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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).

L’Occitane heads to Hautes Alpes in search of spring water

Vimla Hunt - 19-nov.-2015 13:32:00
French cosmetics company L’Occitane en Provence has signed an agreement with the commune of Réotier in the Hautes Alpes region to use thermal spring water from its ‘petrified fountain’ in its skin care products. The water, which filters through layers of dolomite and gypsum is rich in calcium bicarbonate; the water exits the rock at 21°C and then degasses, precipitating the calcium into stalactites. The minerals in the water are known to affect the mechanism of the skin and the company is optimistic that the water will have useful properties for use in its products. Bénédicte Le Bris, Director General of Research and Development at L’Occitane, said: “We will perform formulation tests in the lab for several months to determine the principal actives in this water that could go into creams or shampoos." The agreement allows L’Occitane to take a maximum of 5,000 litres of water per year over a two-year period. The company has suggested it will take around six years to develop products based on it. “The objective is to be able to use the water while respecting the integrity of the site,” said Jean-Charles Lhommet, in charge of sustainability at L’Occitane. “The use has to be both reasonable and sustainable.” Although the water is of interest in the short-term, Jean-François Gonidec, CEO of LOccitane, said the fountain could represent another business opportunity. “Depending on how the project progresses, we haven’t ruled out building a factory nearby,” he added. It is also hoped the fountain will now become a tourist attraction; L’Occitane is understood to have put aside €12,000 to build a car park with disabled access in anticipation of future visitors.

Green light for makeover of iconic Paris building

Vimla Hunt - 22-juin-2015 12:13:27
French authorities gave the go-ahead Friday to renovate the iconic former Parisian department store La Samaritaine on the River Seine, ending years of legal wrangling over the historic site. Perched on the right bank of the Seine, the hulking store occupies some of the most expensive real estate in Paris but was shut down in 2005 when it ran afoul of health and safety regulations. Efforts to redevelop the site have hit several snags, notably over plans by Japanese architecture firm Sanaa to build a massive undulating glass facade over a part of the building, which is now owned by luxury brands company LVMH. But on Friday the State Council, Frances highest legal body, gave a green light to the renovation project, saying it "did not break" local planning regulations. LVMH, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton -- plans to turn the complex, including the main building and three adjacent properties, into a five-star hotel, offices, shops and flats at a cost of some 460 million euros ($520 million). Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo welcomed the decision, saying it would create 4,400 jobs. "By 2018, all Parisians and visitors will be able to visit this new exceptional site, which will contain shops, a hotel, low-cost housing, a creche and offices," said Hidalgo in a statement. Critics complained the design would be an eyesore, ruining the glorious banks of the River Seine, and heritage groups filed a complaint over the design plans. In May 2014 a court cancelled one of the renovation permits, saying the glass wall "clashed" with the look of the other buildings in the area. The administrative appeals court then upheld the cancellation of the permit, saying the new building "did not comply with the obligation to fit the planned construction into its urban surroundings." - Novelties shop - La Samaritaine, a Paris landmark, had its golden age during the 1930s at the height of the Art Deco era but went into decline for the last 30 years of its existence. It had its start in 1870, when Ernest Cognacq, a hawker from the west coast of France, opened a small "novelties" shop on the banks of the Seine. He called it La Samaritaine (the Samaritan woman) after a pump on the nearby Pont Neuf whose facade depicted Christ and the woman of Samaria at Jacobs Well, as recounted in the Bible. He would later buy up adjoining buildings until the store covered 70,000 square metres (750,000 square feet). However the business piled up losses and in 2001 was bought by LVMH, owned by Frances richest man Bernard Arnault. He was forced to shut it down after a police report said the whole art deco structure needed to be urgently renovated to replace antiquated electrical circuits, malfunctioning smoke extraction systems and flammable wooden flooring. The renovated Samaritaine was supposed to have opened in 2013 but this has been pushed back several times.

