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Ambition India & Roadshow of Indian companies in Lille and Paris

Audrey Lucbernet - 31-mai-2019 07:17:41
Ambition India & Roadshow of Indian companies in Lille and Paris - 20 to 22/05/2019 3 days program with a delegation of Indian companies in France Day 1: Roadshow in Hauts de France, program organised by Nord France Invest & Région Hauts-De-France Presentation of Euralimentaire, the food excellence cluster that brings together innovation stakeholders in agri-food, nutrition, health and logistics in the Hauts-de-France Region, followed by a presentation of REV 3, the "3rd Industrial Revolution" Mission. REV 3 is a collective dynamic that aims to transform the Hauts-de-France Region into one of the most advanced European regions in terms of energy transition, digital technologies and new economic models (circular economy, economy of functionality and cooperation, etc.) and visit of the port of Dunkirk which has a huge potential to welcome logistics and industrial projects, in the context of Brexit – a dozen of of participants Day 2: roundtable Attractiveness of France during Ambition India, Franco-Indian business forum organised by Business France in Paris on 21st of May 2019 with a panel of Indian success stories composed of Arvind Mehra, CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, Nagesh Kumar, head IT of TCS France, Anurag Rathor, CEO of Zify, Haru Mehra, CEO of Le Frehindi & Antoine Leborgne, Project Manager of Stellapps ; round table moderated by Pranjal Sharma, writer and journalist - more than 50 participants were present at this roundtable. Day 3 : Roadshow in Ile de France, program organised by Paris Region Enterprises Presentations of Paris’ region, the 1st European Business hub and its opportunities in finances and services, in the context of Brexit & visit of the Descartes smart city cluster, its incubator and its fablab - a dozen of participants.

“2018 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France” published Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler welcomes increasing Indian investment in France

sophie Canciani - 29-avr.-2019 08:46:11
New Delhi. April 12, 2019. The “2018 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France”, which was released at a press conference held earlier this month at the French Ministry for Economy and Finance, is a testimony to foreign investors’ renewed confidence in France as a business destination. The report was unveiled by Mr Bruno Le Maire, Minister for Economy and Finance, Mr Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France, and Mr Pascal Cagni, Chairman of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment. A total of 1,323 investment decisions in France in 2018 – at an average of 25 decisions per week – created or maintained 30,302 jobs. Investments at new sites increased by 14% in 2018, with 741 new decisions, thus representing more than half (56%) of total investments. This increase in investment in new sites reflects France’s popularity and attractiveness. There were 500 investments that involved the expansion of existing operations , thereby generating 15,588 jobs in 2018. Welcoming the upsurge in Indian investments in France, Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Alexandre Ziegler said, “W ith 17 investment decisions, recorded in 2018, and more than 150 Indian companies already in France , employing more than 7,000 people, Indian investments reflect the improvement in France’s image as a business hub.” In 2018, Indian projects often involved decision-making centres (59% of projects; 53% of jobs) and production/manufacturing operations (18% of projects; 34% of jobs). Investments were mainly made in the software and IT services sector (24% of projects; 30% of jobs), and the machinery and mechanical equipment sector (12% of projects; 21% of jobs). Sophie Clavelier, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for India, VP of Business France for South Asia , added, “The diversity of France’s regions and cities continues to drive their attractiveness among Indian investors. Ile de France / Paris region (59% of projects; 50% of jobs) , Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (18% of projects) , Grand Est (12% of projects), Hauts de France, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie were home to the main Indian investment decisions in 2018.” Business France, together with its French regional partners, helped secure major new Indian investments like Samvardhana Motherson Group, which invested €201 million for the acquisition of Reydel Automotive and Rahman Group. Thereafter, it acquired French safety footwear key player, Lemaître Sécurité SAS, in 2007, and is now reinvesting in the Grand Est region through the construction of its first 4.0 production facility. Trade between France and India continues to expand: French companies have today more than 550 Indian subsidiaries (with more local establishments that cover the entire territory) and currently employ approximately 360,000 people, for a cumulative turnover of € 12.1 billion To strengthen trade and investment links between French and Indian companies, Business France organizes a major annual Indo-French Business Forum , Ambition India , which includes sessions on business environment, project’s financing, HR, attractiveness and sectorial roundtables, networking lunch and B2B meetings. The 2019 edition will take place in Paris on 21 st May, at which more than 200 companies , experts, advisors and representatives of government bodies are expected. H.E. Alexandre Ziegler will participate in Ambition India and will also lead a delegation of Indian investors to France in Bordeaux, Paris and Lille the same week. *** Note to Editors Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is responsible for fostering export growth of 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 destination, and also runs the VIE international internship programme. Business France has 1,500 personnel, in France and in 58 other countries throughout the world, who work with a network of partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr   Business Forum Ambition India: www.ambitionindia.fr

