Indian Maritime sector: an Ocean of Opportunities

Purva Marwaha - 26-juin-2019 13:46:42
As India grows to be one of the major economies in the world, it will require a vibrant and strong maritime industry to strategically support this growth. India is the 16 th largest maritime country in the world and its maritime transport handles around 95% of India’s trading by volume and 70% in value terms. India’ s strategic location along most major shipping highways , with a vast coastline of 7500 km, endorses the growth of a Blue Economy   in a sustainable, inclusive and people centred manner.   India  is developing its  maritime infrastructure   as well as its inland waterways and coastal shipping through the launch of several major initiatives such as the Sagarmala project, ports modernization and Inland Waterways & Coastal Shipping development, which will revolutionize maritime logistics and port led developments in the country. India’s ambitious Sagarmala programme has identified 600 plus projects entailing huge investment of around 120 billion dollars by the year 2020. This will save nearly 6 billion dollars per annum in logistics costs besides creating 10 million new jobs and boosting port capacity by 800 MMTPA to an overall 3500 MMTPA. Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) are being developed under Sagarmala with a proposed investment of 150 Million dollars per location. These CEZs will thus foster blue economy wherein industries and townships that depend on the sea and contribute to global trade through sea connectivity are envisaged. The Indian Navy too, is giving a strong push to the Make in India initiative as it strives for self-reliance in the production of warships.  Also, in view of the recent regulations to control emissions from ships set by International Maritime Organization, there will be a growing need to collaborate for environment-friendly technology & solutions, such as LNG powered vessels, as well as green ports. In the pursuit of these endeavours, another key area is training & development of manpower, university partnerships to encourage innovation, knowledge sharing and transfer through partnerships and technological assistance from maritime countries to orient the workforce towards world-class manufacturing techniques and processes. Keeping this ambition of India in mind, Business France in partnership with the maritime cluster, will be organising a Maritime days event focusing on important sub-sectors like port infrastructure development, port modernisation, shipbuilding, waterways etc. This program is scheduled to take place in November 2019 . If you wish to collaborate with us for this event, please write to     Sources : Business Standard, Forbes India

Successful seminar on « Innovated and integrated engineering solution for sustainable infrastructure»

Julian HOARAU - 24-nov.-2016 11:39:17
On Thursday, November 10th, a seminar followed by a networking cocktail was held in the presence of H.E. Alexandre Z IEGLER , French Ambassador to India, on the theme of « Innovative and integrated engineering solutions for sustainable infrastructure ».     This event, co-organized by Terre Armée at the residence of France, New Delhi, shaped an Indo-French discussion on sustainable infrastructure projects in India, notably as part of the “Smart Cities” & "Make in India" campaign. The event was attended by the senior government officials from National Road Authority of India, Ministry of Railways, Central Water Commission, the decision makers & technical representatives of leading construction companies and also the French business community.   Mr. Anand KUMAR, Managing Director of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation – NHIDCL highlights it « By 2020, NHDCIL will carry out more than 134 projects in northeastern India, representing the construction or upgrading of more than 8,000 km of highways. To achieve this goal and to preserve the environmental impact of these projects, it is necessary to adopt new engineering and construction techniques. This requires an awareness of all the stakeholders: federal and local authorities, private and public companies, etc . »  

ACTIA India to unveil latest End Of Line diagnostic solution for vehicles ever conceived in India

