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AXON’ CABLE INTERCONNECTS EVERY PART OF A VEHICLE

Purva Marwaha - 01-févr.-2018 08:24:44
Axon Cables, a manufacturer of custom design wires, composite cables, flat flex cables, will be a part of a delegation of 21 French suppliers of the automotive and electric mobility industry from 5th to 9th February 2018. The company will visit Auto Expo Motor and Components show in Delhi & will go to Chennai as well as a part of a delegation of French companies hosted by Business France -The French Trade & Investment Agency, Federation of French Vehicle Equipment Industry (FIEV) & the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE).   SHOWCASING AXON EXPERTISE IN THE CONTEXT OF AUTO EXPO, NEW DELHI   Auto Expo will be a good opportunity for the Axon’ group to highlight the expertise of its Indian subsidiary Axon’ Interconnectors and Wires based in Bangalore since 2010 in the area of cable assemblies for challenging environment. Space and weight saving, flexibility, temperature resistance, power transmission, EMI protection are some of the many challenges Axon’ India will have to cope with. Especially designed for the automotive market, Axon’ cable proposes Flat Flexible Cables for board-to-board interconnections, flat flex shielded cable assemblies, custom-designed electromagnetic interference protected cables and connectors, flat display connections for infotainment, PTFE wires resistant to high temperatures (-200°C/+260°C) and many others. Axon’ Interconnectors and Wires produces state of the art wire and cable harnesses using “made in axon’” micro D connectors or any type of connector available in the market.   FRENCH TECHNOLOGY “MADE IN INDIA”   India being a strategic market in terms of rapid development, it was decided to build a new plant in 2 phases: 2500 m² in 2018 and a 1500m² additional building in 2020 at Devanahalli Aerospace Park close to the international airport in Bangalore. Axon’ India employs 65 staff in 2017 expects to hire 100 people by 2021 to reach 150 staff in total at that time with a total turnover of 5 million € by 2021.       Innovation is one of the priorities of the group which invests 10% of its turnover in Research & Development. Over 200 technicians and engineers are specialized in manufacture and plating of precision conductors, plastics technologies, and electronics. The advanced Interconnect expertise of the Axon’ group allows its Indian subsidiary to produce state of the art Wires, cables and harnesses using any type of connectors available in the world or custom designed following customer needs. The company draws its experience in space and defense to offer reliable dedicated solutions in automotive industry; All sites involved in the manufacture of automotive products are ISO 9001/TS16949 certified. Axon’s 13 integrated manufacturing sites in Asia, Europe and America can handle all orders from small and medium size volumes right up to mass production.   « We want to build a long-standing company » this illustrates both history and vision of Axon’ long-term strategy, says Joseph Puzo, President and CEO of AXON’ Group     The Auto equipment manufacturers market in India is estimated to be 35 Billion € in 2015-16 representing 41% of automotive sales. India now has more than 500 suppliers and 10,000 subcontractors. Participating in the auto expo would be one step ahead for the company as the Indian equipment manufacturers and sub-contracting SMEs are looking for foreign partners (JV, technology transfer, R & D centers, equipment modernization and production lines) to overcome their technological gap, particularly in the face of BS-VI challenges, the evolution of safety standards & the electric vehicle.

