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France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe

Michael SALAS - 24-avr.-2017 16:50:34

  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 – National Network for Manufacturing Innovation) 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 2 nd 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. The French-American Day, designed in partnership with the US Department of Commerce, will offer French and U.S. companies the opportunity to participate in one-on-one B2B meetings. If you are interested, please register via the following link :   http://www.uscsfrance.com/HM2017/                 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: Highlight its pro-business image along with the advantages, infrastructures and tools which the Region boasts for the Industry of the Future; Communicate about the Region’s policies with investors, purchasing officers, partners, etc. 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      Florence MASSENOT, Industry of the Future Head wengsi.duverdier@businessfrance.fr                   florence.massenot@businessfrance.fr –   Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 30 67                                         Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 35 27   www.businessfrance.fr  

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UbiMobility 2017: Business France and Bpifrance Accelerate 8 Innovative Startups and SMEs in the US Autonomous Vehicle Sector

Michael SALAS - 04-avr.-2017 16:58:22

  UbiMobility 2017: Business France and Bpifrance Accelerate 8 Innovative Startups and SMEs in the US Autonomous Vehicle Sector - 8 startups selected by a jury of major actors in the connected and autonomous vehicle space in the United States - A 10-month acceleration program and 2 week immersion program in the automotive ecosystems of Detroit and San Francisco - It’s third edition underway, UbiMobility 2017 boasts two successful editions in its past March 13th, Intel announced the acquisition of the Israeli company Mobileye which specializes in driving assistance systems for 15 $ billion. The announcement boosts the race for new technologies in the autonomous and connected vehicle industries in the United States and opens up a major market for specialized startups.   Today, Business France and Bpifrance unveiled the 8 startups selected to participate in the 3rd edition of UbiMobility, an acceleration program in the connected and autonomous vehicle sector in the United States.    Beginning on June 3rd, the eight selected French companies will begin an intensive two-week immersion program presenting their technologies and developing partnerships with major U.S. players in the industry. UbiMobility will take the delegation to two major ecosystems in the automotive industry – Detroit/Ann Arbor and San Francisco / Silicon Valley.   Additionally, these eight startups will be part of a 10-month program where Business France will provide professional support, and guidance, in order to foster the relationships established between the French and American companies. For the third edition of UbiMobility, a jury comprised of representatives from key U.S. automotive companies selected the 8 startups from a pool of 20 pre-selected companies. The selected startups offer advanced technologies in the key areas of the connected and autonomous vehicles including advanced driving and safety, facial and vocal recognition, driver behavior and interaction, vehicle connectivity and software validation.   Supported by Bpifrance in their innovation efforts, most, if not all of these companies have made the United States their target market. Designed as a program to accelerate their integration onto the U.S. automotive industry, UbiMobility provides the opportunity for these eight companies to present their companies to the automakers, suppliers, VC, and research communities.   On site, each of them will benefit from personalized support from Business France. The goal is to build a lasting relationship with potential customers and strategic partners in the North American market.   The companies will receive coaching to adapt their message to the U.S. market. They will participate in targeted events bringing together the diverse members of the automotive / mobility communities and will benefit from a program of personalized BtoB meetings. While in the U.S., the UbiMobility delegation will meet with each jury member* and their autonomous and connected vehicle teams, including:   Ford Silicon Valley, Delphi, FCA, Valeo North America, The University of Michigan, WardsAuto, Magna International, The University of California – Berkeley and the Boston Consulting Group.    In addition to the jury, past meetings have included new automotive manufacturers and mobility companies such as Uber, Tesla, Faraday Future, Google, NVIDIA, venture capitalist firms and research institutions. This unique mixture of complete immersion and long-term professional support has demonstrated the program’s effectiveness of introducing French innovation onto the U.S. market.   Results from the first 2 editions of UbiMobility: - Coaching and development of 16 innovative startups and SMEs - 11 companies’ presence and expansion to the U.S. market (Actia, Vulog, Navya, Trust In Soft, - Roadeyes, Kronosafe, Optis, ESI Group, Prove & Run, Pradeo, Arkamys)   - Contracts or agreements signed for 75% of them (Actia, Vulog, Navya, Trust In Soft, Roadeyes, - Intempora, Krono-Safe, Optis, ESI Group, Prove & Run, Akoustic Arts, YoGoKo)   - 47.5 million euros raised for their international development   The stakes are high. Auto manufacturers, suppliers, Silicon Valley firms and local authorities are heavily invested in the development of autonomous and connected vehicles. The University of Michigan has developed Mcity, a unique test facility in the suburb of Ann Arbor, designed to test autonomous vehicles in real-life conditions. Thanks to UbiMobility, the 100 % electric and autonomous shuttle Navya was selected to be a part of the Mcity program. The integration of advanced technologies influences the emergence and deployment of the autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle. According to the Boston Consulting Group, a majority of urban consumers are mostly in favor of autonomous cars (58% in France, 52% in the United States). This new mode of transportation has considerable perceived benefits (parking, the possibility using travel time to accomplish tasks ...). Its generalization should have a major impact on mobility solutions. Nevertheless, this will