Industry and Cleantech Department

French innovator Cedrat Technologies launches MICA, its new range of linear actuators

Adeline Perrault - 30-nov.-2016 12:34:38

      CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES is unveiling its linear Moving Iron Controllable Actuator (MICA) product line onto the market, with associated drive electronics, in response to requirements in the industrial sector for highly reliable, long-life solutions.   The MICA linear actuators have been specifically developed for extremely long lifetime use, designed for zero maintenance over several years of continuous operation. This level of performance is achieved thanks to fixed coil and magnet designs, without electric flying leads and an efficient contact-free flexure bearing design. The 1KVA CSA96 power amplifier has been developed alongside the MICA product range. It features reactive power recovery, achieving more than 90% energy efficiency and it is able to drive both single and multiple MICA configurations. The moving iron actuator designs created by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES are the highest performing in the sector compared to other classical magnetic actuators. The MICA actuator range is designed for high controllability, with higher force levels within more compact volumes and greater electrical efficiency. Their high efficiency results in heat dissipation through the very low Joule effect, together with easy and direct cooling on dedicated interfaces. The MICA actuators’ extremely long lifetime is a remarkable performance achievement, which is the result of CEDRAT TECHNLOGIES’ knowhow and experience in flexure bearing designs, built up over years of working with mechanisms as well as developing long-lifetime products in the aerospace and defence sectors. The moving mechanism assembly of the MICA range, with no sliding contact or friction losses, is able to accomplish almost perpetual movement on the flexure bearings, close to resonance, providing clients with very high powered, very low energy consuming and very low heat dissipating actuators. Significant efforts have been made on the actuator casing, to achieve an efficient fixed coil heat sinking design onto an aluminium structure, able to dissipate the coil’s Joule effect heat load by conduction towards the mechanical interfaces, cooled by either natural convection using blades, or by forced convection using air, or refrigerant cooling loop interfaces. This design offers the possibility of using the maximum force of the actuator and the maximum electrical power over very long periods of time, which cannot be achieved by commercial moving coil actuators currently on the market which have low cooling capabilities. The MICA design incorporates high thermal cooling, is lubricant-free, with no limited life ball bearings or plain bushing guiding devices. These features make it compatible with low maintenance devices and long lifetime performance requirements used in harsh environments such as warm and dusty conditions in isolated places without natural convection. Therefore, the MICA range is fully adapted for continuous operation with a high level of integrated functionality in production machines, machining processes requiring vibration assistance, or precision control such as active chatter suppression. Equally, the range is suitable for internal thermal fluid machines such as pumps, compressors, valves, linear alternators, or as standalone devices for vibration cancellation and energy recovery in transportation applications. About CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES: CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA is a high tech SME, part of ACTIVE STRUCTURE FINANCE, with 40 employees. The firm is based in the French Innovation Valley, close to Grenoble, and is supported by BPI France. CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES is specialised in the innovation of smart actuators, smart sensors, mechatronic systems, detection systems and technological training courses. Its compact, dynamic and accurate products for mechatronics systems in challenging environments are recognised and appreciated worldwide by customers operating in varied fields such as aerospace, biomedical sciences, automated manufacturing, optronics and more. For further information about CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES, please contact: Sandrine Hugi Communication & Sales Administration Manager Tel: +33 (0) 4 56 58 04 14 Email: actuator@cedrat-tec.com Website: www.cedrat-technologies.com ORLIN Technologies Ltd Tel: 01525 306100 Email: sales@orlin.co.uk Website: www.orlin.co.uk 32 College Street | Kempston | Bedford | MK42 8LU For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:   www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


A quarter of the French delegation are exhibiting at METS 2016 for the first time

