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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  

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

FRENCH ENERGY FORUM EXPRESSES STRONG INTEREST IN SHARING ITS EXPERTISE WITH ITALIAN-THAI DEVELOPMENT (ITD) ON THE DAWEI DEEP SEA PORT PROJECT IN BURMA (MYANMAR)

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 19-nov.-2012 05:11:25
The French companies operating in the energy sector in Thailand have recently decided to team up under the “French Energy Forum” working group. The aim of this partnership is to promote the French expertise and technology in the energy sector towards the main business players in Thailand and in some of its strategic neighboring countries like Burma (Myanmar).  On Monday 12 November, the “French Energy Forum” (FEF), in collaboration with the French Trade Commission – UBIFRANCE, the Economic Department of the Embassies of France in Thailand and in Burma (Myanmar) and the French Development Agency (AFD) met with Dr. Somchet Thinaphong, Managing Director of Dawei Development Co. (DDC), the entity set-up by Italian-Thai Development (ITD) to develop the Dawei project in Burma (Myanmar). During this meeting, the “French Energy Forum” (FEF) members discussed the current and forthcoming developments of the Dawei project and expressed their strong interest to share their expertise with ITD on this mega project.  “We are much honored to meet with Dr. Somchet today. Of course we are very interested in the Dawei project and we sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to collaborate with ITD on the energy aspects of this mega project. France has some of the biggest suppliers and producers worldwide in the energy sector indeed (most of which are members of the “French Energy Forum” working group) and is eager to take part in the challenging Dawei project. We all come here today, under the French Energy Forum, to present the French offer to ITD. ” declared Didier Farez, President of the “French Energy Forum”. Didier Farez is also President of Alstom Thailand.  The French Energy Forum’s members participating in this meeting were Alstom, AF Consult, AFD Group, BNP Paris Thailand, EDF Group, GDF SUEZ Energy International, MPO, Schneider Electric, Technip and Spie Oil & Gaz Services. Company profiles of participants:    ALSTOM    Alstom has been operating in Thailand in the area of energy infrastructures and rail transport for 40 years. Alstom Thermal Power (providing equipment and services for power generation) has supplied more than 7000 MW (gas, steam & hydro) in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar) since 1980. It has also expanded its activities in the renewable energy market with 2x40 MW biomass power plant at Phu Khiew and Dan-Chang, and hydro-mechanical equipment for a 600 MW hydro plant in Laos. The latest major reference was a 1400 MW combined-cycle plant commissioned in 2008 at Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi using F-class GT technology. More information on Alstom Thailand available on: http://www.alstom.com/Global/Group/Resources/Documents/Factsheets/Thailand%20factsheet.pdf AF Consult     AF Consult regional office in Bangkok was established in 1997 to serve primarily the requirements of Thailand’s public and private market as well as those from neighboring countries, mainly in the fields of thermal energy and hydro power, and most recently in urban development. Major projects carried out include engineering services for the 2,625 MW Mae Moh coal fired power station and privately developed co-generation plants in Thailand; hydropower plants in Laos: Nam Ngum I and Houay Ho, as well as the oil/coal-fired power plants in Vietnam, Phu My 2.1 add-on and Na Duong. More information on: http://www.afconsult.com/en/Worldwide/Asia/Thailand/ AFD Group (Groupe Agence Française de Développement) The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a public development finance institution, has spent 70 years working to