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Business France publishes improved operating results across the board

Rejula ARUN - 06-mars-2017 12:09:16
Paris, March 6, 2017 – 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

Business France and the French Business Council just signed an agreement to support French Businesses & Trade in the United Arab Emirates

Rejula ARUN - 13-juin-2016 07:02:28
United Arab Emirates, 13 June 2016 - Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy and the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates signed an agreement to enhance business and trade of French companies in the UAE. The signed convention aims to offer a strategic partnership for the development of French SME’s abroad and especially in the United Arab Emirates. This agreement will establish a framework of cooperation in the following fields: BtoB commercial services, business establishments and promotions. Together, the two sides will put into effect a range of joint marketing activities, such as btob services, networking events, conferences and exhibitions to help French companies to strengthen ties with local businesses and increase French exports. The signing partnership was attended by H.E Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE, H.E Majdi Abed, Consul General of France in Dubai & northern emirates and both signatories, Marc Cagnard, Business France Director in the Middle East and Bruno de Reneville, president of the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern emirates. United Arab Emirates remain a key partner in economic terms: the largest market in the Middle East and 4th largest French trade surplus. Total volume of trade between France and UAE represent 5 billion euros. In 2015, French exports to the UAE represented 3.9 billion euros and French imports from the UAE meant 1.1 billion euros. UAE represents a quarter of French exports to the Middle East. French exporters were about 6000 in 2015, 60% of which were SMEs. Around 600 subsidiaries of French companies are present in the UAE. H.E Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE stated: “we have to keep in mind our ultimate goal is to structure French offer to meet Emirati expectations and hereafter to other Middle East markets, this strategic partnership is essential to work together on this”. The signing of this agreement reflects both parties’ commitment to reinforce ties between France Export organizations and ensure a high level of services to the French companies seeking to settle in the United Arab Emirates, Emirati investors exploring business opportunities in France and in projecting a strong image of France. 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. Business France recently launched its first international campaign called: “CREATIVE FRANCE”, in order to promote France’s economic attractiveness, strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. For more information: http://en.businessfrance.fr/ About the French Business Council: The French Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (FBC) was formed in 1987 and is a non-profit association under UAE law with 700 members. It was created to promote business relationships and increase economic and business relations between France and Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The FBC provides business support and recruitment services to French companies and businesspeople, with a team of 15 permanent staff and an Executive Committee of 13 elected board members. For more information: www.fbcdubai.com -Ends- Media contact: Miryem Oukas Messidi Miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr +971 (0)55 478 3215

French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Yousra Lahbabi - 05-nov.-2014 14:58:53
Véronique Cuziol, project head at Ubifrance, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector shows the best of the French manufacturing: “No, not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors are successful. For example, the mechanical engineering industry.” What exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in products and services, but broadly they service and produce valued added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries.   The French mechanical engineering industry has a turnover of 113 billion euros annually, of which 45.6 billion are exported. These figures rank sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Fives, Alstom, Areva and Air Liquide) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are  SMEs and start-ups.   Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations of French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore it’s not surprising that a great part of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.   French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters, some of the best in the world, into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the “Factory of the Future”: disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3d printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.   Some of these French start-ups are making big splashes with innovative products. For example the French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the world’s lightest seat while also offering an innovative and ergonomic design, the “Titanium Seat.” Expliseat has recently received certification from the FAA (Federal American Aviation Administration) and can therefore supply the US aircraft industry.    Another example of a successful subsector is the textile machinery manufacturing: French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products and an excellent customer service, as well as a highly skilled workforce.   The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over one billion euros. There are also a myriad of smaller but nevertheless very ambitious companies such as Manoir Industries: specializing in metal forging and foundry, their objective is to become the world’s leader in the production of metals for the nuclear, oil & gas, petro-chemistry and construction sectors.   One must remember that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking 4th in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between a French and a foreign company.   Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion, has 80 offices overseas. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.   More information about French companies :  French exporters directory mechanical engineering   

So French, so good ! France adds zest to its gourmet exports !

