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Attractiveness recognized, French innovation acclaimed!

Rejula ARUN - 18-juin-2019 14:37:48

United Arab Emirates June 18, 2019  – The “France Attractiveness Survey” published by EY records the international investments made in Europe each year and analyzes the perception that foreign economic decision-makers have of our country; as such, it measures real and perceived attractiveness compared with France’s leading competitors. Against a backdrop of falling investment decisions in Europe (-4% of projects recorded between 2017 and 2018) France confirmed its attractiveness, coming in second place of host countries in Europe, and recapturing the rank it had previously lost in 2010. With growth in projects of 1%, compared with a decrease of 13% in Germany, France posted 1,027 recorded projects and continues to build its image with economic decision-makers. The image of an industrial and innovative France emerges in this barometer, with a strong dynamic of R&D investments and the maintenance of France’s industrial leadership of Europe. For the first time, France is ranked first among European countries as a destination for innovative investments (with 144 projects). France also confirmed its leadership as a host country for industrial investments in Europe, with 339 recorded projects, or 5% more than in 2017, as it continued to hold top spot for more than 15 years. The perception survey that completes the report shows that since the start of 2019, France’s image has remained positive, despite a difficult social climate; 80% of investors set up in France declare themselves to be satisfied or very satisfied with their investments in France, while also highlighting that France must pursue its efforts to increase its attractiveness in fields as varied as education and training; reducing labor costs; reducing taxation; and supporting SMEs and mid-size companies. “France is modernizing its economy and investors are sensing this strongly as they make long-lasting investments in our country. These results can be read coherently with the record year for foreign investment recorded by Business France. The support provided by the government to high-tech industries and innovative projects, even though it must always be constantly supported, is helping our teams at Business France to convince people, and is helping investors to choose France as a destination for their European operations,” said Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. “France is convincing more and more decision-makers. The reforms being led and confirmed by the French government show the collective will that exists to make our country more competitive and attractive. From my recent meetings with investors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and New York, I know that this strong message about a France on the move is being heard. We remain strongly committed to make the potential of France better known, which is particularly necessary work with our non-European partners. We have to capitalize on this!” said Pascal Cagni, Chairman of the Board of Business France.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr      