only be possible if the safety of the user is guaranteed. As Hadi Zablit, BCG’s Senior Partner and Managing Director Paris, points out, security remains a concern for a significant portion of consumers and remains a major impediment. This reality opens up important market prospects for technological solutions that will contribute to the reliability of the autonomous vehicle. * The Jury for UbiMobility 2017:   Dr. Dragos Maciuca, Technical Director and Senior Technical Leader, Ford Research & Innovation Center, Palo Alto Mr. Drew Winter, Editor-in-Chief, WardsAuto World magazine, Senior Editor, WardsAuto.com, WardsAuto Ms. Françoise Colpron, Group President, Valeo North America Mr. Xavier Mosquet, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group Dr. Huei Peng, Director of the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center Dr. Gary O’Brien, Global Director of Avanced Engineering, Delphi   ·          Mr. Bret Scott, Head of Silicon Valley Future Technologies, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles   Mr. Ian Simmons, Vice President Business Development and Research and Development, Magna International Mr. Thomas West, Director of PATH - Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology, The University of California - Berkeley   The 8 startups selected for UBIMOBILITY 2017   Acapela Acapela Transport invents speech solutions to vocalize contents with authentic and ultra-natural voices in the transportation market. Over 100 synthetic voices in 34 languages are ready to give a voice to any content producing a natural and pleasant audio result, by turning written input into speech. Our natural voices are available on all main platforms (Cloud, Windows Server, Windows Desktop and mobile, Linux servers and embedded, OSX and iOS, Android…). By mixing two technologies (unit selections and concept-to-speech) we can now generate voices close to a human being in cars but also in other parts of multimodal transport (train, buses, planes…). Chronocam Chronocam is a Paris-based developer of biologically-inspired computer vision sensors and systems for autonomous navigation and IoT applications. Quite simply, its technology, which introduces a new computer vision paradigm based on how the human eye and brain work, significantly improves the performance and power efficiency of how computer vision can be implemented in a wide range of products and applications that improve the convenience and safety of our daily lives. CS Communications & Systèmes CS has developed an innovative technology that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the Verification and Validation (V&V) process for complex critical systems such as advanced automotive systems.   Its solution permits the generation of scripts of tests of hundreds of lines of code in several seconds, reducing significantly the cost of the tests. Dibotics LiDAR sensors are one of the key components of the Autonomous Car, as they allow for a precise 3D perception of the surroundings. However, they are still too expensive for mass-market adoption and are not giving keen resolution and detailed data compared to, for example, cameras. The real-time software of Dibotics permits the vehicle to know its precise location and to know its environment (obstacles, route, road markings…). Dynamixyz High quality facial analysis middleware which can be applied to a wide range of domains including the automotive industry. We have developed and showcased a car at the CES 2017 in partnership with Visteon which has the abilities to authenticate the driver, track its gaze and do simple expression analysis. This kind of technology is key to the development of ADAS. Neavia Technologies Neavia Technologies has more than 10 years’ experience in devices for ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems): smart cameras, wireless detection of transportation duration and communication vehicle to infrastructure (V2I). All these products for road infrastructure are contributing to better road management, more efficient traffic and to saving more lives. Pertech Pertech Solutions is a French company that designs technological and innovative solutions for Eye Tracking.   Eye Tracking consists of measuring the gaze direction of a subject in order to understand the interaction between the subject and his environment. The innovation is based on the development of high-performance algorithms and software, based solely on image processing techniques, without corneal reflection (without IR), enabling accurate, robust, fast pupillary tracking which is non-intrusive, simple too implement (a few seconds), not influenced by conditions of brightness and without any constraint related to the acquisition equipment (camera). Smart Me Up Computer vision deals with how computers can gain high-level understanding from digital images or videos. It can detect and identify any object in a scene. Vision intelligence goes beyond that definition by understanding the context of the scene and reporting the information (drowsiness detection, car accident detection, pedestrians crossing the road).   At Smart Me Up we bring vision intelligence into cars to create the autonomous car of tomorrow. In fact, it is a light and an affordable solution that can be embedded in any type of camera or OS.   CONTACT   For North America Business France: Mick SALAS: +1 312-327-7710 - michael.salas@businessfrance.fr Omar JANJUA : +1 (416) 903-1258 - omar.janjua@businessfrance.fr                                                 For France: Business France: Clément MOULET: +33 (0)1 40 73 35 31 – clement.moulet@businessfrance.fr Bpifrance: Nathalie POLICE: +33 (0)1 41 79 95 26 - nathalie.police@bpifrance.fr About Business France: 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.   Created by the fusion of UbiFrance and the French Agency for International Investments on January 1 st , 2015, Business France counts 1500 collaborators in France and in 70 countries throughout the world.   It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program . For more information:   www.businessfrance.com     About Bpifrance   : Bpifrance finances businesses through loans, guarantees, and equity during all stages, from the seed phase to transfer and listing on the stock exchange. In partnership with Business France and Coface, Bpifrance accompanies firms developing export activities and provides support for their innovation projects.   Bpifrance offers businesses the benefit of a powerful contact, one who is readily available and able to efficiently respond to their financing needs during For more information: www.bpifrance.com  

