Industry and Cleantech Department

Fitting out cabins, a major industrial challenge for French companies

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 02-mars-2017 12:35:58

The fitting out of aircraft interiors is a growing sector. Forecasts predict that the market will increase from $16.8bn (around £13.4bn) in 2016 to more than $29bn (around £23bn) in 2021, with an average annual growth rate of around 11%. This growth is boosted by increases in air traffic and record orders in recent years. Nearly 30,000 new commercial aircraft will have to be fitted out over the next 20 years. The market also includes retrofitting that, given the typical service life of aircraft ranging from 5 to 15 years, consists of refitting the cabin two or three times in an aircraft’s lifetime. The IFEC segment (In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity) is not to be outdone, since it is expected to reach $5.8bn (£4.65bn) by 2020. Demand comes mainly from: - North America, the leading global aeronautic market - Asia-Pacific, which is seeing its fleets increased by a many large orders. Challenges and solutions Passenger seating and on-board comfort are the focus of attention for airline companies, who must differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market. Optimum use of volumes and reducing the weight of fittings also form part of the challenge of reducing aircraft fuel consumption. Faced with these challenges, many French companies are developing new products and solutions, including: - To resolve the balance between making the aircraft lighter and passenger comfort, companies are working with innovative materials (composites, titanium, etc.), notably for the framework and covering of seats. - On-board service is also receiving a great deal of attention. In the front line: manufacturers of equipment for crew members, such as trolleys or galleys. The challenge lies in using lightweight materials but also in customisation through the development of modular systems. - On-board comfort also involves the cabin insulation and acoustics. Solutions have been developed to reduce noise and vibrations. - On-board entertainment has also seen in fundamental developments. Screens have got bigger, systems use less power, but it is especially the entertainment systems that have undergone the greatest changes, offering more possibilities to passengers than ever before. - Significant attention is also given to fixtures and fittings for Business and First Class cabins. The design of these cabins and their fittings (seats, use of high quality materials, etc.) is part of French expertise. Innovation, Customisation and Utility In summary, whether in design, equipment, on-board entertainment systems or maintenance, to mention only a few flourishing sectors, the three keywords for French businesses in the aircraft interiors industry are: - Innovation : particularly in terms of the materials used, the major challenge being to make aircraft lighter. - Customisation : the solutions on offer, both in terms of comfort and in design or entertainment, make it possible to meet the needs of airlines whilst differentiating themselves from their competitors. - Utility : adaptable and modular systems enabling rapid installation or reorganization and optimum use of volumes. Exhibiting together on 2 pavilions, in Hall B6 (stands 6C51, 6C61, 6C50, 6C60, 6C70 and 6D70) and in Hall B3 (stand 3C40) dedicated to IFEs, the French exhibitors represent the expertise and sheer variety and of companies in the sector. The business activities of the following selection of French Pavilion exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017   are explored in more detail on fact sheets in the press pack (available to download below): AERTEC:  Vacuum waste compactor, the first to be TSO C184-certified by the EASA and FAA BORLIS:  Flexible materials for cabin seats. The exceptional expertise of BORLIS gives it the status of Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant [Living Heritage Business] in France. SMS SAS trading as COBHAM AEROSPACE COMMUNICATIONS:  Design and production of dedicated solutions for on-board aeronautical applications on all aircraft types. DAHER:  Interior fitting out of aircraft, from laying floor coverings to installing the complete cab. EQUIP AERO TECHNIQUE:  Epoxy sandwich panels for aircraft cabins INTERACTIVE MOBILITY : Mobile app developer for on-board entertainment. RESCOLL: Technological innovator in the industrial usage of polymers, glued assemblies, surface treatments and material reaction to fire. SELA: ‘Clematis Management System’:   management of various systems and equipment, including lighting, video projection and wireless command keyboards. TEAM PLASTIQUE: Specialists in customised thermoforming. The company has designed a new thermo-pressure machine to make complex aeronautical components. WIN MS:  Fault search tool for aeronautical maintenance, reducing aircraft downtime. Should you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact: Catherine Ryall Press Officer, Business France catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / +44 (0)20 7024 3613


iGirouette® will turn your head!

Catherine Ryall - 12-janv.-2017 13:30:53

> Imagine a new form of digital signage : connected , digital , with a display that can be personalised in real time . Charvet Digital Media proudly presents its latest innovation, iGirouette® ! It moves just like the world around us, pointing out places , events and points of interest . iGirouette® can provide information on distances to be travelled, forms of transport to use and remaining journey time . After four years’ research and development , the first directional and connected signage system, iGirouette® , is available for sale throughout Europe from January 2017. > What is iGirouette® ? iGirouette® is a device made up of a mast with two rotating arrows , each of which can rotate 360 degrees. Each arrow is fitted with LED screens on both sides. iGirouette® is connected to the internet (either via a GMS chip or directly via a network cable) and is remotely controlled via an online platform. iGirouette® can be used to: ·          display real-time information about events ·          give directions for tours ·          calculate journey time to a given destination while recommending the most suitable mode of transport There is no end to the range iGirouette® ’s uses to which can be installed in: ·          city centres ·          exhibition centres ·          at sports or cultural events ·          at demonstrations, etc. iGirouette® represents a new era in signage: not only is it connected and digital, it is also linked to social networks and mobile apps, enabling it to display personalised information, fully tailored to each user on demand. By optimising visitor flows at sites open to the public, it provides unprecedented positive visitor experiences and tours. Find out more about iGirouette and visit the iGirouette YouTube channel .   > Recognition and awards for iGirouette® iGirouette® has already won numerous awards, including: ·          Innovation Star Prize 2017 from the ‘ Observeur du Design ’ (Paris, France, December 2016) ·          ‘ Observeur du Design 2017’ label (French national label for design, September 2016) ·          Prize for Best Navigation Tool (Paris, France, May 2016) ·          La Trophée du Printemps des Entrepreneurs (The Spring Entrepreneurs Trophy) (Lyon, France, April 2016)   > About Charvet Digital Media, creators of iGirouette® With almost 40 years’ expertise in communication through electronic displays, ISO 9001-certified French manufacturer Charvet Digital Media designs, creates and installs innovative and connected LED-based digital media solutions. Today, over 10,000 customer testimonials point to our experience and expertise, including end- to-end management of each and every project. Find out more about Charvet Digital Media and follow iGirouette news on Facebook and Twitter . Meet them at the Integrated Systems Europe show at RAI Amsterdam, Pavilion 8, Stand S200 from 7 th – 10 th February 2017 .     For more information on Charvet Digital Media or iGirouette, please contact:    Margaux Bonnet – +33 (0)4 78 88 51 18 – m.bonnet@charvet-digitalmedia.com           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/


