VEGEPOLYS: International Cluster

Martine Joly - 15-févr.-2016 10:48:13
  VEGEPOLYS : A unique force in Europe 4 000 companies – 30 000 jobs – 450 researchers – 2 500 students – 25 higher training courses Born on the territory of the Pays de la Loire, the French state gave the label "competitiveness cluster" in July 2005 to VEGEPOLYS. As a competitive cluster with worldwide reach, VEGEPOLYS is open to the world, is developing its own international network and making partnerships with other French and non-French clusters.   VEGEPOLYS is founded on a historical tradition of production in the Pays de la Loire region of France. The pedoclimatic conditions in the region and the vitality and know-how of its companies have attracted national and local government support for several decades, enabling the region to become the leader in the specialised plants field. The Pays de la Loire region is alone in Europe in bringing together in a single geographical area both private enterprise and public research and training establishment a major European force in the plant world , on which VEGEPOLYS is based.   Making businesses more competitive The creation of value does not just involve product innovations, but also all other kinds of innovation: human resources management, production processes, marketing, logistics... VEGEPOLYS’ role is to organise and provide an impetus, in order to identify common problems and lead project groups. These activities take the form of workshops and strategy meetings.   International events VEGEPOLYS’ reputation is growing thanks to its presence at numerous events with its partners, and its actions toward key players:   ·          Participation in international exhibitions in France : SIVAL, Salon du Vin, Salon du végétal   ·          Participation in well-known international shows abroad : Hortifair, Fruit Logistica, IPM Essen, VitaFood, IBMA   ·          Participation in international congresses worldwide: In Vino, JAS, HIE, MexicoBio, SHE, Hydrangea...   -           Official website : -           Business France and VEGEPOLYS jointly organize international partnership Missions . More information: -           VEGEPOLYS   : The specialized plant sectors : -           French companies on : Agri-food Sector > Horticulture and Timber, clic here     Agri-food Sector > Fresh fruit & vegetables and processed vegetable products, clic here  

A unique exhibition of low carbon solutions during COP21

RAMHIT Emilie - 16-déc.-2015 16:33:50
The Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) this December is intended to result in an international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. This agreement must be capable of driving forward the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions so as to restrict the rise in the Earth’s mean temperature by the end of the century to 2°C above the pre-industrial level. Against this background, Reed Expositions France has been working with the General Secretariat of COP21 to organize the Galerie des Solutions [Solutions Gallery] from 2nd to 9th December in the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget. Intended to support the diplomatic negotiations, the Gallery will be an exhibition of low carbon solutions exclusively reserved for professionals, and its mission will be to demonstrate that solutions do exist and to accelerate their market uptake. Occupying an area of 10,000 m2, running for seven days, and accessible from the Blue Zone (COP negotiations zone), the Galerie des Solutions [Solutions Gallery] will present innovative solutions developed and applied by companies, industries or territories that are designed to reduce the impact of economic activities on the climate: equipment, technologies, new models of organization and reproducible best practices… Over twenty countries will be represented including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, the United Kingdom,… More specifically, the Ivory Coast, one of the African countries most committed to climate questions, will have a strong presence through a stand presenting initiatives and projects in the country, a broadcast from the TV studio, and visits by numerous officials from the country. As host country, what France has to offer will take pride of place in a dedicated space at the heart of the exhibition. It is therefore planned to demonstrate solutions – including clean vehicles in a dedicated outdoor space – and to stage special events, such as themed days that are integrated into the schedule of COP21, broadcasts and interviews with companies in a TV studio (eg. daily transport programme with Fer de France), guided tours and site visits for UN delegations. Other highlights will be prestige events such as networking sessions in a dedicated lounge, business lunches, VIP receptions in the heart of Paris… It will also host the official awards ceremonies for two sets of awards. The first Climate Solutions Awards, which will carry the COP21 label. Organized by Orée, AdEME, C3D, Crédit Coopératif, Solutions COP21, the Shift Project and World Efficiency, these will provide recognition for innovative solutions put forward by French SMEs or major groups to reduce energy consumption, limit greenhouse gases and preserve resources. There will also be the ceremony for the international Green Building Solutions Awards, which will be presented for outstanding examples of sustainable construction (building, technical solutions or materials) undertaken in countries covered by Construction21 or in its partner countries. Over 20,000 professional visitors are expected: participants in COP21 (heads of state, ministers, UN delegations from 197 countries), professionals (private and public sector decision makers and specifiers, delegations invited by the organizers…) and representatives of the media (printed press, radio, television, blogs).

Durham’s Bowes Museum extends Yves Saint Laurent exhibition

Vimla HUNT - 14-oct.-2015 11:29:11
The first exhibition in the UK on Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life, sponsored by Foundation Pierre Bergé, has been extended at the Bowes Museum in Durham following a massive attendance. The show, which according to local media has welcomed more than 55,000 visitors since it launched on July 11, will be open until November 8. The museum expects to reach 70,000 visitors by the time the exhibition closes, and merchandise sales have tripled in that time, informed the newspaper Chronicle Live. The exhibition is the first in the United Kingdom to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work. It features fifty iconic pieces designed by Saint Laurent, including garments from the Russian collection, the Mondrian Dress and the Tuxedo.  When “Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal” opened, Pierre Bergé, president of the Foundation Pierre Bergé: said “The Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent is committed to the promotion of the work of Yves Saint Laurent internationally, and as such it is extremely exciting to work on this first exhibition in the UK. The Bowes Museum is a natural destination given its exceptional work with fashion and textiles; the museum and its location also clearly reflects Yves Saint Laurent’s and my own passion for inspiring, timeless places. It is the perfect setting for us – a museum built as a French Chateau, in the age of the Second Empire”.  

