Business France Singapore organized, in collaboration with the Economic Department of the French Embassy and the Land Transport Authority, a French-Singaporean Railways & High Speed Rail seminar on December 7th. Several French companies had the opportunity to introduce their expertise to decision-maker and technical experts from the LTA. Three workshops enabled to discuss in-depth about: 1. Security and safety; 2. Life Cycle Cost; 3. System Engineering & integration and cost optimization. This event also enabled to highlight the French know-how in railway systems, as well as our ability to control the value chain, from construction equipment, signaling, safety and security, rolling stock and maintenance, to the system integration. With 35 years of operation and more than 1.7 billion passengers transported during this period, the French HSR is a popular success. Being continuously modernized and expanded, the network accounts more than 2000 km of high speed rails, and two new HSR exceeding 500 km in length will be opened mid-2017 in the west and south-west of France. The French know-how in cross-border interoperability also represents an asset in the view of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail Project.
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Business France Singapore organized the French Pavilion on the occasion of the 21st edition of OSEA 2016, which took place from 29th of November to 2nd of December at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Beyond the regional scope of this exhibition, OSEA benefits from a global visibility and affluence, with 18,000 visitors and 1 000 exhibitors from 48 countries for this edition. Before the exhibition kicked off, 11 French companies participated to an introductory seminar organized at the French Embassy in Singapore by Business France, in which they were able to find out more about the business opportunities in the country and South-East Asia, as well as the business environment. The Economic Development Board of Singapore, together with two French companies presented the sector’s upstream and downstream opportunities. Despite the difficulties that this industry is facing, the Oil&Gas remains strategic in Singapore, accounting for 5% of its GDP. The city-State has established itself as one of the world leaders and hub of this industry, especially in the field of oil refining, with an island totally dedicated to the petrochemical industry (Jurong Island) and a geostrategic position. This event was also an occasion to celebrate the opening of the representative office of MARIT, a French manufacturer of steel chains for the offshore & marine industry, convinced by the potential of the region for the development of its activities. The exhibitors also had the opportunity to develop their network by meeting with key players of Oil & Gas based in Singapore, during a cocktail held at the French Residence on December 1st, hosted by the Ambassador of France M. Dubertret.
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Montpellier, 7th November 2016 Smoove won the tender organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to roll out a bike sharing project for COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference, which is taking place from 7 th -18 th November 2016 in Marrakesh. Medina Bike , set up in partnership with local organisation ‘Estates Vision’, will be the equivalent of “Boris Bikes” in Marrakesh and the first city in Africa to benefit from such a scheme. The fleet, of 300 bikes and around 12 stations, will be installed in the most emblematic locations of the city, such as Koutoubia or Majorelle Garden. The service will be inaugurated for COP22 and will be maintained over time with a renewable contract for an initial term of five years. Similar to Moscow, Helsinki and Vancouver, the Medina Bike business model will include the contribution of a sponsor, which has not yet been selected. Medina Bike is one of the ways to meet King Mohammed VI’s and the Moroccan Government’s goals on practical initiatives for sustainable development for COP 22. The project, which is an initiative of the Moroccan Ministry of the Environment, organised by UNIDO and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), confirms Morocco’s commitment to the fight against the negative impact of climate change. The twenty-second session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) will bring together 197 states and, according to the organisers, will be the COP of action. “ Bikes were once one of the main means of transport in Marrakesh, but have gradually lost ground. We hope that Medina Bike will bring about a cycling revolution. We are very proud to have won this prestigious tender. It marks our commitment to promote self-service bike-sharing schemes for more pleasant, greener cities. Thank you Marrakesh! The so-called ‘red city’ has made Smoove the first self-service bike-share provider in Africa! " explains Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Smoove is one of the leading bike-share providers in the world thanks to its innovative solutions: robust, smart bikes with embedded communication technology (‘Smoove Box’) and light, free-standing stations powered by solar energy with no major or civil works required for installation. Smoove’s technological know-how has enabled it to offer an ‘overflow’ feature so that a bike can be returned even if the station is full. Thanks to these competitive advantages, Smoove has experienced accelerated international growth this year. “ This project in Marrakesh is the perfect way to end a very busy and successful year for Smoove. In spring, we installed a fleet of 1,500 bikes in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, followed by fleets in Vancouver, Canada, in July and in Shymkent and Almaty in Kazakhstan later in the summer. We also carried out the second phase of roll-out in Moscow where there are now more than 3,450 bikes !" comments Hélène Papa, Marketing and Communication Manager. Well positioned to renew fleets in major cities “ Our facilities in major cities across the world theoretically make us a strong contender for the renewal of all the first generation contracts, such as Vélib in Paris ," adds Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Competing for the tender alongside Indigo, Moventia and their new shareholder Mobivia, all experts in the field, Smoove has been selected in the competitive dialogue procedure to renew the “Vélib” fleet in Paris. Their bid is in progress and the operator will be chosen in April 2017. Smoove generated €8 million (around £7.2million) in revenue in 2016. This revenue, like the number of employees, has doubled every two years since the company was formed. Their 2017 objectives are even more ambitious. Fifteen per cent of the revenue is reinvested in R&D to meet the demands of the city of the future (E Bike, bluetooth connection, mobile application, IoT, etc.) to better ‘facilitate sustainable mobility’. For more information about MEDINA BIKE / ESTATES VISION , please visit: www.medinabike.ma For further information on SMOOVE, please contact : Laurent Mercat , CEO of Smoove email@example.com / +33 4 67 67 89 00 Hélène Papa , Marketing and Communication Manager firstname.lastname@example.org / +33 6 75 64 96 68 / 04 11 57 01 19 For further information on this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: email@example.com Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/
Business France will be present at the AfricaRail tradeshow in Johannesburg South Africa, on June 28 and 29, 2016, with a collective space of ten French companies in the rail sector. Ranging from manufacturing and maintenance of infrastructure, design and implementation of transport systems, to rolling stock construction equipment, the participating companies are a reflection of the excellence and diversity of the French rail industry. Some of these companies are already present in South Africa, in the form of subsidiaries or local partnerships. The show will be an opportunity to increase French contributions to the rapid development of railway infrastructure and services in South Africa which has implemented extensive investment plans in this sector and to establish new industrial partnerships and businesses with local companies. Come and meet French companies at the AfricaRail tradeshow : ROV DEVELOPPEMENT MARECHAL ELECTRIC IMMERGIS ACIERIES ET LAMINOIRS DE RIVES DASSAULT SYSTEMES SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD COLAS RAIL CONSOLIS SAS TITAGARH WAGONS AFR LOHR LTD SERV TRAYVOU INTERVERROUILLAGE Official website: http://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/africa-rail/index.stm Directory of French suppliers: http://business.youbuyfrance.com/french-rail-industry/companies * 2015 , UBIFRANCE and INVEST IN FRANCE AGENCY join forces to create BUSINESS FRANCE
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 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org Domitille Vielle - Group Financial Communication Manager - email@example.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
News from the French Rail Industry 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 : www.french-rail-industry.com French companies of the French Rail Industry : http://business.youbuyfrance.com/french-rail-industry/companies
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