alleviate poverty in developing countries. In Asia , AFD encourages economic development combined with natural resources protection and climate change mitigation. In 2011, AFD authorized nearly EUR 7 billion of project funding, making it one of the largest development finance institutions. AFD works with central and local governments, no ngo vernmental organizations, and public and private enterprises to finance and implement development projects. A subsidiary, Proparco, is dedicated to private sector development. More information on:   http://www.afd.fr/lang/en/home BNP PARIBAS THAILAND   BNP Paribas opened its representative office in 1979 and has been operating as a full branch since 1997 in Thailand. BNP Paribas Thailand offers all corporate banking services in THB and foreign currencies for domestic and international corporations. BNP Paribas Group has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees, including more than 150,000 in Europe. More information on: http://www.bnpparibas.co.th    EDF Group EDF is a leading global player in the energy market, active in all areas of the power industry including generation, transmission, distribution, and trading of electricity.    EDF has established various industrial partnerships in Asia: nuclear and thermal in China, thermal in Vietnam and hydro in Laos. In particular, EDF is the major stakeholder of the project company that developed and operates the 1070 MW Nam Theun 2 hydropower project. The Nam Theun 2 hydropower project commissioned in 2010 exports 95% of the power generated to Thailand for its client EGAT. More information on EDF Asia: http://asia.edf.com GDF SUEZ Energy International GDF SUEZ Energy International is a leading international IPP formed by the combination of GDF SUEZ & International Power global assets. GDF SUEZ Energy International develops, owns, and operates large scale power plants in over 30 countries globally. GDF SUEZ Energy International is also active in natural gas distribution, LNG, desalination, electricity and gas retail. In Thailand, GDF SUEZ Energy International has 2 subsidiaries: -         Glow Energy (IPP and cogeneration) -         PTT NGD (natural gas distribution) More information on www.gdfsuez.com MPO    Under its brand MPOWER, MPO proposes a broad portfolio of high quality photovoltaic solutions: Innovative Floating PV system - Solutions for commercial sector - Building Integrated Solutions - PV for homeowner.  More information on: http://www.mpoasia.com/ Schneider Electric     As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions to make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green across multiple market segments. The Group has leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. With 22.4 billion euros sales in 2011, the company’s 130,000+ employees are committed to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.” More information on: http://www.schneider-electric.com Technip Engineering (Thailand) Ltd.     Part of the Technip Group, Technip Engineering is a world leader in the field of project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. Technip Engineering (Thailand) offers services in the offshore and onshore oil & gas industries in Thailand. In green technologies, Technip as a key contributor to global energy solutions is developing its renewable energy strategy and capability. More information on: http://www.technip.com/en/entities/asia-pacific SPIE Oil & Gas Services A specialist subsidiary of the SPIE Group currently established in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, delivers oil & gas services through five major business lines, including well services, systems integration, expertise services, competence development and asset support. More information on: http://www.spieogs.com/en/index.html   Press contact: Ms. Ratchaneekorn MEKCHAI UBIFRANCE – The Trade Commission of the French Embassy ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr Tel: + 66 (0)2 352 41 19 www.ubifrance.com/th

