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Launch of LCI’s Touch range: functional ‘Clean Label’ ingredients for bakery products

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 26-avr.-2017 11:28:32

        Ingredient transparency and the use of natural products are of increasing importance in the bread-making industry. In this context and as a pioneer in ‘Clean Label’ ingredients , Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) unveils its new range of functional ingredients, LCI’s touch . The range combines functional flours and enzymes to provide new ‘Clean Label’ solutions. Through the various offerings of the range, ‘LCI’s touch’ range makes it possible to: -    replace up to 50% of added gluten  -    to increase dough hydration levels -    to reduce added salt -    to control softness and/or to reduce egg quantity by up to 20%        All 6 ingredients in the LCI’s touch range can be listed as ‘wheat flour’ in the end product ingredient list : - GLUSAFE is an ingredient which replaces up to 50% of added gluten in bread (sandwich bread loaves, traditional or artisanal bread). With GLUSAFE, no modification of the process or hydration is required and dough is improved (greater elasticity, enhanced texture, etc).  - GLUSAFE SWEET is available for viennoiserie and pastries.  - The unique ingredient HYDRA 0.2% increases dough hydration levels and reduces bread recipe costs.  - STOP SALT , an innovative nutritional solution, reduces the amount of salt added to recipes by up to 25%. STOPSALT can be used in recipes for traditional or artisanal breads, sandwich bread loaves and viennoiserie. With STOP SALT , dough retains its hydration and elasticity without becoming sticky. - CAKESOFT makes it possible to control the soft texture of pastries with a long shelf life. No additional water is required in recipes using cakeSoft. - SOFT EGG is used to reduce the amount of eggs by up to 20% in bakery products without adding allergens. SOFT EGG also increases product shelf life and results in bakery products with finer breadcrumbs. About Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients At the heart of the sustainable supply chain of the Limagrain cooperative group, Bakery by Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients creates cereal ingredients for professionals in the bakery industry. Experts in softness, nutrition and ‘Clean Label’ ingredients, Bakery by Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients supports clients with expert knowledge and passion, providing quality ingredients and offering tailored solutions to both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in the industry. www.lci.limagrain.com  For more information about this press release, please contact: Business France UK  (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Catherine Ryall , Press Officer Email:   catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel:  + 44(0)207 024 3613 Website:    www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/    

France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 21-avr.-2017 12:17:21

