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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 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

TERRACOTTA VENTILATED FACADES BY TERREAL

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 21-mai-2012 09:57:50
TERREAL, one of the top leading players in building materials, has developed innovative solutions in terracotta facade-related products. The terracotta material, which is ecological by its very nature, features widely-acknowledged acoustic and thermal properties. Through innovating building solutions, TERREAL has the ambition to associate this warm and authentic material to the creation of a habitat that is respectful of the environment and of the people who live and work in it. TERREAL facade solutions are traditionally warm, decidedly technological and sustainable, and they open whole new horizons to architectural creation. The Ventilated Facade construction system developed by TERREAL consists of a terracotta panel from 20 to 60 cm in height and up to 1.80 m in length. The panel is fixed to a building back up wall using metal fastenings (aluminium or stainless steel), taking care to keep an air gap between the panel and the wall to ensure constant ventilation of the facade. TERREAL ventilated facades may be combined with external thermal insulation (Terreal CoolMax for instance, an aluminium base reflective insulation solution) to ensure thermal protection and optimal energy efficiency for new or renovated buildings. Terreal façade solutions provide high wind and shock resistance, and are maintenance free. The TERREAL sunscreen (or louvers) solutions act as a solar heat reduction system. Terreal Terracotta’s strong thermal inertia delays and reduces the release of absorbed solar heat towards the indoors while allowing indirect light to penetrate, better thermal; co m fort, optimized use of natural light. 100% natural and recyclable, TERREAL Terracotta facades do not deteriorate in case of high air humidity content, are non-combustible and maintenance-free.  TERREAL has developed particularly innovative fastening systems which facilitate the fitting of its ventilated facades and sunscreens. By using highly efficient firing methods, TERREAL is in a position to provide a range of outstanding width and breadth, whether in terms of colour, format or surface aspects. About the TERREAL Group : This French group was founded through the merger of three powerful, centennial and renowned brick and tile makers. It then went on to add other prestigious names in the construction sector, and today its yearly revenues amount 400MEuros and it employs 3,000 people on 25 production sites worldwide. It has subsidiaries in Europe, the United States and Asia, the latter being an area where it is experiencing sustained growth thanks to its facilities in Malaysia, Singapore and China.   For further information : TERREAL SINGAPORE Ptd Ltd Mr Olivier ROBER, Managing Director olivier.rober@terreal.com www.terrealinternational.com Regional press contact (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia): Ms. Ratchaneekorn MEKCHAI French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE, French Embassy in Thailand Tel: + 66 2 352 41 19 Email: ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr UBIFRANCE BLOG: www.ubifrance.com/th     (Thailand) www.ubifrance.com/sg    (Singapore) www.ubifrance.com/my   (Malaysia) www.ubifrance.com/id     (Indonesia)

