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France in focus: ALPC textile design

Amelie Argenti - 27-janv.-2016 19:47:07
With the flurry of decoration, lifestyle and design fairs currently being held, Formex, and on the horizon, Formland & Oslo Design Fair, in the Nordic countries, and in conjunction with Maison & Objet in Paris, we will take a closer look at some of the decoration and design companies form the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (ALPC) region. There are of course numerous businesses in the region with wonderful products and a claim in the sector, but we will take a closer look at three companies located in the Basque country and specialized in textiles. The Basque country has a long history of weaving and textile production – historically it was an agricultural practice: in order protect the cattle from the sun during plowing and harvest seasons, a woven cover, called Saïal, was placed on the animals. Each Saïal had seven stripes woven into them representing the seven Basque Provinces. The practice evolved and the region now has a rich history in the production of linens ranging from table cloth to tea towels and numerous textiles in between.                                                                                             Images courtesy of Tissage Moutet The family business, Tissage Moutet , has been using tradition Basque weaving techniques since 1919. The company, located in Orthez, is a certified “Living Heritage Company” and has maintained traditional practices while modernizing their design and production, and prides itself on its innovation through style approach in the creation of their linen. With collections ranging from table and kitchen linens, homeware & decoration, and hospitality & restauration the group has a wide range of products to satisfy their growing national and international clients. Moutet exports to several countries around the world including Denmark and Finland!                                                                                Images courtesy of Creations Jean Vier Another Basque company in the textiles sector is Creations Jean Vier , a company with a 30 year history in the industry. The company produces a wide variety of table linen, bathroom linen and home furnishings, naming all their collections after Basque villages and towns (St Jean de Luz, Espelette, Biarritz, Sara, Arnaga, Abadia, Bilbao, etc.) or traditional Basque pastimes and traditions, Txilin Txalan (a children’s game), Aria le fil or Saïal.                                                                                                   Images courtesy of ARTIGA The last company we will look at in this article is ARTIGA ,  located in the town of Magescq. This company was created in 1999 and has since then gone from strength to strength, from opening their first store in 2001 to delivering an order of 5500 “sailor bags” for the G20 summit in 2011. Today, ARTIGA has 8 stores in France and is expanding internationally. With collections of bath towels, table linens, pillows and accessories, this company has no shortage of bright colourful Basque inspired products.  For more information on any of the companies featured, do not hesitate to contact Amelie Argenti, amelie.argenti(@)businessfrance.fr  

Interview: Swedish company Doro’s activities in France

Amelie Argenti - 21-déc.-2015 16:39:34
Doro is a Swedish company focusing on telecommunications solutions for seniors. The company was founded in 1974 in Lund and has enjoyed strong growth allowing the group to pursue international expansion. Today Doro is present in Norway, Hong Kong, the US, and France and has an annual turnover of SEK 838 million. In an interview CEO Jérôme Arnaud tells us why Doro chose to invest in France. What is Doro’s main business? Doro is a Swedish company focusing on telecommunications solutions for seniors. The company initially made landline telephones. Since I arrived to lead Doro in 2007 we changed strategy and abandoned this declining market to focus on a forward-looking sector: the seniors market. We produce a wide range of telephones developed for elderly people but also telecare and fall-detection systems, for example. Thanks to this new positioning, Doro is enjoying strong growth as it pursues international expansion centered around France. Why did you choose France? We chose to locate our software development center in France because we were looking for certain skills and highly trained personnel. It is not easy to find seasoned workers in seniors-focused software development, because this sector is relatively new. Moreover, France is a very large, interesting market, and its strategic location enables us to centralize all our European operations here (Italy, Greece, Benelux, etc.). Our development center employs around ten people. Since Doro is enjoying very strong growth, this center is due to expand and we intend to create new jobs in France. How did the Invest in France Agency* help you? Swedes are not always comfortable with French people from a cultural point of view. Their working methods as well as their ways of thinking are totally different. Fortunately, the Invest in France Agency* offers a reassuring framework so that investors can better understand the French market and how to undertake their investments in the best possible conditions. We very much appreciated the advice we were given that enabled us to better manage our French investments. What advice would you give to a company interested in investing in France? Swedish companies setting up business in France can tend to isolate themselves behind clichés about France that circulate in Sweden. However, these clichés are just not true. For instance, that ‘French people work less than Swedish people’: it is quite the opposite! If they want to have a better return on investment, Swedish firms should not go it alone, with their own Swedish consultants and employees, but rather learn how to exploit the key strengths and knowledge of the French workforce. * The Invest in France Agency and UBIFRANCE merged on the 1st January 2015 to form Business France For more information on French market opportunities contact Gilles Debuire, Deputy Regional Director of Business France Nordics: gilles.debuire(@)businessfrance.fr
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Ranskan vienninedistämiskeskuksen Business Francen tehtävänä on auttaa ranskalaisia yrityksiä löytämään yhteistyökumppaneita Suomessa. Avustamme yrityksiä kehittämään liiketoimintaansa Suomessa järjestämällä B to B – tapaamisia ja erilaisia tapahtumia, sekä osallistumalla eri alojen messuille. BUSINESS FRANCEN kautta ranskalaiset yritykset saavat myös kattavaa tietoa Suomen markkinoista. Business France Helsingin palvelut kattavat myös Viron markkinat. BUSINESS FRANCE – ”French Agency for International Development” - on Ranskan valtion vienninedistämiskeskus joka toimii lähes 50 maassa. BUSINESS FRANCE tarjoaa ranskalaisille yrityksille laajan valikoiman palveluja ja auttaa yrityksiä kansainvälistymisen eri vaiheissa. Konsultointi BUSINESS FRANCE auttaa yrityksiä kansainvälistymisstrategian laatimisessa tarjoamalla ammattitait

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