Purva Marwaha - 29-mars-2016 12:23:16
ACTIA India to unveil latest End Of Line diagnostic solution for vehicles ever conceived in India ACTIA India, a JV between ACTIA Automotive and DMG Finance & Investments, have recently unveiled their latest End Of Line (EOL) diagnostic solutions, developed for Renault, on their latest Kwid vehicle. This is the first time such a diagnostic solution is implemented in India automotive industry. In order to achieve this breakthrough, ACTIA India had to solve the main challenge of proposing a unique software suite combined to a hardware kit able to analyse diagnostic tests made on vehicles, at a cost efficient price. This achievement has been possible thanks to a “ jugaad innovation ” approach developed in collaboration with Renault, taking into account Renault technological legacy while processing the necessary adjustments and removing the superfluous aspects of the diagnostic. The unique software suite and the hardware kit enable manufacturers to treat diagnostic tests’ results in a simpler manner, which has a significant incidence on their operating costs. ACTIA India has strong expectations from the Indian market, as said by Mr. Pascal Perhirin, Business Development Manager, Off Highway Solutions and ex-CEO of ACTIA India: “ India is a highly dynamic market and the key words to enter this market are Innovation, quality and well-priced products. The latest EOL diagnostic delivered to Renault India makes us today capable of any kind of tailored diagnostic solutions, for all types of vehicles: cars, buses, trucks ”. In addition to this project, ACTIA India has also implemented a full End Of Line diagnostic solutions for Ashok Leyland in India, completed in 2013. The company can serve any kind of diagnostic requirement in the automotive industry: vehicle manufacturing (End Of line), repairing (VCI, aftersales tools) or maintenance operations (test lanes). About ACTIA India: ACTIA India is a JV between ACTIA Automotive, and DMG Finance & Investments, set up in 2002, with the objective to create an engineering and manufacturing base in India as well as to leverage the engineering strength in India thanks to a strong presence in the passenger and commercial vehicles market. ACTIA India is part of ACTIA, an international group created in 1986, which specialises in high added value electronic equipment, destined for the buoyant vehicle and telecommunications markets. The company is present in 15 countries (Headquarters based in France) and employs 3000 staff over the world including 730 engineers. The automotive division of the company focuses on 4 core activities: vehicle diagnostics, on-board systems, electronic manufacturing and fleet management. Highly involved in innovative technologies and in cutting edge manufacturing, ACTIA has committed to taking up the challenges of a connected and sustainable urban mobility. For further information, please visit: General view of Electrical and Electronic Diagnostic for conformity check, traceability reading, VIN writing and checking, DTC reading & erasing, learning procedures, configuration writing and checking, calibration writing.   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: and .     Company contacts: Mr. Pascal PERHIRIN ACTIA Business Development Manager, Off Highway Solutions, Automotive Division Tel: (+33) 5 61 17 68 47 / @:   Press contact: Mr. Thomas ILHE Business France, French Trade Commission in India   Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6303 / @: thomas.ilhe

France’s difference when it comes to Intelligent Transportation Systems

Anindita BANERJEE - 20-juin-2014 09:54:43
The trend, across cities around the world, is for ever-higher densities in urban population. Benoît Perino, UBIFRANCE’s expert on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs), says that, once a city reaches a critical size (i.e. a population density of up to 20,000 people per square kilometre), urban mobility becomes a paramount issue. Public-sector authorities need to solve such issues as to how to manage road traffic flows, give commuters up-to-the-minute information, and run efficient back-office payment systems to make these essential services financially viable.  High tech makes a difference, and France has been a precursor in ITS technology for over 40 years now, designing and building ‘the future is now’ solutions. The ITS market in France is worth €4.5 billion per year, generating 45,000 jobs. Naturally, Paris is the premier showcase, although every major French city displays impressive achievements in urban transportation.    In Paris, the métro is being automated and ‘traditional’ tickets are on their way out, being replaced by dematerialized Near Field Electronic paid-entry systems such as Navigo that whisk passengers through the turnstiles. Navigo will soon to be deployed across Thalys services — the bullet train serving the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. One of the key players behind these ultra-efficient, yet complex, ticketing solutions is ERG Transit Systems SA — a specialist company capable of designing ITS ticketing systems for target groups of users ranging from 10,000 to 10 million passengers a day, in cities such as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, Singapore, and maybe San Francisco soon. Managing environmental impact and highway safety is a prime concern, and French technology has met another ITS challenge on its highways (the country’s autoroutes), providing traffic reports and free-flow tollbooth collection (or ETC, for Electronic Tolling Collection). This complex mix of infrastructure and back-office consolidation of on-line toll collection works now in the United States, while respecting each individual state’s strenuous and complicated guidelines for toll-collection management, yet still designing a reliable, interoperable system that makes financial sense. Systems have also been designed to identify licence plates on trucks in order to apply the eco-tax, as the vehicles pass under electronic sensory equipment. Obviously, a variant of this multi-mode system is equipment that checks for vehicles exceeding the speed limit, combined with the processing of massive volumes of data in order to properly assess fines. French players have developed solutions that are environmentally and user friendly. Autolib, introduced by Blue Solutions, Bolloré SA’s subsidiary, has put up to 1,800 electric cars on the streets of Paris and its region (with 59 suburbs of the French capital included in the scheme) – an environmentally friendly initiative soon to be launched in Indianapolis (USA), where the scheme will be known as Speedy Car. Any visitor to Paris has seen, or perhaps even used, Vélib’ bikes to get around. The Vélib’ scheme, launched and managed by JC Decaux SA in 2007, maintains a fleet of 17,000 bicycles used by an average of 85,810 riders every day and extends to over 30 suburbs. The running of the Vélib’ scheme requires real-time back-office management software and a convenient, yet secure payment system — always the prime ingredients for a successful ITS. What about the role of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency  UBIFRANCE interacts with the key players in the sector, such ATEC ITS France (, a professional association that brings all the ITS industry together in order to shape the public debate and lobby in favour of future land-based transportation projects. Another important player is TOPOS, an association that is particularly active in the south-west of France ( and has a special interest in developing geo-localization in the transportation field. In fact, a highlight with an international dimension for the entire sector will be the World Congress for ITS in Bordeaux (in south-western France), to be held from 5 to 9 October 2014. As Benoît Perino of UBIFRANCE sees it, “There is a high potential for ITS in France and internationally. There are a lot of French SMEs with great, highly advanced technologies. Our role at UBIFRANCE is to accompany them, so that they can meet local operators and authorities throughout the world and have their technology integrated into turnkey projects.” Further information about French companies: BMIA COMATIS LOGIROAD MIOS Other companies in the field of urban transport Other companies in the field of transportation  

