A successful Trade Mission in the medical devices industry

Vimla Hunt - 09-oct.-2014 13:25:22
The two day trade mission in the medical devices industry organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE gathered three companies in Galway on the 1st and 2nd of October.  The Trade Mission opened on Wednesday with the visit of MEDTRONIC’s facility followed by a visit of MEDTEC Ireland Trade Show. The following day was dedicated to B to B meetings between French and Irish companies. Our partners on this event, Galway Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Europe Network, then joined the French delegation to visit NUI Galway. A meeting with Professor Rhodri Ceredig, Director of NCBES, was held to conclude a productive day.                                                                                                                                                                     This second export mission dedicated to the medical devices industry has been successful and the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE was pleased to organise this event in a growing sector for both our countries.  

The French label Promod to be launched at Debenhams

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences - 26-août-2013 11:01:13
The French label Promod to be launched at Debenhams British department store Debenhams, international leader in multi-channel brand across 28 countries, announced its latest addition Promod, the French fashion brand.   With more than 30 years’ experience in women’s ready-to-wear retailing, Promod is one of France’s biggest fashion store chains which also enjoys a huge international success with over a thousand outlets in 56 countries. Looking to extend its offering to the UK, Promod will be bringing its affordable, feminine and easy-to-wear fashion to the market exclusively via Debenhams, after a successful trial in four of the retailer’s Irish stores.   The Promod concessions will initially cover 3,200 sq ft of space across Debenhams’ stores in Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow in August. Folk and dark will be the main trends of the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection (inspired by colours, designs and embroideries from Central America and countries of Eastern Europe).   Source: FashionMag

BPIFRANCE provides €6M to CellProthera, part of CardioStem

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences - 20-août-2013 18:37:55
On the 9th of July, CellProthera reached a new step in the development of its cell therapy, which can regenerate the heart after a severe myocardial infarction, by securing a €6M fund.he Industrial Strategic Innovation Committee of Bpifrance has recently allocated €6M to support the projects of the new consortium CardioStem, which CellProthera is part of. This collaborative project brings together Technoflex, Bertin Technologies, Streb & Weil, E3 Cortex, Research Institute of Hematology and Transplantation of Mulhouse and CellProthera. This funding comes in addition to the €8.5M of public and private funding already obtained by CellProthera within the last three years. The company is currently undergoing international clinical trials in Europe, Canada and United States. CellProthera is a leading medical biotechnology company located in Mulhouse, in eastern France, specialized in the development of autologous cell therapy for the regeneration of cardiac tissue after myocardial infarction. For further information on CellProthera, visit:

Ysé, the new lingerie brand launched at “Le Bon Marché” in Paris

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences - 07-août-2013 11:33:58
The French brand Ysé draws its name from ancient Greek where small chests have raised to the ranks of assets. Indeed, Greek women invented the first bra using a ribbon to minimize the appearance of their breasts. Ysé is a Greek feminine name meaning « beautiful to watch. » And that is what this new lingerie brand is about. With collections designed exclusively for A and B cups, it is a real breeze of fresh air that is offered by the two founders of the brand, Bérengère Lehembre and Clara Blocman, former students at HEC, the leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide. With each piece of the first collection named after great classics of romantic literature and designed as each heroin would have liked it to be, Ysé is an ode to women and their tiny breasts. Made in Paris, Ysé models, cuts and materials are refined. There are various forms of bras: balconnet, plunge, band, triangle, cut in fine tulle, satin, chiffon and lace. The models are romantic, timeless and furiously sensual! The two creators are now thinking about an international development, with Asia as a first target, especially for morphological reasons. The website and e-shop will be available in English starting from September. Timeless elegance for a natural silhouette, this is the brand promise, which has just launched a 6 month pop-up corner in the famous Department Store “Le Bon Marché” in Paris. Furthermore, Berangère and Clara continue to expand Ysé’s collection with a new range of swimsuits, something to arouse our curiosity for the next season.  

Caudalie opens its first French stand-alone store in Paris!

