Infrastructure, Transport and Industry

SmartGrids France lights the way at European Utility Week in Vienna, 3-5 November 2015

Fran Lambert - 07-oct.-2015 15:56:28

The SmartGrids France association was created in April 2015 to develop the smart electricity sector in France and to promote it in Europe and internationally. The association will be exhibiting at European Utility Week, taking place in Vienna on 3-5 November 2015 to raise the profile of businesses in this sector and their expertise, and demonstrators will be running live trials. SmartGrids France will be exhibiting alongside Business France, the French export-support agency, on the French Pavilion in Hall A.  The professional association SmartGrids France was created through one of ten initiatives set out in the "Smart Grids" road map presented by the French President in mid-2014. As the "Team France" of Smart Grids, this association offers support to players in the sector. By 2020, it aims for the sector to represent 25,000 direct jobs in France, generate €6 billion in turnover (half of which will be from export) and become one of the industry leaders in a global market estimated at €30 billion per year. Come and visit SmartGrids France on the French Pavilion in Hall A, where it will be sharing its expertise through: - a presentation of its smart grid demonstrators and initial results; - an explanation of French expertise for foreign delegations that wish to meet the demonstrators; - its methodology for promoting the socio-economic aspect of smart grids, a world first; - an overview of the current flexibility of French power grids thanks to existing smart grid features. The association is also a member of the Global Smart Grid Federation, which enables it to exchange with its peers on a global level. Delegations from Japan and Taiwan are already familiar with the main French demonstrators. France is the leading country in terms of smart grid investment in Europe. Over 100 smart grid projects are currently taking place across France as well as numerous export projects. French expertise in this field is recognised internationally. French network operators, RTE and ERDF in particular, currently export their skills by supporting foreign operators in deploying smart grid technology across their networks. The level of investment and dynamics demonstrated by the French power network make it one of the worlds most available and reliable networks. About SmartGrids France SmartGrids France is chaired by Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of ERDFs Management Board. Its Vice-Chairman is Olivier Grabette, deputy CEO of RTE. The association is made up of prominent international figures in the world of business, academics, institutions and players in the electricity sector. Association members include Alstom, Schneider, EDF, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Mines ParisTech, SAGEMCOM, ABB, Gimelec, Cofely Ineo, Siemens, Atos, Cap Gemini, and SMEs such as Cahors, Seifel and Michaud. The association is primarily responsible for: - organising events in France and abroad to promote smart grid expertise and represent its members; - supporting the development of its SME and mid-size company members; - ensuring representation of its members with public authorities and European and international organizations; - taking stock of the smart grid sector and its show rooms in France, particularly by promoting its achievements abroad; - creating a catalogue of existing training and promoting the development of new training; - communicating on topics and issues concerning smart grids in France, Europe and internationally. To join the SmartGrids France association or for further information, please email associationrei@rte-france-com or contact: Martine Savary, Press Contact Tel: +33 (0)6 64 25 66 59 Email: For further information regarding this press release, please contact:  Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:

Burgess Marine banks on Port of Cherbourg to grow its business as it signs synchrolift usage agreement with PNA