FREE SEMINAR ON FRENCH EXPERTISE IN THE ENERGY SECTOR AT THAILAND ENGINEERING EXPO 2012

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 12-juil.-2012 07:13:36
The Thai-French Technical Association (TFTA) in collaboration with the Engineering Institute of Thailand under H.M. the King’s Patronage (EIT) and UBIFRANCE, the Trade Commission of the French Embassy in Thailand will organize the “FRENCH INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR”. This seminar which is dedicated to the expertise of French companies in the energy sector will take place during the Thailand Engineering Expo on 12 th July 2012 at the Jupiter 11 Room, Challenger 3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani (10.00 - 16.30). SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, SOLAIREDIRECT, EDF, and ALSTOM, which are ones of the global leaders in the energy sector, will be sharing their experiences and cutting edge solutions at this conference platform opened to engineers and sector professionals.  Scope of seminar and company profiles: l SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, the global specialist in energy management Presentation topic: “Smart Cities: Delivering urban efficiency through collaboration” by Mr. Marc LEES, Renewable Energies and Smart Grid Business Development and Marketing Department As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions to make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green across multiple market segments. The Group has leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. With 22.4 billion euros sales in 2011, the company’s 130,000+ employees are committed to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.” More information on: http://www.schneider-electric.com l SOLAIREDIRECT Presentation topic: “Introduction to a utility scale solar park” by Mr. Sylvain LEGRAND, Regional Director South-East Asia  Solairedirect was founded in 2006 with the mission of making solar power accessible to all and fully competitive with other sources of energy. The company has developed a distinctive model as an engineering firm/power producer which allows it to industrialize processes and generate cost effective and grid-compatible solar power.  Taking advantage of its long experience in Europe, Solairedirect offers both land based Solar Park and Rooftop solutions from project development, module production, design and construction, structures financing to operation and maintenance, as well as being long term equity partner. The favorable economic conditions and abundant sun energy in South East-Asia will see the tremendous growth of the company in the area (Thailand and Malaysia in particular) to achieve its market leader position as independent Solar PV power producer. More information on http://www.solairedirect.com l EDF Presentation topic: "Nam Theun 2, a natural hydro site: overview of infrastructures" by Mr. Jean-Louis THERME, NTPC O&M Division Director (Plant Manager) "EDF is a leading global player in the energy market, active in all areas of the power industry including generation, transmission, distribution, and trading of electricity.   EDF has established various industrial partnerships in Asia: nuclear and thermal in China, thermal in Vietnam and hydro in Laos. In particular, EDF was the major stakeholder of the consortium that developed the 1070MW Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project in Laos and currently owns 40% stake in NTPC, the operator of Nam Theun 2. In Vietnam, EDF built and operates the Phu My 2-2 gas combined cycle power plant, which has a capacity of 715MW." More information on EDF Asia: http://asia.edf.com More information on Nam Theun 2: http://www.namtheun2.com l ALSTOM Presentation topic: “ Alstom Power Technology” by Mr. Didier Farez, President Alstom Thailand and Area Sales Director Alstom has been operating in Thailand in the area of energy infrastructures and rail transport for 40 years. Alstom Thermal Power (providing equipment and services for power generation) has supplied more than 7000 MW (gas, steam & hydro) in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar since 1980. It has also expanded its activities in the renewable energy market with 2x40 MW biomass power plant at Phu Khiow and Dang Chang, and hydro-mechanical equipment for a 600 MW hydro plant in Laos. The latest reference was a 1500 MW combined-cycle plant commissioned in 2008 at Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi using F-class GT technology. More information on Alstom Thailand available on: http://www.alstom.com/Global/Group/Resources/Documents/Factsheets/Thailand%20factsheet.pdf     For further information: Thai-French Technical Association (TFTA) Ms. Phattarakan / Ms. Tiparat Tel: +66(0)2 640 4260 Email: info@tfta.or.th Press contact: UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission, French Embassy Ms. Ratchaneekorn Mekchai Tel: +66(0)2 352 4119 Email: ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr www.ubifrance.com/th

