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Arkema to further extend its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the acquisition of ArrMaz

Rejula ARUN - 09-juil.-2019 13:55:14
United Arab Emirates - On July 1st  2019, Arkema completed the acquisition of ArrMaz, a global leader in specialty surfactants for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure markets with a strong presence in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to this acquisition, Arkema will support the development of its customers in the region with top quality technical and logistics services.  ArrMaz offers tailored and sustainable solutions for the specific and ever-changing needs of its customers in a variety of industrial markets. In Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ArrMaz offers a wide range of additives in the mining market to help optimize grade recovery and process performance in mining operations. It operates a new state-of-the-art plant located in Al Jalamid, producing specialty surfactants to support the growth of the Saudi phosphate industry.   “ArrMaz is very excited to be joining forces with Arkema. ArrMaz Gulf Chemicals has been serving the Kingdom’s growing phosphate industry since 2010, and the combination of Arkema’s and ArrMaz expertise will enable us to create new solutions for our valued customers and new opportunities for our dedicated employees in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Dave Keselica CEO ArrMaz “Leader in specialty surfactants, we have been active in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2014 serving major customers for the domestic market and exporting oilfield chemicals to neighboring countries. This acquisition will boost Arkema position in the region.” stated Jean-Francois Chesneau, Global President of surfactants and additives, Arkema  In the region, Arkema is operating a blending plant and storage in oil additives. More broadly, the Group is involved across the oil and gas value chain, from offshore production to refineries, shipping and sales at the pump. For example, our Rilsan® biobased polyamide 11 and our Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are used in the transportation of oil and gas, and our sulfur-based chemical expertise enables desulfurization in the final step in the refining process. The Group also provides products for the odorization of natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to make them detectable in the event of leaks. Finally, its range of products includes custom solutions for drying and purification with the Siliporite® molecular sieves as well as polymerization initiators such as Luperox® organic peroxides.  “Arkema has been supplying the oil and gas, petrochemicals and construction markets of Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years and has developed strong relationships with key customers. With the acquisition of ArrMaz, Arkema will further strengthen its presence in the Kingdom.” said Abdelkader KADRI – CEO Arkema Middle East With Arkema’s strong expertise in specialty surfactants and formulation, this acquisition will combine two organizations that are highly complementary and will support customers’ development in this region.  A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.  www.arkema.com   CONTACTS Abdelkader Kadri : +971 48 75 17 01 abdelkader.kadri@arkema.com  

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      

LABELIANS (a CML-ID Group company) READY TO UNVEIL ITS FMBIO5 BIOLEADER® ARMCHAIR FOR BLOOD SAMPLING

Rejula ARUN - 17-janv.-2019 12:34:53
United Arab Emirates: January 17th 2019: On February 4-7 2019, LABELIANS will be exhibiting for the 3rd time in the French Pavilion at MEDLAB Dubai. The teams from LABELIANS will present, at their stand, their full range of pre-analytical, sampling transport, molecular biology, liquid handling products, etc... Plus, in a much- awaited reveal, the FMBIO5 Bioleader® armchair for blood sampling. Conceived and designed by LABELIANS, the FMBIO5 bioleader® armchair for blood sampling is wide, robust and long-lasting. Its ergonomic upholstery and non-slip front cushion provide exceptional seating comfort. It can be equipped with a gynecological kit (paper roll holder, clamps, stainless steel stirrups) or a stainless steel tray. The “gutter” armrests, which are very easy to adjust, guarantee that the forearm is kept in a comfortable position. Available in 30 colors, the chair features a headrest that can be customized with the logo of the purchasing laboratory or establishment. LABELIANS is one of the most prominent players in the laboratory world and the leader in the distribution of disposables, furniture and services for medical biology laboratories in France. CML-ID is a French independent patrimonial holding company, specialized since 1971 in developing, manufacturing and distributing medical devices, disposables, equipments and services for the Laboratory. The Group’s aims to strengthen its complementarity value chain between customers, service providers and employees. The Group has its own production plant unit, CEB (based west of Paris), which has expertise in designing and manufacturing:  Medical Devices (MD) and Devices for In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) using thermoplastic injection molding  Blow-molded High Density Polyethylene bottles  Glass Pasteur pipettes  Original equipment for OEMs Since the beginning of 2018, LABELIANS has been represented locally in Dubai. It has developed a partnership with one of the biggest players in the laboratory and medical sector in the Middle East. However, it now wishes to extend its influence in this region and is looking in particular for a distributor in Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)). From 4 to 7 February 2019, CML-ID will exhibit at the MEDLAB France Pavilion - Dubai Z1F59. Company contact: LABELIANS – CML-ID Group Arnaud DE VALENCE - Director of International Development arnaud.devalence@labelians.fr + 33 6 30 52 32 54 +33 1 64 45 42 42 1, rue des Palis - 77140 NEMOURS - FRANCE www.labelians.fr