Fran Lambert - 07-oct.-2015 13:51:37

Burgess Marine, the UKs largest independent ship repairer, and the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) have signed a priority usage agreement for the synchrolift located at the Port of Cherbourg in France for the period running from 29th September 2015 to 31st March 2016.  The first vessel, MV Wight Light, a 63m-long car and passenger ferry ensuring the connection between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, was dry-docked on 29th September. MV Wight Light is the first in a series of six vessels belonging to British company Wightlink to be maintained at the Cherbourg site by Burgess Marine, a company specialising in ship maintenance and repair as well as the refitting of passenger ships and yachts. Burgess Marine will also be subcontracting local Cherbourg company Construction métallique de l’Ouest (CMO). At the forefront of specialised marine engineering and bespoke marine fabrication, Burgess Marine is one of the largest independent UK companies in the industry, with 130 employees and a turnover of approximately 33 million euros.  In renting the Cherbourg synchrolift for a long period, the operator, currently undergoing a period of growth, secures the availability of a rare piece of equipment only a few miles from its base in the south of England. The synchrolift, 90m long, 32m wide and with a lifting capacity of 3,000t, offers particular ease of access for refitting operations due to the clear flat area created around the vessel. “This agreement represents significant expansion for us as we continue to grow our business,” says Nick Warren, Managing Director of Burgess Marine. “It will allow us to develop a close and beneficial working relationship with PNA and subcontractors in Cherbourg, as well as develop greater cross Channel links and more potential business opportunities.” Cherbourg: A hub for shipbuilding and repair The signing of this usage agreement validates the investments made by PNA since 2011 and vindicates the efforts of local businesses in their ambition to position the Port Cherbourg as a hub for shipbuilding and repair.  With a pier for a 50t marine travelift, a 300t marine travelift, a 3,000t synchrolift, a technical zone of nearly 1ha and a further 2ha zone for new worksites, the Port of Cherbourg is now able to offer complete and coherent services for managing a wide range of projects. Port of Cherbourg About PNA Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg since 2007, PNA is a joint association encompassing the Lower Normandy region and the Manche and Calvados departments. Its role is to develop all port interests, select those working at the ports, manage port development policies and guarantee secure maritime access. The mission entrusted to PNA by its member associations is to maximise the performance of these two ports to best serve their territories and overcome development challenges. For further information on the usage agreement between PNA and Burgess Marine, please contact: Nadège Eve, Press Contact Ports of Normandy Authority Tel: +33 (0)2 31 53 64 53 Email:  Web:  / For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:

EcoVadis and TfS renew partnership to drive sustainable supply chains in the international chemical industry

Fran Lambert - 30-sept.-2015 11:40:30

EcoVadis, the first collaborative platform providing sustainability performance ratings and improvement tools for supply chains, and Together for Sustainability (TfS), the chemical industry sustainability initiative, announce the renewal of their partnership to further advance sustainable practices in the supply chains of the chemical industry. TfS membership has more than doubled since it was founded four years ago. In addition to the six founding members, TfS has accrued members from Europe and the United States and intends to continue growing globally. TfS member companies have joined forces to assess and audit their suppliers and share the results. The benefits of this collaboration affect both sides: suppliers receive one request from TfS rather than multiple requests from each individual customer, and TfS members share the results. Through the use of these synergies, more efforts can be expended on improvement measures. EcoVadis is the cooperation partner of TfS for assessments and the assessment program has expanded to have significant impact, with a total of more than 7,800 supplier companies engaged to date. The TfS assessment program is supported by the EcoVadis cloud collaboration platform and CSR rating service, which is backed by a global team of 250 people and provides performance improvement tools for suppliers across 110 countries.  “TfS is pleased to extend this partnership with EcoVadis, and we look forward to building on the success we have achieved thus far with the assessment program,” says Rüdiger Eberhard, President of TfS and Chief Procurement Officer of Evonik Industries.  “With more than 70% of suppliers improving their scores upon second evaluation, this has given us great confidence in the effectiveness of EcoVadis rating and collaboration system.” “In only four years, TfS has become the benchmark for what industry collaboration for Sustainable Supply Chain should be” adds co-CEO and co-Founder of EcoVadis, Pierre-François Thaler. “It has scaled and driven impressive results through the clear vision and very strong commitments of the Chief Procurement Officers within the member companies. We are very proud to be continuing with TfS’ pioneering effort to drive improvements of CSR practices in chemical supply chains”. About TfS TfS AISBL is a joint initiative of chemical companies for sustainable supply chains. It was founded in 2011 to develop and implement a global program to assess, audit and improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry. At present, it has 16 member companies worldwide and intends to grow globally. For further information on TfS, please visit  or contact: Dr. Gabriele Unger, General Manager, TfS Tel: +32 (0)2792 7515 Email:  About EcoVadis EcoVadis operates the first online collaborative network enabling companies to manage the sustainability performance of their suppliers across 150 sectors and 110 countries. EcoVadis reliable ratings and easy to use monitoring tools allow companies to manage risks and drive eco-innovations in their global supply chains.  For further information on EcoVadis, please visit  or contact: David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis Tel: +33 (0)1 82 83 86 09 Email:   For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:

French airport services drive innovation and diversity at Inter Airport Europe 2015