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23 French exhibitors at the Photonics West tradeshow in San Francisco

Michael SALAS - 13-janv.-2017 22:37:29

  23 French exhibitors at the Photonics West tradeshow in San Francisco   From January 31 st to February 2 nd , 2017 Organised by Business France in partnership with the CNOP (National Committee for Optics and Photonics), the French Pavilion at the Photonics West tradeshow in February 2016 will gather 24 exhibitors. Among them, there will be French competitiveness cluster who are CNOP members: Alpha – Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences, as well as the Bretagne International agency, which groups several businesses in its area. Located in the Moscone Center South Hall, in booths 1723 and 1823, the French Pavilion will extend over a 1600 sq feet surface area. The French optic and photonics represents about a thousand companies and 50,000 direct jobs, a turnover of €10,45b, 300 laboratories and 13,000 researchers (Source: AFOP). As for business sectors, while it is still positioned on the defence market, it is making increasing inroads into sectors such as security, aeronautics, automotive, space, health, telecommunications, instrumentation and industrial processes.   90% of French industrialists export their production. Those exports represent about 50% of the business channel’s overall turnover. Research conducted in France covers a wide range of fields: fundamental physics, astrophysics, micro and nanotechnology, light/matter interaction and materials, thereby taking part in the progress of other disciplines. All French research agencies are presently involved in ambitious projects: the large telescopes of the future, satellites to observe the workings of the universe, extreme lasers, and they are associated with the instrumentation needed in such undertakings as the ITER, VIRGO and LHC projects. Beyond the exceptional advances they are expected to trigge r, those projects are also significantly stimulating industrial activity around optics photonics. Furthermore, they are playing a role in creating a strong synergy between research laboratories and industry, a synergy which is essential to a dynamic business environment and which has brought about a strong showing of French projects within the framework of European calls for tender. Innovative in the field of optics and photonics, French companies exhibiting in San Francisco will be unveiling their latest products at the tradeshow. The catalogue of exhibitors is available on request. Contact: Business France Nathalie Marchal, Electronic & Digital Project Coordinator Nathalie.marchal@businessfrance.fr

