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The development of Finnish company Ensto on the French market

Amelie Argenti - 22-déc.-2015 16:47:23
Short interview with Timo Luukkainen, President and CEO of Ensto: Key Figures: Founded : 1958 in Porvoo, Finland Global Presence : Offices 20 countries Number of employees : 1,600, including 300 people in France What is Ensto’s core business? Ensto is a family business whose headquarters are located in Finland. We have subsidiaries in 20 other countries and employ, 1600 people in total. Our core business is energy efficiency through three main branches: - Ensto Utility Networks , which focuses on electricity distribution and network automation solutions; - Ensto Industrial Solutions , producing riskreduction industrial components; - Ensto Building Technology , which provides energy-saving products and solutions for the construction sector. In France, we have 300 people working at three production sites. Why did you choose France? France has several valuable key strengths. First of all, it is a big market, the second largest after Nordic countries for our company. France is a very technologically developed country, with compelling tax advantages for R&D and innovation investments, which are key points for our business. Given that we work a lot with Northern African countries, France’s location and the French language are also significant advantages. How has the IFA* helped you to expand in France? The IFA* has been very helpful to us as a partner and has always been there for us whenever we had questions about our development in France. We acquired two companies in 2010, and it has been a great success. Thanks to its thorough knowledge of the French business environment, the IFA assisted us during the entire process, which was much appreciated. What advice would you give to a company interested in investing in France? Don’t be afraid of France! French people are determined and reliable workers. France is a big market, is very developed technologically, and has compelling innovation and R&D promotion policies. It is also a gateway to other promising markets. * The Invest in France Agency and UBIFRANCE merged on the 1st January 2015 to form Business France For more information on French market

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

The French Nautical Industries Federation

Helsinki office - 04-août-2015 16:00:07
  The French Nautical Industries Federation (FIN) aims at defending, representing and promoting the different sectors of the French nautical industries both at home and abroad. The FIN currently has more than 600 members, representing more than 80% of the industry’s turnover.       In contact with the authorities at the regional, national, and European level, the French Nautical Industries Federation assists and advises companies in a number of domains: legal, social, economic and technical, and plays a role in providing information to the public and media.       At the international level, the FIN is a founder of the European Boating Industry. Founded in June 2009 and based in Brussels (Belgium), European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and its members.       The Federation owns the Paris International Boat show, Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show, and Maritima, the trade show dedicated to the maritime and coastal economies. The FIN also runs coordinated actions, in partnership with Ubifrance, to facilitate the presence of its members in major or rapidly growing international boat shows. In addition, the FIN supports the Grand Pavois de La Rochelle and is also behind events such as the National get afloat weekend (Fête du Nautisme), contributing to the development and practice of water-based recreational activities.       At environmental level, the FIN initiates several actions which objective is to insert environmental preoccupation throughout the boat life cycle, in particular through its Bateau bleu Program. At the start of 2009, the French Nautical industries Federation created the Association for eco responsible pleasure boating (APER) which mission is to organise and run the setting up of the French network for dismantling and recycling pleasure craft that have reached the end of their useful lives.           HEAD OFFICE   FEDERATION DES INDUSTRIES NAUTIQUES   FRENCH NAUTICAL INDUSTRIES FEDERATION   Port de Javel Haut • 75015 PARIS • France   Tel. +33 (0)1 44 37 04 00 • Fax. +33 (0)1 45 77 21 88 info@fin.fr   source : http://www.fin.fr/frameset.asp?langue=gb Clic here for more information about French companies 

“To survive on the global market, producing the best wine is not enough”

Business France - 23-juin-2015 15:13:24
  France at the heart of a global competition   France has more and more competitors like Italia and Spain but also Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It’s a worldwide competition; “to survive on the global market, producing the best wine is not enough”, asserts Christophe Commeau, even if “in the future, consumers will drink less but much better”.       The best wine at the best price   That’s why over the past few years, French companies, producers, makers and traders, have started to increase the quality of their products and now export the best wine at the best price.       France three main strengths   To face this competition, France can rely on many strengths from its variety to its quality and its price. With Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, South of France, Alsace, Champagne, sparkling or sweet wines, France has “so many wines for a small country at (so) many prices”.       Development of the organic wine market   Also, French companies have been developing one main novelty, underlined by Christophe Commeau: “800 hundred French wine makers are now doing organic wine”. A necessary new trend, as so many countries now want to import this type of wine.       New wines for Asia and Champagne for the UK   A strategy linked with France ability to find new opportunities and create wines for new markets like Asia, and especially China. “We have to prospect and organize wine tastings in Asia but not only”. USA remains a big consumer and our closest neighbors are our biggest clients; especially the UK, France first market, thanks to the Champagne demand. “French wine on this market is more and more sophisticated”.       France role on the wines and spirit global market goes beyond. Every year, France organizes wine tours in the biggest trade fairs, master classes and training for cellarmen and sommeliers to learn how to pair correctly French wines with local food. “Exporting and promoting wine abroad is good but we need to train as well the professionals of the sector.”     More information about French companies here