Fran Lambert - 19-août-2015 13:43:03

The French airport industry will play a major role at the 20 th Inter Airport Europe exhibition, which will take place in Munich from 6-9 October 2015. Business France, the French export-support agency, will present 25 companies representing different sectors on the French pavilion.   A leading exhibition across the globe, Inter Airport Europe offers the unmissable opportunity to meet international decision-makers and buyers from the airport sector.   The global airport industry has escaped the economic crisis unscathed, with an estimated 3.6 billion passengers expected per year by 2016. Fuelled by this optimistic outlook, multiple airport projects have taken off in terminals around the world.   Thanks to the growing number of passengers and rapid onset of new technology, the modernisation of existing airports has become crucial. France boasts extensive know-how and platforms across all airport services, and has secured a strong position on this global market.   Come and experience the expertise of the French companies exhibiting on the French Pavilion at Inter Airport Europe, which will showcase a variety of trades (research, construction, equipment and systems) and services (air traffic control and ground traffic, airline company stopovers and air terminals).   Explore the range of French airport services on offer, exhibited by both well-known global brands (ADPI, VINCI and THALES) and SMEs from specialist market sectors (ground support equipment, lighting, ticketing and passenger information systems).   Proavia, promoter and provider of information on French airport technology and air safety, will play a vital role at Inter Airport Europe in showcasing French equipment suppliers and airport consultants.   Below is a selection of the must-see exhibitors on the French Pavilion this year, which can be found in Hall B6 (stands 610 to 716):   ADB AIRFIELD SOLUTIONS (complete visual guidance solutions) - AEROPAX (passenger walkways) - ALSTEF (baggage handling)- ANYLOGIC (airport pedestrian flow management) - ATERMES (high-tech aeronautical equipment) - CARTEL MANUTENTION (blast barriers, baggage carts, passenger stairs) - DEDIENNE AEROSPACE (aircraft maintenance tools) - DERVAUX (aerial marking) - DESCHAMPS (aircraft lifting equipment) - ELAUL (stand-alone marking and lighting) - FORTAL (docks and stepladders) - GATE (ground support equipment) - GLOBALSYS (wireless communication systems) - HIFI FILTER (European filtration specialists) - MONROC (axles, brakes and suspensions for industrial equipment) - MUSTHANE (refuelling systems, lifting bags, load-bearing runways) - NAKSYS (airfield lighting photometry calibration equipment) - PROAVIA (promotor of French expertise in the airport sector) - SAINT-GOBAIN SOVIS (prisms moulded and optimal components for airfield lighting) - SOVAL EXPORT (cast-iron hatches for water supply, sanitation and runway lighting) - SOVAM (ground support equipment: passenger boarding bridges, baggage carts, etc.) - STERELA (electronic systems for air and road transport) - TITAN AVIATION (solutions for every step of the fuelling process) - TUBESCA-COMABI (docks and means of access for aircraft maintenance) - XOPS - RESONATE MP4 (multimedia and intelligent transport systems) -   For further information, please visit  or contact:   Isabelle DUVAL, Project Manager BUSINESS FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 Email: Website:     Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France  - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:

Rolling Stock

Nicolas Aguero - 26-juin-2015 18:13:09

  Rolling Stock Alstom partners with London Underground to complete the modernisation of Northern line trains                    Download the video transcript   Download File         Download the transcript Alstom has now completed the modernisation of 106 trains serving the Northern line, following a two year upgrade programme for London Underground (LU). Alstom has worked in partnership with LU to ensure a seamless transition and to maintain the daily service levels ‎of the Underground. As part of the programme, the teams at Alstom’s Morden and Golders Green Metro Traincare Centres have: replaced 11km of lino in the fleet, which is roughly the distance between Buckingham Palace and the O2 Arena, polished 15,688 windows to remove graffiti, which is more panels of glass than in the Shard; and changed 27,500 seat backs, which is equivalent to a third of Wembley Stadium. The 106th and final train that has been upgraded, both inside and outside, including fitting wheelchair spaces and upgrading passenger information systems, has now re-entered service.  The mid-life refurbishing programme included 3.7 million items replaced on the fleet, which represents about 35,000 components per train. “ The team working on the project has done a fantastic job and I am sure most passengers didn’t realise what was going on until they got into a refreshed train on their commute to work for the first time, ” said Piers Wood, Managing Director Urban & Services, Alstom Transport UK. Stevyn Walder, Performance Manager for Northern Line Trains, said: “ Thanks to this refurbishment, Northern line trains are looking better than ever before. Customers travelling on the Northern line can now expect a cleaner and more comfortable environment to brighten up their journeys. ” The Northern line carries up to a quarter of Tube passengers, around one million people per day Monday to Friday. Alstom ensures that 96 trains are available for passenger service each morning and evening peak, with the first train going into service at 5am and the last train returning to the depot the following morning at 2am. The Northern line fleet, which was built by Alstom, travels around 15 million kilometres a year.