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Electronics and Computers

Defymed Enters Partnership with Semma Therapeutics

Michael SALAS - 13-déc.-2016 18:26:41

Defymed enters partnership with Semma Therapeutics Strasbourg, 12 December 2016 - Defymed, a Strasbourg biotech company specialising in the development of bio-artificial organs, announces a strategic collaboration with Semma Therapeutics, an American biotechnology company specialising in the development of cell therapies for the treatment of diabetes, with the goal of developing of an innovative solution for treating type-1 diabetes. The collaboration is aimed at pre-clinical validation of the MAILPAN® bio-artificial pancreas, a device developed by Defymed, in combination with stem-cell derived differentiated insulin-secreting cells developed by Semma Therapeutics. The combination will be evaluated for effectiveness and safety, at first in vitro and then in an animal model. MAILPAN® is a medical device in the form of a pouch made of bio-compatible polymer comprising semi-permeable membranes that allow glucose, nutriments and oxygen to pass through and hence to reach the pancreatic cells contained in the device, delivering the insulin required to regulate the patient’s blood-sugar level. The membranes are impermeable to the immune system and its antibodies, thereby protecting the patient from rejection of the implanted cells. If successful, the collaboration could be an important step in the fight against the global epidemic of diabetes. Diabetes affects more than 420 million people globally, accounting for around $700B in healthcase spending. Type 1 diabetes alone accounts for $14.9 billion in healthcare costs in the U.S., with 1.25M patients on insulin therapy for the disease. In France, it is estimated that 300 000 people have type-1 diabetes, and 2 000 new cases are diagnosed each year. This therapy would potentially offer the patient an unlimited source of insulin-secreting cells, unlike pancreatic islets which are limited by their availibility. Additionally, the device should obviate the need for immuno-suppression treatment, as its membranes as expected to protect the encapsulated cells from any risk of rejection. The patient would no longer have to think about multiple insulin injections each day, as the MAILPAN® combined with Semma’s cells should deliver the right amount of insulin. Defymed’s autonomous and long-lasting medical device thereby is hoped to substantially reduce the complications connected with diabetes. “Semma Therapeutics’ expertise could represent a major new source for cells usable in our medical device,” said Dr Séverine Sigrist, Founding President of Defymed. “It is vital in Defymed’s strategy to validate our medical device with what are currently the most promising cells. We believe the approach developed by Semma is the most advanced worldwide. Everything points to our collaboration being a great success. So I welcome this partnership, which looks very promising indeed!” “Defymed offers one of the most promising options available today in terms of a third party immunoprotective device,” said Robert Millman, CEO of Semma Therapeutics. “We’re excited for the collaboration and look forward to the results.” This exemplary cooperation was recognized as “Best innovative trial design leading to a quicker and better therapeutic outcome” at the MedStartup - Galien Award event on 27 October 2016 in New York. For Defymed, the collaboration follows just six months after concluding a financial agreement for half a million dollars with the JRDF, a global foundation that funds research into treatment for type-1 diabetes. Defymed also has the support and accompaniment of Business France for its development in the United States. The Strasbourg biotech company is keen to become established in this important market in the very near future. About Defymed Defymed, a spin-off of the European centre for the study of diabetes CeeD (Centre Européen d’Étude du Diabète), is a biotechnology company set up in March 2011; it specialises in the design and development of innovative bio-artificial medical devices. Defymed’s initial focus is on developing an application for treating type 1 diabetes. The first product it has designed is MAILPAN©, an implantable bio-artificial pancreas intended to re-establish the normal production of insulin in type 1 diabetics. The MAILPAN© prototype was produced with financial support from the European Commission. The company owns exclusive technology that enables it to produce medical devices for use in other therapeutic applications. Defymed’s strength lies in its network of French and international partners. For more information, please visit www.defymed.com. About Semma Therapeutics Semma Therapeutics was founded to develop transformative therapies for Type 1 diabetes patients. Work in the laboratory of Professor Douglas Melton led to the discovery of a method to generate billions of functional, insulin-producing beta cells in the laboratory. This breakthrough technology has been exclusively licensed to Semma Therapeutics for the development of a cell-based therapy for diabetes. Ongoing research at Semma Therapeutics is focused on combining these proprietary cells with a state-of-the-art device to provide a true replacement for the missing beta cells in a diabetic patient without immunosuppression. Semma Therapeutics is working to bring new therapeutic options to the clinic and improve the lives of patients with diabetes. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. For more information, visit www.semma-tx.com. COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE DEFYMED 8 Avenue Dante 67000 Strasbourg - France Tel. +33 (0)3 90 41 04 46 www. defymed .com Further information and visuals available on request from our press service: OXYGEN | Press contacts 2 Rue d’Ingwiller - 67000 Strasbourg [France] Elise Cordier +33 (0)3 67 22 03 25 - elisec@oxygen-rp.com Jérémie Lotz +33 (0)6 11 25 48 05 - jlotz@oxygen-rp.com  

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Laser Stripping Becomes a Reference in the Field of Cabling

