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.   CONTACTS Abdelkader Kadri : +971 48 75 17 01  

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 :    

France at Cabsat 2019 French companies to introduce their innovative offer to CABSAT visitors on the French Pavilion

Rejula ARUN - 06-mars-2019 08:27:22
United Arab Emirates: March, 2019 - Cabsat  is the world’s leading broadcast and audiovisual event in the Middle East. It attracted 13,658 visitors in 2018. Every year, Business France, the national agency dedicated to the internationalization of the French economy, organizes the "French Pavilion” at the show to present French audiovisual innovations. This year, from March 12 to 14, 14 companies will exhibit there in a 156 sq m space in Hall 3 . "French companies are going to Cabsat not only in order to better understand the market and discover business opportunities, but also to create partnerships with local players in the digital media sector, such as broadcasters, producers, integrators and TV channels," said Marie-Françoise Nolet, in charge of organizing the pavilion at Business France. Some of them benefit from VR programs organized ahead of time with major regional accounts. Several innovations in the audiovisual sector will be exhibited there (recording and broadcasting equipment, UHD/4K, IPTV and TV on mobile, content creation, management and distribution technologies). The Content Armor startup will present new solutions to help the multimedia and entertainment industry fight content piracy. Hexaglobe will be exhibiting for the first time by offering a new online video distribution product to broadcasters and digital media. The INA Audiovisual Institute will be presenting the INA-Signature, a new tool designed to protect industrialized content and copyright. French equipment manufacturers enjoy a worldwide reputation and operate in all areas of the audiovisual sector. The French market continues to expand in high added value services and has recorded significant growth in HD, particularly UHD, in production and dissemination. Digital broadcasting has been successfully deployed in France over all types of media (terrestrial, cable, satellite, IP). It should be noted that the industry generates significant revenues through exports for production (filming) and post-production (dubbing, subtitling, image processing). Come and meet the exhebitors on the Creative France pavilion in Hall 3 Exhebitors Catalogue: 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 #CreativeFrance #FranceAtCabsat For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Contact: Marie-Françoise Nolet marie-franç Yasmina Ouari Press Officer – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97 Mail : 

France’s renowned scientist and technical experts renew their presence at MEDLAB 2018

YASMINA OUARI - 20-déc.-2017 13:00:16
United Arab Emirates: December 20, 2017  - 17 French companies, including six new companies, will be taking part in the largest laboratory exhibition in Dubai, from 5 to 9 February 2018. France’s range of in vitro diagnostic devices will be displayed over an area of 189 square meters, and will showcase the innovations that form the strategic foundations of the sector’s development. Today, these major innovations are being used in nanotechnologies, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Thus, a substantial share of the market’s turnover is invested in Research & Development. In France, the market for IVD (in vitro diagnostic) medical devices for laboratory use is worth approximately €1,418 billion. There are around 200 specialist IVD companies in France, which directly employ about 1,000 people. The French in vitro diagnostics market is composed primarily of SMEs. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) and in vitro diagnostics in laboratory settings account for 18% and 82% of the market, respectively. Public and private hospitals account for 40.5% of turnover, with the laboratory-based IVD market showing a slight decline. Thanks to France’s world-renowned scientific and technical expertise, French companies have the opportunity to compete in both the mid-range market (by offering good value for money) and in the high-end market. Working continuously to develop new solutions and improve their devices, French companies at MEDLAB will be unveiling their latest innovations in the reagents, analysers, medical and molecular biology, and haematology segments. With the help of two regional partners — Lille Eurasanté and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region— the Pavilion run by Business France will showcase the latest French innovations at MEDLAB 2018. The technicity of these innovations is in line with the requirements of the highly demanding, fast-developing local market. 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 #CreativeFrance   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 :

Plussh helps companies accelerate their digital transition with new tailored applications for smartphone-based live video