France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology For the second consecutive year, France will be represented at Hannover Messe, from April 24-28 2017, in Hall 8 dedicated to “Digital Industry”, to show off the industrial know-how and creativity of French companies to international audiences, under the banner Créative Industry . It was in Hannover that the Créative Industry banner was first unveiled, the culmination of a closely-concerted effort with  Alliance Industrie du Futur (AIF) to showcase French industrial technology innovation through 7 technologies: digitization of the value chain, the role of people, new materials and composites, additive manufacturing, monitoring and control, energy efficiency, automation, workflow management and robotics. Won over by the success of the 2016 edition, the Grand Est Region and leading corporation Orange Business Services have confirmed participation in the fair again, at the same space. For this 2nd edition, 2 new regions (Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) will be joining the Grand Est Region in the Créative Industry Area, a sprawling 350 m² space headed by Business France/AIF. Each region will be taking part alongside its solutions suppliers (see detailed list below). SMEs SAV RESO and Optim Data , which recently earned the AIF’s Technological Showcase label, will also be found at the Creative Industry space, as well companies  AMA (connected glasses),  Diota (augmented reality solutions)  Monixo (predictive maintenance), and Cetim . In total, more than 70 French companies of all sizes will be able to show their capacity to provide innovative solutions, all along the value chain . With the support of its international network, Business France will put together 4 days with 4 countries that have set out an Industrial Strategy for the Future, including Germany, the United States and China. The aim is to create opportunities for interaction between French exhibitors and major principals or SMEs from the featured countries. The French-German day, designed in partnership with SAP France and Bosch France , will offer the opportunity to extend the cooperation on the Industry of the Future, officialised in Hanover in 2016: digital standardisation, usage cases, scenarios and R&D platforms. --> 11 SMEs from the GRAND EST Region, offering innovative technological solutions for the Factory of the Future in the GRAND EST Region ( www.grandest.fr ) will be exhibiting at the Créative Industry Area organised by Business France for the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Hall 8, dedicated to the Industry of the Future. Their participation proceeds from the Region’s “Factory of the Future” Plan, designed to enable industrial companies to turn their production sites into smarter, more flexible, connected and environmentally-friendly units. --> 15 companies and business players supported by the HAUTS-DE-FRANCE Region ( www.hautsdefrance.fr ) will show off their know-how, in partnership with Business France to: o Highlight its pro-business image along with the advantages, infrastructures and tools which the Region boasts for the Industry of the Future; o Communicate about the Region’s policies with investors, purchasing officers, partners, etc. o Strengthen ties with partners through its presence at the Créative Industry space. This shared presence will be an opportunity for the Region’s companies and industrial players to introduce their products, know-how and operations, as business players engaged in the Industry of the Future. --> 8 companies from the AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES Region ( www.auvergnerhonealpes.fr ). France’s leading industrial region intends to provide concrete assistance to its businesses so that they can stand tall in the face of the challenges raises by the Industry of the Future and boost their attractiveness. A collective of competitiveness clusters from all across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and dedicated to the Industry of the Future ( Axelera , Minalogic , Mont-Blanc Industries , Plastipolis ,  Tenerrdis and ViaMéca ) will also be taking part. As to major corporations participation, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES will be at the trade fair yet again, alongside Business France. A trusted partner to the industry’s key players in their digital transformation, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES has positioned itself as the reference operator for the Industry 4.0. Thanks to its know-how as services integrator, its Datavenue offer, expertise in the field of cyber-security, and its partner ecosystem, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES helps industrial companies take advantage of all the potential which Big Data and the Internet of Things – powerful drivers of growth and innovation – have to offer. Orange Business Services Beyond Hall 8, dozens of French companies will be featured at the France Pavilions in Halls 4, 20, 25 and 27, in particular in hydrogen technology, showcased by multiple players (businesses, laboratories, associations, competitive clusters) aspiring to speed up the development of hydrogen solutions to the benefit of the energy transition. Come meet all the French exhibitors with BUSINESS FRANCE: - Hall 4, A 44: Industrial sub-contracting (forging, smelting, sheet metal processing, machining) ADIAMIX , GUY DEGRENNE INDUSTRIE , PRECIFORGE, RAYMOND BARRE , WICHARD - Hall 8, F 09: Digital Factory Companies established in the Grand Est Region: 2CRSI , 3P - PRODUITS PLASTIQUES PERFORMANTS , ACCELINN , ALCHIMIES, ARPITEC , HAPTIC MEDIA , OPTA LP , SIRFULL , SYSTANCIA ,THURMELEC, VISUOL TECHNOLOGIES Companies established in the Hauts-de-France Region: FONDERIES DE SOUGLAND , PROSYST , EUROBAUT , GEOMNIA , SIF , STEREOGRAPH , TECHNIFRANCE Major corporation: ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES SMEs exhibiting individually: AMA , CETIM , DIOTA , MONIXO , OPTIM DATA , SAV RESO - Halls 20 6C 44: Motion Drive and Automation DOUCE HYDRO , EXAGO GROUP , DS DYNATEC , GEM INDUSTRIE , VMF HYDRAULICS ( dcombre@vmf.fr ) - Hall 25 F 24: Motion Drive and Automation APPAREILS DE TRANSFORMATION DE VITESSE , INNOVATIVE TECHNOMICS EUROPE - Hall 27: Hydrogen fuel cells – power generation, renewable and conventional energy supply, transmission and storage AD VENTA , AFHYPAC , ALCRYS , ATAWEY , FRANCHE COMTE INNOVATION/H2SYS , MCPHY ENERGY , MAHYTEC , POLE TENERRDIS , POLE VEHICULE DU FUTUR   Contacts:   BUSINESS FRANCE Weng Si DUVERDIER, Industry Department Head wengsi.duverdier@businessfrance.fr Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 30 67   Florence MASSENOT, Industry of the Future Head florence.massenot@businessfrance.fr Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 35 27   www.businessfrance.fr

TK’Blue, rating goods transport to improve economic, environmental and social performance