Michael SALAS - 06-déc.-2016 23:57:21

  Laser Stripping Becomes a Reference in the Field of Cabling Over the last two decades the aerospace industrial landscape has seen a tremendous surge in laser processing solutions (cutting, welding, marking, etc.). Electrical harness manufacturing is a booming sector driven by the strong growth of aircraft production and the race for autonomous cars (multiplication of sensors and multimedia systems, complexity of the harnesses). The use of high-precision laser solutions for marking or stripping of a lighter, technical and sensitive electric cable is constantly increasing. In recent years, cable laser stripping machines have followed a trend of sophistication, increased power, size and capacity to try to penetrate new markets in the industry. Laselec has chosen to work against the flow by relying on innovation, miniaturization, ergonomics and ease of use. Laselec has developed Sylade, a patented technology for contactless cable stripping based on laser diodes. Sylade technology is integrated in the field of aerospace cabling and offers a level of precision, quality and consistency far superior than that of traditional tools. Laser stripping is establishing itself as the best solution for the stripping of shielded, twisted and multi-filament cables and meets the new requirements of the aerospace standards ASD EN2812, SAE AIR6894 updated and published in recent months. The Sylade products - available as a stand-alone or integrated in an automated harness manufacturing solution- perfectly meets the need for stripping aluminum cables used in the transport sectors as well. Their use guarantess not to damage the ultra-sensitive strands of these new families of technical cables. Public Relations Contact : Marie-Line LAVAL, Global Sales Director info@laselec.com +33 (0)5 82 950 550 www.laselec.com        

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Aerospaces

Smoove becomes the first operator to provide an African city with bike-sharing program

Michael SALAS - 07-nov.-2016 16:43:48

  Smoove to provide Marrakesh with self-service bike-sharing scheme   Smoove becomes the first operator to provide an African city with bike-sharing program     Marrakech will be the first city in Africa to implement a  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 bike-sharing solutions in other parts of the UK. They are currently working on a ‘call for tender’ for a bike-sharing scheme in Brighton    Smoove won the tender organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to roll out a fleet of self-service bikes 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 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 low-cost 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  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   @Smoove_Off     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/      

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Rail and Urban transport

LASELEC CELEBRATES 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH ELECTRICAL HARNESS AUTOMATION AT NBAA 2016

Michael SALAS - 17-oct.-2016 18:06:52

  Press release October 2016   LASELEC CELEBRATES 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH ELECTRICAL HARNESS AUTOMATION AT NBAA 2016 Founded in 2001, LASELEC designs and manufactures cutting-edge electrical wire processing equipment: UV laser wire markers, laser wire strippers, interactive harness assembly boards, harness braiding machines. This wide range of products demonstrates the company’s willingness for continuous innovation and leadership in the latest trends in aircraft electrical harness manufacturing – And that latest trend is AUTOMATION ! LASELEC will present its automatic solutions in a special presentation at the NBAA 2016 show:   The RAPIDSHARE Automated Wire Processing Line Prior to RapidShare being launched, the first step in the manufacturing process of an aerospace electrical harness started with the marking and cutting of wires. Next the operator had to manually group the batch of wires. Then the operator would label and sort those batches for production processing before sending them to the shop floor for assembly on a form board. Laselec has initiated the new trend in the harness manufacturing with GE Aviation being the first customer to experience an unprecedented level of automation. RapidShare is a solution designed to automate wire processing production.   The RapidShare robot arm, attached to the ULYS Modena laser wire marker, is able to perform automatic tasks such as:   labelling, stripping, crimping, bundling and kitting processes.   The operator is now free to handle multiple tasks/machines instead of operating a single marking machine for an entire shift. RapidShare’s compatibility with the ULYS Modena line of laser wire markers has allowed companies, such as Airbus Group which owns several Laselec’s markers, to   upgrade to the automated production system that has increased their competitiveness. Also on display during NBAA 2016, is the ALL NEW Sylade 7 laser wire stripper . The Laselec patented laser cutting technology is a safe solution for jacket stripping of MIL-SPEC cables. This all new version features a trigger sensor, auto-select strip lengths and a faster cutting process. With SYLADE, jacket stripping becomes SAFE, QUICK and FUN! The EasyWiring interactive harness form board will be on display at NBAA 2016 as well.   This digital wiring harness board replaces the traditional wooden boards. The embedded software provides a step by step guided assembly processes to increase manufacturing productivity and reduce cabling errors. In addition to Rapidshare, LASELEC has also launched its new over-braiding machine. The BRAIDO series provides complete automation for the production of overbraiding. The software, developed by LASELEC, offers many functions allowing a significant increase in productivity. BRAIDO customers especially appreciate the simplicity of the braiding operation as well as the machine’s impressive speed and low noise reduction. By networking different BRAIDO machines the operator can begin the work on one machine and transfer the job to another machine and still maintain the continuity of the traceability data. LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE. For further information: Frederick Viaut, Sales Manager frederick.viaut@laselec.com Richard Hinegardner, Sales Representative Richard.hinegardner@laselec.com Phone: 817-460-7830 www.laselec.com          

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