Rejula ARUN - 10-sept.-2017 14:00:36
United Arab Emirates, September 10 2017: Plussh is the market leader in France, boasting key account customers such as Altrad, Crédit Agricole, Carrefour and Orange. This French start-up specializes in the capture of live video using a smartphone and develops tailored HD live video applications for businesses. At GITEX 2017, Plussh will be presenting its latest solutions for banks, insurers, major groups and telecoms. Plussh will be launching new solutions for banks, insurers, major groups and telecoms at GITEX 2017 in Dubai. From internal communication and sales coordination, to assisted maintenance and broadcasting. Whatever your needs, Plussh has the right secure and private solution to reduce distances, improve the circulation of information, enhance team involvement, bring staff closer together and facilitate the digital transformation of companies. "Our easy to set up solutions don’t just meet the needs of our customers, they adapt to them. Our start point is a customer requirement, a use case that we conceive and discuss together to create the product," explains Dimitri Moulins, CEO & co-founder of Plussh. "We do more than simply offer a disruptive technology. We support our customers through their digital transition, with training and advice. We are there to help them and we move forward together. " Up until now, live video within companies was restricted to specific events, because the cost was high and the complexity of its implementation required it to be planned out far in advance of the event to be covered. Alternatively, businesses used solutions aimed at the general public, such as Facebook live or Periscope, which are far from ideal in terms of security, privacy, quality, server performance and intellectual property. With Plussh, companies have their own live video application, which is branded and secure and enables them to produce live video at any time, to communicate quickly, directly, effectively and interactively if needed, with the certainty that the message will be seen and heard, allowing them to show their audience what goes on within the firm, or to carry out assisted training, assisted maintenance, crisis management and content broadcasting. Spotlight on three use cases If you are a major group, Plussh can offer you your very own live video application for internal communication, allowing you to speak to the employees you wish to reach, be they senior executives, managers or the workforce as a whole, according to their language or place of work. With a single click, they can be notified and watch the live video on their smartphone. If you are a bank with several branches and you wish to present a new product that will be sold to your customers, a simple tap on your smartphone screen takes you to a live web page with an interactive chat tool. Your branch staff can ask questions and make the most of this dynamic solution. Of course, your employees can also watch live video on their smartphone. "For our internal communication, we have for many years been seeking solutions that are more fun and more exciting. We want our communication methods to be up to date. In Plussh we have found a secure tool that performs incredibly well and allows us to keep our data private," says Laurent Brieu, Head of the Business Expertise and International Department at Crédit Agricole. Our thousands of employees were quick to embrace the system. You know how mindful banks are about data security. To ensure the security and privacy of data, Plussh is truly the solution we were searching for". If you are a telephone company looking to give your customers access to a private live video solution, Plussh will develop one for you that offers three key advantages: your customers have a live video streaming tool that carries your colors, you are providing them with a new service that is truly at the cutting edge, they use data (4G) by broadcasting high-quality live video, but also by using cloud storage when they save their videos after the live broadcast. New solutions announced at GITEX During GITEX 2017, Plussh will be presenting solutions that cater closely to the needs of banks, insurers, key accounts and telephone companies. At the La French Tech / Business France stand, you will be able to discover Plussh Pro, Plussh Silver, Plussh Gold, Plussh Platinum and Plussh Telco, begin an analysis of your smartphone-based live video needs, look at various use cases and jointly develop a product that will help accelerate your digital transformation. About Plussh: Plussh is a French start-up founded in Montpellier, France. In its first two years, Plussh raised the initial funds it required to accelerate its commercial development, notably in the Middle East. Having won the 2016 @MWC Business France Award for the most promising start-up of the year, Plussh also received first prize in the French IoT La Poste contest at CES Las Vegas and the Start-up of the Year prize at the Online Video Trophies. Plussh is well accustomed to working with key accounts and is a member of the French Alliance for Open Innovation. It now counts six CAC 40 groups among its customers and leads the smartphone-based live video streaming market in France. Press Contacts: Laurent Damiron, VP & co-founder +33 (0) 6 26 14 70 52  