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 29-mars-2017 13:12:00

Founded in 2011, TK’Blue is an accreditation and rating agency which specialises in goods transport. Designed as a service platform for the sector’s various players – carriers, shippers and freight forwarders – it covers all modes of transport: road, rail, sea, river and air. Bolstered by its success in France, TK’Blue is now keen to bring its innovative service platform to an international clientele, particularly in the United Kingdom, Germany and the US. It is currently seeking partners and customers who will act as early adopters in these countries. Tailored objective assessments to improve services for everyone In line with EU directives and taking into account all associated negative externalities (greenhouse gases/CO 2 , particles, pollution, noise, congestion, accidents, etc.), TK’Blue allows organisations to increase the economic performance of their supply-chain and, simultaneously, evaluate and manage the social and environmental impact of their transport operations. TK’Blue accredits carriers based on an online questionnaire, awarding them a TK’T score in the process. The score is directly proportional to: ·        - the quality of their equipment ·        - their facilities ·        - the training offered to their drivers. This accreditation is free of charge for road haulage firms. The analytical criteria used to generate the TK’T score are tailored to the specifics of each mode of transport and were selected and validated by experts , scientists and European transport professionals . The TK’T score is the first to offer shippers an objective assessment of the performance (punctuality, security) they can expect from the transport fleets of their service providers. Consequently, shippers can easily identify areas to improve and work on with their service providers. Shippers can also take advantage of detailed and continually updated information regarding their transport operations. This allows them to meet the latest reporting requirements in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and their CSR commitments. Big brands are already on board TK’Blue has already convinced dozens of major shippers such as Carrefour, Procter&Gamble, Sanofi, Castorama, METRO, Adisseo, BIC, Bekaert, Pernod-Ricard, Sephora as well as thousands of carriers in Europe.   ‘In 2016, BIC Europe chose TK’Blue to improve and, in the long run, replace their existing transportation performance measurement system. TK’Blue is now providing an improved and extremely flexible measurement which respects our legal obligations. We use it for our internal analysis.Both in Europe and around the world, BIC relies on TK’Blue to simplify the CSR impact measurement of its transport services. After a trial period in Europe, we will also extend TK’Blue’s services to all our subsidiaries in order to provide a unique, reliable and common measurement.’   Pierre Daurces, Supply Chain Manager at BIC Europe Consumer Continuing to improve the transport and logistics sector for everyone Philippe Mangeard, President and Founder of TK’Blue, underlined his ambition to ‘ improve the economic and environmental performance of the transport services provided to shippers by raising the profile of carriers offering the best equipment and staff. We want to go beyond a rationale that focuses solely on the price of transport and instead boost operation reliability, security and punctuality’. About TK’Blue: TK’Blue is an extra-financial transport rating agency that takes the form of a service platform. It evaluates, rates and values the environmental performance of every stakeholder in the chain – be they carriers, freight forwarders or shippers – in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements related to CO 2 emissions and CSR, at both national and European levels. Its cross-European governance, which includes more than 60 individuals representing the logistics chain’s various stakeholders, experts and operators, enhances its legitimacy, as well as its credibility, development, fitness for purpose and independence in the long term. TK’Blue and environmental analysis specialists Vigeo Eiris signed a methodological partnership in 2016. For more information, visit: https://www.tkblueagency.eu To find out more about TK’Blue, please contact: Claire Commaille who works for TK’Blue in the UK would be delighted to set up meetings at two shows in Birmingham on 5 th April 2017 : -         -  Multimodal -         -   Traffex Claire Commaille, claire.commaille@tkblueagency.eu , +44 (0)73 9877 9929 In Paris : Nicolas Darfeuille,  nicolas.darfeuille@tkblueagency.eu , + 33 1 71 39 80 70 Website: www.tkblueagency.eu For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Website:   www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/  

