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French smart grid experts at Asian Utility Week

Maël GUIHENEUF - 09-mai-2016 12:55:38

  French smart grid experts at Asian Utility Week   Bangkok – May 31 to June 1, 2016         Business France will be running a French Pavilion at Asian Utility Week, the Asian version of European Utility Week. Asian Utility Week is Asia’s biggest event dedicated to smart energy management systems . For two days, Bangkok will host experts and showcase innovation.       Over the next ten years, South Asian countries are set to invest around $13.6 billion in smart network infrastructure. Plans are in place to roll out more than 37 million smart meters in the region over the next decade, representing a total investment of $8.8 billion. There are also plans to invest $2.5 billion in monitoring and control of the distribution network through sensors and cutting-edge communication technologies, as well as in modernizing electricity transmission networks.       South Asian countries are only just beginning to modernize their electrical infrastructure. Strong growth in their GDP (almost 6% a year out to 2018) and their growth in general will lead to increased demand for electricity. Programs to increase electrification using renewable resources will also stimulate investment.       It is in this promising environment that French experts will offer their expertise and innovative products with the aim of identifying qualified partners in Thailand and South Asia more generally. France has global leaders at every level of the value chain as well as a base of innovative, high-performing SMEs and mid-tier enterprises in the energy technology industry and the digital and electronics sectors , including electrical network operators, telecoms operators, engineering firms, integrators, equipment suppliers, component manufacturers, ICT firms, etc.       France’s expertise in this field is well established. It is supported by a high-performance, competitive and stable electrical system: France already has an intelligent transmission network that offers a high level of observability and a smart medium-voltage power grid. Thanks to these advantages, France now has one of the highest quality supplies of electrical power in Europe and the world, while also delivering a high level of performance to consumers and a healthy balance between costs and benefits.       France is Europe’s leading country in terms of investment in smart grids. It has a high capacity to invest in R&D and innovation: more than 20 demonstration projects are currently underway as part of the National Investment Program. Over a hundred smart grid projects are currently in progress on French territory, as well as numerous export projects.       The experience of French operators is now highly valued by many international players. French network operators, notably RTE and ERDF, are now exporting their expertise in the form of support for foreign managers as they roll out smart grid technologies. Investment and supply-side dynamics make the French electricity supply network one of the most reliable in the world, offering a world-class level of availability.         The French electrical sector in figures:   - the world’s number eight producer of electricity - Europe’s leading exporter of electricity, ahead of Germany and the Czech Republic - the world’s seventh-largest exporter of electrical equipment         For more information:       BUSINESS FRANCE   Sophie Issovits, Project Manager   Tel: +33 (0) 1 4073 3985   E-mail: sophie.issovits@businessfrance.fr   Website: www.businessfrance.fr       List of exhibitors in the Business France pavilion:       ADEME: state operator supporting the ecological and energy transition. www.ademe.fr       AUGIER : one of the world’s leading specialists in medium-voltage energy transmission and management. www.augier.com       GRIDBEE COMMUNICATIONS: helps major players in the fields of production process optimization and smart grids develop their markets by supplying M2M communication solutions tailored to the demands of their end customers. www.gridbeecom.com       KERLINK : has developed a comprehensive offering for linking fixed equipment (energy meters etc.) or mobile equipment (public transport buses, rail coaches, etc.) to companies’ information systems. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication solutions for interconnecting remote equipment. www.kerlink.fr       SAGEMCOM: the Energy & Telecom division houses Sagemcom’s expertise in telecommunications and smart metering, allowing the group to supply personalized connected systems for utilities, telecoms operators and service operators worldwide. www.sagemcom.com       SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC: a global specialist in energy management and global leader in energy efficiency. www.schneider-electric.fr  


French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 19-déc.-2014 04:57:49

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


POLLUTEC 2014

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 18-nov.-2014 03:27:11

POLLUTEC 2014 26th international exhibition of environmental equipments technologies and services 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