France’s photovoltaic sector shines bright at INTERSOLAR 2015 from June 10th to 12th 2015

Nicolas Aguero - 11-mai-2015 15:17:10

  France’s photovoltaic sector shines bright at INTERSOLAR 2015 from June 10 th to 12 th 2015 Meet companies from the French pavilion Hall A3-490   BUSINESSFRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy , will present leaders in the photovoltaic sector on the French Pavilion at the Intersolar 2015 trade show, which will take place in Munich (Germany), from 10 to 12 June 2015.   These French-based companies will showcase their solar-energy technology and industry know-how at Intersolar, the worldwide solar power exhibition and are looking to meet new business partners.   The French Pavilion at Intersolar 2015 is being organized by BUSINESS FRANCE, in partnership with the Club Ademe International . The French pavilion, which consists of approximately 90 m² devoted to solar power, will take place from 10 to 12 June of this year, in Munich (in southern Germany).   The 2013-2017 Global Market Outlook report, published by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), states that solar energy now accounts for a worldwide output in excess of 100,000 MW. In Germany, solar energy accounted for 4.7% of overall electricity production in 2013. In France, the existing solar-power capacity connected to the grid stood at an overall total of 4.47 GW in late 2013, ranking the country third in Europe and sixth worldwide.   The French photovoltaic industry benefits from great assets to position itself at a European level. In making full use of its innovative abilities through the country’s R&D centres and high-technology competitiveness clusters, France’s photovoltaic industry has the clear potential to become a major player on the European market.   Come and visit innovative PV actors and other companies on the French Pavilion at Intersolar 2015 hall A3-490   ► PARTICIPATING COMPANIES            DOME SOLAR   DOME SOLAR designs photovoltaic solutions for all types of buildings and roofing.     FRANCEWATTS   FRANCEWATTS designs photovoltaics solutions for BtoB and BtoC purposes   INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LENERGIE SOLAIRE (INES)   INES is the first French and one of the first European centre dedicated to research, training and evaluation on solar energy. Set up with the backing of Savoie Departmental Council and Rhône-Alpes Regional Council and stafed by teams from the CEA and the University of Savoie it meets today more than 400 people onsite 22,000 sqm     IRFTS   IRFTS is constantly developing its know-how in order to manufacture new photovoltaic systems that standardize solar technology.   SILLIA VL SILLIA VL manufactures high quality solar panels.     STEADY SUN   Forecast specialist for solar power production.   STRATOCLAIR   The STRATOCLAIR instantaneously produces solar hot water at 60 ° C and filled hot water directly from the top of the water heater tank. Solar hot water can be used immediately.     SUNNA DESIGN   SUNNA DESIGN manufactures and sells solar and LED lighting solutions.   T-SOLARIS Building Integrated Solutions (BIPV)     About Business France   Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the international growth of French businesses, as well as promoting international investment in France.   It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship programme. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public and private sector partners.   For further information, please visit:     For further information about the French pavilion please contact Agathe Loubert Project manager – Renewable energy Tel :0044 (0)1 40 73 38 12 Email:     For further information about the trade show, please go to:   For more information about BUSINESSFRANCE in the UK, please go to :