French Culinary Innovations take Center Stage once again at Gulfood 2019

Rejula ARUN - 17-janv.-2019 11:06:36
From February 17th to 21st 2019, DWTC • Over 70 F&B companies to showcase their culinary products • 4 French pavilions will be dedicated to a specific sector: dairy, meat & poultry, beverages, world food United Arab Emirates: Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be exhibiting across 4 French pavilions at Gulfood 2019. The region’s renowned F&B trade show will showcase products of over 70 French brands and companies. This year, many of them that introduced their products in the year’s past are returning, whilst new companies have come on board to present their new offerings in the world of F&B.  France renews its participation to Gulfood this year to offer the region the best F&B products while introducing new brands and the latest developments from other popular and well-established companies. On an area of 900 square meters, 4 sections will be dedicated to showcase a variety of the exhibitors categorized by dairy products in Hall 1, meat & poultry in Hall 3, beverages in Za’beel Hall and world food in Sheikh Saed Hall. The Middle East market is gaining importance for France and this year’s strong French participation in Gulfood demonstrates that fact.  More than 1,4 billion USD were exported directly into the GCC area, with Saudi Arabia being the 17th market for French savoir-faire and UAE as the 24th. Imports into the UAE from France have grown by over 213 % since 2010 to reach more than USD 446 million in 2017. France is the second largest European supplier to the UAE F&B sector. Globally, France is a key player in numerous F&B segments and has a variety of product ranges that are well tailored for the region. Out of the most famous are the dairy and the bakery sectors. It is also a worldwide leading country in breeding cattle, sheep, goat and poultry holds, whose sector forms a large portion of the country’s gross national product. European leader in fruit & vegetable (with an average of 9 millions of tons produced per year), France leads by investing in innovation, to exploit the benefits of these products in terms of a healthy and responsible diet and to increase consumer orientation towards health, well-being, authenticity and biodiversity. French foodstuff companies specializing in such products will particularly be of focus at Gulfood 2019. Marc Cagnard, Managing Director at Business France Middle East stated: “In France the F&B export industry is vital for our sustainability and it is something we work on and produce with passion. We will be bringing this passion once again to Gulfood with our participation in 2019. We have been strong supporters of this trade show since 1987 and will continue our commitment to foster everlasting F&B business between France and the region. Our returning and new exhibitors are very excited to present some of their latest products that have been launched and to meet with prospective partners from across the region”.    Food industry is the first industrial sector in France. As a traditional strength of the French economy, it is the 6th largest direct exporter worldwide with USD 68.5 billion; furthermore, a large range of products are traded by other market places, showing the importance of French production interest in making business. French companies deem Gulfood as an essential part of the regional and global F&B landscape and many are keen to be represented in this year’s show. Key management and decision makers will be on the stands to meet with local partners & clients, confirm deals and to further expand on the growth of business between France and the various countries of region. “Agri-food is France’s largest industry sector in terms of both revenue and jobs. By 2040, the global population is likely to be approaching 9 billion and the French agri-food market is estimated to be growing by an average of 4% a year, with health food alone set to grow 2.5% a year over the next three years”, Cagnard added. This year, the regional partner agencies - DEV’UP Centre Val de Loire (Center of France), Hauts de France (North of France), Aquitaine Food Agency (South West of France) and Bretagne Commerce International (West of France) - will also be in attendance to support companies from their region during Gulfood. Key partners with fine products contributing to the show’s success include EVIAN, the number one mineral water in the world and in the Middle East, BADOIT, the sparkling mineral water brand for fine dining and endorsed by top Chefs globally, and CAFES RICHARD, a traditional “French-style” coffee roaster linked to the French gastronomy, Art de Vivre and to Paris (the leader on its market). Note to Editors: Furthermore, in France, in 1905, official certifications were created to enable recognition and identification of products for quality and origin: guarantee to be food products that offer high quality, that are typical of a geographical area or have been produced in a manner protective of the environment and animal welfare. In 2017, more than 1 100 food products were submitted to official label and around 10 % of farms were organic. 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 #MadeInFranceMadeWithLove #MadeInFrance #MadeWithLove 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