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 22-oct.-2014 12:57:48

  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 : mechanical engineering


Billet– Intelligent Transportation Systems

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 20-juin-2014 10:11:16

The trend, across cities around the world, is for ever-higher densities in urban population. Benoît Perino, UBIFRANCE’s expert on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs), says that, once a city reaches a critical size (i.e. a population density of up to 20,000 people per square kilometre), urban mobility becomes a paramount issue. Public-sector authorities need to solve such issues as to how to manage road traffic flows, give commuters up-to-the-minute information, and run efficient back-office payment systems to make these essential services financially viable.  High tech makes a difference, and France has been a precursor in ITS technology for over 40 years now, designing and building ‘the future is now’ solutions. The ITS market in France is worth €4 .5 billion per year?, generating 45,000 jobs. Naturally, Paris is the premier showcase, although every major French city displays impressive achievements in urban transportation.   In Paris, the métro is being automated and ‘traditional’ tickets are on their way out, being replaced by dematerialized Near Field Electronic paid-entry systems such as Navigo that whisk passengers through the turnstiles. Navigo will soon to be deployed across Thalys services — the bullet train serving the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. One of the key players behind these ultra-efficient, yet complex, ticketing solutions is ERG Transit Systems SA — a specialist company capable of designing ITS ticketing systems for target groups of users ranging from 10,000 to 10 million passengers a day, in cities such as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, Singapore, and maybe San Francisco soon.   Managing environmental impact and highway safety is a prime concern, and French technology has met another ITS challenge on its highways (the country’s autoroutes ), providing traffic reports and free-flow tollbooth collection (or ETC, for Electronic Tolling Collection). This complex mix of infrastructure and back-office consolidation of on-line toll collection works now in the United States, while respecting each individual state’s strenuous and complicated guidelines for toll-collection management, yet still designing a reliable, interoperable system that makes financial sense.   Systems have also been designed to identify licence plates on trucks in order to apply the eco-tax, as the vehicles pass under electronic sensory equipment. Obviously, a variant of this multi-mode system is equipment that checks for vehicles exceeding the speed limit, combined with the processing of massive volumes of data in order to properly assess fines.   French players have developed solutions that are environmentally and user friendly. Autolib , introduced by Blue Solutions, Bolloré SA’s subsidiary, has put up to 1,800 electric cars on the streets of Paris and its region (with 59 suburbs of the French capital included in the scheme) – an environmentally friendly initiative soon to be launched in Indianapolis (USA), where the scheme will be known as Speedy Car .   Any visitor to Paris has seen, or perhaps even used, Vélib’ bikes to get around. The Vélib’ scheme, launched and managed by JC Decaux SA in 2007, maintains a fleet of 17,000 bicycles used by an average of 85,810 riders every day and extends to over 30 suburbs. The running of the Vélib’ scheme requires real-time back-office management software and a convenient, yet secure payment system — always the prime ingredients for a successful ITS.   What about the role of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency ? UBIFRANCE interacts with the key players in the sector, such ATEC ITS France ( www.atec-itsfrance.net ), a professional association that brings all the ITS industry together in order to shape the public debate and lobby in favour of future land-based transportation projects. Another important player is TOPOS, an association that is particularly active in the south-west of France ( www.tops-aquitaine.org ) and has a special interest in developing geo-localization in the transportation field. In fact, a highlight with an international dimension for the entire sector will be the World Congress for ITS in Bordeaux (in south-western France), to be held from 5 to 9 October 2014.   As Benoît Perino of UBIFRANCE sees it, “There is a high potential for ITS in France and internationally. There are a lot of French SMEs with great, highly advanced technologies. Our role at UBIFRANCE is to accompany them, so that they can meet local operators and authorities throughout the world and have their technology integrated into turnkey projects.”   Further information about French companies:   BMIA COMATIS LOGIROAD MIOS Other companies in the field of urban transport  