#WEF: an enabler for enhanced Indo-French cooperation in electronics & IOT

Purva Marwaha - 29-juin-2017 11:37:40
#WEF: an enabler for enhanced Indo-French cooperation in electronics & IOT The World Electronics Forum (WEF) is a voluntary gathering of CEOs and Directors of electronics industry associations worldwide who meet annually to discuss major topics of common interest, exchange information on services and data and strengthen relations between associations for the benefit of their industries.   The WEF brings together almost 200 high level decision makers of electronics industry associations from many different countries such as the USA, India, China, Japan, Australia, etc. to discuss economic growth, talk about the future and do business together.   The World Electronic Forum (WEF), the annual event which took place in 2016 in Singapore, will be held this year in the city of Angers, French electronics capital from the 24th to 28th October 2017 , this Western Region of France has the greatest concentration of electronics manufacturing facilities & represents 50,000 or one fourth of jobs. This edition of WEF will be the occasion to reflect on what kind of Industry 4.0 , one should build and the Smart usages that will be set.   WEF will be an important platform to exchange ideas, accelerate startups interested in #IoT and #Manufacturing, in the form of the ecosystem of Angers French Tech and to create an IoT City or a City of Smart Devices.   To promote this 22nd edition of WEF in India, Mr. Christophe Béchu - Hon’ble mayor of Angers, Senator, President of Angers French Tech and WEF 2017 President along with Prof. NK Goyal – President of CMAI Association of India, held a press conference at the residency of the French Ambassador in New Delhi on 26th of June 2017.     “The whole city works to put together a memorable event, aware of its importance. It will give Angers a chance to showcase its position as the original electronics production center of Europe, thanks to the massive media coverage involved, along with the core of the world electronics industry’s presence. WEF 2017 is a scope for economic development and encourages us to surpass ourselves.” says Mr. Béchu, Hon’ble Mayor of Angers, Senator, President of Angers French Tech and WEF 2017 President.                                                                                                                    France is the leading producer of radar, navigation and defence electronics and these activities account for 25% of the total output of the industry, French expertise is also evident in the area of robotics, data analysis, artificial intelligence, R&D intensive activities in electronics & in the start up space.   The electronic industry (products & components) market in India is estimated at around 75 billion USD. The sector will be boosted by the government program "Make in India", the objectives of offsets imposed in sectors such as defense and aeronautics, to fiscal and structural incentives (Electronics Manufacturing Clusters, M-SIPS, etc.) to attract foreign direct investment into the country and to reduce India’s large trade deficit in electronic products and components large investments have been announced by the government.   Several major programs launched are expected to boost consumption of electronic products: The Digital India campaign (16 billion USD investment), the ’100 Smart Cities’ program (US $ 14 billion in 5-year government subsidies) E-Governance initiatives (Aadhaar, Cloud, mobile apps, etc.), "Ultra Mega Solar Power" projects (85 billion USD invested by 2022), offsets programs in the Defense and Aeronautics, the National Knowledge Network, etc.   There is already a significant presence of French companies in India in electronics related to Defence, Aeronautics & Aerospace. In June 2016, the Bangalore based Indian company Centum Electronics acquired French company Adetel Group specializing in design, development and industrialization of embedded electronic systems for defence, aerospace, industrial, transportation, medical and energy sectors. Centum Electronics holds 51% percent controlling stake in Adetel Group and is a good example of perfect synergies between the Indian & French companies to ensure value creation for customers.   Thalès, Gemalto, Safran, Famoco, STMicroelectronics & Dassault Systems are the big players working with Indian & French SMEs & the Indian government to actively contribute to the “Make In India” campaign.   The WEF delegation had come to India with the objective of strengthening reciprocal awareness between French and Indian ecosystems, and to promote France along with Angers as the original electronics center of Europe.     About the World Electronics Forum: The World Electronics Forum (WEF) is an annual event which takes place in a different city every year. The last edition took place in 2016 in Singapore. The 22nd edition will take place in Angers, France, the capital of electronics, from the 25th to 28th October 2017. Angers region is a “French Tech ecosystem” in electronics, IOT’s, connected objects. The WEF brings together between 100 and 200 high-level decision makers in the electronics industry to discuss economic growth, talk about the future and do business together from many different countries; India, USA, Singapore, China, Japan, Australia. In order to mark the occasion of this WEF, a special week dedicated to IoT will be organized in the Angers metropolitan area. This exceptional event gathering Angers-based electronics companies, and investors and CEOs from the world’s largest companies will hopefully be a catalyst to create business links and interesting opportunities. About Angers French Tech: Angers is the original electronics production center of Europe, and has developed its French Tech value proposition along two main strands: growth of industry and link with the electronics sector in the West. With the endorsement of its ecosystem in June 2015, Angers French Tech has consolidated its status as the #IoT and #Manufacturing hub of western France. By offering a space where startups can operate alongside electronics manufacturers, the region can implement and accelerate innovative projects by companies of all size, from startups to major corporations. For further information, please visit: www.angersfrenchtech.com . About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr and youbuyfrance.com.in .   If you want to learn more about the next edition of the World Electronic Forum 2017 – City of Angers, France -  from the 24 th to the 28 th October 2017 wef-angers.com   Press contact: Ms. Purva Marwaha, Business France, French Trade & Investment Commission in India Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6306 / @: purva.marwaha@businessfrance.fr   Angers French Tech contact: Ms. Corine Busson-Benhammou, Angers French Tech & WEF 2017 International Relations and Communication Director. / @: corine.busson-benhammou@angersfrenchtech.com  