Keolis opens a new section of the Hyderabad automated metro (India)

sophie Canciani - 25-sept.-2018 06:57:20
  On Monday 24 September, 2018 Keolis opened a new section of the automated metro line 1 in Hyderabad, adding 16 km of track to the existing 30 km   With this new section, the network is now 46 km long and is expected to carry more than 150,000 passengers per day   This achievement paves the way for the final phase of the network and confirms Keolis’ leadership in automated metro systems   Keolis and its partners have completed the opening to the public of the first line of the automated metro in Hyderabad, which was partially opened in November 2017. This extension adds 16 km of track to the current 30 km network in use. To mark the occasion, an official flagging-off ceremony was held on Monday 24 September at Ameerpet station in the presence of the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States, His Excellency E.S.L. Narasimhan.   With the extension, the network now stretches over two lines for a total of 46 kilometers and includes 40 stations, which places Hyderabad’s metro as the second biggest network in India. The extended line, which now links Ameerpet to LB Nagar, includes two important interchange stations, Ameerpet and MG Bus Stations, with the latter being one of the biggest elevated stations in the region. It now allows commuters to reach the south east of the city, and thus crucially serve the most densely populated areas of Hyderabad, which are located nearby to its old city. The number of daily passengers is expected to rise from 85,000 to more than 150,000. When the network is finally completed in 2019, it will be 72 km long, include 66 stations and carry an expected 1.5 million passengers per day.   Eric Moinier, Managing Director of Keolis Hyderabad, said: “ This is a major milestone we have reached today alongside our client and partner Larsen & Toubro and it takes us closer to the final stage of the network’s completion, which is expected to happen within the next year. With this extension more Hyderabad residents and visitors - to this growing city - will benefit from a modern, clean and safe transport solution. We will continue to strive to give them the best passenger experience.”   The 18 trains running on the network are built by Hyundai Rotem and equipped with the communication-based train control (CBTC) system provided by Thales, which allows improved headways and safety for passengers.   Keolis was awarded the operations and maintenance contract in 2012 by the concession-holder L&T Metro Rail. The core elements of that contract includes operating and maintaining 57 metro trainsets as well as stations, depots, track, signalling, telecommunications, ticketing systems and ticket sales at stations. Keolis Hyderabad currently has 800 employees.   As a pioneer and global leader in automated metro systems, Keolis counts 320 km of lines in cities such as Hyderabad (India), London (United Kingdom), Lille and Rennes (France), Shanghai (China) and Doha (Qatar).   About Keolis   Leading the way in public transport, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Internationally recognised as the leading operator of trams and automated metros, Keolis adopts a determined innovation approach with all its partners and subsidiaries (Kisio, LeCab, EFFIA, Keolis Santé and Cykleo) to develop new forms of shared and customised mobility, and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, cars, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars.   In France, Keolis is now the leader in medical transport services through the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017 and positioned as the number two car park operator, through its subsidiary EFFIA.   The company is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Keolis employs 63,000 people in 16 countries and recorded a turnover of 5.4 billion euros in 2017. Today, over 3 billion passengers worldwide have used one of the shared mobility services offered by Keolis. www.keolis.com   * Historically based in France, Keolis has expanded its operations in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

The Lille region of northern France has set an exceptional precedence of transition