Miryem Oukas Messidi - 16-juil.-2014 12:48:42
Interview : Christophe MONNIER, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE What else could you expect from France, where gastronomic quality is so vital? Yet cultivating taste buds the world over also pays off in economic terms; French Gourmet as a sector is worth 7 Billion Euros, covering 250 categories, amounting to 16% of the French food industry’s total exports. 1200 companies, 90% of them SMEs, are actively seeking and opening up export markets. What French people consider as “typical”, the rest of the world perceives as symbolizing culinary art that can only be “Made in France.” Christophe Monnier, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE, describes a high-end market with a broad range of dynamic diversity. He starts with baked goods, biscuits and chocolate, accounting for 50% of French gourmet exports. In the vast feast of consumables to be delighted in, two characteristically French trends stand out. First, there is an absolute respect for authentic flavor and tradition – neatly summed up by the French word terroir. Each gourmet product has its unique story, and that is how they need to be marketed. Secondly, with health concerns and awareness coming to the fore, carefully prepared organic and eco-friendly brands coming from France engender recognition and trust all around the world. Major players in the gourmet sector like Valrhona (high quality chocolates), Rougie (famous French foie gras), Bridor (French bakery), Boirons (fruit and vegetable coulis) and many other French companies are learning to be more reactive in providing service for their foreign accounts, to be more organized in responding to demanding foreign markets, in following up on orders quickly. Reliable logistics is the name of the game. Experts at UBIFRANCE like Christophe Monnier help up to 830 prospecting companies leverage their efforts in such programs as Saveurs de France, where French exporters demonstrate their know-how in new markets, such as in Latin America or in Asia. He also sets up highly selective – and profitable -- encounters with Purchasing Agents. Naturally, French suppliers devote their greatest effort to the French domestic market, eventually moving on to satisfy demand in French-speaking zones. Yet growth in 2013 was hard to come by in countries such as Switzerland (0.4%) and Belgium (4.2%), which offer relatively saturated outlets. Encouraged by the French emigration to London, more intrepid companies crossed the channel to the UK (8.9%). The companies in the know moved beyond these traditional markets. This is where double-digit sparks fly, with Austria (17.1%) and Russia (13.5%) providing substantial growth in 2013. In fact, the further exporters go, the bigger the rewards are. In Asia, China weighed in at 33.3%, Singapore at 14.3% and Hong Kong at 12.8% growth. As far as the Middle East is concerned, companies marketing gourmet to Dubai and Saudi Arabia were rewarded by a growth rate of more than 20%. According to Mr. Monnier, there are three prestigious showcases for French talent. He mentions SIAL and EUROPAIN known to be  venues where deals get done, especially for consumer products. The ultimate culinary event has to be the Cuisine Summit at SIRHA in Lyon. All the French know-how is mobilized to create an exceptional experience in 40,000 square meters, capped by the prestigious prize, the “Bocuse d’Or”, a televised cooking competition among the world’s most renowned chefs representing their countries. Only creative excellence, fabulous ingredients and culinary brio stand a chance of winning! Further information about French companies – Gourmet Sector :     Bakery, Grocery, Baked Goods, Miscellaneous