Adeline Perrault - 10-nov.-2016 12:20:08

Eighty-six French companies, representatives from across the industry, are exhibiting from 15th - 17th November 2016 at METS, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam. The ever-growing number of exhibitors in the collective Pavilion organised by Business France – the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy – is proof of the vitality and quality of French expertise, which is at the cutting edge of technology. A quarter of the companies are first-time exhibitors. The French delegation includes 23 new exhibitors specialising in yachting solutions such as accessories, on-board safety, comfort and navigation optimisation. Boat building materials, equipment and services are of course still strongly represented at the show. France is the world leader in sailing boats and the multi-hull sector and is the world’s fourth largest motorboat manufacturer. It is also one of the main European markets for sea and river charter boats. The industry boasts 5,319 French companies, directly employing 40,166 people. Across the Channel, the industry’s total turnover amounts to €4.41 billion, while that of the boats sector totals at €831.70 million. The French yachting sector exports an impressive 76.8% of its goods and services. According to Anny Hoffman, organiser of the Pavilion at Business France, “ France has a higher standing than ever in the global yachting industry. French companies are increasingly dynamic abroad. The French yachting industry, driven by innovation, is seeing new companies emerging on the market. These are partly in response to the requirements of a certain group of yachtsmen and yachtswomen looking to experience different approaches to consumer trends. Innovation is ever-present in the industry, which has successfully modernised, whilst also maintaining the expertise that characterises French offerings .” With the support of the French Nautical Industries Federation (Fédération des industries nautiques –FIN), the French companies grouped together by Business France are exhibiting in an area measuring 1,200 m2, from 15th to 17th November 2016 in Halls 1 and 5, CMP (Construction Material Pavilion) and MYP (Marina Yard Pavilion) at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center. Their R&D expertise attracts distributors, buyers and technical directors from shipyards worldwide. Many of them regularly receive awards for their innovations. For further information: http://businessfrance.jpm-associes.com/Metstrade-2016/ For further information on the METS show, please contact: Anny Hoffman, Project Manager, Business France Tel: +33(0)1 40 73 34 84 Email: anny.hoffman@businessfrance.fr For further information on this press release, contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Smoove to provide Marrakesh with self-service bike-sharing scheme

Catherine Ryall - 04-nov.-2016 15:16:53

Smoove becomes the first operator to provide an African city with bike-sharing scheme   ·   Marrakech will be the first city in Africa to implement a self-service bike-sharing scheme ·   Launch of 300 self-service bikes for COP22 in Marrakesh (7 th -18 th November) ·   Having already implemented self-service bike schemes in Moscow, Vancouver, Helsinki and Slough, Smoove aims to increase its international presence further and hopes to offer self-service bike solutions in other parts of the UK. They are currently working on a ‘call for tender’ for a bike-sharing scheme in Brighton and Hove.   Smoove won the tender organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to roll out its bike-sharing project for COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference, which is taking place from 7 th -18 th November 2016 in Marrakesh. Medina Bike , set up in partnership with local organisation ‘Estates Vision’, will be the equivalent of London’s ’Boris Bikes’ in Marrakesh and the first city in Africa to benefit from such a scheme. The fleet, of 300 bikes and around 10 stations, will be installed in the most emblematic locations of the city, such as Koutoubia or Majorelle Garden. The service will be inaugurated for COP22 and will be maintained over time with a renewable contract for an initial term of five years. Similar to Moscow, Helsinki and Vancouver, the Medina Bike model will include the contribution of a sponsor, which has not yet been selected. Medina Bike is one of the ways to meet King Mohammed VI’s and the Moroccan Government’s goals on practical initiatives for sustainable development for COP 22. The project, which is an initiative of the Moroccan Ministry of the Environment, organised by UNIDO and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), confirms Morocco’s commitment to the fight against the negative impact of climate change. The twenty-second session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) will bring together 197 states and, according to the organisers, will be the COP of action. “ Bikes were once one of the main means of transport in Marrakesh, but have gradually lost ground. We hope that Medina Bike will bring about a cycling revolution. We are very proud to have won this prestigious tender. It marks our commitment to promote self-service bike-sharing schemes for more pleasant, greener cities. Thank you Marrakesh! The so-called ‘red city’ has made Smoove the first self-service bike-share provider in Africa! " explains Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Smoove is one of the leading bike-share providers in the world thanks to its innovative solutions: robust, smart bikes with embedded communication technology (‘Smoove Box’) and light, free-standing stations powered by solar energy with no major or civil works required for installation. Smoove’s technological know-how has enabled it to offer an ‘overflow’ feature so that a bike can be returned even if the station is full. Thanks to these competitive advantages, Smoove has experienced accelerated international growth this year. “ This project in Marrakesh is the perfect way to end a very busy and successful year for Smoove. In spring, we installed a fleet of 1,500 bikes in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, followed by fleets in Vancouver, Canada, in July and in Shymkent and Almaty in Kazakhstan later in the summer. We also carried out the second phase of roll-out in Moscow where there are now more than 3,450 bikes !" comments Hélène Papa, Marketing and Communication Manager. Well positioned to renew fleets in major cities “ Our facilities in major cities across the world theoretically make us a strong contender for the renewal of all the first generation contracts, such as Vélib in Paris ," adds Laurent Mercat, CEO of Smoove. Competing for the tender alongside Indigo, Moventia and their new shareholder Mobivia, all experts in the field, Smoove has been selected in the competitive dialogue procedure to renew the “Vélib” fleet in Paris. Their bid is in progress and the operator will be chosen in April 2017. Smoove generated €8 million (around £7.2million) in revenue in 2016. This revenue, like the number of employees, has doubled every two years since the company was formed. Their 2017 objectives are even more ambitious. Fifteen per cent of the revenue is reinvested in R&D to meet the demands of the city of the future (E Bike, bluetooth connection, mobile application, IoT, etc.) to better ‘facilitate sustainable mobility’.         For more information about MEDINA BIKE / ESTATES VISION , please visit: www.medinabike.ma For further information on SMOOVE, please contact: Laurent Mercat , CEO of Smoove l.mercat@smoove.fr  / +33 4 67 67 89 00 Hélène Papa , Marketing and Communication Manager h.papa@smoove.fr / +33 6 75 64 96 68 / 04 11 57 01 19 fb.com/SmooveSAS @Smoove_Off Normal 0 21 false false false FR ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB; mso-fareast-language:EN-GB; mso-bidi-language:EN-GB;}   W    www.smoove.fr /newsroom For further information on this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