TERRACOTTA VENTILATED FACADES BY TERREAL

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 21-mai-2012 09:57:50
TERREAL, one of the top leading players in building materials, has developed innovative solutions in terracotta facade-related products. The terracotta material, which is ecological by its very nature, features widely-acknowledged acoustic and thermal properties. Through innovating building solutions, TERREAL has the ambition to associate this warm and authentic material to the creation of a habitat that is respectful of the environment and of the people who live and work in it. TERREAL facade solutions are traditionally warm, decidedly technological and sustainable, and they open whole new horizons to architectural creation. The Ventilated Facade construction system developed by TERREAL consists of a terracotta panel from 20 to 60 cm in height and up to 1.80 m in length. The panel is fixed to a building back up wall using metal fastenings (aluminium or stainless steel), taking care to keep an air gap between the panel and the wall to ensure constant ventilation of the facade. TERREAL ventilated facades may be combined with external thermal insulation (Terreal CoolMax for instance, an aluminium base reflective insulation solution) to ensure thermal protection and optimal energy efficiency for new or renovated buildings. Terreal façade solutions provide high wind and shock resistance, and are maintenance free. The TERREAL sunscreen (or louvers) solutions act as a solar heat reduction system. Terreal Terracotta’s strong thermal inertia delays and reduces the release of absorbed solar heat towards the indoors while allowing indirect light to penetrate, better thermal; co m fort, optimized use of natural light. 100% natural and recyclable, TERREAL Terracotta facades do not deteriorate in case of high air humidity content, are non-combustible and maintenance-free.  TERREAL has developed particularly innovative fastening systems which facilitate the fitting of its ventilated facades and sunscreens. By using highly efficient firing methods, TERREAL is in a position to provide a range of outstanding width and breadth, whether in terms of colour, format or surface aspects. About the TERREAL Group : This French group was founded through the merger of three powerful, centennial and renowned brick and tile makers. It then went on to add other prestigious names in the construction sector, and today its yearly revenues amount 400MEuros and it employs 3,000 people on 25 production sites worldwide. It has subsidiaries in Europe, the United States and Asia, the latter being an area where it is experiencing sustained growth thanks to its facilities in Malaysia, Singapore and China.   For further information : TERREAL SINGAPORE Ptd Ltd Mr Olivier ROBER, Managing Director olivier.rober@terreal.com www.terrealinternational.com Regional press contact (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia): Ms. Ratchaneekorn MEKCHAI French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE, French Embassy in Thailand Tel: + 66 2 352 41 19 Email: ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr UBIFRANCE BLOG: www.ubifrance.com/th     (Thailand) www.ubifrance.com/sg    (Singapore) www.ubifrance.com/my   (Malaysia) www.ubifrance.com/id     (Indonesia)

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

French Pavilion at IGEM Trade Show 2011

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 18-août-2011 12:15:55
       Further to the 1st successful edition of the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia last year, the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water will organize the 2nd edition of IGEM from 7 to 10 September 2011 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. This four-day event will make thematic focuses on sustainable energy, renewable energy and green energy and it will draw on more than 500 companies/organizations from around the world and over 80,000 visitors. The French Pavilion, organized by UBIFRANCE - the French agency for international business development, in partnership with the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EU-MCCI), will showcase innovative solutions for green and sustainable development in which French know-how has become a global reference: from renewable energy technologies to energy efficiency, from waste management to green building, from eco-products and services to smart transport systems. The French exhibitors so far registered are Alstom, Energy Sufficient (Levidac Group Co), PELLENC Selective Technologies, PRIAMA, Saint-Gobain Construction Products (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. About French participants: Alstom has been active in Malaysia for almost 40 years, being a key player in Power, Transport and Grid sectors of the Malaysian economy, with prominent local presence and capabilities, serving the region. ALSTOM Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. was formed to supply local and regional customers with cost effective and optimum solutions that meet Alstom’s high quality standards. The group is also active in Singapore and Thailand. (Booth A049-A052) www.alstom.com     Energy Sufficient (Levidac Group Co) , active in urban green transportation, develops innovating products systems (revolutionary turbine system, advanced hybrid battery system, etc.) for electric vehicles (EV), as well as self-energy production systems for EV charging stations. The company offers a total green package called “Eco Responsible Package” including upstream green energy production systems, energy storage systems; public and private charging stations for EV and other applications, new innovating EV solutions, new automated innovative Tramway system. (Booth A042) www.levidac.fr   PELLENC Selective Technologies develops, produces and markets optical sorting machines for household and industrial waste. PELLENC ST has taken commingled waste sorting equipment to a new level, with a comprehensive range of high technology sorting machines that analyze, recognize, separate and eject selected recyclables or contaminants from mixed municipal, construction, industrial, packaging and domestic waste. Using advanced techniques such as spectroscopy, multispectral vision scanning, infra-red and induction, PELLENC equipment quite simply sorts and separates at a new level of speed and efficiency, purity and selectiveness. A continuous research and development program ensures that customer-led sorting and separating solutions keep PELLENC ST to the fore in the recycling and reclamation industries. (Booth A047-A048) www.pellencst.com/en   PRIAMA focuses on development of a sustainable waterways transport system, designing and delivering no-fuel boats aimed at the following market sectors: Public transport on waterways, River taxi and river shuttle, Tourist cruises, Leisure boating, Water-sport activities, Water leisure parks. Its electric and solar boats are in total harmony with the environment with features such as: no-fuel, no fumes or gases, no noise, cheap to operate, high customer appeal. (Booth A043)     Operating under the brand Gyproc and forming part of the larger Gypsum activity, the Saint-Gobain Construction Products Company is the largest gypsum board manufacturing company in Malaysia serving growing markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand.  Gyproc’s range of innovative gypsum board system solutions for internal walls, wall linings and ceilings is contemporary, functionally simple yet versatile in creating demanding interior designs. Having a track record of use in prestigious buildings worldwide, they are the preferred choice of building materials for commercial as well as residential developments as they offer lightweight, cost-effective and fast-track construction, making buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, while providing quality of life for the owners.    Made from green, recyclable materials, Gyproc products offer high performance sound and thermal insulation, fire- and moisture-resistant properties. (Booth A053-A054) www.gyprocmalaysia.com   These 5 French leading companies are keen to welcome regional industry players and professionals on their booth in order to foster the development of green partnership and collaboration. The French Trade Commissions – UBIFRANCE will assist you to arrange business meetings with French exhibitors during the IGEM show (UBIFRANCE: Booth A044, Hall 1).   For more information, please kindly contact: French Trade Commission – UBIFRANCE, French Embassy   Malaysia Mr. Arnaud Dupuis Trade Advisor Tel.: +60 (0)3 2053 5631 arnaud.dupuis@ubifrance.fr   Singapore Ms. Estelle David Trade Advisor Tel.: +65 6880 7856 estelle.david@ubifrance.fr   Thailand Ms. Anchisa Kanjanarujivut Trade Advisor Tel: + 66 2 352 4113 anchisa.kanjanarujivut@ubifrance.fr   Regional press contact: Ms. Ratchaneekorn Mekchai Tel : +66 2 352 4119 Ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr       