2016 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 27-mars-2017 12:50:30

1,177 foreign investments decisions in France in 2016, with 85 British investments projects accounted for and 3,713 jobs created. France, first destination for British investments in Europe Business France published yesterday the “2016 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France. The international development of the French economy”, which analyses foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. In 2016, 1,117 foreign investment decisions created or maintained 30,108 jobs in France, up 16% from 2015. That’s 3 investment decisions per day made thanks to the assets France present: its geographical location, infrastructures, transport links, great industrial quality and diversity, high productivity and a highly-qualified work-force. France continues to attract investments in strategic functions and remains the first country for investments in the manufacturing industry. In fact, in 2016, 25% of foreign investments were focused on production, which represents 37% of employment. To showcase, Bolton Group (Italy), decided to invest 2.5 million euros in the extension of its branch Saupiquet, in Quimper, and the Swiss Liebherr Aerospace invested over 14 million euros on its production site in Toulouse. Foreign investors in Europe increasingly recognise French innovation and the French Tech ecosystem, a true lever for French attractiveness. In 2016, 115 investment decisions were Research and Development, engineering and design, which confirm this trend. For example, the Italian TAS Group invested 4 million euros in its Sophia-Antipolis site, and the German equipment giant Continental engaged in the connected vehicles revolution created a dedicated R&D site in Toulouse. The UK has actively contributed to these results, with 85 investment decisions accounted for in 2016, leading to the creation or maintenance of 3,713 jobs in France. To date, over 2,800 British companies are present in France, where they employ over 230,000 people. In 2016, France was the first destination for British investments creating jobs in Europe. It is home to 25% of projects, followed by Germany with 14% and Spain with 9% of projects. 32% of British investments were the creation or expansion of retail stores/units, 27% of investments were in the creation or expansion of decision centres (23 in total), and 25% the creation or expansion of production centres (25% of investments). It is worth mentioning that 24% of investment in retail stores in France is done by British companies. Presence of British companies in France is sectorial. The main sectors are commerce and distribution (24%), consultancy, engineering and operational services to companies (19%), and textile, industrial textile, fashion and accessories (15%). British investments can be demonstrated by the British group AstraZeneca Plc , which specialises in treatment against asthma and employs 1,500 people in France. The group decided to invest in the extension of its production plant in Dunkirk by planning a new production line, creating a dozen jobs. Based in the United Kingdom, BSRIA LTD is an international organisation for testing, instrumentation, research and consultation that produces specialised services in construction and building. The group has invested 1.5M€ in the opening of a calibration laboratory in Lille, in Hauts-de-France (North of France). BSRIA will be recruiting around 10 people. The industrial group Tata sold its branch of European aciers longs to the British group Greybull Capital . The company also acquired the French production plant of Hayange in the Grand-Est (East of France). It plans to invest 495 M€, realising its first investment in France. The leading 5 British companies in terms of employment in France are Kingfisher PLC, commerce and distribution that specialises in furniture and home equipment created between 18,000 and 20,000 jobs. It is followed by the hospitality group Compass with 15,000 jobs created. The next are financial, banking and insurance services Bridgepoint Advisers Group Ltd, Intermediate Capital Group PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC, each creating just over 10,000 jobs. British companies invest throughout France’s thriving regions and cities, which are key for attracting investment, although over a quarter of investments (26%) are located in Ile de France (Paris region), 13% in Hauts-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (9% each). The 2016 annual report demonstrates that France is open, attracting companies of all sizes, of all sectors and of all nationalities and remains a privileged destination for foreign investors. The second season of the French Tech Ticket, with over 2700 candidates, is a testament to the real attractive potential of our country, where access to financing is now considered the most performant in Europe. The success of a project is also the quality of its interlocutors that guide the investors to realise their investment. This is the role of Business France and its teams. Out of 1,177 foreign investment decisions, 643 received support from Business France and its regional partners, up from 522 in 2015. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. 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: http://en.businessfrance.fr/discover-france/international-development-of-the-french-economy Press Contacts Cynthia.odsi@businessfrance.fr Sarah.struk@businessfrance.fr

French companies to exhibit in the ingredients fragrances and testing zones at In-Cosmetics Europe

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 09-mars-2017 17:26:34

France is an internationally recognised supplier of raw materials for the cosmetics industry. Certified for their quality and purity, these raw materials comply with the strictest regulations and respect social ethics.  Rich in a range of plant, marine and mineral ingredients as well as chemically derived ones, they appeal to the largest international luxury brands. The French Touch will be represented by 91 French companies on the France Pavilion organised by Business France, at the In-Cosmetics Global trade fair  to be held from 4th to 6th April 2017 at London’s ExCel Center. These companies will be demonstrating their know-how in the Ingredients, Fragrances and Testing Zones of this year’s fair.   New products and key trends In 2015, the global market for cosmetics ingredients was estimated at US$ 9 billion (around £7.39 billion) in the key regions of Europe, the US, Brazil, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India.  The market is constantly growing and benefits from innovative R&D that enables high-value added active ingredients to be developed. However, companies in the industry must also adapt to continually changing regulations. Many French companies will be launching new products, improved formulas or responding to new trends at In-Cosmetics. We note particular growing interest in protecting the skin from the effects of pollution .  French ingredients suppliers offer solutions that form a screen against pollution by means of a film acting as a second skin. Others rely on active ingredients that are powerful antioxidants and anti-lipoperoxidants, or have anti-glycation or anti-free radical properties , which decrease inflammation, moisturise the skin and act against pigmentation marks caused by pollution. Detox programmes have been developed to counteract urban stress.   Testing, Testing… Creating new active ingredients requires the development of customised in vivo, in vitro and ex vivo biological tests. French laboratories specialised in toxicity testing look for evidence of endocrine disruptors in volunteers (both men and women) . They will be exhibiting in the Testing zone. For the first time, the Fragrances Zone is exhibiting perfumed ceramics made of Limoges porcelain (stand Q50). While the French offering includes a wide range of natural and organic plant, marine and mineral (clay type) ingredients of certified origin, it also bases its offer on their absence of residues , which is greatly appreciated by large brands.  The French build their reputation on very pleasing, light and fluffy textures, the reflective effects of pigments and on colour control thanks to the use of very specialised software. These ingredients are not only intended for the cosmetics industry, but also for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Being environmentally conscientious , some French laboratories use living plant cells by ’milking’ their roots up to six times per year, which preserves the parent plant; others use renewable and biodegradable ingredients. With the help of regional partners such as Bretagne Commerce International , Cosmetic Valley , DEV-UP  and CCI Aquitaine , the Business France  Pavilion (National Agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy) will be displaying the latest French innovations at the 2017 edition of In-Cosmetics Global. All of the participants will be present in three blocks in the South Hall: -    stands C10 – CC10 – C30 – CC30 – C50 and CC50 for Ingredients -    stands P52 to PP57 and on pods PP50 – Q50 – Q51 and QQ55 for Fragrances -    stands D30 and D50 for Testing   For further information please see the catalogue or please contact: Christiane Peslherbe Project Manager Business France Paris Tel: +33 1 40 73 36 90 christiane.peslherbe@businessfrance.fr http://export.businessfrance.fr Press contact UK : Catherine Ryall catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr    

