FranceCol named the new face of Creative France in India

Julian HOARAU - 16-août-2016 07:05:56
NEW DELHI. AUGUST 1st, 2016 – A jury of distinguished businessmen and institutional representatives in New Delhi led by the French Ambassador and Business France, France’s national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, has chosen FranceCol Technology as the new face of Créative France in India.   Following the official launch of Créative France in January aimed at showcasing French ingenuity across various sectors; #CreativeNextIndia was the second phase of the campaign to identify an inspirational French entrepreneur or small or mid-sized enterprise (SME) who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in their business, to be named a campaign ambassador. French entrepreneurs and many French companies of all sizes have chosen to set up business to showcase their innovative expertise in India. They form the pool of creativity that the Embassy has wished to highlight this year with the #CreativeNextIndia challenge.     FranceCol, a young R&D company, was named the next face of the campaign for its creation of a wheel drive. With an aim to revolutionize sustainable development in India, FranceCol Technology has developed an embedded wheel motor, which allows the electrification of any bicycle, motorcycle or wheel chair, without any structural modification. This cost effective solution for urban mobility converts mechanical energy to electrical energy and is poised to revolutionize transportation in India. It is environment friendly, durable and presents a perfect solution to using public transport in the cities as well as in rural India. The battery operated bicycle is built to travel 100 kms in a single charge and is ideally adapted to young Indians who do not want to depend on public transport, and would like to commute efficiently and at a reasonable cost.   Addressing the French community in India, Ambassador Ziegler said, “ France is a creative and innovative country. It is the world’s fourth most dynamic country for patents. Here, in India, more and more of our companies are locating R&D centres, which innovate, create and eventually make in India some of the solutions that will shape tomorrow’s world. In the backdrop of the Creative France campaign, I am proud to award a French company in recognition of its spirit of innovation .”   Dr François Bernot, ‎Scientific Director - FranceCol Technology , observed, “ The Indian market is huge, with a true need for cost-effective devices. Our electric bicycle is the fruit of a joint R&D collaboration of Indian and French teams. They have invented a solution that adheres to the principles of “sustainable development’, “frugal innovation”, and is accessible to all and perfectly suitable for transporting a large number of Indians .” The CreativeNext contest was hosted on Twitter from June 14 and urged participation from small and medium-sized French businesses. All participants were encouraged to submit a short video; picture or presentation, showcasing their groundbreaking business model. For more information on Créative France and the global campaign ambassadors, please visit:  

Air Liquide Medical System look far ahead after celebrating their 7th Make in India anniversary

Purva Marwaha - 27-nov.-2015 08:15:27
  Air Liquide Medical Systems Pvt. Ltd. (ALMS), the medical equipment subsidiary of Air Liquide Healthcare, celebrated today, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in India, H.E. François Richier, their 7 th year of manufacturing activities in India. On this occasion, ALMS unveiled their new Orion G ventilator, the first CE marked ventilator to be manufactured in India for both domestic and international markets. The launch of this new ventilator falls within Air Liquide Medical Systems (ALMS) strategy to bring high-technology devices to the domestic Healthcare Sector. Orion G is indeed the most advanced among 7 types of ventilators in India proposed by ALMS. Besides ventilators, ALMS also manufactures CE marked Medical Air Compressors in India which are now exported to various countries. Orion G ventilator, developed with the support of ALMS teams in France will meet the requirements of ventilators in ICU, emergency and post-operative wards. It will feature color touch screen and battery backup. Orion G will be manufactured at the ISO 13485 certified ALMS plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, will be in conformity with the latest European norms.   “We strongly believe in empowering our teams in India in order to develop our manufacturing and R&D activities also with the objective of exporting certified devices worldwide” said Mr. Jean-Marc Giner, Group Chairman of Air Liquide Medical Systems.   About Air Liquide Group: Air Liquide Healthcare supplies medical gases, home healthcare services, hygiene products, medical equipment and specialty ingredients. In 2014, it served over 7,500 hospitals and 1,2 million patients at home throughout the world. The Group’s Healthcare business reached € 2,570 million in revenues in 2014, with the support of its 12,000 employees. Air Liquide Medical Systems Pvt Ltd- Air Liquide Medical Systems is a company of the Air Liquide Group and has been present in India for the past 34 years with sales and services facilities in more than 20 cities. Along with these manufacturing activities, ALMS also provides extensive services to its clients and maintains about 6,000 ventilators all over the country. ALMS has an efficient in house R&D department which specializes in hardware, software, medical design and plastics.   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. 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:   Company Contact S. Sivakumar, Managing director, Air Liquide Medical Systems PVT Ltd. Plot No.36, Annai Indira Nagar | Okkiyam Thoraipakkam | Chennai 600097| INDIA Tel: +91 (0) 44 4385 11 16/17 | Fax: +91 (0) 44 2458 00 43 | Web: Press contacts: Purva Marwaha, Trade Officer, Business France, New Delhi 01143196306-08376895005/   Thomas ILHE Trade Officer, Business France, New Delhi 01143196303-08376895005/    

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 ;  
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