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France in focus: the high-flying aerospace industry in ALPC

Amelie Argenti - 29-janv.-2016 18:30:44
Few regions in the world can truly boast of such a dynamic aerospace sector as Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (ALPC). The region has a long history in the aerospace industry which has resulted in it positioning itself as a global leader and reference point in several subsectors of the field. Key figures of this sector in ALPC include: - 700 active companies - 40 000 jobs in the sector - 4 billion EUR in revenue Areas in which the region is a world leader include: turbines for helicopters, top of the range corporate jets, landing and braking systems, launch vehicles and propulsion and deterrent weapon systems to name a few. As a result of this know-how two important clusters have been created in the region. The first, Aerospace Valley  was created in 2005 through the close collaboration between the Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyrenees regions, and represents roughly one third of Frances aerospace workforce. The cluster has received funding for 450 R&D projects, representing 1.1 billion Euros. The second cluster AEROTEAM  situated in the Poitou-Charentes area was created in 2008 and has diligently promoted the partnerships, R&D and collaborations in the area. With over 150 companies in Poitou-Charentes, including large groups such as Thales, Zodiac Aerospace and Dassault Aviation, the merger with the Aquitaine region has created one of the largest gatherings of companies in the aeronautics industry. With such a large and specialized aerospace sector, it was a little tough to select just 3 companies to profile in this article. Nevertheless a selection was made, so we begin with the giant: Airbus. Airbus Defense and Space , part of the Airbus employs over 14 000 people and has a revenue of 14 billion EUR globally. The group has wide ranging expertise developing technology and programs for everything from defense and security to telecommunications and manned space missions. The site in Aquitaine was built in the 1960s and is made up of 70 000 m² of offices and workshops. It specializes in subassemblies, high-performance filament-wound and woven structures, thermal protection, atmospheric re-entry systems and complex testing. Dassault Aviation  has 4 sites in the ALPC region and over 2900 employees, almost a quarter of the groups global workforce of 11 700. The group produces falcon jets and military aircrafts and created the famous Mirage jets series. There is currently a partnership with northern Europe for the Dassault group in the form of the established collaboration with Swedish Saab AB as well as EADS in the creation of the nEUROn, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle. Zodiac aerospace founded in 1896, has been active in the sector for over 100 years with its earliest designs focusing on hot-air balloons and airplanes. Today the group’s activities are focused in three core segments: comfort and life on board aircraft, onboard systems, and safety on the ground and in-flight. With over 100 sites and a global workforce of over 30,000 people, the group retains an important presence in France and has five sites in the ALPC region alone. For further information on the aerospace industry in the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes area, or to come into contact with the region to explore collaboration opportunities please contacte Amelie Argenti, amelie.argenti@businessfrance.fr Picture courtesy of Invest in Aquitaine

"France, second largest exporter of equipment & services for the oil and gas sector"

Amelie Argenti - 19-janv.-2016 14:29:20
France is the second largest exporter of equipment and services for the oil and gas sector with no production on its territory In an interview to Business France Radio, Agnès Hagyak, project manager for oil & gas at the Business France headquarters in Paris, discusses the sector: « France doesn’t have significant O&G resources» Despite the lack of natural resources, French companies have managed to do well in the industry, both on upstream (exploration, production) and downstream (refining) levels. In this sector, France is in fact the second largest exporter in the world. The French industry relies on large companies like Total, NG (natural gas) and Technip, but also on many small and middle size companies (more than 500) covering important services within this industry, such as water treatment, telecommunications, software and security equipment. These companies’ are now looking to expand internationally by identifying countries with potential for growth to find new clients and offer their services in line with local production and envrionmental requirements. Among the target countries are the Gulf States. « In this part of the world, there are both upstream and downstream sectors» , explains Agnès Hagyak, «there are many things to do there.» As a matter of a fact, ADIPEC, the International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference held in Abu Dhabi in November is « a very good opportunity to find potential partners and clients» according to Agnès Hagyak. «This show is also a way for the French to promote their services directly to customers. They must play their card well abroad. » ADIPEC, official website Companies exhibiting at ADIPEC Companies in the oil and gas industry on youbuyfrance.com

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

France shows the way to doing e-commerce!