French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Pauline Terzian - 17-déc.-2014 08:47:32
More than Airbus   The European aviation industry, the production, maintenance and support of civil aircraft, is currently second largest in the world following the US’s Boeing led sector. It is undeniably integral to France in producing jobs and growth, as it is the largest foreign looking sector with 22 billion euros in net exports. Many SMEs depend and service Airbus and these will directly benefit from the impending expansion of the giant’s aircraft deliveries, as for the A320 for example, rising from 42 to the target of 50 planes per month.   Aside Airbus’s presence, there are many smaller companies that have succeeded independently and are capturing attention abroad. For example, Mapaero produces paint for airplane interiors and exteriors, such as for aircraft’s wheels. They rapidly acquire new airlines as clients, the company being particularly innovative as its products are in line with recent EU regulations restricting chemicals in paint. The company’s attempts to limit impact on environment will also secure it a bright future.   Ready for Take Off   The French aviation industry is currently well diversified, mature and a world leader. What are its prospects for the future? It seems hard for things to get better, but it certainly looks this way. Brice Robin, Ubifrance’s project head explains that the industry is not lingering on its current successes: “Yes, over the last 100 years France has a history with aviation. This however is never enough, and we have to look to innovation for the future. For example French companies spend an average of 14% of their revenues on R&D.”   Innovation is incredibly important for France to extend its advantage in a market that requires the utmost quality in order to ensure the security and longevity of its very expensive products to its prospective clients. Mr. Robin adds that there is an industry pressure for firms to “deliver faster, perfect parts with high level of quality, and better products with new technology, such as lower weight.”   There are competitors arising in developing markets such as Brazil, China and Russia. However, they are likely to have difficulty in competing with France’s knowhow and completeness of services. Mr. Robin explains, as an example, that the French maintenance’s market provides a one-stop shop for clients and this reduces costs as well as being convenient: “Today buyers don’t only look at the cost of aircraft, but also the maintenance and all else surrounding the aircraft since they will keep the aircraft for 25 to 35 years. They will also be renovating the aircraft interior every 5 to 10 years.” An airline doing business in France will not only purchase from Airbus but also look to other French companies, some located as near as the Toulouse metropolitan area, that provide maintenance and other support in usage such as refurbishment.    Mr. Robin puts this all in perspective of the emerging competition of the French industry: “Clients cannot supply all of their parts and components from a new player in an emerging market because some technologies, materials, designs, and new processes there will not be available and this is a French advantage.“ For example, for the maintenance of certain structural parts that are produced by Airbus, there is a requirement of special certification that can only be found amongst French engineers.   Ubifrance and French SMEs   Ubifrance helps French companies find clients and partners abroad. For example, Win MS participated with Ubifrance at trade shows in Dubai and was able to attain contacts with local airlines. Their aeronautical maintenance equipment were very impressive to Qatar Air, world’s second most preferred airline according to the World Airline Awards.    Aeroform provides repairing equipment for composite materials, much of which can be found in the structure of modern aircrafts. The company was looking for one distributor in Spain and Germany, and with help of Ubifrance was able to attain a list of seven to ten possible suitors in each of the markets. In three months they signed one distributor in each country and are now working with Ubifrance to achieve the same results in the Russian market.     For further information about French exporting companies, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/companies.aspx?k=&z=&c=&ca=3&sca=75   http://www.airbus.com/ Aeroform : http://www.aeroform-france.fr/   Mapaero : http://www.mapaero.com/en/

