French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Vimla Hunt - 17-déc.-2014 12:12:38
Airbus, headquartered in the French city of Toulouse, projects that the global number of in service passenger aircrafts will double by 2033, to 31,400. The usual suspects can explain this rise in demand: change in demographics in developing economies, and tastes and preferences of their emerging middle class. Who will benefit from this near certain doubling of the market? Certainly one of the strongest cases comes from Airbus and the rest of the 3,000 French companies working in the field of aerospace. 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: Airbus :   Aeroform : Mapaero :  

The French aircraft constructor, Airbus, leave Farnborough with 55 billion € of orders

Christine Deniel - 22-juil.-2014 15:44:45
The Farnborough International Airshow, located next to London, is one of the world’s largest exhibitions and air displays for facilitating first-class businesses opportunities for the global aerospace industry. The 2014 edition was the best of Airbus history. The group has signed orders of 353 aircrafts, worth of 28.3 billion € and memoranda of understanding for the purchases of 138 others devices for 27.2 billion €. The event was marked by the successful launch of the A330neo with a record of 121 purchase intentions by the Russia’s Transaero Airlines. The main order was from the Irish based leasing company: SMBC Aviation Capital, with 110 A320neo and 5 A320 for an estimated value of 8.5 billion €. 

France: first artificial heart transplant

Marine Vicenzotti - 08-janv.-2014 17:29:27
An artificial heart has been transplanted into a patient for the first time in medical history, it was announced today. French medics said that a male patient was awake and responding well following Wednesday’s ground-breaking operation at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. Marcello Conviti, head of the Carmat biomedical firm, said: ‘We are delighted with this first implant, although it is premature to draw conclusions given that a single implant has been performed and that we are in the early postoperative phase.’ Mr Conviti said the artificial heart, which is three times the weight of a real one, would beat for at least five years. Heart-assistance devices have frequently been used for patients waiting for transplants, but the new bioprosthetic device will replace the real heart. It will help thousands of people who are die each year while waiting for a donor, including many in Ireland. Surgeon Alain Carpentier said: ‘It’s about giving patients a normal social life with the least dependence on medication as possible. ‘We’ve already seen these types of device of this type but they had a relatively low autonomy. This heart will allow for more movement and less clotting. The study that is starting is being very closely watched in the medical field.’ ‘This news brings great pride to France,’ said the Marisol Touraine, French health minister .’It shows we are pioneers in healthcare, that we can invent, that we can carry an innovation that will also bring great hope to plenty of people.’ In 2005, surgeons in France performed the first face transplant, and they are always trying to push back research frontiers. Developed by a team of engineers from Airbus parent company EADS, the artificial heart weighs 2 lb - almost three times as much as an average healthy human heart. It is expected to cost around £150,000 if it is made widely available. The device mimics heart muscle contractions and contains sensors that adapt the blood flow to the patient’s moves. The artificial heart is powered by external, wearable lithium-ion batteries. Inside the heart, surfaces that come into contact with human blood are made partly from bovine tissue instead of synthetic materials such as plastic that can cause blood clots. Heart failure affects more men than women, and the size of the artificial heart means it can fit in 86 percent of men but only around 20 percent of women. But Carmat says it can manufacture a smaller version to fit the smaller bodies of women as well as patients in India and China. Source:

Airbus will exceed its business objectives in 2013

Christine Deniel - 14-mai-2013 11:16:47
By April 30th, Airbus received 493 net orders (514 gross) since the beginning of the year, achieving 73% of its annual target, recently raised from 700 to 750 commands. Boeing recorded, on its side, 255. Airbus delivered, at the same time, 202 aircrafts, including four A380, and Boeing 183.

France remains the first European farming producer

Florian DESHAYES - 14-févr.-2013 13:23:57
France produces 19% of the total agricultural production in Europe followed by Germany (13%), Italy (12%) and Spain (11%). Most of France production focuses on vegetables (60%) whereas Germany’s main agricultural production is meat (58%). France is the 8 th agricultural producer in the world and is in the top 5 growers of wheat, sugar beet and rapeseed. It is also one of the major producers of meat in the European Union: first in poultry and beef, third in lamb and fourth in pork. More than one million people are employed in 515 000 farms. The average farm size is 55 hectares, when it is 155 hectares in USA and 0.6 hectares in China. Around 50% of cereals produced in France are exported around the world, which is the equivalent of a hundred Airbus A320 in value per year. In 2011, exportation of French agri-products represented 11.9 billion euros principally thanks to wine, cereals and milk production. Agribusiness is the second trade surplus after aeronautics of the French trade balance.  For further information, please find the full article (in French): “Les chiffres clés de l’agriculture française” :


Christine Deniel - 18-janv.-2011 15:22:04
Airbus announced yesterday its 10,000 th order with a firm contract from Virgin America for 60 A320s, including 30 A320neo aircraft. This is the first firm order for the A320 new engine option. The European aircraft manufacturer hits also new record aircraft deliveries in 2010 with a new company record of 510 (2009: 498) commercial aircraft deliveries to 94 customers (of which 19 were new). His rival, Boeing delivered 462 devices. This was the ninth consecutive year of increase in production, which has thus doubled in ten years. Airbus confirmed his lead over Boeing in terms of command. The European aircraft manufacturer reaches 574 commands against his rival with 530 and holds 52% of the market for aircraft over one hundred places. Airbus has 3552 planes to produce worth $480 billion, representing six years of production. Airbus could hire in 2011 up to 3,000 people in Europe, half in France, to cope with the increase in production rates.  
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