Annamari LUUKKAINEN - 23-juin-2014 09:57:41
We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013.   With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe.   Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas! The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion   of the year’s total results.   The Best in Class go international 15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million   in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million   and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe.   Cross-channel strategies Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways.   In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment.   The rules to play by With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site.   Up and coming events where Ubifrance can leverage exhibition opportunities for French e-commerce companies will be in Milan on May 20 th , in the UK and Ireland, from September 16 – 18 th , followed by San Paolo, October 6 – 7 th , with BtoB meetings dedicated to private sales.       For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce Sector :   > Electronics and IT   > Telecommunications and Space   > Trade and distribution   > Services   > Audiovisual content, Multimedia  

UBIFRANCE takes 20 French innovators to CeBIT 2012

Victor Jarny - 10-févr.-2012 09:43:57
  The trade show is the digital industry’s biggest event and will take place in Hanover (Germany), from 6 to 10 March 2012. UBIFRANCE will group together the French companies in two areas during the CeBIT trade show in March. Companies focused on new technology and research will be in Hall 9, and hardware specialists will be in Hall 14. A wide range of products will be exhibited, including those relating to business IT, business communications and networks, ICT infrastructure, IT and telecoms accessories, Future Internet, and 3D technologies. This year, CeBIT takes place in Hanover (in northern Germany) from 6 to 10 March. According to the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO), worldwide IT expenditure is experiencing substantial growth rates in emerging countries and should have risen by 4.3% in 2011, reaching €963.4 billion. In Europe, Germany stands out, as it exceeded the European average and experienced a significant increase in expenditure, up by 4.3% in 2011, while France enjoyed a 3.4% increase. The EITO highlights the substantial upsurge — by 4.2% — in the French infrastructure software segment in 2011. This trend is expected to continue in 2012, with a forecasted 4.8% rise. The growth in this segment is primarily the result of rising sales in storage-and-security applications, boosted by the proliferation of Cloud Computing offers. Also according to the EITO, the worldwide IT market in 2012 will grow by 5.4%, exceeding €1,000 billion in sales for the first time. A list of the companies that will be on the French pavilion is supplied below; a detailed catalogue is available on request. Bidulandco Bidulandco develops applications for USB sticks, SD cards and hard drives. www.bidulandco.com CAREX-France CAREX-France specialises in the wholesale distribution of telecommunications and multimedia products. www.carexfrance.com COP sas   COP sas is the creator of Nexboo: "The first digital democracy where ideas are exchanged between friends, or the world," explains the company. www.nexboo.com ELYCTIS ELYCTIS develops hardware devices and software applications dedicated to Secure Identity, including e-ID and e-passport. www.elyctis.com GEOCOM GEOCOM provides e-marketing tools that use mobile phones. www.geocom.fr H5 Audits H5 Audits is made up of independent experts who specialise in measurement technology for businesses’ IP networks. www.h5audits.com HDW HDW is a distributor of high-technology goods. www.hdwfrance.fr HOME TECHNOLOGY HOME TECHNOLOGY allows its clients to manage their homes via the internet, controlling temperature in the home remotely, for example. www.home-technology.eu INFOSEC Communication INFOSEC Communication designs, manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of UPS and surge protectors that are adapted to market needs. www.infosec-ups.com Jamespot.Pro Jamespot.Pro is an online solution that allows businesses to communicate and work collaboratively, both internally and externally. www.jamespot.com Moselle Développement Moselle Développement is an economic-development agency set up by the General Council of the Moselle département , in Eastern France. www.moselle-developpement.com Ordissimo Ordissimo has created a personal, simplified computer that is suitable for beginners. www.ordissimo.com PackshotCreator A world leader in digital product photography, PackshotCreator offers unique solutions for the automated production of packshots. www.packshot-creator.com PNY Technologies PNY Technologies delivers a full spectrum of high-quality products for everything in (and around) the computer. www.pny.eu Runware Runware designs, produces and markets communications accessories with high added value for mobile phones. www.runware.com Sage Sage produces software designed to manage a range of functions within a client organisation, such as finance and accounting, sales, pay, HR, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and e-commerce. www.sage.fr SR21 SR21 is the regional development and innovation agency for the island of La Réunion, an overseas département of France in the Indian Ocean, near Mauritius. www.wereunion.re VIOTECH VIOTECH designs, develops and markets high-added-value services and applications. www.viotech.net
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