The broad and diversified French offer at MEDLAB 2017

Rejula ARUN - 24-janv.-2017 11:59:04
• 11 French companies at MEDLAB • A robust upstream attendance at ARAB HEALTH - 130 companies United Arab Emirates, January 24th,  2017 - 11 French companies will be exhibiting in an area of 144m² at the world’s largest laboratory trade fair in Dubai on 6-9 February 2017. France’s offer holds a number of trump cards, including diagnostic imaging, prosthetics, orthotics and other solutions for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as medical technical assistance, mini-invasive surgery (80 to 90% of such procedures are gynecological), in vitro diagnostics, physiotherapy and emergency care. In France, the firms that supply laboratories with in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices form a market worth around €1.418 billion. Despite ferocious competition on the medical device market, France’s image and reputation remain strong on the Emirati market. Thanks to the country’s globally renowned scientific and technical expertise, French companies have a great opportunity to position themselves both in the mid-range market, by offering good value for money, and in the high-end market, where their rivals, notably in Germany and the US, have no equivalent offering or are tied to a reciprocal exclusivity agreement with a distributor. Marc Cagnard, Middle East Director at Business France, stated: “France is known for its world class healthcare system, and has played a leading role as a pioneer in the medical field. Highlighting the importance of France as a major contributor to the medical industry, pharmaceutical giants such as Sanofi, Bayer AG and AbbVie have chosen to make the country their home. The France pavilion at the Arab Health exhibition this year features a much larger number of companies, reflecting our keen desire to contribute to the development of the healthcare system in the region.” Working tirelessly to develop new solutions and improve devices, the French exhibitors will be presenting their latest innovations at MEDLAB, such as CML, a French Laboratory company  and leader distributor of disposable labware, equipment, furniture and services in France.  According to Thierry Van Twembeke, French exhibitor, Exports are an essential component of the group’s development strategy. He stated: “ our presence in the Middle East and attendance to MEDLAB 2017 gives us the opportunity to showcase our French know-how as a manufacturer and distributor of medical devices. It is also decisive for CML to better understand the needs of our local partners and to establish long-term relationships. CMLWe are currently seeking local partners that could pass on our values and whose ranges we could bolster. " The French private owned company was established in 1971 with an expertise in production of IVD medical devices. CML has an export expertise with a dedicated team. Major destinations are currently EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). 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 has 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 info: Miryem Oukas Messidi Regional Communications Manager Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : Ends-

ENHANCE KNOWLEDGES AND INSPIRATION AT EQUIPHOTEL 2016 6-10 November 2016 at the Paris-Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre (France)

YASMINA OUARI - 21-sept.-2016 13:31:28
For more than 50 years EquipHotel has been helping international hospitality and catering professionals decode trends, discover innovations and build their networks, with the firm intention of offering new solutions and growth drivers for everyone operating in the hospitality and catering industry. EquipHotel is a source of inspiration for architects, decorators and designers from all over the globe.   CAPSULES WITH CONCRETE SOLUTIONS TO CURRENT ISSUES Hotel and restaurant professionals will have the chance to discover tangible and immediately practicable solutions for use in their establishments thanks to the Capsule series, an inspirational addition to Studio16, the 3,000-sqm ephemeral hotel-restaurant installed at the heart of the exhibition.  The Capsules are the matrices for the hospitality of the future, transforming constraints into sources of business for professionals, while enhancing the well-being of a varied range of customer profiles (families, business travellers and others).  Venues for inspiration, venues to gain insight into solutions, the Capsules reveal their content and added value:  Senses ROOM: universal design & accessibility  Experience the Senses Room – a 72sqm suite exploring accessibility through the theme of the “five senses”. It will perfectly embody the standards of high-end, international luxury hotels, while deploying new technologies, the finest materials and endless ways of stimulating the senses.   Spa Capsule: Spa & Wellness  Isabelle Charrier, Founder and Director of Emotion SPA magazine, will curate the Spa Capsule with a comprehensive, pragmatic and future-focused programme of talks on the spa business covering topics such as market developments, architecture, management, profitability and new studies. ERGO ROOM: risk prevention & ergonomics  This room aims to promote the prevention of occupational risks as a growth driver for businesses, providing concrete solutions to issues including musculo-skeletal problems, workforce retention and strenuous work. ORIGINE Capsule: sustainable development & technological innovations Origine is an energy-efficient, biosourced space for recharging your batteries.  This project’s ambition is to design a prototype hotel room and bathroom as it could look in 2020, by integrating sustainable development criteria and technological innovations. Get your free access! Use the code: TAE12   
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