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences - 22-juil.-2013 16:50:22
Created in 1993, Caudalie is today the world’s leading vinotherapy skincare brand. Based on the extraordinary antioxidant powers of the vine, Caudalie products are distributed worldwide in pharmacies, department stores as well as through its own stand-alone stores. The stores are discrete and very much in line with the brands image, in harmony with vines and nature. The brand, which already has stand-alone stores in the USA and Brazil, has launched its first French Caudalie store on the 20th of July in the Marais district. Further opening are planned in Italy and Hong Kong. Source : Fashionmag 22/07/2013

Deodorants - 2013 market overview

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences - 16-juil.-2013 13:42:05
Today will be dedicated to a specific market overview: the deodorant industry in European countries. In overall terms, it was another mixed year for the deodorant industry with some countries seeing gains and others experiencing losses. France, Germany and the UK were spraying steady, while Italy and Spain were in the doldrums In France, there were slender but important gains as the market inched up by 0.2% to €464.82M, according to IRI France, while the volume category saw a healthier 1.4% rise to take unit sales to 144.14M units. Unisex deodorants made the key gains though, with this sub-category increasing by a massive 28.1% to account for t12.46m. Meanwhile women’s and men’s deodorant sales fell by 0.6% and 0.2% respectively. However in Germany, following on from successful results in the previous year, the deodorants market kept up the run of good form, according to the latest results from IRI Germany. The past year’s results showed a 2.1% growth in value terms taking the total to €655.15M, while volume sales fared even better with a 3.8% rise to 41.09M units. The German deodorant category is dominated by aerosol sales and, unsurprisingly, these take up a 61.2% market share, while roll-ons come in next with 21.4% of sales. On the other hand in Italy, there was not such spray success as the deodorants market fell by 0.5% to total €412M, in the past year according to industry body Unipro. In other news, export sales of deodorants in the country fell by 16% in volume terms and 13.9% in value terms in the past year, while imports also fell in the same period, though by a more moderate 6% in volume and 10.1% in value terms. Likewise in Spain, the bad news for the country’s personal care market continued over the past year as deodorant sales were the latest sub-category to experience a loss in value sales. IRI Spain reported a 4.5% decrease in value to €257.99M, although results for volume sales were a little more promising with a 1.9% rise to make 14.6M units. Finally in the UK things were looking up. However, as the deodorants and body sprays market grew by 1.9% in the past year to reach £580.37M, according to Kantar Worldpanel. There was also a small rise in volume sales – 0.3% – to make 367.56M litres. Overall, deodorants lost 0.8% of their share of the market, accounting for 89.7% of market share overall, while body sprays saw an upturn in their fortunes with a 7.3% rise, accounting for the remaining 10.3%. In conclusion, the market has seen different ups and downs last year but seems to be looking up for the year to come in most of the countries. Source: Kantar Worldpanel European Toiletries and Cosmetics Database (ETCD). Rankings refer to weighted penetration (% using) among men and women over the 12 months ended December 2012.

Not-to-be-missed Fashion event: WHO’S NEXT Paris!

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences - 08-juil.-2013 17:35:52
The leading international Trade Show , WHO’S NEXT Paris , will take place from the 6 th to the 9 th of July 2013 and will display over 2000 fashion brands. T he show has been offer ing to its visitors a clear and overall vision of the current market trends for over 20 years . In fact, WHO’S NEXT Paris covers all areas of contemporary fashion cre ation s from urban fashion to young designers and new fashion accessories, and provides a comprehensive range of fashion tips. WHO’S NEXT Paris is organised twice a year in Paris Expo (Porte de Versailles) in January and July. This year ’ s summer session expects more than 50 000 visitors. A report published by Fidancia ( ) has shown that the winter session has been a real success. In fact, international visitors massively attended the event : the number of buyers from Asia increased by +16.5% and from America +4.4% while the number of visitors from Europe remained mostly constant . The show was organised differently this year as prêt-à-porter items were displayed on the ground floor and accessories on the 1st floor. This new configuration seems to have pleased everyone and will thus be kept for the summer edition s of the trade show. A number of events (forums, fashion shows, exhibitions, conferences, styling challenges, performances, concerts, happy hours and parties…) will also be part of the show . Clear, consistent and business-oriented, WHO’S NEXT Paris seems like the not-to-be-missed fashion show of the year!
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