Ridhima Verma - 17-mars-2015 11:04:56
  A transformation   The Lille Region of northern France has set an exceptional precedence of transition   F rance, once at the centre stage of the Industrial Revolution, has been witnessing another revolution of a kind across its industrial ecosystem. For over two decades, some of the regions of this European nation have been undergoing a metamorphosis. Leading from the front is its Lille Region. Once known for its textile mills and coal mines, this northern region of France has been under transformation, with the traditional businesses gradually giving way to the services sector, led by technology clusters and innovation centres. Most importantly, the transition has been smooth and seamless, even as there have been concerted efforts to preserve the vital component of heritage.   This strategically located region, backed by its well-developed infrastructure and human resource pool, has been attracting businesses from across the world. The region’s specific clusters and innovation hubs, spanning over areas like information and communication technologies ( ict ), multi-media, digital arts, technical textiles, retail & logistics, healthcare, plastics and green business are not only attracting matured enterprises, but also offering customised incubation and promotional facilities for aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses.   Global names like ibm , Microsoft, Capgemini, Amazon, Coca-Cola, dhl , Fedex, Bayer Healthcare, gsk Vaccines, Nestlé, Toyota, Thyssen Krupp, etc, have made their presence felt in this region. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the region, faced with a difficult period after the decline of the coal, mining and textile industries, is all set to script a remarkable turnaround story. Indian it major Tata Consultancy Services, which has been in France for over a decade now, also put up its office in February 2013 in Euratechnologies, a high-tech cluster and incubator, dedicated to the ict sector. Closer to the city of Lille, Euratechnologies has emerged as an ict centre for excellence, providing a central location for businesses, start-ups, laboratories and educational institutions through a range of innovative services.   The centre has come up in a textile manufacturing mill, without upsetting the basic building structure. it has been renovated and currently hosts over 150 ict -related companies, including 70 start-ups and five major ones including tcs, ibm and Microsoft. In just five years of its operation, the cluster, having promoted on the ppp model, has created 3,000 new jobs. The cluster is looking to attract 500 technology companies with 6,000 employees by 2018. “In a short span of time, our project has generated a phenomenal response,” says Raouti Chehih, ceo, Euratechnologies. “We have managed to create one of the biggest ecosystems in digital technologies. In fact, currently, we boast the world’s largest incubator.” Euratechnologies, which clocked a turnover of over € 200 million recently, is aiming to double the same in the next three years.   “Being present at Euratechnologies enables us to enjoy the right kind of ecosystem and manpower availability for catering to the needs of our customers,” says Nicolas Sohier, director, France sales, tcs . “Backed by a series of advantages, we have been effectively as well as competitively able to service our customers in the retail sector. Moreover, we also reap the benefits of networking with companies present in the cluster.” tcs, which has got 35 employees now, intends to expand itself into a larger office over the years. The company has been operating in France since 1992 and has over 50  clients across various industries. It  has significantly strengthened its  position through local hiring and investments in recent years.    In recognition of these initiatives, it was also conferred the special award for investment and innovation by the Greater Paris Investment Agency in 2012. In June last year, the company acquired Alti sa , an it services company in France, for a value of € 75 million in an all-cash transaction. The French company, a leading technology services firm, has strong expertise in it services, including enterprise solutions, assurance and crm solutions. This acquisition has further strengthened tcs ’ ability and footprint to service its customers in France and other regions in Europe. “This acquisition underlines our long-term, strategic commitment to France, which is the third-largest it services market in Europe. I am confident that this acquisition will help us accelerate our growth and presence in France,” says N. Chandrasekaran, ceo & managing director, tcs .     Turn around   Another Indian company that has made its presence felt in northern France is Titagarh Wagons Ltd ( twl ), which took over the manufacturing facility of Arbel Fauvet Rail ( afr ) in July 2010. The century-old French company, which specialised in designing and making specialised tank cars, containers, bogies and wagons, had filed for bankruptcy and went into liquidation in 2010. Though the company had been facing tough times following the increasing cost of production as also growing competition, the eurozone crisis in 2007 finally derailed its train journey.    The French subsidiary has successfully been turned around in the last couple of years even as its turnover has witnessed a phenomenal jump to around € 40 million in 2014 from just € 2 million (annualised) in 2010. The unit, with the capacity to produce 2,000 wagons/annum, is located over an area of 42 acres at Douai in northern France, considered a hub for Europe’s railway industry. In fact, it is a part of Lille’s I-Trans rail cluster which also hosts players like Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens.   “For us, afr stood out because it was an excellent facility with good equipment and skilled labour,” says Umesh Choudhary, managing director, twl . “Its location in the north of France was also desirable as the region was famous for its rail technology, especially design capabilities. And the region offers true potential in terms of recruitment thanks to excellent training programmes in sustainable transportation.”   “Our experience of working with France has been fruitful,” adds Sunil Kanojia, group ceo, Sintex Industries Ltd. “We also have a plant in the northern part. The working team, the leadership and the administration, all have been supportive and committed.” Sintex acquired a French company, Nief Plastics, in 2007 for € 31 million. The company has five plants in France and a topline of € 220 million. It has been supplying composites to Thryssenkrupp, Areva, Alstom and Renault, among others.   “Over the years, our cluster approach has worked quite well in transforming this northern region into a major investment destination – not only in France but in the whole of Europe,” says Omar Layachi, project manager, Nord France Invest. “With an ecosystem conducive to doing business, more than 1,500 foreign-owned companies are already doing business here.” Nord France Invest, the investment promotion agency for Lille, is responsible for promoting this region, and providing a suitable atmosphere for industries has been instrumental in putting the region on the investment map of France. The region has emerged as the third largest location in terms of fdi with a presence of 1,300 businesses and employing 100,000  people across diverse industries.   While the ict cluster Euratechnologies has emerged as the largest incubator, other clusters in related sectors are not far behind. In fact, the region is a hotspot for multimedia talent, cultivating expertise in video games, animation and mobile apps. It is also France’s number one cluster for digital arts training. Lille hosts global names like Ankama, Adictiz, Bigben Interactive and Hydravision. With world-class institutes/schools (Rubika group, formerly Supinfogroup), the region also develops talent.   All said and done, Lille is using its economic past to carve out a place in the future. A case in point is the former coal pit at Arenberg near Valenciennes. Opened by Compagnie des Mines d’Anzin in 1899, the pit quickly became the company’s most productive site, with nearly 32 million tonnes of coal extracted over the years. Prosperity ensued, followed by decline, crisis and closure in 1989.    But the site then resurfaced as a popular film set for directors, who incorporated its striking interiors and exteriors into their shoots, paving the way for a new future in image and sound. Arenberg is undergoing a radical shift from abandoned coal pit to center of excellence for research in cinema and digital technology with an objective to serve the film and tv industry of tomorrow by designing, developing and deploying techniques and tools. ARBIND GUPTA Business India   feedback@businessindiagroup.com  

