PRESSRELEASE Investin France Seminar, January 19 th Uniqueinvestment and innovation partnerships opportunities For the 2nd Edition of the Invest in France’s Month, the Embassy of France inThailand, Business France, Board of Trade of Thailand and the Franco-ThaiChamber of Commerce held a successful seminar at the French ambassador’sResidence to promote investment and innovation opportunities in France. More than 100 participants coming from major Thai Companies attended the event andcould learn and exchange on how to invest in France thanks to key speakers fromBNP Paris bank and KPMG Thailand Consultancy Company. One panel on Frenchsectors in France and opportunities allowed Thai participants to better understandstrengths of France in key sectors like Tourism and Hospitality with AccorHotels, the food industry with French CEO of Central Food Retail, Energy withEngie Group and Innovation/Technology with Dassault Systemes. A second panel permittedto share experience with already Thai investors in France or linked to Francevia technological partnerships: PTTGC, Thai Union Group, Double A, Sea Value,Mitr Phol. Thai investments in France represent more than 40% of ASEAN investments in France,that’s to say Thailand ranks second after Singapore. France is the second European trade partner of Thailand and Thailand is the secondtrade partner in ASEAN for France. The two countries share a long relationshiphistory as this year will be celebrated 160 years of diplomatic relationshipbetween France and Thailand. More than 300 French companies have set up abusiness in Thailand and employ more than 30.000 people. The French economy is opento foreign investors More than 30,000 French companies have set up business in foreign countries, while more than 20,000foreign companies have made job-creating investments in France. With over 960 investment decisions that created ormaintained nearly 33,700 jobs, in 2015 France was Europe’s second leading recipient of job-creating investment (source:Business France Europe Observatory) and has been the leading destination in Europe for job-creating foreign investment projectsin industry for the last 15 years (EY, 2016). Foreign companies invested primarily in production/manufacturing operations, which accounted for 30% ofall foreign investments in France. The number of R&D, engineering anddesign projects remained high, amounting to 9% of all foreign investmentdecisions. Foreign-owned subsidiaries in France were responsible for 28% of allbusiness enterprise R&D expenditure nationwide, spending €8.6 billion, andmore than 30% of French exports. Over 140 ASEAN companies are established in Franceincluding PTTGC, THAI UNION FROZEN, DOUBLE A and SEA VALUE. Investments fromASEAN come mainly from Singapore and Thailand. More than 4000 jobs created ormaintained since 2010, mainly decision-making centers, most of which were firsttime investments, and production/manufacturing operations. The agri-food sectorrepresented more than half of overall ASEAN investment in France in 2015. France is an attractivecountry France has a numerousadvantages for attracting foreign investment: Market size and location: France was the world’s fifth largest economy in2015 after the United States, China, Japan, and Germany. France’s location,combined with first-class multimodal transport infrastructure, makes it anideal springboard to other countries, continents and world regions acrossEurope, Africa and the Middle East. A highly productiveworkforce: France is a country inwhich education is a key priority. Labor productivity is high in France on botha per-employee and hourly basis: France is ranked seventh in the world forhourly labor productivity. The competitiveness and tax credit (CICE) has helpedmanufacturers in France to enhance their cost-competitiveness. A land of innovation: France outstripped all its European counterparts inthe 2015 Technology Fast 500 de Deloitte for the number of fast-growingtechnology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. France was alsoranked first in Europe and third in the world in the Thomson Reuters Top 100Global Innovators. The French tax system offers the most generous R&D taxtreatment in the world, thanks to France’s research tax credit. A land of enterprise: France is a very buoyant market for net enterprisecreation. In 2015, a total of 526,060 companies were founded, including nofewer than 10,000 startups. In addition, France’s attractiveness as aninvestment location is also enhanced by its robust high-quality financialsystem, the strength and diversity of its industrial base, and high quality oflife. CONTACT Mrs. Phutachart CHAIWATANA Senior Investment Advisor Tel. +66 2627 2185 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ubifrance, the Trade Commission of the French Embassy in Thailand is delighted to announce that a French Pavilion will be hosted during the Asian Paper from 25 to 27 April 2012 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok.
6 high-profile French companies in collaboration with the SYMOP (the French Association for Manufacturing Technologies will be exhibiting at the French Pavilion and will showcase their know-how and expertise in the field of paper technologies and equipements.
The 72 sqm French Pavilion will be located at booths the D10 and D11 booths, Plenary Hall 1-2 of Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
Asian Paper is Asia’s Premier Pulp and Paper event showcasing more than 200 international leading suppliers to the Pulp and Paper industry. More than 6,000 professional visitors are expected. More information on www.asianpapershow.com
French Pavilion company profiles:
01 db-Metravib, ACOEM Group
ACOEM offers comprehensive products and services comprising smart monitoring, diagnosis and solutions, drawing upon its unique expertise in the field of vibrations and acoustics.
ACOEM builds on its 20-year experience in Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS) to offer a dedicated solution for Paper machines monitoring and diagnostic: OneProd System.
More information on www.acoemgroup.com
Over the last 30 years CLEXTRAL has globally developed and sold cost-effective solutions for producing paper pulp from crop residues & non wood fibers.
This eco-friendly process is especially suitable for low or medium size capacities pulping plants producing high quality pulps for bank note security paper, writing and printing paper, cigarette and special grades paper and board.
More information on www.clextral.com
French company specialized in on-site machining, grinding and coating with global operations. Metrasur is able to solve problems of stickies on dryers, rolls with CARBURFLON coating and to provide all kind of carbide coating (rewinder, pope, Yankee...)
More information www.metrasur.com
Solaronics SA is a global player in the industry of the infrared non contact drying. The drying systems designed, made and sold by Solaronics Bekaert are intended for the paper and board industry, the converting sector (drying of ink, glues…) and the metallurgic industry (drying of coatings on metallic supports).
More information on http://infrared-drying.bekaert.com
SYMOP - French association for manufacturing technologies
The SYMOP is the French Association for Manufacturing Technologies which today gathers 240 firms (16,000 employees, about 2 bn€ of consolidated revenues) including manufacturing technology companies from the paper industry.
More information on www.symop.com
TECHPAP is a commercial company created by the "CENTRE TECHNIQUE DU PAPIER" (C.T.P.) to increase the sales of the products developped by its partners. The company presents several advantages:
-The Research and Development force of the 2 laboratories
-More 15 years of experience in the implementation of on-line sensors (pulp and paper) and laboratory equipments,
-An extensive network of agents or distributors in the main papermaker countries (Europe, America, Asia).
More information on www.techpap.com
Tecofi, a well established valve manufacturing company, has been growing constantly over the last 20 years now covering 5 continents.
Its product line is well diversified, covering a wide range of needs and products in the valve industry, with its core competency laying in the conception, manufacturing and commercialization of butterly valve, knife gate valve, ball check valve and resilient seat gate valves.
More information on www.tecofi.fr
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, comes under the aegis of France’s Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment.
With 64 Trade Commissions in 44 countries, UBIFRANCE offers a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at accompanying French-based companies in their development on export markets:
• knowledge-based products and services
• promotional operations in order to foster partnerships with companies outside France
More information on www.ubifrance.com
For more information:
UBIFRANCE Thailand, the Trade Commission of the French Embassy
Mr. Freddy Cholière
Tel: 02 352 4115
Ms. Chutima Chankunasuka
Deputy Commercial Attaché
Tel: 02 352 4113
Ms. Ratchaneekorn Mekchai
Press and Communication
Tel: 02 352 4119
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.