Infrastructure, Transport and Industry

A high-quality and varied French offering on show at Oceanology International 2016

Fran Lambert - 01-févr.-2016 17:54:49

Sixteen innovative French companies will be showcasing products, technologies and innovations across a 180m 2 area on the Business France pavilion (stands J200, K200 and K300) at the Oceanology International 2016 trade show, ExCeL London on 15-17 March. Business France, the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy, will be organising the pavilion in partnership with the Méditerranée and Bretagne Atlantique “Pôle Mer” innovation clusters. Oceanology International is Europe’s only event targeting marine exploitation, research, the offshore industry (oil, gas and renewable energies), instrumentation, geophysics and all sectors applicable to the marine environment. As such, it represents an ideal opportunity for French suppliers keen to meet with key decision-makers, find a partner or introduce their products and technologies to foreign professionals in the sector. According to the Pôle Mer clusters, France’s maritime economy currently represents revenue of €53 billion and employs 300,000 people. The world’s second largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with a maritime surface area of 11 million km 2 , France definitely has a strong hand to play when it comes to capturing a significant share of these expanding markets. New activities, which did not exist ten years ago, are now worth almost $190 billion. Between now and 2020, emerging markets such as extraction of marine minerals, marine energy, algae-based biofuels and aquaculture should generate global sales of almost $450 billion a year. Come and see the full range of French expertise at stands J200, K200 and K300 on the Business France pavilion , where the following companies will be exhibiting: CADDEN SARL : supplies sensors and systems for positioning, guidance, oceanography and navigation – www.cadenn.fr CISCREA : cameras and subsea lighting, subsea junction boxes and switches – www.ciscrea.fr COMEX SA : the global leader in human and robotic subsea engineering, technology and intervention – www.comex.fr FIT ESIC : an engineering company specialising in high-precision surveys and measurement – www.fit-esic.fr FLUIDION SAS : autonomous sampling and measurement systems for environmental monitoring – www.fluidion.com HYDROPTIC SARL : measurement and control devices and meteorological equipment – www.hydroptic.com IFREMER : marine exploitation research institute – www.ifremer.fr LAPP MULLER : custom cabling systems for maritime and subsea work – www.lappgroup.com OPEN OCEAN SAS : online decision support solutions for the marine industry (on-demand metocean studies) – www.openocean.fr OSEAN SAS : subsea lighting and electronic systems for subsea intervention – www.osean.fr POLE MER BRETAGNE ATLANTIQUE and POLE MER MEDITERRANNEE : innovation clusters with a global reach; development of the maritime and coastal economy – www.pole-mer.fr SATT OUEST VALORISATION : offers businesses attractive innovation resources resulting from public research – www.ouest-valorisation.fr SIG FRANCE : marine seismic equipment, sparker and boomer sources, acoustic sources and electrodes (the multi-strand model of which is well known on ships) – www.marine-seismic-equipments.com SUBSEA TECH : subsea cameras, subsea intervention and inspection, and surface drones – www.subsea-tech.com TECHNICAP : a full range of products and measurement instruments for the marine industry – www.technicap.com A full list of French exhibitors on the Business France pavilion at Oceanology International 2016 can be found here: www.oceanologyinternational.com/     About Business France   Business France is the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the International Company Volunteering (V.I.E.) scheme.   Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners.   For more information on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr or contact:   Claude Ménard, Project Manager Business France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 30 97 E-mail: claude.menard@businessfrance.fr Website: www.businessfrance.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 View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


France is the second largest exporter of equipment and services for the oil and gas sector, with no production taking place on its territory

Fran Lambert - 18-janv.-2016 18:27:39

’France does not have significant oil and gas resources,’ says Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Oil and Gas at the head office for French export-support agency Business France, in a recent interview with Business France Radio. Despite this lack of resources, French companies have managed to do well in this industry, both in the upstream (exploration, production) and downstream (refining) sectors. In fact, France is the second largest exporter in the world. The French industry relies on major companies like Total, NG (natural gas) and Technip, as well as on more than 500 small and medium-sized companies, covering many important services within this industry such as water treatment, telecommunications, software and security equipment. These companies’ goals are now to find more oil and gas clients around the world, find the right areas with viable potential, and offer technologies adapted to new environmental and production-related requirements. Among these targets are the countries of the Gulf. ’In this part of the world, we have both upstream and downstream sectors,’ explains Agnès Hagyak. ’There are many things to do there.’  According to Agnès Hagyak, the International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) to be held in Abu Dhabi on 7-10 November 2016, is ’a very good opportunity to find potential partners and direct clients. This show is also a way for the French to promote their services directly to customers. They must play their cards well abroad.’ Click here   to visit the official ADIPEC website. Click here  to see the companies exhibiting at ADIPEC. Click here  to see the oil and gas companies listed on youbuyfrance.com.