The future of textiles is here in Lille Region

India - 19-déc.-2012 08:03:05
New fibre developments offer a brilliant opportunity to transform technical textiles into countless innovative applications. The Lille Region has long been associated with the textile industry and has great development potential to offer in the field of technical textiles. CETI (Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants – European Center for Innovative Textiles) was inaugurated on October 10, 2012 in the Lille region, offering cutting-edge technical facilities for research and development of various technical textile applications. In addition, the 3 rd Futurotextiles event – an exhibition that associates science, technology, design, fashion and art with innovative textiles – is being held at the CETI.   CETI: European Centre for Innovative Textiles CETI, the European Centre for Innovative Textiles, is the world’s most recent research and prototyping centre dedicated to new textile applications. At the heart of a first class scientific network, CETI uses creativity techniques to accelerate the development, innovation, experimentation and application of state-of-the-art textiles. The CETI was inaugurated on 10th October 2012 in the Lille Region (Northern France) with the installation of the spinning tool, Phase 1 of the CETI, which will be used to develop new high-performance fibres essential for markets such as ultra-filtration, medical devices and intelligent textiles. There are only four units of the same tool worldwide. At the same time its drylaid tool uses new combinations of technology to develop new industrial solutions. The market is forecast to grow by 21% between now and 2017. The phase 2 planned for 2013-2014 will focus on the manufacturing processes (knitting, weaving, braiding), especially for the composite or technical fabric markets. Today, CETI positions itself as an exceptional world-class centre. It can be compared in terms of equipment to the “Non-Woven Institute” (NCRC) which federates over 60 major companies around the development of new textile materials from Raleigh in the USA. It is in Phase 2 that the CETI comes into its own as it will then be the only platform in the world to bring together in one place as much technological equipment associated to cutting-edge research in the field of technical textiles. The launch event of the centre attracted some of the big names in textile industry, like Arnold Wilkie from Hills and Hideki Hoshiro from the JCFA (Japan Chemical Fiber Association) . Some high-level round-table discussions were held to highlight latest developments in the field of technical textiles. The launch of Futurotextiles exhibition was also announced to present incredible textile materials.   FUTUROTEXTILES 3: a leading exhibition of innovative technical textiles Futurotextiles is a pioneering project, initiated in 2006. It associates science, technology, design, fashion and art around innovative textiles in fields as diverse as clothing, transportation, sport, housing, architecture, geotextiles, as well as medicinal and protective uses. After the success of the first two editions in 2006 in Lille and in 2008 in Kortrijk, lille3000 is preparing a new edition for 2012: Futurotextiles 3. Presented as part of the Fantastic programme, it will be inaugurated on the occasion of the opening of the European Centre for Innovative Textiles with a surface of more than 1500 m2, before going on show at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. Incredible materials, microencapsulated lace and magic textiles will be at the heart of the exhibition organised around the central theme of the ultra-lightweight. The visitor will be able to juggle clouds, experiment with unusual fabrics (made from coffee, crystal, etc.), see incredible dresses (wooden textiles by Elisa Strozyk, “catalytic dress” by Helen Storey, paper/ lace dress by Jum Nakao, angel coat by Janaina Milheiro, and more) and discover surprising objects (a violin of linen fibre, an inflatable surfboard) and installations (such as Carnovsky’s chromatic transformations).   About Nord France Invest Nord France Invest is the publicly funded investment promotion agency for Lille region. The agency helps businesses to develop and assists them in making the most of their move to Northern France. Drawing on expertise across a wide range of fields, Nord France Invest and its network partners offer personalised and fully confidential services to investors, free of charge, from the initial decision through to the launch and follow-up. In pursuing these aims, Nord France Invest draws on the skills of its own staff, combined with expert input from an extensive network of regional and international partners. For further information about Nord France Invest, please go to: www.nordfranceinvest.fr Contact information: Ms. Marie-Hélène Cauchy Communications Manager Nord France Invest Tel: +33 3 59 56 23 36 Email: mh.cauchy@nfinvest.fr    Website: www.nordfranceinvest.fr    Press contact: Ms. Deepika PRAKASH Press Officer French Trade Commission Embassy of France, New Delhi Tel: +91 11 43 19 63 51 Email: deepika.prakash@ubifrance.fr