Sustainable urban development: Vivapolis is re-inventing the future for cities

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 16-juin-2014 10:15:27

Interview Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager - UBIFRANCE French know-how in providing solutions definitely has takers elsewhere in the world. Today, major cities throughout the world are searching for very specific expertise when it comes to developing, renewing and re-inventing themselves. France certainly has the high caliber players -- Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Alstom, Veolia, Egis – to go along with innumerable SME positioned on very technological niche markets that respond to crucial challenges for tomorrow. Initiated by French public authorities, Vivapolis regroups the wide range of expertise French companies have to offer to meet the needs of cities all around the world. “Simply because it is always easier to focus attention on a name everyone can recognize,” explains Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager at Ubifrance. More than 70 French enterprises focused on sustainable cities have risen to the challenge by joining Vivapolis. Certified know-how Demonstrations of their know-how abound: whether it’s the Grand Paris, Grand Lyon, the Euro-Mediterranean project in Marseille, the Urban Community of Bordeaux, among other initiatives. For all of these sites, there are several issues that need to be faced: mobility, managing energy, pollution… One common thread shared by all of these urban development projects involves improving the quality of life and social cohesion in these cities to make them more attractive. Several ambitious projects have been started to develop responses. One key example is the Auto-Lib system in Paris to reduce circulation in the city with non-polluting electrical cars. Bordeaux Euratlantique, an extensive construction endeavor, reveals the wide scope of action Vivopolis is capable of. Relying especially on the development of eco-quarters, the project combines energetic efficiency, water recycling and a solar-energy plant. International markets lining up Vivapolis is ready for export. It’s already present in Morocco, where public authorities hope to benefit from French know-how to develop a new city of Chrafate in the region of Tanger-Tetouan. “They requested assistance from the French to help them carry out this ambitious project,” adds Caroline Olivier. The same thing is true for Turkey, with the youngest population in Europe. Turkish authorities expect French companies to help them integrate this youthful population more effectively in a cityscape that is constantly growing. As for China, its gigantic projects require showing up with turnkey proposals. Over the past 10 years, France has already carried out more than 200 projects in approximately fifty Chinese cities. Another highlight is the French eco-quarter that is going to be built in the Tiexi district in Shenyang. Alstom and its joint-venture, Satée, won a deal amounting to € 75 Million to provide locomotives for 550 wagons on Subway Lines 3 and 4 in Chengdu, the 5 th largest city in China. For Caroline Olivier, “Vivapolis involves a large number of French companies working on sustainable cities,” responding to key issues in urbanization for emerging countries as well as for renewal of major cosmopolitan areas worldwide. The latest scoop for Vivapolis ? France is getting cutting-edge, using state of the art technologies, proposing 3D simulations for these international projects to allow deciders to visualize different possibilities for a quarter or city. These virtual scale models showcase all of Vivapolis’ partners and their specializations. It is now being tested for initiatives in Astana and Santiago in Chile.   More information : Vivapolis powered by French creativity Cities : a collective adventure Directory of French companies


FRANCE – MYANMAR ELECTRICITY FORUM

Laura Barbaran - 09-juil.-2013 06:07:51

On the 02 nd and 03 rd of July 2013, 8 French companies participated in the France –Myanmar Electricity Forum in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon in Myanmar, organized by UBIFRANCE: -         Bouygues Energies & Services -         Charignon (Fayat Group) -         EDF (Electricité de France) -         GC software -         Hecla -         Schneider electric -         SDCEM -         Tractebel Engineering (GDF Suez Group)   The French delegation had the opportunity to meet with Myanmar authorities and private companies interested to know more about the French expertise.   The Myanmar authorities also conducted presentation of the market situation today and ongoing projects. Thus, the following authorities were present: -         Electricity Supply Enterprise (ESE) -         Hydropower Generation Enterprise (HPGE) -         Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise ( MEPE) -         Yangon City Supply Board (YESB)   Around 100 guests attended the event. Contact: Freddy CHOLIERE, Senior Trade Advisor Tel : +66(0)2 352 4115 E-mail : freddy.choliere@ubifrance.fr


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