PLANT INTERCLUSTER MEETING 2016 : The largest professional event in the plant production industry

Alice Faure - 05-juil.-2016 13:33:12

The Plant InterCluster Meeting is an international event organised by QUALIMEDITERRANEE and its partners VEGEPOLYS and TERRALIA. Now in its sixth year, the meeting will take place in Montpellier, France between 19th and 20th September 2016. Participants will include European clusters from Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal among others as well as representatives from many companies. Organised in the form of workshops, forums, business meetings and presentations, the Plant InterCluster meeting is a chance to create and optimise partnerships on European projects in the plant production industry. Registration for this year’s meeting is open now.              At the PIC Meeting 2016 you will have the opportunity to take part in the following:   BtoB meetings: meet with both future project partners and potential customers in the same place. European workshops: the aim is to develop projects and partnerships in the context of Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, particularly with regards to the societal challenges aspect of the programme (food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime & inland water research and the bio-economy). Participants in each workshop will focus their discussions on a range of subjects.    Workshop 1: New resources in plant production against biotic stress (diseases, pests, weeds…), in biostimulation encouraging growth and providing better resistance against abiotic stresses, such as cold or lack of water, to aid fertilisation.    Workshop 2: Digital Services to Agriculture: selective harvesting, targeted weeding, precise and eco-friendly fertilisation, precision plant protection (including tools for Integrated Pest Management), irrigation monitoring tools.  Workshop 3: Inter-cluster Cooperation: discussions will centre on developing and structuring partnerships between European clusters around the PIC through European programmes such as INTERREG, COSME. Learn more about stakeholders’ fields of expertise including alternative inputs to conventional agriculture and precision agriculture, to define a common action programme. The programme includes visits from representatives of IFV (the French Institute of vines and wine) and IRSTEA (a public research institute in France) who collaborated on the EcoSprayViti project, looking at ways to improve precision viticulture, Geosud Geo-information for Sustainable Development  http://geosud.teledetection.fr/ and Qualisud, a specialist in food processing engineering http://plateforme-technologie-agroalimentaire.cirad.fr/ Participants are required to make a contribution of €120 (including VAT) to cover organisation costs. As the biggest meeting between professionals in the plant production industry, Plant Inter-Cluster promises to offer a unique insight into new and ongoing developments in the sector as well as serving as a useful opportunity to establish new contacts. Registration for the event is now open and once completed, you will benefit from exclusive access to the BtoB platform. As a European event, the meeting will be conducted in English. Registration is open to SMEs, Enterprises, Clusters, Universities, Laboratories and R&D Centres. Registration and full programme:  https://www.b2match.eu/pic2016   For more information about Plant InterCluster 2016, please visit: http://www.vegepolys.eu/en/plant-intercluster/home/   Or contact: Isabelle Guichard Email: guichard@qualimediterranee.fr ☎+33 (0)4 67 04 75 62 For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Web:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/                        