SPACE 2015: the international livestock trade fair

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-sept.-2015 16:53:58
The 29 th international exhibition of livestock production takes place in Rennes (France) from September 15 th to 18 th in the midst of the agricultural crisis. The estimated 100,000 visitors will discover the full range of equipment; services and other latest developments that will help improve the competitiveness of farms.   The exhibition will focus on innovation in the livestock sector as well as the cooperation with international agricultural industries. 1441 exhibitors coming from 39 countries are expected today. The ever-growing number of foreign exhibitors points out the huge international impact of the trade fair.   Despite the crisis, farmers want to find solutions and create synergies as they understand the importance of looking ahead to the future.   Sources :,  

Bijorhca gets ready for September

Vimla Hunt - 03-sept.-2015 13:02:26
The up-coming edition of the international fine, fashion jewellery and watches show will be held from 4th to 7th September at Pavilion 5 of the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, in synergy with the Whos Next show, back again in September. Bijorhca is set to welcome nearly 550 brands, of which about one hundred are new exhibitors. As always the show comprises four exhibition areas: Elements, for jewellery suppliers, Cream, for the edgier labels, fashion jewellery, which brings together 280 brands and which, for the first time, will feature a Precious Village, reserved to silver and vermeil 4 m² booths, and fine jewellery (30% of exhibitors), occupying the very first section of the show, on the first floor. The watches area grows, numbering about a dozen brands, highlighted by the return of Ice Watch, featuring a 54 m² booth. The trend areas, stage-designed by Elizabeth Leriche and featuring Trends for fashion jewellery and Precious Gallery for fine jewellery, will be as ever the visitors main stops. Bijorhca will once more present a series of talks centred around themes such as how to generate well-being inside the shop. Also notable is the presence for the first time of an anti-counterfeit office, offering advice and orientation on the subject of intellectual property rights. In France, in 2014, the jewellery and watches market amounted to €5.1 billion. The figure represents a slight decrease, -1%, while the number of retail outlets too has decreased, from 6,600 in 2013 to 6,200 in 2014.   

Who’s Next-Première Classe: details for September show

Vimla Hunt - 10-avr.-2015 13:44:01
Two significant changes will affect the Parisian fashion and accessories trade show this fall. First, and most obviously, there will be the change in dates. Instead of in July, Whos Next-Première Classe will be held from September 4-7. The second change concerns the distribution of areas among the available halls at Porte de Versailles. "Available", since the Parisian Exhibition Center is undergoing major renovations that began this month, meaning that certain halls, including hall 7, which is usually occupied by the fashion show, will remain closed. Finally, for some visitors and exhibitors, it will actually be a kind of déjà vu with the more cutting-edge fashion area Fame and the accessories area Première Classe both in hall 1. Before acquiring Prêt-à-Porter Paris in 2011, this is where WSN organized these two flagship areas - in general, quite successfully. It remains to be seen if the organizer will be able to successfully put together several areas in halls 2.2 and 3, which share a different location (see map). Private will be located in hall 2.2, while Studio, Urban and Trendy will be in hall 3. Finally, From, which includes sourcing exhibitors, will be located in 2.1, now with a greater degree of independence. To facilitate the arrival of visitors, there will be two receptions, one between hall 2 and hall 3, and the other in hall 1 between Fame and Première Classe. Obviously, WSN is working to provide a more dynamic customer experience so as not to lose and bore certain visitors! As for exhibitors, how to fill the halls? WSN insists that the majority of exhibitors and visitors who were interviewed were in favor of the new dates. Neither Sophie Guyot for Fame, Sylvie Pourrat for Première Classe nor Camille Descollonges for Trendy, Urban and Private seem worried despite, in the case of certain areas, the fact that the shows’ second session will follow soon after. "If you look closely, its not much different than in January and the last edition was encouraging," said Boris Provost, director of brand strategy and international development. Among WSN’s list of participating exhibitors at Première Classe: Atelier Voisin, Tatoosh, Mellow Yellow, Buffalo, Faguo, United Nude, Nart & Nin, Serafini, etc. At Fame, meanwhile, there will be American Vintage, Bella Jones, Gat Rimon, Street White, Orla Kiely, Essential, etc. As for the other areas, one will be able to count on the participation of Derhy, Lauren Vidal, Coffee Break, Tricot Chic, The little French, Sarah Pacini, etc. The lists that have been released indicate dozens of exhibitors registered for each area. In any case, the surface area for each sector should be equal to that at the January edition. Consider, for example, the nearly 100,000 ft² set aside for Première Classe and more than 43,000 ft² for Fame. The other ready-to-wear areas will total around 140,000 ft². The goal is to keep the number of exhibitors steady! Teams are hard at work.

Paris to invest 57 million euros in the fashion sector

Vimla Hunt - 09-mars-2015 18:24:40
At the opening on Friday of the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at the Palais Galliera, Anne Hidalgo paid warm tribute to the fashion sector, which represents 60,000 direct jobs in the French capital. The mayor also announced that Paris will be investing 57 million euros in the sector from now through 2020. "Because fashion is also all those trades that are in inseparable from artistic creation. I myself was raised by a seamstress and very quickly learned the precious value of artisanal work. Embroiderers, trim-makers, designers, jewellers and jewellery-makers, leather craftsmen, shoemakers, parfumers...numerous are these artisanal trades that other capitals envy us for. We decided to reaffirm our full support for this vital industry by investing 57 million euros in the fashion sector over the next 6 years. By mobilizing this considerable sum, we will give ourselves the means to consolidate our position as the global capital of fashion."
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