The growing market for cloud computing in France

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 10-févr.-2012 12:51:10
31 January 2012 – The boom in data transmission and storage capacity has given rise to cloud computing, where calculations and data are scattered in a universe that is no longer directly accessible to customers, who instead buy processing activities in the same way that one might buy electricity. Three levels of offerings are available: Externally hosted IT infrastructure (IaaS = Infrastructure as a Service); Ready-to-use environments (PaaS = Platform as a Service); and Standardized shared applications sold as services (SaaS = Software as a Service). Revenue from the global market for cloud computing services totaled US$68.3 billion in 2010, while in Europe, the cloud computing market surged 20% and may account for almost 15% of the European software and services market by 2015. The French market was worth €1.85 billion in 2010, of which €672 million were generated by SMEs, and continues to grow strongly. It is set to exceed €2 billion in 2011 and may account for more than 6% of the French software and services market by 2012 (estimate by Nexima).   Alongside international operators such as Microsoft, Google, HP, AT&T and IBM, France is home to numerous companies, including ATOS, Cap Gemini, Steria, Orange and SFR. ATOS has recently established Yunano , a joint venture with Chinese company Ufida, to market cloud-based management software and associated services. French software publisher Systancia , with bases in the Alsace and Ile-de-France regions, is a market leader in Europe for application/workstation user environment virtualization.   France provides new entrants with a growth-friendly environment. French legislation affords a high level of protection for data and data processing; in particular, regulations governing encryption (Act 2004-575 of June 21, 2004 and Decree 2007-663 of May 2, 2007) cover concerns relating to the sensitivity of data entrusted to cloud computing centers. New entrants include US company Joyent , established in Ile-de-France (Paris region) in 2010, which provides IaaS to LinkedIn, Disney, CNN, Facebook, Yahoo and vente-privee.com, and open-source PaaS to publishers, hosting companies and specialist computer services companies such as Dell and First Service. This pioneering cloud computing start-up is now competing with cloud-based offerings from companies such as Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azur. In 2010, Dell entered into an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Joyent to use its “smart technologies” to offer “turnkey” clouds hosted on its servers.   France has eight innovation clusters involved in cloud computing: Cap Digital and System@tic (Ile-de-France), Elopsys (Limousin), Images et réseaux (Brittany/Pays de la Loire), Imaginove and Minalogic (Rhône-Alpes), Secure Communication Solutions (Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur) and the e-secure transaction cluster TES (Basse-Normandie).   In 2011, the French Government issued an initial call for projects dedicated to cloud computing R&D as part of its “National Investment Program” . Five projects will receive state aid (€19 million): a software engineering platform ( CloudForce project , Orange Labs), an application porting scheme ( CloudPort project , Prologue, an SME), a high-performance software infrastructure ( Magellan project , Bull), a community cloud ( Nu@age project , Non Stop Systems, an SME), and a higher education establishment cloud ( UnivCloud project , INEO). The French Federation of Software Publishers ( Association Française des Editeurs de Logiciels – AFDEL) has set up a website ( www.investirdanslenumerique.fr ) to simply the procedure for project owners when submitting project for “National Investment Program” funding.   According to David Appia, Chairman & CEO of the Invest in France Agency,   “France is a growth market for high-tech and innovative companies, particularly in the cloud computing sector, where the leading players are already here doing business. The French government’s “National Investment Program” is providing a boost to a dynamic network of partnerships created by France’s innovation clusters through its funding offers for projects involving IT system designers, telecoms operators, software publishers, technology integrators, research laboratories and innovative SMEs.”   The Invest in France Agency (IFA) is the national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It also coordinates initiatives to promote France’s economic attractiveness. The IFA network operates worldwide. In France, the IFA works in partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customized services. For further information, please visit www.investinfrance.org   For more information: Mr. Duc NGUYEN ASEAN Director Invest in France Agency (IFA) office in Singapore Embassy of France in Singapore 101-103 Cluny Park Road Singapore 259595 T. +65 6880 7879 M.+65 9295 6036 F. +65 6880 7880 duc.nguyen@investinfrance.org www.invest-in-france.org Regional press contact: Ms. Ratchaneekorn MEKCHAI French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE French Embassy in Thailand Tel: + 66 2 352 41 19 Email: ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr www.ubifrance.com/th       Note to Editors   Copyright - Our press office is waiving its copyright on the content included in this press release, which means that recipients are free to reproduce, modify and circulate it if they wish to do so and as far as copyright law is concerned. 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Energy Sufficient unveils turnkey solutions for green transport at IGEM 2011 exhibition