France, Development Platform for Low-Carbon Vehicles

India - 18-avr.-2012 12:53:14
At the heart of a market set to account for 30 to 40% of new vehicles by 2025, and 20% from as early as 2020, pure electric cars (battery-run) and hybrid rechargeable cars, with extendable battery life or fuel-cell battery, are receiving strong input from industrial players and government authorities in France, keen to address environmental concerns, boost the sector’s competitiveness and secure its energy independence.   A charter signed with the French Ministry for Industry in September 2011 lists the ten commitments which industry professionals must make when offering low-carbon vehicles and related products and services to consumers, featuring high performance benefits, quality, ease of use and safety. Highway companies, parking operators, traders and dealers have also signed up to the effort. 1-       France’s fleet of electric passenger and lightweight utility vehicles is the largest in Europe (15,000 units) and the third-largest in the world, after the United States and Japan[1]. PSA launched the Peugeot 3008 hybrid in 2011, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid diesel car. In spring 2012 , the Citroen DS5, operating on the same technology, is arriving on the market, along with the top-range Peugeot 508 RXH. In 2012, Toyota will produce a hybrid version of the Yaris III, in Valenciennes (Nord-Pas de Calais region). For city use, Venturi (Eclectic), Goupil G3, Lumeneo (Smera and Neoma), MEGA, Micro Vett (Fiat), Tracetel (Whoop), and Courb (C Zen) are developing engine-powered tricycles and quadricycles, while Gepebus (PVI), Tecnobus, Irisbus and Gruau are bringing out buses, and Renault-Trucks a line of trucks. Batteries are produced in France by SAFT (Lithium-Ion) and Batscap-Bolloré (Lithium Metal Polymer). Renault will start producing electric engines in Cléon (Haute-Normandie region) in 2013, and batteries (after Nissan NEC paves the way) in Flins (Paris region) in 2014. Pivotal to BMW’s partnership with PSA is a hybrid components plant in Mulhouse for 2014 (Alsace region). Parts manufacturers such as Valeo are involved in the electrification of the powertrain, power electronics and vehicle weight reduction. 2- A government-backed environment . The French government’s Automobile Bonus, in place since 2008, has channeled a total of €2.3 billion into the market, fostering the acquisition of 3.9 million new low-pollution vehicles. The 2012 scale maintains ambitious support through incentives ranging from €2,000 to €5,000 per low-carbon vehicle. An incentive scheme from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME also exists for quadricycles and certain heavy-duty vehicles. Significant funding (€100 million) has been allocated to emission reduction and low-carbon vehicles, within four innovation clusters dedicated to automobiles and transport solutions (Mov’eo, Id4Car, Vehicles for the Future and Lyon Urban Truck and Bus). More general support for R&D is also available through France’s Research Tax Credit and the innovation agency OSEO. Initiated in 2009, France’s Plan for the Development of Rechargeable Electric and Hybrid vehicles illustrates the commitment of the French government to promote low-carbon vehicles. The Multi-Year Land Transport Program (“Predit N°4”, backed with €400 million of funding) allocates an average 50% of its funding to electric and hybrid vehicles. Two technological platforms are running today: Steeve Grenoble & Amiens (energy storage, piloted by the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission CEA and the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks INERIS) and Movéo’DEGE Saclay (piloted by the French Institute of Petroleum IFP). French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME’s first two research demonstration funds on “low greenhouse gas road vehicles” have been approved (€108 million). They also support experimental efforts such as Kléber (rechargeable hybrid vehicle in Strasbourg), SAVE (Seine Aval VE), CROME (CROss-border Mobility for Evs) with Germany, VERT (in Réunion). BMW meanwhile experimented with a French fleet of Mini E cars up to the end June 2011, and will launch an operational fleet with ActiveEs in 2012. In order to guarantee fully-safe electric vehicle deployment, in particular in underground parking lots, tests have been carried out on electric vehicle battery safety, in conjunction with government authorities. The Recharge Infrastructures Working Group for electric vehicles (GT IRVE), placed under the supervision of the Ministry for Industry, is responsible for consultation and coordination with sector professionals (Schneider Electric, Legrand, Parkéon, DBT, Saintronic,, EDF Sodretel, Hager, etc.) on all national government issues: provisions introduced under the Grenelle II Act (municipality consortia, building permits, office or apartment block parking lots), Green Paper recommendations on recharge infrastructures accessible to the public, a common definition of the “safe electric vehicle”, standardization, support (French Government Investment Bank CDC or the French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME) for experiments and recharge infrastructure deployment (eco-cities and pilot metropolitan areas having signed a charter in 2010). The French government’s “National Investment Program” has helped boost support for electrochemical storage, through the “low-carbon energies” segment of its activities. The “Vehicle of the Future" segment meanwhile focused on advanced electric powertrain and hybrid techniques as well as recharge stations, while also opening up a unit dedicated to funding recharge infrastructures on public highways . Already-published multilateral investment agreements (AMIs) have been granted a budget of over €500 million. Furthermore, the French government has announced an accreditation program and €54 million in funding for the VEDECOM Institute for Excellence in Low-Carbon Energies, specifically in the field of land transport and eco-mobility, which will set up a venue in Satory (Paris region) where transport players can work together to deploy new systems and new vehicles. Lastly, the Orders Consortium steered by La Poste and coordinated by state procurement body UGAP announced in October 2011 the outcome of a call for tenders on the acquisition of 2,000 vehicles for four years. The UGAP has also signed partnerships with various representatives of the local authorities and plans to launch a new call for tenders in 2012. David Appia, Chairman and CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA) stated, “France offers a world-class platform for foreign industrial players who wish to develop low-carbon vehicles, taking advantage of an environment highly conducive to innovation and boasting top-tier training for engineers. France’s innovation clusters and government incentives dedicated to the automotive sector enhance France’s investment attractiveness in these technologies building the future”. The Invest in France Agency (IFA) is the national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It also coordinates initiatives to promote France’s economic attractiveness. The IFA network operates worldwide. In France, the IFA works in partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customized services. For further information, please visit ;  