Annual Report on Foreign Investment in France records over 150 Indian companies in France and 11 new investments from India in 2016

Purva Marwaha - 27-mars-2017 11:15:02
        Annual Report on Foreign Investment in France records over 150 Indian companies in France and 11 new investments from India in 2016             New Delhi, 27 th March, 2017 In the backdrop of the ongoing Creative France global campaign, Business France, the national agency for the international development of the French economy , recently published its “2016 Annual Report: Foreign Investment in France, the International Development of the French Economy”. The report reveals that there are over 150 Indian companies operating in France, where they employ more than 7,000 people. 11 new investments from India were recorded in 2016, creating or maintaining 171 jobs. According to this report, out of the Indian investments made in France in 2016: ·          36 % were in R&D and engineering activities; ·          27 % in decision-making centers; and ·          18 % in services to companies.   The Indian companies’ investments in France have been mainly in the IT, energy, recycling, aerospace and textile sectors. Some of the major Indian investment projects in France from the year 2016 include: - AEQUS (headquartered in Belgaum / Karnataka): After acquiring the SIRA Equipements plant in Besançon (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region) in 2015 and saving 28 jobs, this Indian aerospace components manufacturer and solution provider confirmed it was hiring a further five employees in 2016. Aequs Aerospace is one of India’s fastest-growing precision engineering companies, and continued to further its expansion in France in 2016 by acquiring the SIRA Group. - ROYAL ENFIELD (headquartered in Gurgaon / Haryana): One of the most prestigious brands in the world of premium motorbikes alongside Triumph and Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield has set up its Western headquarters in Paris. It has opened a concept store in Levallois-Perret and an office for prospecting the French and European market. - ETOSHA (headquartered in New Delhi): This company specializes in the manufacture of fragrances, aromas and essential oils for the food industry, personal care and homecare. The company established its European subsidiary and creative laboratory in October 2016 in France, in the city of Grasse, for preparing formulations with French ingredients for the Indian and Middle Eastern markets.   Two Indian firms were among the winners of French Tech Ticket, a program designed for entrepreneurs from all over the world who want to create their startups in France:   1. GUESSWORK , an Indian start-up that provides a mobile app to connect customers to small e-merchants. Thanks to its incubation in Startup42, le Kremlin-Bicêtre (in the Parisian region), Guesswork has adapted its application to the European market. 2. DYMOND CLEANTECH , an Indian start-up which has developed an electrochemical solution for purifying water using diamond electrodes. Dymond Cleantech was incubated in La Paillasse, in Paris’ 2 nd arrondissement, in January 2016, where it benefited from technological workshops and co-working spaces to help it to reach its goal of commercializing its water purification processes not only in Europe but also in India, China and Africa. “The increasing interest in France of foreign and Indian companies and start-ups, such as Guesswork and Dymond Cleantech in 2016, confirms France as an attractive hub for innovation and creativity as a part of India’s expansion strategy in Europe. Indeed, with 100 000 engineers trained yearly, over 6 000 tech startups and over 200 tech startup incubators, acceleration programs, France stands among the leading tech-related entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems worldwide” , said Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India . In 2016, a total of 1,117 investment decisions – up 16%, with an average of 21 per week, representing the best year in the last decade – created or maintained 30,108 jobs (versus 962 decisions and 33,682 jobs in 2015). The number of decisions to invest at new sites in France grew 20%, accounting for a majority (51%) of all investment projects and 38% of all jobs generated (11,520 jobs). Foreign companies invested primarily in production/manufacturing and logistics operations, which accounted for 31% of all foreign investments in France (352 decisions) and 50% of the jobs generated (15,134 jobs). Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler added: “ With a 16% increase in investments in 2016 - that means an average of 21 investment decisions per week - the figures speak for themselves: France is an increasingly attractive investment location for foreign companies” . Key factors behind this success are France’s numerous globally recognised fundamental strengths: its central location in Europe, excellent communication and transport infrastructure, industrial skills in a wide range of sectors, high productivity, a well-qualified workforce and innovation. Thus, France continues to attract investment to ‘strategic’ business activities, and has now been Europe’s leading destination for foreign investment in the industrial sector for more than a decade. Innovation is recognized by business decision makers to be a driving force behind France’s attractiveness as an investment location, as is the thriving “La French Tech” ecosystem. In 2016, the 155 investment decisions in R&D, engineering and design, including 72 in R&D alone, confirmed this trend. This report seeks to shed light on the way the French economy is becoming increasingly globalized, and the trade and investment synergies that are fueling business development throughout the country. France’s strategic location makes it a natural export hub for countries throughout Europe and Africa. In 2016, as in the previous year, 30% of French exports were made by foreign-owned subsidiaries in France. To download the Annual Report, a summary and key extracts, click here   http://en.businessfrance.fr/discover-france/international-development-of-the-french-economy   About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr   Contacts: Julian Hoarau-Bouaziz Marketing and Communication Dept Email: Julian.hoarau@businessfrance.fr Téléphone: +91 (0) 11 43 19 63 03 M obile: +91 837 689 50 05 Purva Marwaha Marketing and Communication Dept Email: purva.marwaha@businessfrance.fr Téléphone: +91 (0) 11 43 19 63 06        