It’s still full steam ahead for French Rail at InnoTrans 2016

Catherine Ryall - 29-juin-2016 11:46:24

Business France, the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is organising France’s iconic pavilion at the InnoTrans Fair, an international trade show for the rail industry. Of the 95 French companies exhibiting and showcasing their products, services and expertise, nearly 30% are new exhibitors. Many of them will be accompanied by their cluster or region; they will be exhibiting on the three French Pavilions which are located in Halls 3.2, 11.2 and 26b, spread over a total floor space of more than 18,000sq ft. Furthermore, nearly 90 other companies will strengthen the French presence at InnoTrans with their own stands. 5 sponsors from the industrial and high technology fields will demonstrate French savoir-faire and will be collaborating in partnership with Business France for the fair: CENTRALP , a leader in embedded electronics ( www.centralp.fr ), CIM , a group specialising in rolling stock maintenance ( www.cimgroupe.com ), CORYS , a benchmark for driving simulator design and manufacture ( www.corys.com ), FLERTEX , an expert in disc brake linings and brake shoes ( www.flertex.fr ) and NEXTER ELECTRONICS , embedded electronic systems engineering professionals ( www.nexter-group.fr ).   3 questions for Marie-Gabrielle Vaillandet, organiser of the Business France pavilion: Why was Fer de France chosen as Business France’s partner for this year’s InnoTrans? This is the second time that Fer de France is a partner of the France pavilion. Created in 2012, Fer de France is a professional organisation which brings together all rail stakeholders, both public and private, including: public authorities, transport authorities, passenger and freight transport operators, infrastructure managers, manufacturers and engineering companies. Together they represent more than an estimated €30 billion of turnover for the rail industry and around 300,000 jobs. Fer de France’s presence on the French Pavilion is consistent with its mission to ensure the excellence and expertise of the entire French rail industry serves global visions and shared ambitions both in France and abroad. Fer de France aims to highlight the efficiency of its partner organisations, which include competitiveness clusters, universities, schools and technological research institutes. Committed to energy transition and controlling climate change, Fer de France wishes to highlight the challenge of the modal shift to clean modes of transport, such as rail, which is the most efficient in terms of energy consumption, decongestion and its use of infrastructure and spaces. This is why Fer de France continues its collaboration with Business France through a website aimed at promoting French rail abroad: www.french-rail-industry.com . Their English-language website promotes the entire industry, identifies a number of French companies’ key projects abroad, as well as major events in which they participate during the year. The website allows foreign buyers to consult the profiles of French companies of their choice, and to contact them directly through a dedicated matchmaking platform. France is recognised as an innovative country in the rail industry; how will the innovations be highlighted? For the first time, we will be organising a Grand Prix for SMEs and mid-market companies ; for Business France, this means continuing its supportive role by encouraging the efforts of the French Pavilion companies in promoting and launching new products. The selection is being launched and will primarily concern the mechanical components sector, followed by the electronic systems and safety control sectors. What are the strengths of the French rail offer? The expertise of the French exhibitors, along with their technological skills and their innovative capacity are part of what allows the French rail industry to be recognised internationally and ranked 3 rd in the world. In Europe, the French rail sector, bolstered by 1,500 companies and a turnover of more than €4 billion – including €1.2 billion in exports - occupies 2 nd place behind Germany. It is a sector of excellence for the country, with a world class reputation and boasting one or more international champions in each of its business lines. At InnoTrans, exhibitors on the France pavilion will represent all sectors of the rail industry. Among the most prominently represented are: mechanical components for rolling stock (45%), carriage fitting (17%), infrastructure (14%) and embedded electronic systems on trains (12%). Foreign professionals can already find out more about the French rail industry’s indisputable expertise at: www.french-rail-industry.com and come and meet them in the following areas: Hall 3.2 stand 301, Hall 11.2 stand 110, Hall 26b Stand 115     For more information: B USINESS FRANCE Marie-Gabrielle VAILLANDE Rail Project Manager Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 73 32 34 E-mail: marie-gabrielle.vaillandet@businessfrance.fr Website: www.businessfrance.fr     For further information on this press release, contact: Business France UK Press Office Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr / alice.faure.int @businessfrance.fr       Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Socomec showcases innovative power and energy performance of rail transport at InnoTrans on 20-23 September, on the French pavilion Hall 26 / 115