At the BIG 5 Dubai 2018, GV2 VEDA France will be presenting its VEDAFEU range, dedicated to passive fire protection, which has been validated by the UAE Civil Defense

Rejula ARUN - 14-nov.-2018 04:21:37
At the BIG 5 Dubai 2018, GV2 VEDA France will be presenting its VEDAFEU range, dedicated to passive fire protection, which has been validated by the UAE Civil Defense United Arab Emirates- November , 2018:  Rapid fire spread in buildings is something that, even today, continues to be a problem, with consequences that are often disastrous leading in some cases to heavy loss of life. There is no lack of recent examples:- The Zen Tower in Dubai in May 2018, Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Torch Tower in Dubai in 2017 and 2016, The Address Downtown also in Dubai in December 2016... The only way to protect people and property in the face of this type of events is to systematically install appropriate, certified and patented fire barrier solutions during construction. Among the products for which GV2 VEDA FRANCE is famous, the VEDAFEU range, designed to offer passive fire protection, consists of ropes, mattresses, blankets, fillerboards and firestop foam.  This patented range is validated by local authorities (UAE Civil Defense, Qatar Civil Defense, Kuwait Fire Department...) and has obtained international certifications (EN, UL, BS) issued by world-renowned independent official laboratories (Efectis, CSTB, TÜV Singapore, Exova...). VEDAFEU products are fire-rated up to 4 hours and can be used for joint gaps up to 840 mm. In order to meet the most challenging technical requirements, these firestop solutions are validated in multiple configurations: - with and without movement; for horizontal and vertical applications, for head-of-wall configurations, for facade panels... In order to further expand its operations in the Middle East, GV2 VEDA FRANCE will, for the third consecutive year, be taking part in The BIG 5 Dubai. The company will raise the awareness of those operating in the construction industry in respect of the problem of fire spreading through buildings, and will present its VEDAFEU range, which is designed to solve a problem that has affected the region on numerous occasions. As designer and manufacturer of firestop systems and building joints (expansion joints, control joints, joint covers, stair nosings, etc.), the company offers technical, reliable and aesthetic solutions that can be used in all types of buildings (shopping malls, hospitals, schools, industrial buildings, airports, etc.), for both standard and seismic joints. GV2 VEDA FRANCE’s expertise is acknowledged by professionals throughout the sector:- architects, design offices, general contractors and subcontractors. The company’s most emblematic achievements include - the extension of the Mecca esplanade in Saudi Arabia, the new Palace of Justice in Paris, the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates for the 2020 World Expo, The Palm Tower and Zuleyka Hospital in Dubai, the Saint Regis Hotel in Indonesia... For further information: GV2 – VEDA FRANCE Alexandre MAILLET, Export Administration Manager export@vedafrance.com

France, the World’s N° 1 supplier of Beauty Care Products & Perfumes, to lead Beauty World Middle East 2018