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 29-août-2011 05:18:02
A specialist in sustainable transport and energy production, the Levidac Group manufactures and develops new technologies through its Energy Sufficient subsidiary.   The company will exhibit its hybrid and electric vehicle solutions at IGEM (International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia) from 7-10 September 2011 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Energy and transport professionals, automakers and public transport agencies will have an opportunity to discover these vehicles at its stand (Booth A042, Hall 1) in the French pavilion, with a view to future partnerships. Energy Sufficient produces electric vehicles that have been adapted to the tropical market and are available in catalogues. Its offering includes light-weight electric cars, utility vehicles, lorries, vans, buses and tramways. A revolutionary turbine system and an advanced hybrid battery system for electric vehicles are two of the innovative technologies developed by the company. What’s more, Energy Sufficient offers an eco-friendly package: the vehicle comes complete with battery plus installation of the charger and its energy production solution. Customers thus become fully energy independent in their means of transport and can independently charge their batteries as well. Energy Sufficient has also developed innovative, self-generating power systems for electric vehicle charging stations. Its energy-production solutions include photovoltaics, vertical axis wind turbines (ready to plug in with power of 300-4 kW, high energy efficiency, a noiseless solution and expected anti-cyclonic protection), fuel cells and biogas, with electricity production from green waste. “As the leading green automaker in the Indian Ocean, we’re a new company with a young and dynamic spirit developing innovative, high-tech businesses”, says Illya Cadivel, CEO of Energy Sufficient. The company offers a wide range of products and services meeting customers’ diverse needs, as evidenced by its catalogue. Energy Sufficient, for example, produces light-weight electric and hybrid vehicles designed to carry two to five passengers. It can run purely on an electric battery for 100-250 km, and batteries in certain models can be recharged in 30 minutes. The electric utility vehicle range offers vans and cab-chassis suitable for motor vehicles, both of which can operate solely on their battery for at least 100 km. The same holds true for all-electric industrial vehicles that start out with a 7-tonne, 10-tonne or 12-tonne cab-chassis. The Public Passenger Transport offering comprises 17- to 40-seat vans and minibuses. The offering is rounded out by five models of buses and coaches with some 50 to 70 seats that can run on their electric battery for 150-500 km. It has been particularly successful in China, where Levidac has partnered with ZONDA to develop an entire range of innovative, all-electric buses for both the domestic and export markets.   The range of vehicles developed by Levidac will culminate in 2013 with the Aliséo tramway, a hydroelectric hybrid that can operate without a driver on any type of urban terrain, however uneven. For use as either a passenger or commercial vehicle, the tram will cost six times less to operate than an equivalent standard vehicle.  Levidac Group Located on Reunion Island, Levidac was created in response to the lack of vehicles designed specifically for tropical markets and the fact that local car dealerships and body shops had little to offer in the way of high-tech vehicles. Levidac companies specialize in developing and producing unique and innovative hybrid and electric vehicles at the local level. Levidac offers the following services: - Research and consulting. - Design and prototyping. - Testing and process characterization. - Project management and ownership of pilot solutions. For any further information: Energy Sufficient (Levidac Group Co) Mr Illya Cadivel, CEO Tel: +262 692 036 036 Email: cadivel@levidac.fr 6, rue Edmond Albius 97400 Saint-Denis, France Tel: +262 262 202 402 Website: www.levidac.fr Press contact: French Trade Commission – UBIFRANCE, French Embassy in Thailand Regional Press Office Ms. Ratchaneekorn Mekchai Tel : +66 2 352 4119 ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr

ROLL N BLOW Thermoforming machine

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 18-avr.-2011 12:23:28
           As part of a world exclusive, Serac will unveil French start-up Agami’s Roll N Blow thermoforming machine at its stand at Interpack. Serac is a shareholder in Agami and both companies are working in tight partnership. The machine is designed to produce bottles much more inexpensively than is possible using traditional methods, and that are much lighter. It uses innovative tubular thermoforming technology, with reels of plastic sheeting that are extruded flat at high speed. It can produce tall, round bottles with capacities of between 100 and 500 mL. It is targeting the producers of fresh dairy products, yoghurt drinks in particular, as well as fruit juice manufacturers.   A simple technology that combines thermoforming and blowing. The raw materials come as rolls of plastic sheeting. The sheeting is cut into strips. Each strip is shaped into a tube around a blow pipe. Each strip is then welded longitudinally. The resulting plastic tube is then heated and blown into a mould in order to create a bottle. Many types of plastic can be used for thermoforming (PS, PP, PLA, PET, etc.). There are also economic benefits in using multilayer materials, since the films are extruded flat.   Real cost savings Producing very wide plastic films, extruded flat at high speed, is very economical. On the machine, the plastic is converted from sheet form straight into bottle form. This generates purchase savings of 30 to 50%. Using reels of plastic sheeting as the base material reduces transport and storage costs, as well as the costs of handling the bottles or empty preforms before they are blown. Whereas previously 25 lorries were needed for supplying actual bottles or 5 lorries for supplying preforms, now only one is needed for supplying the reels of plastic sheeting.    In terms of the accessories required for production, consumption is reduced right across the board compared with traditional technologies: the blowing is carried out at low pressure (less than 6 bars) and at low temperature (under 150°C). There is no need for a high-pressure compressor and 2 to 3 times less electricity is needed than with traditional preform blowing.   The Roll n Blow thermoforming machine on display at the show can produce up to 7000 bottles/hour. Come and view this innovation at Serac’s stand at Interpack 2011: Hall 13 C63/D64.   Press Contact : Dominique Ledru au 02 43 60 27 83 (Tel direct) Email: doledru@serac.fr Website: www.serac-group.com   For any further information about Serac’s stand at Interpack: www.serac-group.com/interpack2011   MALAYSIA – Serac Asia Mr. Wilfrid MARIE Tel: (60) 123 052 620        
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