Dassault sets sights on supplying 200 Rafale jets to India over next decade

Julian Hoarau - 17-févr.-2017 10:16:54
French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation on Wednesday said the Indian order for 36 Rafale fighters was a “bit small,” hoping it would swell to around 200 warplanes over the next decade. The firm has factored in an upcoming naval aviation programme to arrive at the figure. Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said a bigger order would ensure that transfer of technology was meatier and also position the country as a high-end manufacturing hub under the Make in India initiative. India plans to induct some 400 warplanes during the next 10 years to sharpen its military edge. “Thirty six is a good number to start with but we need to build on that foundation. It is not big enough for transfer of technology,” Trappier told a select group of journalists at Aero India-2017. “We are pushing for more orders. We are aware of the Indian military’s requirements and additional orders could come.” India and France signed the $8.7-billion Rafale deal on September 23, 2016. The jets, equipped with latest weapons and tailored for Indian needs, will be delivered between 2019 and 2022. Indian Air Force fighter pilots and technicians will head to France in 2018 to train on the Rafale. The IAF has also cautioned that the 36 fighters are not enough to check the erosion of its IAF’s strength. Trappier said Rafale was a strong competitor for an Indian programme to build twin-engine fighters in the country. He said Dassault would also compete with global rivals for an order to supply 57 carrier-borne fighters to Indian Navy.   “It makes better sense to equip the IAF and the navy with the same platform as it means good logistics, maintenance and industrial support,” he said. US aerospace giant Boeing will also compete for the naval programme with its F-18 Super Hornet. The IAF’s Rafale fighters will be equipped with European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range missiles. MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier told HT the missile’s no-escape zone was three to four times greater than other missiles. MBDA has formed a joint venture with Larsen & Toubro to take part in upcoming missile programmes under the Make in India plan. “This is MBDA’s first JV outside Europe. We are willing to transfer most sensitive missile technologies,” Bouvier said. Dassault Aviation has forged a joint venture with billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence for carrying out its offset obligations bundled with the Rafale deal. Ambani flew in a Rafale fighter at the airshow, pulling 6G (experiencing six times the force of gravity) during the 35-minute sortie. From Hindustantimes.com : http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/dassault-sets-sights-on-supplying-200-rafale-jets-to-india-over-next-decade/story-sICe1UFTRC0RxR3wkpLCZK.html  