French Experts Loyal to the Project Lebanon Trade Show

Rejula ARUN - 16-juin-2019 13:04:11

United Arab Emirates- June 16, 2019 , Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing its eleventh France Pavilion at the Project Lebanon trade fair from June 18 - 21, 2019 in Beirut. This trade fair is the sole international event in Lebanon in the construction, building, materials and equipment sector. The French Pavilion will enjoy very good visibility thanks to a Premium location at the trade fair entrance. Ten French exhibitors will be presenting their innovative products, technologies and know-how to local building industry professionals.   The French construction/finishing work industry has several undeniable strengths  - With a highly fragmented network of 392,000 companies and sales of €135 billion in 2017, the industry has one or more global leaders in most of its component sectors: VINCI, EIFFAGE, BOUYGUES and SPIE, to name but a few.  - France boasts a highly diverse offering when it comes to the building trades, with companies of all sizes providing structural engineering and finishing work services (carpentry, roofing, insulation, sanitation, air-conditioning, smoke detectors, etc.) and interior fittings (wall and floor coverings, luxury tapware, home automation, etc.). - Innovation is a hallmark of French companies: new and biosourced building materials, wooden construction driven by ecological considerations, and smart building (BIM modeling, home automation, smart meters, energy optimization tools, solar glass, and smart thermostats, boilers and bulbs) are just some of the development initiatives currently being pursued by businesses in the sector. - Lastly, France enjoys a strong reputation for quality and reliability, which are especially important in the construction industry due to safety risks. A strong presence in foreign markets €7.1 billion are generated in exports . France tends to export top-quality, carefully designed, advanced technology products (innovative insulation materials, building facades that let in natural light, suspended ceilings, clay roof tiles, natural paints, decorative fireplaces, etc.).   The building and finishing work market in Lebanon represents 14% of GDP and as regards construction, it mainly depends on imports. USD 11 billion of promises of loans and donations were obtained by Lebanon from the international community at conclusion of the CEDRE Conference in April 2018, aimed at helping the country finance its multi-year development plan over the next 5 years. This context is a strong signal for French companies wishing to do business with this country which has a strong development potential. The French delegation there attests to the large interest represented by the Lebanese market. The French exhibitors in the France Pavilion aim to establish or strengthen partnerships, and develop new collaborations with local professionals.   The French exhibitors of the Lebanon Project, will be there to greet you in the France Pavilion , at the entrance to the trade fair:   AFITEXINOV: Specialized in drainage, supporting structures and floor sealing, the AFITEX group bases its international development on innovative processes and generating significant savings in the construction of structures: buildings, road and rail infrastructure, waste storage centers, mines, etc. CSTB – Centre Scientifique Technique du Bâtiment:  The mission of the Scientific and Technical Building Center is to ensure the quality and safety of buildings. LANCIER SA:  Specialized in the manufacture of transport equipment for laying and running cables for telecom, energy and tertiary industry installers.   MEREF - CCI FRANCE LIBAN:  Grouping of French and Lebanese economic entities who are working for closer economic and cultural relations between the two countries. The MEREF  - CCI FRANCE LIBAN will host the following exhibitors on its booth: AROPE INSURANCE S.A.L. : One of the main actors of the insurance sector in Lebanon. BUREAU VERITAS LIBAN:  An inspection office, testing and certifying products to local standards. QUALICONSULT MOYEN-ORIENT S.A.L:  Specialist of technical control, inspection, assistance and training, Qualiconsult Group provides support to companies at all stages in building and operating their buildings, technical facilities and infrastructure. SOCOTEC LIBAN:  The group intervenes to identify, assess and prevent risks in the areas of Quality, Safety, Health and the Environment.   Key building figures of the French economy: • 392,000 companies; • Workforce of 1,441,000 including 1,069,000 employees and 372,000 self-employed tradespeople; • EUR 135 billion of building work excluding tax • Activity in external markets: EUR 7.1 billion of building work recorded (4.9 billion for structural work and 2.2 billion for finishing work). • Geographical distribution: Europe (64%), Asia (11%), America (11%), Africa (7%), South America (6%), Near and Middle East (1%)   Source: French Building Federation, June 2018 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. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.  Social Media:  Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF  #FrenchPavilion #ChooseFrance  #FrenchConstruction #FraneAtProjectLebanon  For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Ms. Catherine MILLE, Project Leader Phone: 33 (0) 4 96 17 25 26 catherine.mille@businessfrance.fr www.businessfrance.fr Ms. Yasmina OUARI Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 995 29 97  Mail :  yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr   