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

Pauline Terzian - 08-déc.-2014 13:47:56
Over the course of four days, 2-5 March 2015, Mobile World Capital Barcelona will host the world’s greatest mobile event: Mobile World Congress.   The mobile communications revolution is driving the world’s major technology breakthroughs. From wearable devices to connected cars and homes, mobile technology is at the heart of worldwide innovation. As an industry, we are connecting billions of people to the transformative power of the Internet and mobilising every device we use in our daily lives.   In short, we’re on The Edge of Innovation, and the possibilities are endless. The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead.   About the Event   Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this industry-leading event:   Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this industry-leading event:   A world-class thought-leadership Conference featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions A cutting-edge product and technology Exhibition featuring more than 1,900 exhibitors The world’s best venue for seeking industry opportunities, making deals, and networking App Planet , the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe, where the mobile app community gathers to learn, network and engage with innovators And the Global Mobile Awards programme, where we recognise industry innovation and achievements     About the French Pavilion The French Tech Pavilion at MWC 2015 in Hall 5 & Hall 8.1   Mrs Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Minister of the Economy, Industry and the Digital, will be present on the French Pavilion at MWC 2015 with LA FRENCH TECH !   For the ninth consecutive year, UBIFRANCE, The French Agency for International Business Development will host a French Tech Pavilion at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain), from 02 to 05 March 2015. The latest innovations from more than 100 French exhibitors will be showcased on the French Tech Pavilion, making it the largest national pavilion at the trade show this year like the previous years.    More information about… The French Tech Pavilion @ Mobile World Congress France offers a mobilized IT ecosystem: https://apps.ubifrance.fr/BlogBO/Post/post_view.aspx?post_id=10194  

UBIFRANCE helps French IT startups plug into global opportunities

Pauline Terzian - 08-déc.-2014 13:43:06
Companies of all sizes and sectors must have a scope of digital services for their clients or risk losing business. Fayssal Majid, Ubifrance’s IT project manager, explains: “Smartphone will be the new platform for all companies. They will need to have a mobile application as well as a site in order to attract customers and maintain a market share.” By 2020 the number of smartphone mobile subscriptions is expected to more than double to 6.1 billion. This is nearly the size of today’s global population of 6.7 billion.   Today’s France, ready for tomorrow’s world   France offers a mobilized IT ecosystem that is leveraging the best of France to not only satisfy the domestic market but also capture global customers. In fact the domestic market, a kind of reflection of the society’s focus on technology, has been following other developed countries in internet penetration and mobile usage: 54% of the French population uses the internet on their mobile and 74% of smartphone users research products and services on their phone.   Therefore, it should come as no surprise that France will be sending the biggest national delegation to 2015’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The size of delegation can be attributed to the quality of French engineers and the well-organized research clusters, many at a regional level, which offer incubation for a variety of independent ideas. For example take Systematic, a cluster from the Paris region, which has helped develop 379 projects and attracted investment of 2 billion euros over its brief history.   In fact, Mr. Majid explains that there are even further layers of organization that benefit the start up culture in France: “There are all startups which are very proud of their French roots but are looking globally. An initiative in collaboration with UBIFRANCE, La French Tech, helps them achieve this goal.”   La French Tech is a great collective project for the growth and influence of the French Start-ups and digital ecosystem and has been behind such firms as the award winning Citizen Sciences. Citizen Sciences is a prime example of a French company that is not only matching but also advancing the technological frontier. Citizen Sciences is pioneering application of the field of “the internet of things” – the connectivity of everyday items for the purpose of improving usage and limiting human involvement – towards the human staple of clothing. At the moment they are working on products that will gather multiples of data, from heart rate to specific movements, for athletes as to improve their performance. The company was recognized as a winner of an Innovation Award at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.   Ubifrance helps you reach your potential     Mr. Majid believes that the Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress in spring of 2015 is the perfect springboard for French businesses for global markets. IT has become much more of a global phenomenon and Mr. Majid believes that the direction of French companies should not only be towards showcases and markets in the US, but also emerging markets in Asia, South America , and even Africa: “Yes, French companies have always thought about the US, but in fact there is also much interest from places like the Middle East South East Asia and Africa, markets that are very large and growing.” Since the Mobile World Congress is a global event, this will provide the perfect introduction of French companies to prospective clients from all over the world.   Oledcomm is an example of a company that will be joining Mr. Majid in Barcelona. They are doing something truly special. Their products leverage your lighting network into something many of us find unthinkable: wireless communication and Internet services.   Famoco is yet another French company that will be at the MWC in Barcelona and they are working on a problem that we all though would be solved by now – contactless payment. Such advancements require massive logistical coordination and Famoco is making this possible. Look to Famoco to improve your experience in stores all around the world.   UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, 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… Oledcomm Famoco The French Tech Pavilion @ Mobile World Congress The Mobile World Congress : https://apps.ubifrance.fr/BlogBO/Post/post_view.aspx?page1=&page=&post_id=10195
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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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