Centum Electronics acquires French Adetel Group

Purva Marwaha - 27-juin-2016 11:58:16
Centum Electronics acquires French Adetel Group   NEW DELHI: Bangalore-based Centum Electronics has announced its acquisition of Adetel Group of France. Adetel specializes in design, development and industrialization of embedded electronic systems for defence, aerospace, industrial, transportation, medical and energy sectors. Centum Electronics will hold 51% percent controlling stake in Adetel Group. At the launch announcement, Apparao Mallavarapu, Chairman and Managing Director – Centum Electronics said “The acquisition now makes Centum Electronics one of the forerunners in the market, enhancing the company’s already expanding growth and performance. Adetel brings in excellent services and an established customer base. This would be a pioneer step into entering new markets, giving us enormous opportunities since we have a very unique proposition of design and hightech manufacturing capabilities. This is also in tune with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of Make in India initiative.” Francois Sebes, CEO of Adetel, said “I firmly believe that the strengthening of the capital base with a recognized Indian group such as CENTUM is a great opportunity for the development and growth of Adetel Group. I can see several major industrial interests, first of all the presentation of an integrated vertical offer in our company’s core business markets: Aeronautics, Defense, Medical, Transport and Industrial. Secondly, this is time for a local presence – we will open a group subsidiary in the Indian continent where CENTUM is a key player. Thanks to a commercial and customer portfolio complementarity, Adetel is consolidating its position towards its main customers. Becoming a supplier associated with a bigger group, Adetel will be capable of assisting its clients and partners in their own development strategy across global markets.” The new partnership translates to greater international presence for the group, both in terms of operations and scale for its products, technologies and competencies. The group can leverage on the high technology capabilities and creativity of Adetel along with the cost competitiveness of India and Centum in particular to increase their market share in global markets. Apparao added “This acquisition is a result of perfect synergies between two companies, ensuring greater value creation for our customers. We can now accelerate growth, fill product portfolio gaps, improve our market position, benefit from the use of even more advanced technology and of course, establish a wider, more international presence in operations and sales with facilities in France, Canada, US and Morocco.”   Source:  http://www.voicendata.com/centum-electronics-acquires-french-adetel-group/

French Government kicks off French Tech Ticket - Season 2

Purva Marwaha - 27-juin-2016 06:18:00
French Government kicks off French Tech Ticket - Season 2, an opportunity for Indian early-stage startups to grow internationally from France.   After a promising Season 1, which saw over 1,300 applications from around the World and welcomed 23 startup teams in Paris including 2 startups from India, the French Tech Ticket is back. For this 2 nd session, 70 projects will be selected to join, as of January 2017, 41 partner incubators all over France!   Led by the French Government, the " French Tech Ticket " program consists in providing a “welcome pack” to entrepreneurs across Tech-intensive sectors (ICTs, Internet / Mobile, FinTech, HealthTech, BioTech, CleanTech, Aerospace, FoodTech…) from all over the world looking at setting up or scaling up innovative startups in France.    The call for applications for the 2017 promotion has been launched on the 21 st of June, 2016 and will end on the 24 th of August, 2016.   What’s in it for French Tech Ticket winners?                                                                              The laureates will benefit from a welcome package which includes: -           a prize money / funding of EUR 45,000 per project with no loss of equity, -           a fast-track procedure to obtain a French resident permit, -           a 12-month free office space in one of the 41 partner incubators, -           a dedicated acceleration and mentoring program, -           a soft landing pack to help you relocating easily to France, -           and a help desk to help you with administrative procedures. Learn more about the program at https://youtu.be/l01C_xOxKwE and apply from now at the following link: www.frenchtechticket.com    