French wind power industry exhibits at the 2015 EWEA OFFSHORE 2015 trade fair

Nicolas Aguero - 03-mars-2015 19:04:41

French wind power industry exhibits at the 2015 EWEA OFFSHORE 2015 trade fair BUSINESS FRANCE, in partnership with France Energie Eolienne and the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables under the Windustry France banner, is organising the French pavilion at EWEA OFFSHORE, Europe’s leading trade fair featuring offshore wind power, to be held this year in Copenhagen. Twenty-one French wind power experts will be presenting their technologies and innovations on a 180-square-metre national pavilion during the 3 days of exhibition, conferences and industrial meetings. The French companies are seeking to position themselves as contenders in the eyes of the international decision-makers attending this flagship event of the wind power industry. To meet the challenges of climate change, growing demand for energy and the gradual depletion of fossil fuels as well as the volatile price of oil, renewable energies are enjoying especially strong development across the world. In many respects, France is an ideal country to develop wind power. Giving onto the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, France has an extensive coastline with a high potential for the development of offshore wind power. The French government aims to reach 6 GWe of installed capacity in marine energies by 2020, i.e. 3.5% of French electric power consumption. According to the renewable energy union, France’s offshore production potential has been estimated at 15,000 MW by 2030. This means not only a source of renewable energy for millions of households, but also thousands of jobs linked to the rise of this new industry. France ranks 4th in Europe in terms of installed capacity and power production. It benefits from genuine expertise on both a European and global level. Come and meet some of Frances biggest players active in wind power industry at the BUSINESS FRANCE pavilion, Hall A, booths A-D22, A-E22 and A-D16. About the companies ACEBI (Booth A-D22) designs and manufactures rescue equipment and bridges to access wind turbines from ships. AMO-EOLYHD (Booth A-E22) Agence Maritime de l’Ouest is engaged in shipbuilding, ship management, charter brokering and port operation. CETEAL SAS (Booth A-D16) is an expert in offshore wind turbine structural engineering. IN VIVO ENVIRONNEMENT (Booth A-E22) is an engineering firm specialising in marine environmental consultancy. ORANGE MARINE (Booth A-E22) is specialised in the field of subsea telecommunications, from the initial design and engineering to the installation of intercontinental cable links and maintenance of existing cables. QUIET OCEANS (Booth A-E22) offers solutions for forecasting, monitoring and reducing underwater noise. RTSYS (Booth A-E22) is a specialist in underwater and active/passive acoustics. SERGI (Booth A-E15) is an engineering company originally specialised in the design and manufacture of oil-filled transformer fire extinguishing systems. Since then, the company has moved into the transformer fire protection business. VALOREM (Booth A-D22) is an operator in green energy and a recognised expert in operation monitoring studies, project development and renewable energy farm construction. Associations, clusters and schools: BREIZH’EMR (Booth A-E22) A Brittany cluster, federating some fifteen complementary companies involved in the Renewable Marine Energy supply chain. BRETAGNE COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL (Booth A-E22): Regional agency supporting companies at the international levelin Brittany. BRETAGNE POLE NAVAL (Booth A-E22) supports the economic growth of more than 125 companies involved in the following 3 industries: Shipbuilding, Renewable Marine Energy, Offshore Oil & Gas. ECOLE CENTRALE (Booth A-D22) is one of France’s top engineering schools, offering engineer training and master’s and doctoral degree programmes. ENERGIE HAUTE NORMANDIE (Booth A-D16) Association of Normandy energy sector companies. ENSM – Ecole Nationale Superieure Maritime (Booth A-D22) Engineering school, offering master’s degree in Freight shipping sector. OUEST NORMANDIES ENERGIES MARINES (Booth A-D16), Regional Renewable Marine Energy Agency from West Normandie PAYS DE LA LOIRE (Booth A-D22): The economic development agency of the “Pays de la Loire” region implements its Regional Development Policy. PORT DE BREST: The port of Brest is organising a 50-hectare zone dedicated and suited to bottom-mounted and floating offshore wind turbines. The technical specifications of the layout have been designed to incorporate, handle and store large-scale systems as well as services proposed especially to meet the needs of manufacturers involved in marine energy and, more specifically offshore wind turbines. Universite de Nantes (Booth A-D22): one of France’s biggest universities located in the Pays de la Loire region, providing training in the Marine Energy Sector.  Our partners: FRANCE ENERGIE EOLIENNE (Booth A-D22) – Biggest French wind power industry association representing 90% of the total wind industry players: developer, operator, EPC, SME, OEM. WINDUSTRY (Booth A-D16) – Aims to develop the French field of industrial wind power, organises B2B meetings between wind energy market leaders and companies which are not active yet in the wind power sector.

The Infrastructure, Transport and Industry (ITI) 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. ITI Department Michael Yates Manager, ITI Department Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3636    Elise Lehy Senior Trade Development Adviser Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3623 Aerospace and Defence Charly Velluet Senior Trade Development Adviser Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3637 Energy an


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