Dawex Raises €5 Million to Accelerate the Development of the Data Economy

Rejula ARUN - 26-mai-2019 06:58:59

Amadeus, Itochu Corporation, Bouygues Construction and Caisse des Dépôts invest to support innovation and data exchange technology.  United Arab Emirates-  May 26, 2019 -  Dawex , a leading data exchange technology company and the operator of the largest data marketplace, today announced a new round of funding of €5 million with  Amadeus  (AMS.MC),  Itochu Corporation  (ITOCY),  Bouygues Construction    (BOUY.PA) and a French web entrepreneur entering Dawex’s capital, also joined by the historical investor  Caisse des Dépôts    (via its Banque des Territoires). Total funds raised from inception tops €12 million, including the recent €2.5M grant from Horizon 2020,  European Union Research & Innovation program . Dawex co-founders Fabrice Tocco and Laurent Lafaye remain majority shareholders, retaining full control over the company’s strategy and operations.  With the rise of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and the emergence of Smart Cities, among other disruptive trends like the autonomous cars, huge quantities of valuable data are being generated, analyzed and exchanged. New data-driven ecosystems are emerging that organizations can strategically leverage using secure data marketplaces and data exchange platforms. Since 2015  Dawex mission  is to create the conditions for the smooth development of the data economy by facilitating the exchange of data between companies and organizations. This new round of funding will support the company’s ambition to make Dawex the data exchange platform reference, by accelerating its development in Europe and the United States, by establishing itself in Asia and the Middle East, and by pursuing its investment in technology and innovation.  “Data ecosystems are redefining competition, and the most data-driven companies will be the leaders of the new data economy”, said Laurent Lafaye, Dawex co-founder and co-CEO. “Becoming data-driven requires a shift in the enterprise’s mindset and culture, but also the right technology to accelerate, streamline and secure data exchanges internally and externally, in compliance with new data regulations. This is exactly what Dawex provides”.  “Dawex is excited to bring together such high-profile corporations and leaders in their respective markets to invest in our data exchange technology.” said Fabrice Tocco, Dawex co-founder and co-CEO. “Their engagement as corporations in supporting our innovation reflects the strategic role that data exchange platforms play in today’s organizations and how they could impact the future of our economy.”   Today 7,000 organizations from 20+  industries , such as agriculture, air & space, automobile, financial services & insurance, construction, energy, logistics & transportation, retail, telco, travel & hospitality, rely on Dawex  Global Data Marketplace  and  Data Exchange Platform  technology to source, commercialize, and share data directly between them, securely and efficiently. Dawex solutions are enterprise-grade and highly scalable also integrating new technologies such as the blockchain.   Dawex expertise on data economy is recognized by major analyst & research firms and institutions. Dawex is a consortium member of European projects like CyberSec4Europe and Data Pitch, and gold award winner at the French American Business Awards 2018, San Francisco.  About Dawex Dawex, a leading data exchange technology company and the operator of the largest data marketplace, allows organizations to orchestrate data circulation by sourcing, monetizing and exchanging data directly without intermediary, securely, efficiently and in full compliance with regulations. Today 7,000 organizations from 20+ sectors rely on Dawex  Global Data Marketplace  and Dawex  Data Exchange Platform  technology to build their data exchange strategy. Created in 2015, Dawex is a French company with offices in Paris, Lyon, San Francisco and Montreal, expanding business operations in Asia and the Middle East.   www.dawex.com  About Amadeus “Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel.” Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways. Our purpose is to shape the future of travel.  www.amadeus.com About Bouygues Construction Bouygues Construction is a global player in construction, with operations in more than 60 countries. It designs, builds and operates projects in the sectors of building, infrastructure and industry. As a responsible and committed leader in sustainable construction, Bouygues Construction sees innovation as its primary source of added value.  www.bouygues-construction.com/en About the Caisse des Dépôts Group  Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries form a public long-term investor group serving the general interest and economic development of local areas. It combines five areas of expertise: pensions and professional training, asset management, monitoring subsidiaries and strategic shareholdings, business financing (with Bpifrance) and Banque des Territoires.  www.caissedesdepots.fr/en About Itochu Corporation With approximately 110 bases in 63 countries, ITOCHU, one of the leading sogo shosha, is engaging in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas.   www.itochu.co.jp/en Dawex Press Contact Agence Yucatan - Elisa Lesieur +33 1 53 63 27 27 | elesieur@yucatan.fr  

The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates rallies its business community to support the French Pavilion at Expo 2020