Merci has found its future London location

Vimla Hunt - 26-mai-2015 11:03:08
Merci had already been announcing it since 2013 and its acquisition by the Gerbi family, that priority was to go to international development. Tokyo and New York may have been mentioned but it was London where the multibrands team were focused. Merci is thus getting ready to sign on for a location in the British capitals Kings Cross area. The surface area should be equivalent to the first Merci store opened in France in 2009 on Boulevard Beaumarchais, or approximately 16,000 square feet. The entire zone around the famous London train station is undergoing a major renovation and revamp, with several new offices and stores. Different buildings have been opening one by one since 2014, with the last ones scheduled to open in 2020. Merci has chosen not to comment on the London opening as yet.

New Look gets offer for loss-making French business

Marine Vicenzotti - 14-août-2014 10:40:13
British fashion retailer New Look has received an offer for its loss-making French unit Mim and is confident a deal will be struck. The firm, owned by private equity groups Apax and Permira as well as founder Tom Singh, also said on Tuesday its first-quarter sales and earnings exceeded its own expectations as it tapped into key summer fashion trends such as Kimonos, printed trousers and running shorts. Chief Executive Anders Kristiansen declined to name the suitor for the Mim business, which has over 350 stores, but told reporters it was an Asian group that already operates in Europe, though not in retail. "We’re making good progress, I think it will happen," he said, declining to say what the non-binding offer is worth.   New Look, which goes up against Primark and Next in a fiercely competitive British fashion retail market, had said in June it could sell Mim as France is not a country it plans to focus on. Its strategy is to focus on building and developing the New Look brand in Britain, online and internationally in four countries - China, Poland, Russia and Germany. The group said revenue rose 8.1 percent to 392.5 million pounds ($658 million) in the 13 weeks to June 28, with sales at stores open over a year up 8.9 percent. UK like-for-like sales rose 11.6 percent, while e-commerce sales jumped 39.2 percent. New Look said underlying earnings rose 18.8 percent to 59.4 million pounds. Kristiansen said the company was well placed for the year ahead, though he did caution that the second quarter faces tougher comparative numbers versus the year before. "We have had a pleasing start to the second quarter," he said, noting the benefit of good weather. New Look, which currently has net debt of 1.04 billion pounds, pulled a planned stock market listing in 2010 amid turbulent financial markets. Kristiansen said another attempt at an initial public offering (IPO) should not be expected any time soon. "The owners, shareholders, will decide when we should do an IPO ... I don’t see that happening in the imminent future," he said. ($1 = 0.5966 British Pounds) Source: Fashionmag - Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Paul Sandle and Pravin Char