GREENCITY BUSINESS: an international business convention on the green sustainable city, organized by Seine-et-Marne Développement

Ratchaneekorn Mekchai - 18-avr.-2011 05:41:56
  The international Greencity-Business convention, organized by the economic development agency of Seine-et-Marne was attended by companies from Ile-de-France, Europe and the Mediterranean basin on the site of the future Descartes Cluster, for a series of BtoB meetings on the theme "Designing and building the green city". This event was taking place on 20 and 21 January 2011 alongside the international scientific symposium "Making the sustainable city, inventing a new form of urban living", organized by the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing. With Greencity Business, Seine-et-Marne Développement placed the sustainable city theme at the heart of the area’s economic development plan. Companies actively committed to sustainable architecture, digital technologies, energy efficiency in construction, urban management, mobility or even renewable energies, had a great opportunity to approach potential partners for their projects through prearranged appointments. Very active in its role as host and coordinator, Seine-et-Marne Développement’s aim here is to support small and medium-sized businesses and industry on the international market, guarantee them concrete follow-up of their projects and promote innovation in all its forms. The business convention thus fostered technology transfer and commercial and industrial partnerships, and will develop expertise between market participants from Ile-de-France and their European and Mediterranean counterparts. Greencity Business, organized at ESIEE Paris in partnership with local authorities, comed within the scope of a regional development policy. It was held on the site of the future Descartes Cluster, which the French state has adopted as a centre of excellence for the Grand Paris (Greater Paris) plan. One of the key challenges for this Cluster is to foster synergies between SMEs, large corporations and public-sector research around innovative programmes. A web site specially created for the business convention ( www.greencity-business.com ) was dedicated to setting up BtoB meetings. During the convention, the participants were able to discover several completed projects in connection with the green city, on the occasion of the Carrefour de la Recherche (Research Forum) organized in parallel by the Advancity competitive cluster. They were also able to attend one of the workshops of the international scientific symposium. Contacts: • Sonia Dutartre – Deputy Director, Seine-et-Marne Développement E-mail: s.dutartre@smd77.com - Tel: +33 (0)1 64 14 19 16   Press contact: Ms. Ratchaneekorn Mekchai Deputy Commercial Attache Press and Communication French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE French Embassy in Thailand Tel: +66 (0)2 352 41 19 Fax: +66 (0)2 237 61 62 ratchaneekorn.mekchai@ubifrance.fr www.ubifrance.com/th    
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