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/


3 French firms rewarded at InnoTrans show in Berlin

Adeline Perrault - 29-nov.-2016 10:46:55

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This year, the jury was made up of representatives from major companies in the industry such as SNCF, RATP, Alstom, Eurotunnel, British Steel France Rail as well as specialised organisations such as the Railway Industry Association and I-Trans. They awarded prizes in three categories: -          Innovation -          International Development -          Customer / Supplier Relationships RUSTIN won the French Rail award for Innovation In the rail rolling stock industry, many years of experience is the key for a better and safer business.  The very highest degree of regulation for flame resistance, sound insulation, safety devices, for both local and regional transport as well as long distance travel to high-speed services with a worldwide reliability for our rubber sealing system is already a reality for RUSTIN. As a leading system supplier we have been active in designing and manufacturing rubber solutions in low-smoke fire-resistant compounds for and together with our customers for more than 80 years.  The very highest degree of technical precision is the focus of our product development work.  We provide customer-oriented solutions. RUSTIN’s rubber compounds for fire resistant seal are a new dimension into safety, with a full compliance to the EN 45 545-2. Our product & technology We are all guilty of getting frustrated when traversing the huge underground network that connects the oldest subway capital city like London, Paris, and transports millions of people each day! While frustration and stress are sometimes called for, here’s something that’ll make your journey through the underground easier. Introducing new modern signaling systems, delays due to signal, security and door failures will be reduced, making life for passengers more fluid with a reliable service. On the platform, the passenger will know immediately the status of the current operation of the door. Each door will provide its own status by an individual signal. Green – system is on and open, red flashing – the door security system is on and the door will close, white, the system is locked. Easy and modern signaling will improve the walk through the carriage, helping to ease the access and extra demand at peak time. More information at: on Rustin’s website FLEXELEC won the Customer-Supplier Relationship Award FLEXELEC is a 100 p. company located in France and UK, Germany, USA & Tunisia. Annual turnover is around €15m, more than 65% is achieved through exports to 50 countries. FLEXELEC is a part of the OMERIN group, world leader in conductor cables for extreme conditions.  “The Customer-Supplier relationship French Rail Award received by FLEXELEC during the last INNOTRANS 2016 in Berlin is a fantastic achievement for our small company. It shows we choose a coherent strategy face to the very specific challenge of our markets. Specific because our expertise is manufacturing and conceiving tailor-made heating cables and heating mats for many different uses, from switchers ice melting in Stockholm to the complete floor heating of the new STADLER high speed train, or even the toilet equipment’s temperature maintenance, so we have to be versatile and adapt to each project needs. Strategy then, because we chose to transform this difficulty into a singular and efficient weapon, going always beyond the project specifications, opening our doors to prospects and customers, in order to create confidence through this transparency. This way, we can really co-develop new solutions, both partners pushing its usual limits to achieve a better result. All of these factors contribute to 2016  being a year full of great successes, thanks to innovative solutions integrating the new fire and smoke EN45545 rules with the waterproof double insulation and preformed technologies, which were before unable to match with a very long lifetime when used outside the trains.” Stéphane Moret, General Manager More information on  Flexelec’s website . CIM won the FRENCH RAIL AWARD for International Development. Formed in 1975, CIM firstly forged its expertise in the supply of rolling stock and OEM parts. CIM has always known how to adapt to a constantly changing market. This is why each of its business lines has grown substantially in recent years and CIM has extended its operational spheres, achieving international success. CIM is focused on three main field of expertise: - Rail infrastructure projects and financing (CIM Projects) - Component manufacturing and supplying of parts, equipment and rolling stock (CIM Equipment) - Rolling stock maintenance (CIM Services) Since the beginning, CIM ambition’s has been to export spare parts, services and expertise on an international scale. Today, CIM works in in over 90 countries with major rail, urban transport and mining networks. To assure the best reactivity to its customers and keep a presence in its markets, CIM has opened many offices and subsidiaries across the world, specifically in: Canada, Panama, Dominican Republic,  Ecuador, Singapore,  Kazakhstan, Senegal, The Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Tanzania, Madagascar … In 2016, more than 90 % of CIM’s total turnover is from international projects. CIM is proud of this award which recognizes the excellence and expertise of its teams worldwide. Visit  CIM’s website for more information. 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/                        


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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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