This year again the new edition of Arab Health exhibition was a great success

Miryem Oukas Messidi - 12-mars-2014 13:55:13
This exhibition is the major event dedicated to health in the Middle East gathering around 3000 exhibitors from 63 countries and over than 75,000 international visitors;  a figure that seems to be constantly on the rise with 10% increasing just this year. Arab Health is a must-attend event for our French exporters in health sector who would not miss it for anything in the world. The demand for attending is increasing over the years, as exhibitors or simple visitors. The French Pavilion gathered this year 106 French companies, spread in two halls, allowing them to showcase their latest innovative technologies to health professionals and journalists. This Pavilion orchestrated by UBIFRANCE agency was once again highly appreciated by the French companies which were offered a brand new service this year. Health experts from UBIFRANCE French trade commissions from six countries (India, Tunisia, South Africa, Egypt, South Arabia and Kenya) gave them the opportunity to get in touch or meet up with distributors from those countries. Most of the French companies from this year have already expressed their willingness to participate in 2015, reinforced by the success of this year’s edition. 2014 exhibitors list: AD REM TECHNOLOGY, ADECHOTECH, AGENCINOX, AIR LIQUIDE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, AIRINSPACE, ALCIS, ALLDIAG SA, ALLIBERT MEDICAL, ARCANIA, ARJOWIGGINS HEALTHCARE, ATA MEDICAL, ATELIERS DU HAUT FOREZ, AVALUN, BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES, BIOLUME RESINOR, BIOTECHNI, C2F IMPLANTS, CIMA SAS, CLARIANCE, CLEANIS, DELACROIX-CHEVALIER & LANDANGER, ECM, ECODAS, EDAP TMS, EDES MEDICAL, E.I.H.F - ISOFROD, EKS INTERNATIONAL SAS, ERMEDI INTERNATIONAL, EUROMEDEX, EVOLUCARE TECHNOLOGIES, FACULTATIEVE TECHNOLOGIES, FDI FRANCE MEDICAL, FENIOUX PHARM LABORATOIRES, FRANCIS LAVIGNE DEVELOPMENT SAS, FOURES SAS, GAMAIN LEGROS, GENIN MEDICAL, HERDEGEN, HOLTEX, HYGECO INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTS, I2A, INEX / MESALYSE, INT’AIR MEDICAL, INTEGRAL PROCESS, KASIOS, KISCO INTERNATIONAL SA K-PLAN SARL, L.E.S.S FRANCE, LID SOTRAMET, LABORATOIRES CIAM, LABORATOIRES INELDEA, LABORATOIRES URGO, LAMIDEY NOURY MEDICAL, LCA PHARMACEUTICAL, LDR SPINE, LILLE EURASANTE, LSO MEDICAL, LTA MEDICAL, MASTER O.R, MEDICREA INTERNATIONAL, MEDIPREMA, MEDIPROJETS EXPORT TEAM, MEDLANE, MEDSQUARE, MICROVAL, MIL’S SAS, MP BIOMEDICALS, NOVACYT SA, OLBERON MEDICAL INNOVATION SAS, ORTHOTECH SARL, ORTHOPAEDIC & SPINE DEVELOPMENT, PEROUSE MEDICAL, PETERS SURGICAL, PHARMA OUEST INDUSTRIES, PLASTO TECHNOLOGIES, QUIES SA, SAINT ROMAIN, SANIVAP, SBM, SOLUSCOPE SAS, SONOSCANNER, SOPHYSA, SPACECODE, SPENGLER, SPINEWAY, STEAM FRANCE / PROHS, SYSTAM, TECHNOLOGIE MEDICALE, TEKNIMED, TESALYS, THERACLION, THUASNE, TOUTENKAMION, VERRE ET QUARTZ TECHNOLOGIES, YSY MEDICAL, BIOLABO SAS, BIOMNIS, BIOSYNEX SA, CISBIO BIOASSAYS, DIAGAST, FAMECO MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, MELET SCHLOESING LABORATOIRES, SEBIA, SFRI SARL, VEDALAB, VR2M, http://business.ubifrance.com/france-healthcare/news/news-133-the-new-edition-of-arab-health-exhibition-was-a-gr