Business France publishes improved operating results across the board

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 03-mars-2017 13:17:15

Business France has continued to build upon its success for the second successive year following its creation in January 2015, according to improved operating results across the board published Thursday, as greater synergies between supporting French exporters and attracting foreign investment to France start to pay off. The number of SMEs and mid-size companies benefiting from Business France’s export services increased from 9,755 in 2015 to  9,993 in 2016 , including 5,682 through collective events (France Pavilions at international trade fairs, business meetings, etc.) and 3,429 receiving customized support. 462 collective events  were organized abroad as part of the France Export Program, including  152 France Pavilions . Criteria for providing customized support and follow-up to growth SMEs and mid-size companies, in partnership with France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, showed that  1,101 businesses  had initiated their international action plan by the end of 2016, well ahead of an initial target of 1,000 by the end of 2017. Business France’s strategy to make the VIE International Internship Program a leading bespoke solution in foreign countries for businesses and young professionals alike can be seen by the surge in interns taking part in the program, rising from 9,006 in 2015 to  9,572 by the end of 2016  in 134 countries. One business in two  receiving support from Business France in 2016 struck at least one trading agreement, while three in four businesses found new potential trading partners. Moreover,  643 foreign investment decisions receiving support from Business France  and its regional development partners were successfully completed during the year, up from 522 in 2015, while the total figures for foreign investment projects and jobs generated in France will be published in late March 2017. No fewer than 1,553 foreign investment projects were identified and followed up in 2016, up from 1,333 in 2015, while Business France teams organized around a thousand site visits for foreign investors. Business France currently operates in  73 different countries , having doubled its presence throughout the world to attract foreign investors, opening new branches in Kuwait and Ethiopia in 2016, along with two offices in Iran and Nigeria. As France’s leading player in the international development of the French economy, Business France signed or renewed a number of public and private partnerships in 2016, which included agreements with France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, French Chambers of Commerce and Industry both within France and internationally, France’s foreign trade advisors (CCEFs), Expertise France, Atout France, the French Trademark and Patent Office (INPI), the French Trade Entrepreneurs Federation (OSCI), the French Employer Federation MEDEF International, the French Development Agency (AFD), Euler Hermes, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole. Business France also looked to strengthen its regional partnerships in 2016 by signing a cooperation agreement in September with France’s regions, enabling them to work more closely with the agency’s various business lines and global network. “These excellent results for 2016 are an endorsement of how Business France has been set up to operate. After an excellent start in 2015, we have now built upon our early success. For this, we can thank the unstinting commitment, expertise and capabilities of our 1,500 personnel, who hail from 65 different countries and together provide active support to help businesses succeed, whether this be in export markets or by investing in France. The coming year will see an even greater impact, as we work increasingly closely with public- and private-sector partners, especially in France’s regions,” said Muriel Pénicaud, CEO of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment. Business France  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. 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:  www.businessfrance.fr Media contacts: Cynthia Odsi  cynthia.odsi@businessfrance.fr  +33 1 40 74 74 15 Clément Moulet  clement.moulet@businessfrance.fr  +33 1 40 73 35 31

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

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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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