12 new Indian investments in France recorded in 2015

Thomas ILHE - 29-mars-2016 15:19:10
In the backdrop of the ongoing global Creative France campaign, Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, released the 2015 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France , which analyzes foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. The report reveals that there are over 120 Indian companies operating in France, where they employ more than 7,000 people.   According to the 2015 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France , of the total Indian investments in France in 2015,   42% were in production/manufacturing operations 33% were in business services and 17% in decision-making centers 17% were in energy, recycling, other concessions More than 1/3 was in energy (17%) and aerospace, naval and railway equipment (17%) Some of the main Indian investment projects in France in 2015 include:   • AEQUS , a Belagavi-based company specializing in developing and producing engineering solutions for the aerospace, automotive and oil & gas sectors, acquired the Besançon site of the French company Sira, an aerospace component manufacturer that had gone into liquidation. Further to this acquisition, in January 2016, Aequs wholly acquired Sira, which operates six sites in France and one in Morocco. Aequs employs 320 people.   • WPIL , a Kolkata-based company, manufactures pumps used in water distribution systems and nuclear infrastructure, among other applications. It acquired the French company Pompes Rutshi, based in Mulhouse. Pompes Rutshi, an active player in the design and manufacture of high-tech pumps for the oil, gas and nuclear sectors, has a 40-strong workforce.   • DNP INTERNATIONAL , a Surat-based company which designs and produces analysis instruments for use in industry (quality tests in industrial processes) and sustainable development (environmental impact measurements, pollution control), acquired the Grenoble-based firm Tethys, which employs 10 people. Twelve new investments from India were recorded in 2015, creating or maintaining 290 jobs. “ 2015 witnessed a renewed emphasis on Indo-French investment as both countries shared a common vision of manufacturing excellence and energy efficiency. With the help of the Creative France campaign, Business France was able to enhance its outreach to India and foster long-lasting ties with some of the most renowned names in innovation and sustainable development ,” commented Muriel Pénicaud, France’s Ambassador for International Investment and CEO of Business France . In addition to these five companies, one could equally mention the investments in France of groups such as: Infosys, Wipro, Bharat Forge, Muragappa, United Phosphorus, Crompton Greaves (Avantha Group), Titagarh, Air Works, Biological E, Transasia, Axis Aerospace, etc. “ These investments highlight the attractiveness of France for Indian investors who leverage the expertise, competencies and creativity they acquire in France, in order to increase significantly their contribution to the “ Make in India” initiative. One of the main assets of France for Indian investors is its state-of-the-art facilities in innovation and R&D ,” said François Richier, Ambassador of France to India . The 2015 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France released yesterday analyzes foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. In 2015, 962 investment decisions created or maintained 33,682 jobs, the best figure in the last five years. With an average of 19 decisions made every week, 2015 saw a 27% increase in jobs generated by foreign investment, up from 26,535% in 2014. Foreign investments were received from 53 different countries in 2015, up from 47 in 2014: those from European countries remained predominant (60% of all foreign investment decisions), followed by North America (22%) and Asia (13%), in very similar proportions to 2014. The leading source countries were the United States (18%), accounting for one-quarter of all inward R&D investments; Germany (15%), accounting for 26% of all foreign production/manufacturing projects; Italy (9%), providing 31% of inward investment in logistics; the United Kingdom (8%), accounting for 22% of all foreign investment in retail outlets; and Japan (6%), the fourth leading source of foreign production/manufacturing investment. BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) accounted for 7% of inward investments in France (68 investment decisions), including 44 projects from China and Hong Kong. Project numbers were up for many source countries, including Canada (38 projects, +31%), the Netherlands (37 projects, +12%), and Ireland (15 projects, +114%). France’s thriving regions and cities are often a decisive factor in attracting foreign investment to all of France’s regional economies. Ile-de-France (Paris region), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine attracted more than half of all foreign investment decisions. The leading regions by jobs created or maintained were Ile-de-France (Paris region), Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Analysis by business activity shows that Ile-de-France (Paris region) attracted 64% of all foreign investments involving decision-making centers (mostly first-time investments in France). Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (20%) and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (17%) stood out in attracting production/manufacturing projects, as did Ile-de-France (Paris region) (31%) and Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées (13%) for R&D projects. Foreign companies currently generate 32% of French exports. Figures from the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) show that more than one-quarter of foreign-owned company turnover in France was generated through exports in 2015, compared to 31% in the United States, 21% in Germany, 25% in the Netherlands, 15% in the United Kingdom, and 30% in Japan. About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr  
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