Experts in dangerous goods transportation showcase complete value chain on the Dangerous Goods Logistics pavilion at SITL Europe 2016

Fran Lambert - 18-janv.-2016 15:31:11

For the first time, SITL Europe 2016, taking place on 22-25 March 2016 in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte, France, will feature the new Dangerous Goods Logistics pavilion.  With an exhibition zone and a programme of dedicated conferences and workshops, there will be a complete value chain of experts in dangerous goods transportation, such as accreditation and training organisations, logistics service providers, transport operators, logistics hubs, warehouse and transport equipment (tanks, industrial coachwork, storage) and packaging. Dangerous goods regulations affect everybody. The majority of manufacturers and distributors must ensure security across logistics operations involving dangerous goods. But regulations are frequently misunderstood and the solutions are not immediately obvious.  Regulations applicable to the transportation of dangerous goods, such as the SEVESO III directive, new environmental protection classifications (ICPE), Classification-Labelling-Packaging (CLP) and ADR, IATA, IMDG, RID and ADN codes, have become increasingly strict and are constantly evolving. In the fields of transport, logistics and packaging, risk prevention, safety and security are at the heart of supply chain excellence.  A sector of excellence Taking into account all transport modes, 15% of global goods traffic involves dangerous materials. From the point of origin to the final client, their management depends on a value chain of experts conforming to strict guidelines. The regulations are updated every two years through ADR, IATA, IMDG, RID and AND codes. Along with hydrocarbons, chemical and gaseous goods, many everyday goods have been classified as ‘sensitive products’ requiring specific logistics procedures. This is the case with perfumes, certain beauty products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, most household detergents, and an increasing number of waste products. ‘In order to respond to a multitude of challenges, SITL Europe 2016 along with the ANCS (National Association of Safety Advisers), is bringing together all experts in the sector,’ says Alan Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics. ‘Thanks to its exhibitors and programme of dedicated conferences and workshops, the Dangerous Goods Logistics pavilion offers shippers up-to-date information on the regulatory environment, which will offer a real advantage to an increasingly complex sector.’   According to Olivier Bicanic, Customs and International Trade Manager at GMJ Phoenix and Editor of the Solutions TMD guide surveying 600 specialist suppliers in dangerous supply chains, ‘Whether in-house or external, the security adviser is at the centre of the value chain and the daily challenge  they face depends on the diversity of products, the risks associated in their handling and their quantities.’ A 100% ADR network In terms of dangerous supply chains, shippers have high expectations. ‘Given the expertise required for the secure treatment of chemical products, procurement managers are increasingly alert to the capacities  of national, European and international transport and logistics supplier networks. They expect total control over ADR and flexibility in the organisation and management of movement,’ explains Bruno Guillard, Business Development Manager for Chem-Logistics Europe (Dachser France) and member of the Steering Committee for Dangerous Goods Logistics. The expectations of the chemical industry are at the heart of the creation of the Dachser Group’s Chem-Logistics solution. With an integrated network of 333 agencies in Europe, 100% ADR, partly SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System) evaluated, the Dachser Group has developed a dedicated service based on secure processes, scheduling and packaging equipment specifically for handling, storage, and the transport of pallets.  ‘The Chem-Logistics solution is supported by a team of 164 European security advisers for the transportation of dangerous goods (CSTMD). At the same time, training on classed products and their procedures form part of annual information updates provided to our associates,’ adds Guillard. SEVESO III directive  Based on the quantities of dangerous materials stored, new warehouse standards entered into force on 1st June 2015. ‘Under the title SEVESO III in a European directive transposed into French law, this establishes stricter rules on safety and security. Where an existing building is modified or enlarged, applying the law requires changes to be made to existing installations or – more frequently – new ones to be created,’ says Pascal Robat, a consultant specialising in logistics and transportation to different urban areas. A member of the Steering Committee for Dangerous Goods Logistics, he worked on the planning for the LOGIPARC 03 multimodal hub in Moulins, a town in the Allier department of France.  Conceived under the framework of standard ISO 14001, the logistics park will open in early 2017 as the first SEVESO III certified building.  Following an agreement signed in February 2014 with the Moulins urban area on the initiative of the company Eiffage Construction, the building will be operated by Transports Bourrat and will offer a storage capacity of 18,000m². This multipurpose storage capability, the only of its kind, is designed to handle most products included in the new nomenclature for ICPE-classified installations. With access to road and rail connections and combined rail-road, the space can be sub-divided into several units of up to 500m². Regulatory monitoring Regulations that aim to facilitate data sharing between dangerous goods actors could enter into force in 2017-2019 by converting to the digitisation of transport documents using telematics systems. To this effect the presence of MD Service will allow for the presentation of the GEOTRANS MD project. ‘GéoTransMD is an ambitious joint project on the Geolocation of Dangerous Goods presented at the fifteenth call for projects by the Fonds Unique Interministériel (Single Interministerial Fund – FUI15). It aims to define European telematics architecture which ensures the delivery of secure data on the quality and quantity of dangerous goods transported by road, rail or inland waterways,’ explains Matthieu Bernadet, Director of MD Service. Research laboratories (CEREMA, LNE and CEA), private-sector companies (NOVACOM, GLS and ERECA) and MD Service, a consultant member of the GEOTRANS MD consortium, will come together for the first time at SITL Europe 2016, to exhibit the potential applications and their expected advantages. For further information regarding the Dangerous Goods Logistics pavilion at SITL Europe 2016, 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 further information regarding 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 View other press releases at:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Saturn, the innovative programmable rail safety I/O network by ClearSy of France, runs rings around the competition