Rejula ARUN - 06-mai-2019 13:00:37

The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates rallies its business community to support the French Pavilion at Expo 2020 • Memorandum of Understanding signed about Expo 2020 • Gala diner under the theme of the French Pavilion at Expo 2020: Lights, Enlightenment • French Business Council Business Award ceremony • Very high levels representatives from both sides among them 2 Ministers  United Arab Emirates – May 6, 2019 - In the presence of H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama,  Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates, the French Minister of Transport, Elisabeth Borne,  and H.E. Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, the annual gala dinner of the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates, held on May 2nd at the iconic venue of Dubai Opera, celebrated United Arab Emirates and France common vision of building knowledge-based economy that harness innovation and improve the lives of their citizens.  This year’s Gala dinner was attended by more than a thousand guests, including local officials such as H.E. Najeeb Mohamed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Bureau Expo 2020, H.E. Majid Saif Al-Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, H.E. Hamad Buamim, President  & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and President of the Dubai Chamber and of the World Chambers Federation, as well as H.E. Mohamed Ali Musabbeh Al Nuaimi, Chairman of RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other local and French senior representatives. The celebration of the Gala dinner was held under the theme of ‘Lights, Enlightenment’, inspired by the French Pavilion named “Lumière, Lumières” and representing France at the 2020 World Expo. It aims to shed light on ‘fast-track transfer’ and embodies the ‘Lights’ concept. Initiated in France as early as the Eighteenth Century, it symbolizes exchange and transfer of knowledge. It reflects how France prevailed in many fields over centuries: arts, philosophy, culture, research, entrepreneurship and innovation. The evening started with a MoU signed between the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates and Cofrex (Compagnie Française des Expositions – in charge of the French Pavilion at Expo 2020) in the presence of Elisabeth Borne, French Minister of Transport. This partnership agreement aims to develop synergies between the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates and COFREX/France Pavilion to promote France before and during the 6 months of Expo 2020 by mobilizing the actors present in the country (companies, institutional partners, etc.) around joint projects. Speaking at the celebration dinner, Mr. Geoffroy Bunetel, President of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates stated: “We are now entirely “On the Road to the Expo” to contribute to making this event a big success for Dubai and to help France shine the way it deserves to.” During the evening, the French Business Council Award 2019 – Opportunity, winner, Agricool, has been rewarded for its involvement in developing urban farming. The company is a French startup revolutionizing AgTech, grows pesticide free, local and delicious fruits and vegetables in recycled containers calls “Cooltainers”, that you can find in The Sustainable City.    Sponsors and success partners of the annual event – including Diamond Sponsors FedEx, Chalhoub Group, Michelin and Schneider Electric – highlighted their long-standing experience and their respective activities during the whole evening. Note to Editors: About the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates: The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates (FBC) is part of the French Chambers of Commerce network, the FBC is ranked 9th among French Chambers of Commerce abroad and first among French Chambers of Commerce in the Middle East. This non-profit organization is composed of around 800 members representing more than 400 French and international firms and organizes more than 100 events annually. The French Business Council seeks to facilitate communication and business relations between local and international communities.  Over the years, many business entrepreneurs have found an ideal location for business development and innovation in the UAE. The key moment of the annual Gala dinner was marked by the celebration of success stories and awards of excellence granted to Agricool.   

Digitalization at the forefront of the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days

Rejula ARUN - 18-avr.-2019 11:51:36

PRESS RELEASE   Digitalization at the forefront of  the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days    United Arab Emirates; April 2019: Business France jointly with EVOLEN, and the French Business Group hosted the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days in the beginning of April in Abu Dhabi. Launched under the patronage of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, the two-day forum focused on Digitalization, Energy Efficiency, New Technologies for Gas Processing and Plant Operations. The topics presented in a series of presentations of new solutions by the French innovative companies participating, towards ADNOC Group’s Key decision makers.   Since 2015, the UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days has become an essential rendez-vous between UAE and France in the Oil & Gas sector. This year with the support of Total in the UAE as gold sponsor and Schneider Electric as silver sponsor, over 10 companies were represented to showcase the latest technology and industry innovations.     The forum took place in two distinct locations bridging the topics with live demonstrations. On the first day of the event took place at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, next to the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex where ADNOC subsidiaries are located. On the second day, French companies met ADNOC operational teams in the Ruwais Industrial Area where hydrocarbons are processed.    The historical ties between the United Arab Emirates and France having served as a strong base in bilateral cooperations in an important number of domains, is particulary prevalent in Oil & Gas field. The strong innovative capabilities of the French industry in Energy, Oil and Gas sectors will help to strengthen business relationships between Emirati and French organizations.   With Digitalization as the overarching theme, the forum covered Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics/Maintenance. Sessions on Energy Efficiency included details on Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Management software and tools, Energy optimization in Gas Processing and the Best Available Techniques (BAT). The sessions focused on New technologies for Plant Operations delved deeper into the technical aspects of the technology and management side of the industry.    Following the successful sessions in 2015, 2017, and 2018 under the framework of UAE France strategic dialog,  the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days aims to highlight the strong innovative capabilities brought together by two forward thinking nations.   - END         -  Note to Editors  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. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.    About EVOLEN: EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 individual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables.  EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies. The French hydrocarbons industry has many strengths, notably its great capacity for innovation, which has enabled it to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of quality and safety. Moreover, its technologies and know-how are being applied intensively to new sources of energy.   ABOUT THE FRENCH BUSINESS GROUP:  The French Business Group is a dynamic and independent non-profit organization committed to promote business relations between the United Arab Emirates and France. It has nearly 200 members and represents sectors such as Oil & Gas, construction, defense, aerospace, aviation, hospitality, finance and telecom. The main missions are to promote bilateral trade, represent and serve the interests of its members and enhance Franco-Emirati connections.   ABOUT TOTAL: Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. It is present in the UAE since 1939 across all elements of the energy sector. Total is in partnership with ADNOC and the majority of Abu Dhabi’s oil, gas and energy companies. It has interests in several joint ventures, plus operational presence through its affiliates Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, Total Solar Middle East, Total Marketing Middle East blending plant, Total E&P UAE Unconventional Gas B.V. and via its trading branch TOTSA.   Championing civic responsibility for future generations through the Total Foundation and promoting one of the key pillars of its societal activities, Youth, Inclusion and Education, Total is committed to the development of youth in the country.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina OUARI  Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97  Mail : yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr    