The Lille Region: an attractive destination for Indian businesses

India - 04-oct.-2012 13:46:14
  The Lille Region (Northern France) is at the centre of the wealthiest consumer market in Europe with a population of nearly 80 million within a 300 km radius. Within easy reach of decision-making centers including Paris, Brussels, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, the region combines a strategic geographical location with outstanding transport infrastructure - high speed train, 3 major international airports nearby (Paris, Bruxelles, London), proximity to Antwerp and Rotterdam ports - and leading positions in high technology industries in Europe. Less known than Paris but still widely opened to the world, the Lille region has been remarked by Indian investors as a promising business destination.   Leading French institute of digital design opens in India The Lille region boasts of an internationally renowned institute in the digital sector: Supinfogroup. Today, this cluster of schools trains some 1,200 students in animation, video games and industrial design. On finishing their studies, those young professionals are immediately snapped up by major animation studios like PIXAR and DREAMWORK or by games companies of international repute such as GAMELOFT, UBISOFT and HYDRAVISION. Supinfogroup’s reputation now reaches as far as India, where the group of schools has been selected by private investors to set up a campus dedicated to multimedia and video games at in Pune. Built and financed by the Indian real estate magnate, D S Kulkarni , the brand-new campus has already welcomed 350 students. The investors were particularly impressed by the quality of films presented by the students and by the prizes that they have won at several international festivals, a resounding endorsement for Supinfogroup’s expertise and excellence!  Titagarh Wagons acquired Arbel Fauvet Rail as its first international investment   In 2010, Titagarh Wagons, India’s leading wagon makers, acquired the assets and business of the French wagons and rolling stock manufacturer Arbel Fauvet Rail (AFR) based in the Lille Region. Leveraging on AFR’s expertise in wagon manufacturing and as many as 15 patents on various technologies, this deal is expected to provide Titagarh Wagons with an additional production capacity of up to 5,000 wagons per year and in turn initiate its expansion into European and global markets. From 84 employees, Titagarh Wagons AFR now employs 160 people.   Lille Region, European leader in the field of technical textiles   CETI, the European Centre for Innovative Textiles, is the world’s most recent research and prototyping centre dedicated to new textile applications. At the heart of a first class scientific network, CETI uses creativity techniques to accelerate the development, innovation, experimentation and application of state-of-the-art textiles. The CETI’s inauguration is scheduled for the 10th October 2012 in the Lille Region (Northern France) with the installation of the spinning tool, Phase 1 of the CETI, which will be used to develop new high-performance fibres essential for markets such as ultra-filtration, medical devices and intelligent textiles. The phase 2 planned for 2013-2014 will focus on the manufacturing processes (knitting, weaving, braiding), especially for the composite or technical fabric markets.   Today, CETI positions itself as an exceptional world-class centre. It can be compared in terms of equipment to the “Non-Woven Institute” (NCRC) which federates over 60 major companies around the development of new textile materials from Raleigh in the USA. This centre generates an annual turnover of over $ 4m.   It is in Phase 2 that the CETI comes into its own as it will then be the only platform in the world to bring together in one place as much technological equipment associated to cutting-edge research in the field of technical textiles.   The CETI aims to meet professionals from the global technical textile industry and enter business partnerships.   Nord France Invest to meet Indian investors   A high-level delegation from the Lille Region will be visiting India in October 2012. On this occasion, Nord France Invest, the official investment promotion agency for Lille region, in partnership with the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI), is organizing a seminar on ‘ Successful Investment in France: The Lille Region Business Case’ on 8 th of October 2012 at Sofitel BKC in Mumbai. The seminar will be followed by a networking cocktail. During the seminar, Mr. Luc DOUBLET, President of Nord France Invest and Mr. Yann PITOLLET, Director General of Nord France Invest, will address investment opportunities in Lille Region (Northern France) in various sectors and highlight the strengths of the region to key influencers and decision makers in the Indian industry and will meet leading Indian companies’ representatives to discuss business opportunities. Meetings with representatives of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and the All Indian Association of Industry (AIAI) in Mumbai are also scheduled followed by the signing of partnership agreements.     Another official visit of Nord France Invest is scheduled in June 2013 which will set its focus on developing business collaborations in the field of health and pharmaceuticals.       About Nord France Invest   Nord France Invest is the publicly funded investment promotion agency for the city of Lille and its region. The agency helps businesses to develop and assists them in making the most of their move to Northern France.   Drawing on expertise across a wide range of fields, Nord France Invest and its network partners offer personalised and fully confidential services to investors, free of charge, from the initial decision through to the launch and follow-up. In pursuing these aims, Nord France Invest draws on the skills of its own staff, combined with expert input from an extensive network of regional and international partners.   For further information about Nord France Invest, please go to: www.nordfranceinvest.fr Contact information: Ms. Marie-Hélène Cauchy Communications Manager Nord France Invest Tel : +33 3 59 56 23 36 Email: mh.cauchy@nfinvest.fr    Website: www.nordfranceinvest.fr   Press contact:   Ms. Deepika PRAKASH Press Officer French Trade Commission Embassy of France, New Delhi Tel: +91 11 43 19 63 51 Email: deepika.prakash@ubifrance.fr    