Alice Faure - 08-juin-2016 17:29:55

As a highly dynamic sector and with a drive towards sustainable development, rail transport is undergoing huge change s . With its expertise and solutions, Socomec is helping rail transport professionals to meet tomorrow’s challenges: to secure rapidly increasing traffic, to modernise networks while reducing operating costs, and to optimise energy consumption. Socomec will be exhibiting on the French pavilion HALL 26 / 115 at InnoTrans , the leading international trade fair for transport technology which will take place in Berlin on 20-23 September 2016.   Key areas of expertise and solid references Socomec, a family owned manufacturer which has been active for over 90 years is an industrial group with a workforce of 3,200 employees worldwide. Its mission: the availability, control and safety of low voltage networks … with particular focus on the energy performance of its customers. The Socomec Group has long been involved in the rail transport sector and has produced electrical installations used on main lines, urban transport networks and in buildings both in France and internationally. Specific solutions adapted to your requirements With nearly 10% of sales revenue ring-fenced for R&D, Socomec places innovation at the heart of its development strategies. The Group also has an organization dedicated to the design and production of customised solutions. This support covers all phases of rail projects, from feasibility and engineering assessment through to commissioning, including on-site training.            Low voltage solutions for railway infrastructure Socomec’s offering meets the essential requirements of signalling systems, traction energy facilities and stations. Our Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and AC/DC rectifiers protect and secure critical power supply systems and ensure the high availability and quality of the supply. Protection of persons and installations is assured by a wide range of switch-disconnectors, transfer switches and fuse protection equipment that has been tried and tested. In addition, innovative measurement solutions are also available for monitoring the LV network in real time. Innovations for tomorrow’s applications Socomec supports companies in an approach to sustainable development that aims to reduce the environmental impact of rail transport. Our solutions allow the implementation of energy efficiency policies, including for critical installations. They even enable companies to become producers of renewable energy. Our range of energy storage solutions have been stringently tested and validated for Smart Grid projects and positions Socomec as a true pioneer in this field.    Socomec will be exhibiting at InnoTrans on the French pavilion HALL 26 / 115, Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. For more information on SOCOMEC, visit www.socomec.com or contact:   Francesco SALERNO Offer Communication Project Manager Tel. +39 (0)4 44 59 87 34 E-mail : francesco.salerno@socomec.com   For more information on this press release, contact: Catherine Ryall, Press officer - catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Alice Faure, Assistant Press Officer -   alice.faure.int@businessfrance.fr Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/                    


SITL Europe 2016 promises a content-rich programme serving transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain, Paris 22-25 March