Fran Lambert - 21-déc.-2015 11:42:27

ClearSy of France develops and markets electronic and software safety solutions for the rail industry. It is now introducing a new hardware platform called Saturn to its railway product range FERSIL, which is dedicated to managing remote input/output (SIL0, SIL2, SIL4) systems for rail.  The new Saturn platform is a robust, widely available safety solution. It coordinates remote I/O management systems and is an ideal solution for rail applications. Both easy to configure and efficient, Saturn significantly reduces the amount of cabling and costs that are typically incurred. It is suited for both TCMS (Train Control Monitoring System) use or on platforms and track side applications. Saturn is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) platform offering a cost-effective solution to accelerate “time-to-market” and to boost transit rail car projects without incurring the elevated costs and high risks of an Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) process. The Saturn platform is a product portfolio built on a generic concept. It supports mixed heterogeneous configurations of SIL0, SIL2, and SIL4 modules on the same unique copper cable or fibre optic-based communication network. Saturn allows system engineers to design fully integrated, efficient, and cost effective I/O management systems for train operations with both safety-critical and non-safety-critical equipment on the same data network. The Saturn platform can be expanded by adding self-contained or custom I/O modules to match any on-board application requirements. It is based on an innovative state-of-the-art dual, redundant ring communication network, and an open safety protocol fully compliant with EN 50159-2 standard. "The Saturn concept is inherently flexible and we invite our customers to design and integrate their own Saturn-compliant I/O modules without any limits!" says Thierry Servat, President of ClearSy. Saturn can be installed on both new and renovated trains. It can also be installed on platforms and track side applications, and used to run specific parts of the system, such as switches or platform screen doors/automatic platform gates in underground stations. The Saturn system is based on a range of remote I/O modules operating at different safety levels (SIL2, SIL3 or SIL4), in which a controller unit manages the ring communication network and an innovative open communications protocol, enabling a 1m/s cycle time. Users may also customise their Saturn system to suit their respective applications. About ClearSy ClearSy is a French SME that specialises in producing software and safety systems certified SIL1 to SIL4, the highest safety levels in the field of rail. A major player in the rail industry, ClearSy has worked with Alstom, Bombardier, GE Transportation, Siemens, the RATP and Thalès. From its position as an SME, it produces fully-secure turnkey systems from design to approval, verification and the ultimate go-live. For further information on ClearSy, contact: Thierry Servat Tel: +33 (0)4 42 37 12 70 Mobile: +33 (0)6 15 55 40 60  Email: contact@clearsy.com www.clearsy.com/en/   www.fersil-railway.com For further 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 View other press releases at:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Meet the Buyers event at Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group

Elise Lehy - 15-déc.-2015 13:52:51

On Wednesday 25 th  November, the Business France UK Industries & Cleantech team brought a delegation of 11 French SMEs working in the aerospace and defence sectors to meet with buyers at industry giant Marshall ADG’s headquarters in Cambridge. Prior to the event, Marshall ADG  and Business France selected French suppliers matching their specific procurement requirements. Throughout the process, Marshall ADG showed a strong interest in working with French companies, which was a decisive factor in making this event such a success. The day started with presentations by Business France, the Defence Equipment Attaché from the French Embassy in London and the Head of Procurement at Marshall ADG. This was followed by a guided tour of the land and aerospace divisions. Most importantly, the afternoon was dedicated to B2B meetings with buyers. According to early feedback from French attendees and Marshall’s buyers, the event was a success and a further example of French-British collaboration in these strategic sectors. The  Business France UK Industries & Cleantech team   would like to  thank the French Embassy services in London, the Business France aerospace team i n Paris, the CAI network and regional partners, and Marshall ADG for all of their efforts in making this event possible.


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: martine@geckotom.com 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: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr


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: n.eve@pna-ports.fr  Web: http://www.pna-ports.fr/web/home.html  /  http://uk.pna-emr.fr/ 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: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr


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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 michael.yates@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3636    Elise Lehy Senior Trade Development Adviser Elise.Lehy@ubifrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3623 Aerospace and Defence Charly Velluet Senior Trade Development Adviser charly.velluet@ubifrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3637 Energy an

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