016 09:44:07

Faiveley Transport has been awarded a multi-million contract by MHI Transportation Systems Brasil Limitada (MTSB), a brazilian subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD.,  for the supply of Platform Screen Doors for the metro Line 6 of São Paulo, Brazil. With approximately 15.3 km and 15 new stations, the line 6, also known as the Laranja (orange) line will run between the Brasilândia and São Joaquim stations. This new line represents a huge step forward in the development of the metropolitan transportation system to alleviate major traffic congestion problems in the densely populated Brazilian city. Once commissioned, it is expected to carry more than 630,000 passengers per day. Faiveley Transport’s scope of supply includes the study, design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning of full-height platform screen doors for 30 platforms with a total of 3, 960 meters of façade to prevent passenger accidents and ensure safer train operation. Many of the Group’s sites will be involved: engineering will be managed by the Saint Pierre des Corps (France) site, Faiveley Transport’s Platform Screen Doors Centre of Competence, while manufacturing will take place in Shanghai (China), with the support of the Hong Kong (China) site. Project management, customer interface, installation, testing and commissioning will be handled by the São Paulo (Brazil) site. Deliveries are expected to be completed in 2020. Rémi Causse, President of the Access & Mobility Division, said: "We are very pleased to work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on this project. This contract allows Faiveley Transport to maintain its position as leader on the Platform Screen Doors market in Latin America. It also demonstrates our capacity to be a long-term partner by supporting new customers in all regions of the world thanks to our understanding of the project’s requirements and expertise of the entire Platform Screen Doors value chain acquired over 30 years of experience." About Faiveley Transport Group: Faiveley Transport is a global supplier of high added value integrated systems for the railway industry. With more than 5,700 employees in 24 countries, Faiveley Transport generated sales of €1,048 million over the 2014/2015 financial year. The Group supplies manufacturers, operators and railway maintenance bodies worldwide with the most comprehensive range of systems on the market: Energy & Comfort (air conditioning, power collectors and converters, and passenger information), Access & Mobility (passenger access systems and platform screen doors), Brakes & Safety (braking systems and couplers) and Services. Contacts: Charlotte Rougeron - Group Communication Manager - charlotte.rougeron@faiveleytransport.com Domitille Vielle - Group Financial Communication Manager - domitille.vielle@faiveleytransport.com Source : 25 April 2016 http://inpublic.globenewswire.com    / Official website : http://www.faiveleytransport.com/ French Rail Industry :  http://business.youbuyfrance.com/french-rail-industry/companies


Pellenc ST’s open house is a resounding success

Bastien Faugeroux - 26-avr.-2016 11:18:35

Pellenc ST’s open house is a resounding success On 7-8 April 2016, waste management technology company Pellenc ST celebrated its 15th birthday at its head office in Pertuis in France, opening its doors to the public and showcasing its innovation and technology in optical sorting.   The programme for Pellenc’s 15th birthday celebrations included: -           Plenary session, including discussions on the circular economy and testimonials on recycling trends around the world; -           Workshops on innovation, the QC process, the international dimension and the future of waste management; -           Networking event with drinks and music; -           Tour of the Pellenc ST waste sorting plant; -           Demos of Pellenc ST products. Having recently announced that it had made a delivery of 20 optical sorting machines to the largest single-line materials recovery facility and one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe, Ambiente S.p.A. in San Vitaliano (NA) in Italy, it was a great opportunity for Pellenc ST to celebrate! Pellenc ST would like to thank the 200 visitors from all over the world that came together to mark the occasion on the first day of Pellenc ST’s Open House.                                                     Pellenc ST also launched a brand new look for 2016 last week, which reflects its corporate values and beliefs. The new logo features the five pillars of the company: Innovation, Industry, International, Involvement and Independence. Each of these categories defines who Pellenc ST is. Pellenc ST will be revealing more details on each category over the coming days on its website:  www.pellencst.com Pellenc ST has been designing and manufacturing optical sorting equipment machines for household and industrial waste and recycling since 2001.  The technology used to sort these materials involves near infrared, middle infrared, vision and induction technologies. Pellenc ST’s sorting solutions are invaluable to the recycling industry. The company is actively developing new sorting solutions for single stream recycling. With over 1000 machines installed in well-known companies in over 40 countries around the world (including Veolia in the UK) Pellenc ST is a recognised leader in the waste management industry and boasts a turnover of more than €20 million. All materials can have a second life if they are suitably sorted and recycled.  Pellenc ST is therefore a key player in developing and strengthening the circular economy in France and around the world.  


Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016

Bastien Faugeroux - 18-mars-2016 16:51:04

Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is organising the French Pavilion for the third time at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016, the must‑attend trade show for professionals in the road infrastructure, intelligent transport systems (ITS), road safety and parking sectors.   A sector of excellence in France, intelligent transportation translates into an annual market of €4.5 billion in sales revenue, 45,000 direct jobs in the private sector, and more than 1,000 companies. It conducts at least 50% of its business internationally.   France first began to use information communication technology (ICT) such as regulated traffic lights and automatic metros from as early as the 1970s. As the 1980s and 1990s progressed, so did its use of ICT, such that it now boasts true expertise in the area.   France’s skill in ITS is world-renowned. It boasts companies that are recognised internationally as leaders in their field, as well as longstanding expertise in the field of design, construction and transport infrastructure operations. France is also known for its expertise and talent in the digital domain, and as such has combined these skills and reaffirmed its reputation for excellence in developing ITS solutions.   The French Pavilion, which spans 120m², will house nine companies specialising in the traffic and transport industry. The show’s recognised impact and the attendance of decision-makers from countries all over the world will make it a must-attend event for any company wishing to position itself on the international scene. Dynamic and innovative, the companies exhibiting on the French Pavilion at Intertraffic Europe 2016 have every intention of winning visitors over with their excellent products.   Visit the Elicium Hall and discover all of the disruptive technology exhibiting on the French Pavilion this year:   www.comatis.com   COMATIS develops public-transport systems based on radio‑transmission technology. The company produces radio-based systems for handling priority requests for buses at traffic lights, as well as passenger-information display systems powered by solar panels.   www.e-totem.fr E-totem is a network of charging stations for electrical vehicles. It enables the use of an electrical or hybrid rechargeable vehicle without a single worry. Station use is enabled by prepaid e-totem card, available for order via the website.       www.hikob.com   HIKOB’s STATIONARY systems are designed to continuously collect synchronised multi-point data on all deployment terrains. Regardless of the type of monitoring project (roads, transportation infrastructures, natural resources, factories, industrial equipment and machines), they are precise, reliable, robust and upgradeable. INCO specialises in the field of connected ITS equipment and urban traffic management systems. Their INCO traffic signalling lighting solutions incorporate the latest technology and protocols to interface with existing systems.       www.marben-products.com   Marben provides systems and network software publishing, as well as standardised telecommunications software for automotive sector equipment makers.   www.navya.tech   “An electric, intelligent and autonomous shuttle, serving mobility”. Launched in October 2015, the NAVYA ARMA is a 100% electric and autonomous transport vehicle. An innovative and intelligent driverless shuttle, it can transport up to 15 passengers and safely drive up to 45 km/h, mostly on private sites.   www.neavia.com   Specialising in road traffic detection, Neavia boasts a unique skillset in multi-sensor detection, data acquisition devices using stationary or embedded systems, critical information processing and critical information transmission to communication platforms.       www.optomachines.fr   Optomachines specialises in the design and manufacture of measuring and monitoring machines, using highly-sophisticated optics and image processing technologies: dimensional monitoring, camera-operated shape control, laser, visual robot, dedicated sensor, etc.)   Products include navigational aids, pole cameras, stationary balloon video, etc.     www.souriau.com SOURIAU offers connection solutions, and standard connectors based on national or international specifications for harsh-environment interconnect solutions for its key markets.   It continues to play a decisive part in designing and developing innovative solutions, offering next-day delivery services across Europe.     For more information on the French Pavilion at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016, visit www.intertraffic.com/amsterdam/ or contact:   Aurélien Sostaponti Public Works, Transport & ITS Project Manager Business France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 30 81 Email: aurelien.sostaponti@businessfrance.fr Website: www.businessfrance.fr   For more information on this press release, contact:   Annick Chevalier Business France – The French Trade Commission in the Netherlands Tel: +31 20 794 19 68   Email:  annick.chevalier @businessfrance.fr


French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Marion Hannart - 15-déc.-2014 16:30:19

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: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/companies.aspx?k=&z=&c=&ca=3&sca=75   http://www.airbus.com/ Aeroform : http://www.aeroform-france.fr/   Mapaero : http://www.mapaero.com/en/    


POLLUTEC 2014

Marion Hannart - 17-nov.-2014 17:16:08

POLLUTEC 2014 LYON EUREXPO France, 2 > 5 december 2014  Show presentation Leading general show for the environment and energy industries. Pollutec brings together professionals from around the world to discuss innovative solutions that reduce the impact of human activities on the environment, whether it be in industry, local authorities or in the service sector. • 100 000 sq.m exhibition space • 65 000 trade visitors • 2 200 exhibitors • 400 conferences • 200 innovations premiered • 8 sectors • 3 focus Partners villages Hosted in partnership with a professional organization, the villages and expertise clusters bring together in a common dedicated area companies specializing in a specific field.Recyclage ASBESTOS ·          Meet professionals of asbestos removal and review the latest developments about regulations and eradication industries. ·          Organized in partnership with Réso A+ SPACE APPLICATIONS ·          Organizations promoting the use of space for the environment are shining the spotlight on the numerous advantages that space technologies ·          offer for the implementation of sustainable development. ECOTECH NETWORK ·          The Network will be highlighting the advances in shared research works. ·          In partnership with the competitiveness clusters of the Ecotech network (network of eco-technology competitiveness clusters).   TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGIES ·          This area will feature products and services for the inspection and renovation of existing networks. ·          In partnership with the French scientific association for trench-free technologies (FSTT). SITES AND SOILS ·          Pollutec Horizons is shining the spotlight on the current technical and regulatory situation in the soil remediation business. ·          In partnership with the UPDS. ENGINEERING EXPERTISE ·          Meet engineering practices and design offices specializing in environmental engineering.   More information : ·          Official website ·          Vivapolis : powered by French creativity To meet French companies at the French Pavillon: ·          valerie.doghmane@ubifrance.fr ·          elodie.planat@ubifrance.fr  


French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Marion Hannart - 14-nov.-2014 11:42:57

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


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