Rejula ARUN - 22-avr.-2018 09:50:25
• 82 French companies over 945 square meters • New at the French pavilion: come and visit the French buzz zone United Arab Emirates: April, 2018: Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy is building a large scale French Pavillion at BeautyWorld Middle East 2018, taking place from the 8th to the 10th of May at Dubai World Trade Centre. French companies attending will display and demonstrate their latest product ranges, each of which addresses different consumer needs. The French Buzz zone in Hall 2 will be the showcase for quality and innovation with 5 French companies brought by Cosmed, the 1st network representing SMEs in the French cosmetics industry, with nearly 800 members. The French fragrances zone will be located in Hall 4 and will host 13 companies including suppliers of essences and essential oils as well as private labels for fragrance compositions. The French pavilion spanning 945 m2 in Hall 2 will bring together the largest number of companies, to showcase Made In France products. French companies are key suppliers to the cosmetics industry and leading beauty brands across the world. The sophistication of their know-how, innovation and high-technology care products are ecological, organic and remarkable in their diversity. The Made in France label has won over the world, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the lead. Exports to the Middle East have increased by 13.1% in 2017. While the industry continuously expands featuring major international names such as L’Oréal, LVMH and Chanel, 81% of its entities are VSEs (very small enterprises)  and SMEs. The potential for innovation has grown unstoppably over the past 15 years; employing more than 170,000 men and women with hiring at a high momentum. France has once again established itself as the international market leader with €25 billion in sales, positioning it as the country’s third-largest exporting sector. With a 25% share of the world-wide market and a commercial surplus of €7.6 billion, French cosmetics exports reached €13.6 billion in products in 2017, growing by 12% in comparison to 2016. This year, French gastronomy will also be celebrated at the French pavilion with a French Crepe event throughout the show’s three days.  The French Pavilion at Beauty World Middle East is supported by Air France and the regional partners such as Bretagne Commerce International, Cosmed, Cosmetic Valley and Dev’up. Note to Editors : French exhibitors catalogue available here : https://bit.ly/2qdE3S5 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. Contact: Yasmina OUARI Press officer Tel: +971 (0)52 995 2997 Yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #FrenchBuzz #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance  

ITC & SOFRECOM Signs a Partnership Agreement

Rejula ARUN - 05-mars-2018 06:32:32
Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), the leading Information and Communications Technology Company in Saudi Arabia and Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, signed an agreement to lead the Outside Plant (OSP) implementation and management in all regions of Saudi Arabia for the next 3.5 years and to provide planning, design and supervision expertise and knowledge transfer to ITC employees. Signing this agreement comes as a step toward ITC’s commitment to the agreed plan with Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for rolling-out high-speed fiber optic broadband internet in Saudi Arabia. ITC is initiating site supervision for the development of the OSP infrastructure project that is in-line with the Saudi Vision 2030. Indeed, the National Transformation Plan 2020 aspires to spread the FTTH in 90% of the dense and urban areas by the year 2020. For that, ITC has announced a major expansion plan for its FTTH broadband network in various cities. The company is interested to acquire the services for site supervisions and project management for OSP implementation. Leveraging its deep expertise in broadband internet technology, Sofrecom, part of the Orange Group, will partner to help ITC in the Planning & Design of the new FTTx network as well to supervise the implementation supervision covering 640,000 Households. This Project will enable ITC to provide triple play services such as voice, high speed Internet and multimedia over IP, including high definition TV, video on demand and home entertainment via a Fiber to the User (FTTU) architecture. Ghassan Itani, ITC CEO, said: “This will help us empower the digital Saudi generation under Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020. ITC will continue its journey to develop the infrastructure in Fiber Broadband to urban and dense area across the kingdom.” “We aim to offer the best of our expertise to build a more connected world.” notes G Boudin, Group Sofrecom’s CEO. “Very High Broadband is key to support new digital services. This new agreement between ITC and Sofrecom demonstrates once again our reference position on VHB, and fulfills our aspiration to support the Digital Transformation of our customers.” About ITC Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) is a leading Saudi based telecom provider and one of today’s fastest-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumers segments. ITC works with a number of IT specialized partners to provide communication solutions which rank it at the forefront of the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICT) providers in Saudi Arabia that enhances its capability to provide the best services in the Kingdom. For more information about ITC products and services, please visit ITC website at www.itc.sa, also you may follow us on twitter @itcsaudiarabia and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/integrated-telecom-company-itc-/  About Sofrecom Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, serves telecoms operators worldwide, drawing on its unrivaled expertise in prospective studies, business consulting, networks and IT. Sofrecom contributes to the development and to the transformation projects of its clients: operators, governments and regulators. This is done by bringing them operational solutions and the experience of the Orange Group. Thanks to the unique know-how of our 1750 consultants and experts, its customers benefit from a fine knowledge of the actual market and telecommunications stakes. Sofrecom has developed over almost 50 years its unique ingenuity   in the operator businesses. As a result, it is now a world leader in information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as business consulting for the telecoms industry. Its experience of mature and emerging markets combined with its deep understanding of the structuring changes which affects the telecoms market, make it a valued partner for operators, governments and international investors. For more information on internet or on your mobile: www.sofrecom.com/en, follow us on twitter: @sofrecom, on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/Sofrecom    
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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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