Julien Compain - 09-juin-2011 14:16:44
                         Bonjour ! This year, France Celebrates India by offering itself as a stage for expressions of Art & Culture with a distinct Indian flavour. Between 24th February and 19th September this year, France engages in a unique and grand cultural exchange as Paris and Lyon come alive with expressions of Indian Contemporary Art with 3 separate events... INDIAN HIGHWAY IV at the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon, MONUMENTA 2011 with Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais in Paris and PARIS, DELHI, BOMBAY ... at the Centre Pompidou, also in the French Capital. We are pleased to announce this initiative as an effort to bring two communities together through Art and Culture. Find out more at We count on your support to make this a successful and fulfilling endeavour. Give your friends a “Rendez vous in France”. Press release and program can be downloaded from the link below.   Contact information : ATOUT FRANCE - France Tourism Development Agency 148 Atlanta, Nariman Point - Mumbai 400-021 Tel: + 91 22 4002 6400 - Fax: + 91 22 4002 6401        

French highway infrastructure and toll companies in Delhi on 11 th & 12th of November 2010

Julien Compain - 24-nov.-2010 11:37:06
The Infrastructure/Transport/Industry, ITI pole of the French Trade Commission in India organized meetings for ASFA, (Association des Sociétés Françaises d’Autoroutes et d’Ouvrages à péage) the association of French highway infrastructure and toll companies in Delhi on November 11 and 12. The delegation, composed of six directors of French highway infrastructure companies, was led by Mr Jean-François Roverato, Director of APRR and Chairman of ASFA. The delegation met with both government officials, the public sector and private concessionaires and visited some toll roads.
Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In


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