French companies show their loyalty to the BAUMA MUNICH show

Rejula ARUN - 09-avr.-2019 08:27:02

United Arab Emirates, April 9, 2019 - A must-attend event for any construction and ministry industry professional, BAUMA, the reference triennial event, gives exhibitors the world over the chance unveil their innovative ideas to the show’s audience of professional visitors. Under the aegis of BUSINESS FRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, 28 French companies will exhibit their technologies and innovations at the BAUMA Show, from April 8-14, 2019 in Munich. French know-how, recognised the world over The quality of the structures produced by French companies is recognized as much nationally (in particular with the engineering and transport and development project management specialists working to build Grand Paris) and globally. The sector enjoys the know-how of multiple major corporations. France’s engineering prowess is highly-appreciated at the international level, and its material and equipment suppliers also enjoy a solid reputation.    On the strength of its 7,355 businesses and 235,300 employees, the French Public Works industry earned, in 2017, €38.6 billion in revenue in France and €30 billion internationally, up by 7.9% compared to 2016. This hike in activity is owed primarily to the Oceania (41.7%), European (+15.9%) and, to a lesser extent, Asian (+3.6%) markets. While the European market accounts for more than half of their activity worldwide, France’s companies have also become the measuring stick in other regions of the globe, earning €4.4 billion in North America, €3.8 billion in Africa, €2.3 billion in Asia, €1.9 billion in Oceania, €1.3 billion in Latin America and €1.1 billion in the Near and Middle East.   France has multiple assets to boast, including:  Unquestionable product quality, the renown of its architects and engineers worldwide.    An active Innovation and Research & Development policy.    Unforgiving standards: initiatives to promote prevention and safety, ensure personnel safety, and secure certification. The France Pavilion at BAUMA will showcase a range of companies selected for the representative panorama they offer of the industry. Innovation will also be on display, with construction material and services, including equipment for working concrete and construction site equipment: lighting balloons, depth control systems, hydraulic cylinders, scaffolding, and on-site sheds. Construction machinery and vehicles will also be shown, as will air conditioning and heating solutions, safety and driving assistance systems for construction machinery or assistance or load-bearing exoskeletons.   Business France Pavilion layout: Hall A2:  AGS , BRIDGIN , FAURECIA, GREYSTAL, PROMENS FRANCE, RB3D, RICHEL, ROLLIX DEFONTAINE, SAHGEV, SAUDEM, SEQUANTA, SMIE, SNDC, STARTER, WATTALPS. RUBIX.    Hall C2: ACREOS, ARAMINE, COLTRAX/CP distribution, JAY ELECTRONIQUE, LUMIAIR, MAC 3, MANOIR, MONROC, MS, SETFORGE. RUBIX   Outdoors: ARGUMAT, BUCHER MUNICIPAL/ARVEL, PACLITE EQUIPMENT, RB3D, RIVARD.   To find out more: BUSINESS FRANCE Isabelle DUVAL, Project Leader Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 Email:  isabelle.duval@businessfrance.fr Website:  export.businessfrance.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. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.  Social Media:  Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF  #FrenchPavilion For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina OUARI Press Officer - Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 995 29 97  Mail :  yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr   