100 French companies at Gulfood 2011

Christelle Labernède - 01-mars-2011 07:20:21
France: a major food and equipment supplier in the Middle East   French agrifood exports to the Middle East (including Egypt) increased significantly in 2010, with a €1.525bn turnover and a 45% rise compare to 2009 .   The three major markets in the region for French food & beverage exports are Egypt with 36%, KSA (25%) and the UAE (13%). If we consider only the GCC, KSA and UAE are the main markets with 59% of the market. They have respectively imported for €374m and €197m in 2010. Historically French exports to the Middle East were essentially made up of poultry and dairy products. Today, French producers are offering a diversity of products, with also significant exports of apples, biscuits and chocolates, fine products like foie gras, oysters, caviar, tapenades, dips, condiments, mineral water and other beverages…     The three major markets in the region for French food & beverage exports are Egypt with 36%, KSA (25%) and the UAE (13%). If we consider only the GCC, KSA and UAE are the main markets with 59% of the market. They have respectively imported for €374m and €197m in 2010. Historically French exports to the Middle East were essentially made up of poultry and dairy products. Today, French producers are offering a diversity of products, with also significant exports of apples, biscuits and chocolates, fine products like foie gras, oysters, caviar, tapenades, dips, condiments, mineral water and other beverages…       French food exports to the Middle East    (in €m) Country 2009 2010 Evo. 10/09 U.A.E 171 197 15% Saudi Arabia 225 374 66% Barhein 14 14 0% Egypt 347 556 60% Jordan 33 40 21% Kuwait 29 37 28% Lebanon 89 154 73% Oman 33 42 27% Qatar 24 29 21% Syria 84 82 -2% Total 1049 1525 45% French Customs, 2011     This growth is in line with the expanding Middle Eastern food service market as it continues to develop rapidly due to a rising population, purchasing power, and a strong hospitality sector. 90% of food items in the GCC are imported and French food products benefit from an excellent reputation (image and quality) in the Middle East.   Moreover, Dubai has a strategic position in the region and is a real trade hub. About 50% of food imports are re-exported to 160 countries including the Gulf countries, the Indian subcontinent, North Africa and East and Central Asia. Therefore, Dubai is one of the largest re-exporters in the world thanks to its efficient infrastructures (ports and airports) associated with large free trade zones.   Both agriculture and the agrifood industry are huge assets of the French economy, making France one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of food and beverages. Agriculture and food industries in France account for about 13% of the value-added of French industry as a whole. This industry employs 557,000 and generates a value-added of €31.7 billion. The agrifood sector in France is the leading industrial sector with a €148bn turnover. It accounts for 1.7% of French GDP and 7.1% of total French exports.   France is also the 5 th largest exporter of equipment for the food industry, and is therefore among the leading global providers. France’s strength is its presence on all major food industry markets, especially with French companies exporting machines and equipment for bakeries, milk and meat industries. For instance, France is the first supplier of bakery equipment in the U.A.E.   As a consequence, it is not a surprise if France’s presence at Gulfood 2011 will be very strong with more than 100 French exhibitors : 60 companies will attend the French pavilion dedicated to food, beverages and ingredients while more than 40 will attend the French Pavilion dedicated to equipment and process. Gulfood for French companies is essential to develop their business in the region. Since its creation, France has not missed a single edition of Gulfood and over the years the French presence has kept growing. Undoubtedly, this French presence will grow even bigger next year.   French exporters represented at Gulfood have doubled over same period (by space and number of companies):   Country Year 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 France M² 1,751 1,583 1,554 1,218 896 No. of Exhibitors 103 109 120 90 59     Last but not least, in November 2010, the French "repas gastronomique" (gourmet meal) was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. According to the United Nation’s cultural organization, French meals play an important social role and are part of the French identity. Thus, France will launch later this year a promotional campaign about food and gastronomy in some key countries around the world, including the U.A.E.     Press contact : French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the United Arab Emirates API Tower - Sheikh Zayed Road - Suite 1802 PO Box 3314 Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Tarek SOLIMANE Head of the press office in the UAE tarek.solimane@ubifrance.fr Tel.: +971 (0)4 312 84 91 / Fax: +971 (0)4 332 95 33 Mobile: +971 50 708 24 69
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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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