French sports-events companies keep on winning

UBIFRANCE - 30-juil.-2014 10:32:38
Interview : Viviane SILBERSTEIN, Project Head at Ubifrance     While the men’s French football team had its last kick in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, many French companies continued their successful campaign at the world’s premier sporting event. Rio de Janeiro was the host of the final of the World Cup and one could see signs of French business presence almost everywhere. GL Events of France managed Rio Centro, an exposition park that was the site of FIFA’s organization committee and press centre. Nearby sits a 306-room hotel that was used by many of the FIFA delegates: it was built by French construction group Bouygues and designed by French-born architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Each day, when officials arrived at the state-of-the-art Maracana stadium, the renewable energy powering the stadium was supplied thanks to a pilot project run by French energy group EDF and its partners. French-based companies have a long history of winning contracts for the supply of products and services at major international sporting events. According to Viviane Silberstein, Project Head at UBIFRANCE, much of the winning know-how of French businesses is acquired in their domestic market: “When French companies go abroad, they have to adapt to other markets, but domestic experience already gives a reference and an image, like Roland Garros or the next European football championship, and this is very important for an organizing committee.” France has proven experience in handling international sports events: the country has hosted various Winter Olympics (Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville), the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Every year, France organizes the Tour de France cycling event. Roland Garros is another key international sporting event organised in France, and the country will host the 2016 UEFA European Championship.   GL Event’s performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics helped the company to launch a successful bid for contracts during this summer’s Football World Cup in Brazil. GL Events was responsible for the design and installation of 25 indoor and 15 temporary outdoor sites across London — a contract that represented €21 million. However, even before this sizeable addition to its portfolio, GL Events had been managing a range of international events in Paris for years. In 2014, the Winter Olympics — the most expensive in history, at a total cost of $51 billion — took place in Sochi, in the Russian Federation: 12 French companies won a total of €100 million in contracts. A 2013 survey of the Rhône-Alpes region in South-Eastern France found that there are 300 locally based companies involved in the management of the winter-sports industry, bringing in approximately €1 billion in revenue per year. After all, France ranks third worldwide in winter-sports tourism, after Austria and the USA… French companies, building on their track record, have been successful domestically and internationally in this field. Innovative companies, which offer new products and technologies, find opportunities to showcase their solutions and grow. Seat Advert is a very young company that is revolutionizing the sporting experience: its small screens, as installed in stadiums, allow viewers to peruse ads and access real-time information, including game statistics. Seat Advert’s innovative solution has already found new clients in Mexico, with plans to expand into South America. The company has recently been awarded a contract for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, in North-Western France. Esportec Eco-Industriel is yet another young innovative company developing natural and ecological surfacing solutions for outdoor spaces. ECO’STABIL®, its patented material, is made out of waste and can be combined with other recycled products. While many of the uses of this and other products are not entirely recreational, they can be used to create cycle tracks, equestrian paths and footpaths. Currently, the company exports to Morocco, Benelux countries and Switzerland: the potential for expansion of this eco-friendly material in export markets is considerable, as more and more international sports events require contractors to pay attention to environmental considerations. Ms V Silberstein of UBIFRANCE explains that French companies are not afraid to take on the biggest challenges and, with their many successes, it is not surprising that, “They are approaching the market based on the biggest business opportunities, and these are the biggest international events, international football events, and Olympic Games. The criterion is not francophone and country specific and, now, UBIFRANCE is working with companies on all events.” International opportunities will continue to grow, with the $100 billion in new investments expected at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, $15 billion at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and $30 billion for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Apart from the biggest prizes over the next decade, there is a diverse set of opportunities that can sustain a business in the coming years. For example, there are smaller but lucrative events that French companies can target through UBIFRANCE, including sales expositions in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and preparatory events in Saint Petersburg (Russia) for the 2018 World Cup, all in the next 12 months. Furthermore, existing markets are always in a state of flux and French companies with good products and services are being rewarded with new contracts. Bodet, an equipment manufacturer specializing in scoreboards and video screens, is a prime example. Even though this French company has been present in the Middle East for more than 30 years, it recently acquired new business from Al Jazeera Sport Studios and in relation to stadiums in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City. While Ms Silberstein admits that, “The international sports-event market is extremely competitive,” it is also clear that many French companies, encouraged by expertise gained in their domestic market, are more than ready for the challenge. Besides, as she points out, “New opportunities and existing national markets will only grow over the next decade, with contracts that are so big that, if you have a small percentage of this contract, it is worth fighting for it.” In conclusion, it is clear that French-based companies are poised to continue with their off-the-pitch success in this competitive market. Further information about French companies: > Tourism, Hospitality, Sport      

Batteur Group creates a new factory for Algotherm creams

Celine Chevreux - 03-juil.-2014 11:21:16
Given the success of natural cosmetics , Ocean Terre BioTechnologie invested € 7.9 million in a new factory in Landerneau . Ocean Terre BioTechnologie manufactures creams and other natural body care ranges mainly from seaweed harvested in Brittany. Their p roducts are paraben-free and chemical filter . To increase its production capacity , the company invested 7.9 million euros in Landerneau (Finistère) to create a new 6,300 m2 factory to replace the current one. Construction will be completed in late 2015. Ocean Terre BioTechnologie has planned the construction of a building with a wood structure for better isolation and aesthetics . Solar panels will be positioned on the storage space to preheat the water for the industrial process equipment washing . On this new site with a 50% higher production capacity than the current one , the cosmetics specialist will produce its brand Algotherm for spas and thalassotherapy centers and recently pharmacies. The plant may also be used for 32 other brands from the Batteur Group ( Laino, Le Comptoir Aroma, Comptoir du bain etc.) but also subcontracted to other manufacturers of body care creams . 45 people are currently employed by Ocean Terre BioTechnologie . 40 additional jobs are to be created in the next two years with the creation of the new factory .   Source : 13/06/2014 http://www.lesechos.fr/pme-innovation/actualite-pme/0203563791392-le-groupe-batteur-cree-une-nouvelle-usine-pour-les-cremes-algotherm-1012669.php
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