France in focus: Nordic companies in the ALPC region

Amelie Argenti - 29-janv.-2016 18:32:54
The Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes region is vast and rich in resources and solutions not only for local French companies, but also for the numerous international groups and organizations that set up in the area.  The region boasts of sub-surface resources from groundwater, limestone, oil & gas, to thermal springs, but also industrial complexes, clusters & centres of excellence, and high-tech facilities able to accommodate a range of organisations. Of note also is that ALPC has devoted an important part of their budget to innovation and R&D projects in the region. Over the years an increasing number of companies from the Nordic countries have bought, invested in or otherwise established themselves in the ALPC region. The sectors covered range from construction to pharmaceutical development, paper production and retail to name a few.        A selection of the Nordic companies and their activities in the ALPC region are included below: Yara International ASA , originally Hydro Norsk, was created in 1905 in Norway. The group specializes in agricultural products and environmental protection agents and is the leading provider of sustainable crop nutrition solutions. Yara has an annual turnover of around 15 billion USD and over 12 000 employees globally. The group has several facilities in France including the site in Pardies in the ALPC region, created in 1986 with the acquisition of AZOLACQ. The totally integrated plant is part of a large industrial complex and as Yara themselves illustrate the location is near the Spanish border and well served by daily flights, a speedways network, and connected to the national railway grid.   The Danish company Ambu is specialized in diagnostic and life-supporting procedures ranging from anesthesia to patient monitoring and emergency care devices. The company was created in 1937 and is today fully operational on a global scale, with exports accounting for over 98% of their sales. Ambu has an annual turnover of around 300 million USD and over 2200 employees globally, of which 29 are based in France. As part of the group’s strategy, activities on several markets were concentrated on one sole location per country. The French subsidiary Ambu SARL has been based in beautiful Bordeaux since 1988.     Stora Enso is a Finnish company with expertise in the biomaterials, paper, packaging industry, and wood products sectors. The group has a massive production capacity with 7,1 million tonnes of paper, million tonnes of board, 1.3 billion square metres of corrugated packaging and 5.6 million cubic metres of sawn wood . Stora Enso has over 26 000 employees in more than 35 countries and presented a result in 2014 of 11.4 billion USD in revenue. Stora Enso Bois in France has set up in two distribution centres, one of which is Rochefort in ALPC. Emphasis has been placed on product development, IT- and e-business development. Capio Group is a Swedish healthcare provider founded in 1994 operating in Sweden, Norway, Germany and France. The group offers a range of healthcare solutions through its hospitals, primary care facilities and specialist clinics. In 2014 Capio’s more than 12 000 employees treated 4, 6 million patients across the four countries. The French branch of the group represented the second-largest segment by net sales and number of patients visits in 2014 and employs over 5000 people in the country. Capio France was created in 2002 and has since established eight emergency hospitals, twelve local hospitals and three specialist clinics primarily for rehabilitation and psychiatry. The most recent opening in 2015 of the Belharra clinic in Bayonne will be able to accommodate around 50 000 patients a year and represents an investment of 80 million EUR by Capio in the region. For further information on the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes region or Nordic companies and investments there, please contact Amelie Argenti, Amelie.argenti(@)businessfrance.fr

French touch in evidence at Spring Fair International 2012

JOLY Vicent - 16-janv.-2012 08:53:45
The companies taking part in the French Pavilion are as follows. Further details can be provided on request.  BANDIT MANCHOT (on stand M35) BANDIT MANCHOT uses leather that is left over from manufacturing processes at the most reputable fashion houses. Only leather with a perfect finish, texture and colour is selected for the cards, bookmarks, bracelets and other gifts that the company makes. Each card produced is a de-luxe, unique, and often humorous way of conveying words and thoughts. http://banditmanchot.net/en/ COLLEGIEN (on stand M33) COLLEGIEN is made up of a team of designers who have had their own workshops in the département of Tarn (in southern France) for four generations, making innovative and fashionable collections. COLLEGIEN’s key product is a slipper sock that has a shaped, ergonomic sole, which has punched holes for aeration and is attached to a knitted sock. The sole is treated by relying on advanced anti-allergy technology. Besides, only natural materials such as cashmere, wool and cotton are used, making COLLEGIEN’s sock perfect for everyone, including babies. The sock comes in a range of colours and styles. www.collegien-shop.com   GOBILAB (on stand M4) Created in June 2010, GOBILAB is an independent business run by three entrepreneurs. It will be presenting Gobi , the first eco-designed, French-produced and Bisphenol A (BPA)-free reusable bottle at Spring Fair International. Gobi was specifically designed to be easily integrated into an office or urban environment and to offer an appealing alternative to disposable cups and bottles. Portable and fun, this product has been thoughtfully designed to be easily filled, carried, cleaned, re-used and customised.  www.gobilab.com   INCIDENCE (on stand M39) For the last 20 years, INCIDENCE has been redesigning everyday objects in order to make them more aesthetic, fun and functional. The company will present its original, tongue-in-cheek range of gifts and home accessories at the trade show; they include products that are suitable for the bathroom, for the kitchen, and for children.  www.incidence.fr   LAMALI (on stand M43) For 20 Years, LAMALI has been collaborating with one fair-trade-certified organisation in Nepal. The company’s collections are designed in Paris and then created in Nepal, using the local artisans’ traditional knowledge and materials. LAMALI will present its selection of handmade colourful lokta paper garlands, mobiles and bunting, as well as its woollen accessories, at the trade show. www.lamali.com   LIB EDITEUR D’IDEES (on stand M37) LIB EDITEUR D’IDEES, which was founded in 2009, produces top-quality items that are made in France and have been designed to high ecological standards. The first item produced by the company was its innovative cocktail stirrer which, in the shape of a dragonfly or bird, balances on the side of the glass. LIB EDITEUR D’IDEES works with high-quality partners and manufactures items of excellence at an optimal production cost. www.lib-editeurdidees.com   About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development betw een France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities, mainly in London. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising a French pavilion at Spring Fair International, which will take place at the NEC, in Birmingham (England), from 5 to 9 February 2012. The pavilion will display the latest in gifts and home accessories coming out of France.  Journalists wishing to attend should contact Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. For further information about the Spring Fair, please go to:  http://www.springfair.com/   For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/
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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