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BIC Cello to set-up Rs 210 crore facility in Gujarat

Purva Marwaha - 08-nov.-2017 10:43:21
  BIC Cello to set-up Rs 210 crore facility in Gujarat   Writing instruments firm BIC Cello today said it is setting up its largest manufacturing unit at Vapi, Gujarat , at an investment of Rs 210 crore. The new unit, which will become operational by end of 2018, will manufacture 400 million units of pens. "Post completion of phase I in 2018, the new manufacturing unit in Vapi will produce over 400 million units of ball point pens and gel pens every year," it said in a statement issued here. Currently, the company has eight plants operational in India , of which seven are located in Daman and one in Haridwar, Uttarakhand . These factories manufacture about 1.3 billion units of writing instruments per year. "We at BIC Cello have an ambitious plan for India and are excited to locate the largest stationery manufacturing facility in Asia in Gujarat. This new facility will introduce world class manufacturing technologies to India and reinforce our position as number one writing instruments brand in the country," BIC Cello India General Manager Ratanjit Das said.     Source: Economic Times http://bit.ly/2Aso6ef  

The “French Tech Tour to India 2017”, a platform to bridging the French and Indian Tech ecosystems

Purva Marwaha - 30-oct.-2017 10:57:25
Business France, the Trade & Investment Commission of France in India, is organizing, with several stakeholders and partners, the second edition of the “French Tech Tour to India”, a multi-purpose and multi-format platform to run over Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bangalore from the 13 th  to the 17 th  of November 2017.   The “French Tech Tour to India 2017” will consist in an immersive mission to India for 9 innovative “French Tech” startups and SMEs and 1 of France and the World biggest car makers . The program for these companies will include customize business meetings with Indian start-ups, investors, partners and clients as well as pitch sessions and curated networking cocktails across the 4 cities. The first edition of the event in 2016 pitch sessions and networking and networking event was a tremendous success and recorded a footfall of more than 150 participants in each city.   France is eager to develop strong partnerships with the Indian start-ups ecosystems.  Therefore, the “French Tech Tour to India 2017” will also include meetings with several incubators in the 4 cities, and more specifically  T-Hub in Hyderabad , Indian leading start-ups incubator, and one the biggest in the World. The “French Tech Tour to India 2017” will finally have a strong participation  at the Bangalore ITE.Biz 2017  (Bangalore, 16th to 18 th  of November 2017), with the objective of strengthening reciprocal awareness between the French and Indian Tech ecosystems, and of promoting France as a leading Innovation and Business Hub in Europe for Indian Tech Companies. In the years to come, Business France looks forward to take these initiatives to greater scale.  The French Tech initiative fits in the with the goals and objectives of the “Startup India” and “Digital India” initiatives  by the Government of India. We hope that this spirit of reciprocal learning and collaboration between India and France strengthens in the following years.     *     *     *     *     * For some years now, the French Tech ecosystem has enjoyed a steady and strong development, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers and other talented people. Like India, France has emerged as a leading Startup Power, home to vibrant Tech Hubs and talents, and imbued with a strong entrepreneurial culture. With 100,000 Engineers trained yearly, 6,000+ Tech startups, 200+ Tech startup incubators / accelerators, 100+ VC funds active, more and more large companies and Mid-Caps involved into startup initiatives, not to mention our Innovation Clusters, France stands among the leading ecosystems globally when considering Tech-related Entrepreneurship and Innovation; as ascertained by the fact that France led -for the 6th consecutive year- the race in the “Deloitte Fast 500 2015 EMEA” ranking with 87 laureates. The “French Tech” is benefiting from both Software and Hardware-centric capabilities. Also, while France has been historically known for Telecommunications and Media technologies for instance, the country has nurtured a growing number of World market leaders emerging in domains such as Big Data & Analytics (with Success Stories such as Criteo, Scality, Talend or Teads…), IoT and Connected Devices (over 25% of all startups exhibiting at the CES 2016 were French), eCommerce and Sharing /On-demand Economy, or BioTech and MedTech (No. 2 in the World for BioTech and No. 1 for MedTech IPOs over 2011-2015). In addition to public supportive programs, private initiatives such as the StationF to open in early 2017 in Paris (consisting in the retrofit of the Halle Freyssinet, to make it the largest business incubator worldwide with over 1,000 startups spread over 33,000 sqm), shall contribute to sustain this dynamic. Also noteworthy is the fact that many MNCs (Cisco, Facebook, General Electric, Google, Huawei, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung…) have implemented R&D and Innovation centers in France and are increasing the scale of their operations in this domain.   The “French Tech Tour to India” finds its origin in the statement that with over 5,000 and 6,000 Tech startups respectively, and many large corporates involved in Open Innovation and Acceleration programs, India and France both belong to the Top 5 of the Tech startup ecosystems in the world. Yet, further initiatives need to be developed to exploit the true potential for synergies and value co-creation between the 2 Startup Powers. Hence, in addition This French Tech Tour to India 2017 is part of the larger  French Tech  initiative spearheaded by the French Government and associated public and private stakeholders to promote innovation and the growth of startup ecosystems in France. These initiatives look at bridging the French and India Tech ecosystems, creating reciprocal awareness between the two ecosystems and enabling participating French Tech startups and SMEs to find their future partners and clients and develop in the Indian market   About the “French Tech” initiative: Launched in 2013, the “French Tech” is an initiative spearheaded by the French Government in association with public and private stakeholders in order to nurture the densification, the growth and internationalization of Tech startup ecosystems in France, and to accrue the positioning of France as a leading European Innovation and Business Hub towards any Tech company. It consists in: -  a set of programs (grants to entrepreneurs, access of entrepreneurs to IT and research resources, fund of funds, acceleration fund, “French Tech Ticket”, etc.) designed to achieve these objectives; - networks of labeled ecosystems located throughout France; - a brand and logo, this pink rooster to which any “French Tech” entrepreneur associates itself. The "French Tech" eventually refers to all the stakeholders and individuals contributing to the Tech startup ecosystem in France or abroad. The initiative is sector-agnostic and relates not only to the Digital economy or ICTs, but also to BioTech, CleanTech, EdTech, FinTech, FoodTech, MedTech, etc. For further information, you can log on to the Website of the “French Tech” initiative:  http://bonjourlafrenchtech.com/   About Business France: Business France is the National Agency for the Internationalization of the French Economy, responsible for fostering the international expansion of French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investments in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E scheme (an international internship program). Business France has 1,500 staff members, both in France and over 70 countries throughout the World.   In India, Business France maintains offices in New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore and Chennai, with a multicultural team of French and Indian experts who work intensively to strengthen the relations between French and Indian companies. For further information, please visit:  www.businessfrance.fr  and  youbuyfrance.com/in .    Press contact: Ms. Purva MARWAHA and Mr. Julian HOARAU Business France - Trade & Investment Commission of France in India Trade Officers Tel.: 011 43 19 63 06 / 03 @:  purva.marwaha@businessfrance.fr @:  julian.hoarau@businessfrance.fr               MEET THE 10 !   Delegation of the 10 participating “French Tech” enterprises, selected by our esteemed Jury: ORGANISATION : REPRESENTED BY : COMPANY PROFILE : DXO Labs Mr. Nicolas TOUCHARD Vice President Marketing and Product Management DXO Labs is a team of Scientist and Engineers that are revolutionizing the camera component in smart phones and tablets. DXO possesses world-class expertise on applied Mathematics for image processing, camera design and image quality optimization.           Giroptic Mr. Pierre JEANNIN Sales Manager Giroptic is a pioneer in 360 degrees live streaming and virtual reality imaging technologies and services. Its mission is to enable people to communicate, capture and share their experiences in an immersive way.  Lyra Network Mr. Christophe MARIETTE Global sales Director Lyra Network offers services that are developed and implemented to secure and manage payments and data. Areas of expertise include proximity payments (POS services), e-commerce (PayZen solution), connected objects (optimal security and performance solutions for online data transfer) and e-invoicing solutions. MediaWen Mr. Erwan DE KERAUTEM Chief Executive Officer Mediawen International provides secure, cloud based platforms and tools for video content localization including Closed Captioning, Multilingual Subtitling and Automatic Dubbing across Web, mobile and TV. Their solutions incorporate cognitive AI technologies to automate labour intensive work in the following industries: M & E, e-learning, education, health, finance. Moskitos Mr. Bertrand MASSON Chief Executive Officer Moskitos publishes Crosscut®, a scalable and modular integration platform for quickly and totally secure connection of data, APIs and applications and fast digital innovation. Crosscut® gives companies the means to connect applications, devices, IoT, Cloud services and B2B partners by quickly deploying a secure platform that is easy to implement and learn. Patnering Robotics Mr. Ramesh CAUSSY  Founder & Chief Executive Officer Partnering Robotics creates self-learning, mobile and autonomous robots, who’s primary objective is to take care of people and the environment.  A key player in the French Robotics Industry has succeeded in creating a Made in France disruptive technology dedicated to well-being and energy efficiency, and that keeping Humans at the center of the robotic Paytweak Mr. Thierry MEIMOUN Chief Executive Officer Paytweak offers Universal Secure Payment Links and accepts all credit cards and issues electronic SEPA direct debit authorizations, receiving payments directly into one’s bank account with no delay, no intermediaries and no commission charges. Easy to setup, plug and play and accessible in expert or simplified mode, the Paytweak interface enables the whole solution to be controlled from the cloud, importing and exporting data and connecting it to one’s CRM and business software in one click.  StreamMind Ms. Christina LANGER   Head Marketing and Communications  StreamMind has developed a unique, transversal digital platform (TIME™), adaptable to all sectors, that combines everything that is common in your information systems (without impact), and facilitates agile, scalable innovation. StreamMind has developed the software behind the European inter-banking network, SEPAmail™ (present in + 280 European banks). Torskal Nanosciences Dr. (Ms.) Anne-Laure MOREL Founder & Chief Executive Officer  Torskal Nanosciences is a biotechnology company, based in Reunion Island. The company’s purpose is the design & development of metal (gold) nanoparticles by ecofriendly processes. Torskal is currently specializing in the Treatment of Cancer using Nanoparticles. PSAGroupe Mr. Joël VERANY  ‎ Vice President Distribution Strategy and Network Development India PSA is one of the biggest car makers in the world, with renowned brands Peugeot, Citroen and DS. The Group recently bought the iconic Indian name Ambassador and will shortly start to produce and sell cars in India.  PSA plans to develop partnerships in India with Tech start-ups to promote innovation in Sales, Marketing, Customers experience or Mobility.   