Dubai Airport Show: The go-to event for the French airport sector in the Middle East

Rejula ARUN - 08-avr.-2019 09:02:17

United Arab Emirates: April 8th 2019 - The Dubai Airport Show is, now more than ever, the reference show for those wishing to take position on airport modernization/new construction projects in the zone and meet airport operators in the Middle East. France will once again be taking part in the show in 2019, under the auspices of Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy.  Against a particularly auspicious backdrop - USD 163 bn in airport investments by 2020 in the Middle East - and no less than 12 airport construction, extension or renovation projects in the upcoming years, in the Middle East, exhibitors at the French Pavilion, will be eager to present their innovative products and know-how to buyers across the Middle East zone. The French industry is organized into different sectors encompassing not only construction, equipment and systems, but also services, divided into 3 clusters: air traffic control and ground traffic, airline stopovers and air terminals. At the Dubai Airport Show, the French companies participating are representative of the diversity of the sector and French excellence, and already have significant presence on the global market. France’s industry for airports includes world-renowned major corporations such as ADPI, VINCI and THALES to name only a few, as well as a number of SMEs specialized in specific market segments (Ground Support Equipment, lighting, ticketing or passenger information systems). There exist nearly 180 French companies specialized in services dedicated to airlines and airports (reception services, cleaning, catering, handling, etc.). Brought together in a National Pavilion in Za’abeel Hall 5, Stands 5340 & 5440, France’s exhibitors will be  representative of the sector’s diversity and French excellence: ADP INGENIERIE : Design and overseeing of the construction of complex airport buildings (airports, terminals, passenger terminals, control towers, aircraft hangars, maintenance centres, etc.). CHARLATTE MANUTENTION : Handling and lifting equipment, electric baggage conveyor belts. GUINAULT : Solutions for stopping APUs on the ground and reducing the environmental impact and costs of airlines. MILOCO : Design and manufacture of airport trailers.  TDA LEFEBURE : Specialist of connection systems for aircraft on the ground: from 400 Hz to PCA and including all utilities needed for maintenance. USIMAT SERMEES : Design and manufacture of GSE equipment, mainly towable (towbars, aircraft servicing, handling, maintenance dollies, specific equipment). OREP : design, manufacture and installation of perimeter protection systems (intrusion detection systems on fences, concertinas and gates). _________________________________________________________________ The French airport sector: • Turnover: EUR 63.5 bn (revenue in France and through export) • Nearly 50% of business abroad • 530 companies • Approximately 100,000 jobs • 156 airports in air transport in France • Air transport for passengers experienced a significant increase in 2016, with traffic up by 6.3% (3.7 billion passengers), and growth continuing into 2017. France’s offer boasts numerous strengths: - A widely-hailed French aeronautics industry considered the benchmark worldwide. - The skill of French aircraft manufacturers is recognized and sought after, in particular for spare parts hailing from France. - A two-pronged civil-military focus that gives France a technological lead over other countries. - The quality of training received by French engineers and technicians. - Powerful innovation capacity (significant investments in R&D and cooperation with research institutes, universities, etc.). Source: Business France 2018 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. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.  Social Media:  Account Most common used hashtags Twitter :  @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF  #FrenchPavilion #ChooseFrance  # FrenchAirportSector Additional information: BUSINESS FRANCE Isabelle DUVAL, Project Leader Phone: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 Email:  isabelle.duval@businessfrance.fr Website:  www.businessfrance.fr For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina Ouari  Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97 Mail :  yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr  

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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 Consulting:  Law and regulation Market benchmarking Projects and requests for proposals Contacts : Market prospection Exhibitions and B to B meetings Technologic partnerships Communication : Press and public relations Professional advertisements Commerc

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