IFMAS, recognized as institute of excellence for research of

India - 29-août-2012 13:25:33
IFMAS, the R&D institute for bio-based materials headquartered in the Lille region, has recently been certified as an Institute of Excellence in its field, gaining a €30.8m grant from the French government in the process. The R&D excellence of Lille and its region has again been acknowledged by the authorities, opening up new perspectives in the energy field. The French Institute of Agro-based materials is an institute of research, industrial valorization and training in the field of Plant-Based Chemistry. IFMAS has been certified as “Institute of Excellence for Decarbonated Energies” by the French Government and has received a grant of 30.8 million euros. IFMAS is committed to strengthen France’s position as Europe’s number 1 centre for bio-based plastics.   IFMAS will develop new technologies to create innovative materials from local plant-based resources, such as cereals and the starch potato. Integrating all the players in the sector– from the farm to plant-based paints, coatings and plastics– IFMAS will study in particular the processing of raw materials and the processing of the plant-based plastics, taking into account the recycling and the management of the end of the life cycle of the products manufactured.   IFMAS is part of a strong initiative in favour of Plant-based Chemistry that will assure France’s industrial leadership with major socio-economic spin-offs for agriculture, chemistry, plastics technology and environment. Many markets are targeted: paints, packaging, the construction industry, transport, electrical and electronic equipment and the medical sector. IFMAS will enable France to become a global leader for sustainable valued added bio-based products generating lower CO2 emissions. It plans to create 5,000 new jobs over the next ten years.   The IFMAS project has been awarded the label of two national competitive clusters: MAUD (Materials and Applications for Sustainable Use) and TEAM2 (Environmental Technologies Applied to Materials) facilitates economic development through innovation in the fields of chemistry and materials using a sustainable development approach. The TEAM2 competitive cluster is dedicated to the application of environmental technologies to materials for the recovery of industrial waste and by-products.   Contact : Marie-Hélène Cauchy Communications Manager Tel +33 (0) 359 562 336 Email: mh.cauchy@nfinvest.fr Website: www.nordfranceinvest.fr   Press Contact : Deepika PRAKASH Press Officer French Trade Commission Embassy of France, New Delhi Tel: +91 11 24 19 63 51 Email: deepika.prakash@ubifrance.fr  
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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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