Alice Faure - 18-févr.-2016 17:53:38

The only exhibition in France and internationally to cover all the links in transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain is SITL Europe 2016, taking place on 22-25 March in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte. It is a hub for discussion and discovery on the challenges, trends and innovations in the sector. More than 100 conferences will take place during the exhibition The 2016 conference programme consists of 10 highlighted themes which have been designed and will be chaired by the members of the Strategic Committee, all of whom are logistics, transport and/or supply chain directors of major companies in manufacturing and retail. They will focus on new consumer expectations, sustainable development, the link between industrial logistics and e-commerce, urban logistics, tracking the cold chain, the spare parts supply chain, distribution networks evolution, the digital revolution and the new business of operational excellence. For several years now, an increasing number of special programmes have been developed for SITL Europe: A series of conferences will be opened on 22 March, with the World Transport & Logistics Forum and the bi-annual presentation by the World Bank of their study into logistics competitiveness. This will be followed by the Overseas Day (22 March), the Waterways Programme (22 March), Maritime Day (23 March), European Rail Freight Day (24 March), and a further series of conferences focusing on dangerous goods logistics (22-25 March).   The programme is concluded with a series of conferences dedicated to Intralogistics (22‑25 March) and a further one on new generation transport equipment (22-25 March). New to the agenda is the first African Logistics Conference , “ Gearing up Africa!”, which explores establishing a logistics chain in Africa. Finally, the first “ Start-up Contest ” has been introduced to the sixteenth edition of the Logistics Innovation Awards this year. Attendees such as Coca-Cola Enterprise, Bolloré Logistics and the start-up Shippeo are representative of the rich variety of the programmes taking place at SITL Europe 2016.   Promoting sustainable logistics Following COP21 in Paris in 2015, sustainable supply chains will be subject to a special focus on the opening day of the exhibition on 22 March, with a conference dedicated to Green Logistics. The conference will feature several programmes aimed at reducing greenhouse gases in transport together with the Fret 21 charter supported by shippers. “With the initiatives of the AUTF, the ADEME and the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, this process is in complete synchronisation with our policy of social and environmental responsibility which aims to achieve a reduction by one third of the carbon footprint of our products by 2020. On the basis of voluntary commitments, Fret 21 helps us establish our objectives and provides technical support to measure its impact.”   – Eric   Desbonnets, Logistics and Client Services Director at Coca-Cola Enterprise (where transport represents 6% of the total emissions)   By following a structured process comprising three courses of action, Coca-Cola Enterprise is therefore committed to reducing its transport CO2 emissions by 30%: 1.   The first course of action is to reduce the number of kilometres travelled by moving production closer to demand, knowing that 90% of soft drinks sold in France by Coca-Cola Enterprise are produced within the country.   “ Since 2009, an investment of €265 million to increase production and reduce carbon footprint has resulted in our five national factories producing almost all our packaging. With rigorous stock management, these measures have reduced our average delivery kilometres to 273km. Over half of the journeys are for less than 150km.” 2.    With collaborative approaches developed with clients and suppliers, the second course of action involves optimisation of the lorries used on the road by using techniques such as “back hauling” and “front hauling”, direct delivery and shared services so as to reduce empty kilometres. 3.   Thirdly, an increase in use of alternative transport and fuel such as using LNG vehicles and combined rail-road transport. Gearing up Africa Responding to an increased interest in Africa, on 22-24 March, SITL Europe 2016 is offering a series of conferences dedicated to the logistics challenges on this continent. “With more than a billion inhabitants and a rapidly developing middle class comprising 130 million consumers, Africa offers an exceptional opportunity supported by multi-billion euro investment programmes in all areas of industry and distribution. In the last five years, economic growth has exceeded 5%.” – Edouard de Vergeron, Managing Director for Africa at Bolloré Logistics Large-scale e-commerce projects With a continuous presence in Africa for over 50 years, Bolloré Logistics is one of the key participants in this series of conferences. Employing 23,100 people, its integrated network covers 46 countries and is complemented with local partners. This gives Bolloré Logistics unequalled expertise in administrative and customs procedures, port and airport transit and management of overland road and rail corridors which provide secure access to landlocked countries. "To control, trace and track in real time across the whole continent, Bolloré Logistics has created an exclusive solution called LINK. It allows our clients to follow their operations with a single interface and a mobile application used by our teams and partners on the ground. From the order through to proof of delivery and reporting, analyses and KPI’s, LINK delivers unique value-added services in the market.” Designed to respond to the logistics requirements of all industries and also of large-scale projects, Bolloré Logistics’ current African network of 300 warehouses is able to support the development of e-commerce businesses such as C-Discount.   Start-up Contest SITL Europe 2016 is also organising the first edition of the Start-up Contest. “This initiative recognises the most innovative start-up in the transport and logistics sector,” explains Alain Bagnaud, Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics Director. Shippeo has developed an innovative solution to manage road chartering allowing the connection in real time of the order givers and their transporters in order to facilitate sharing information and carry out real time tracking of transport services. “The Start-up Contest is a unique opportunity in terms of visibility and awareness for our product. It is an occasion for start-ups to present their innovations to professionals in the sector and to find future partners for large scale development.” – Jean-Bastien Dussart , Co-founder of Shippeo The contest is split into two phases. Having sent their entry between 1 and 26 February, the start-ups go through a first selection process. On 8 March, eight pre-selected entrants are chosen. They are then invited to give a five minute presentation in front of a jury on Friday 25 March at 9:30am. The winner will be announced on 25 March during the sixteenth edition of the Logistics Innovation Awards, taking place at 12pm in Hall 6/Plenary Hall at the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte. The wi nning start-up will also be awarded with the use of a 9m² exhibitor stand at SITL 2017 in Paris. For further information regarding any of the special programmes and conferences taking place at SITL Europe 2016 or the Start-up Contest, visit www.sitl.eu/en/Home/ or contact: Silviane Dubail, Press Relations Adviser SD Com Tel: +33 (0)6 07 53 53 43 Email: sdubail@sdcom.fr For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr


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The Industry and Cleantech Department assists French companies with their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and the UK. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and British companies, the Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in the UK, as well as offering other networking opportunities and individual partnering services. We cover a range of sectors including the aerospace, defence, nuclear/energy, environmental, automotive, naval, construction, and sub-contracting industries. Industry and Cleantech Department Michael Yates Manager, Industry and Cleantech Department michael.yates@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3636    Marie Bicrel Senior Trade Development Adviser marie.bicrel@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3623 Environment, Aerospace and Security Charly Velluet Senior Trade Development Adviser charly.velluet@businessfrance.fr

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