Orolia Fortifies Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing Solutions

Purva Marwaha - 04-juil.-2017 08:44:07
Orolia Fortifies Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing Solutions     Strategic Alliance includes product development, go-to-market activities of PNT solutions independent of GPS/GNSS satellite signals to Military, Defense, Government and Commercial customers worldwide   New Delhi, India – February 2017 – Orolia, the worldwide leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced that it has formed a strategic alliance, including an equity investment, with Satelles Inc. to develop, market and sell PNT solutions based on Satelles’ Satellite Time and Location (STL) signal technology. STL is a unique space-based PNT technology that provides location and timing data independent from traditional GPS and other GNSS satellite signals. By using STL, Orolia’s proven Spectracom and McMurdo branded solutions will be less susceptible to vulnerabilities – spoofing, interference and jamming – associated with GPS/GNSS.   Many highly sensitive military, defense, government and commercial applications and operations including maritime/aviation, fleet/asset tracking management, search and rescue and data center management require accurate and reliable PNT data. Today, these applications rely on signals from GPS/GNSS satellites SBAS GAGAN or Regional Satellite Navigation Systems such as the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite system (IRNSS). There are instances, however where GPS/GNSS/IRNSS signal strength and security are not sufficient and prone to signal disruption. For these cases, STL can be used as a secure signal of opportunity to complement GPS/GNSS making the application more accurate and secure and less prone to interference attack.   Furthermore "Orolia has provided India with positioning and timing technologies for critical applications for many years. In the field of Search & Rescue, Orolia is a long-term partner with India since we equip the ground stations with the international satellite search and rescue system called "cospas-sarsat", the first generation was commissioned in 1989. These stations are used to detect the emission of distress signals and to calculate the position of beacons triggered in the event of danger to human life. Our aeronautical distress beacons are used by major Indian airlines. We are also being tested with the ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) for our military distress beacons used by fighter pilots. In the field of ultra-precise time, we equip Indian satellite navigation satellites (IRNSS) with atomic clocks and have been supplying high-performance time and frequency references to the Indian defense industry for many years. Example for telecommunication or radar applications "explains Rohit Braggs, VP Networks & Sources of Orolia. "The strategic partnership with Satelles, which allows us to expand our portfolio of highly robust positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies, is an opportunity for Indian government players (armed forces, internal security, defense industry) and (E.g. marine, aviation, banking, IT, etc.) to have GPS / IRNSS signal curing technology interfered with by jamming and thus an additional level of reliability in accessing critical PNT data, their applications need. "     “In today’s increasingly dynamic and mobile world, there is a growing need for precise and robust positioning, navigation and timing information especially in business-crucial, high-risk and life-saving operations,” said Dr. Jean-Yves Courtois, Orolia CEO. “By augmenting Orolia’s market-leading GPS/GNSS-based solutions with Satelles’ STL technology, we will have the industry’s first truly fail-safe, resilient PNT solution.   This breakthrough offering will be ideal for mission critical applications in which the smallest of discrepancies in PNT data accuracy, availability and stability can result in a network outage, a system crash or a loss of life.”   Based on the Iridium® satellite constellation, STL signals are up to 1000 times stronger than GPS/GNSS which helps to prevent jamming and allows easier signal reach into buildings and other hard-to-reach locations. STL’s additional cryptographic security also ensures the highest levels of performance, productivity and security.   “Satelles’ pioneering role in STL technology is a perfect fit with Orolia’s proven Resilient PNT strategy,” said Dr. Michael O’Connor, Satelles CEO. “We look forward to working together to introduce new products and solutions that will provide our customers with the utmost confidence that their positioning, navigation and timing data is accurate, secure and accessible.”   For information on Orolia, please visit www.orolia.com For information on Satelles, please visit www.satellesinc.com .   A press kit is also available at https://www.orolia.com/en/media-center/news/news-2016/1084-satelles-satellite-time-and-location-signal-technology.html   About Orolia   Orolia is the world leader in resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of customers’ critical, remote or high-risk operations. Through its leading Kannad, McMurdo, Sarbe, Spectracom and Spectratime brands, Orolia has more than 400 employees and sales presence in over 100 countries worldwide. Leading organizations including Airbus, NASA, Thales, and Raytheon rely on Orolia for fail-safe GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their mission critical needs. Founded in 2006, Orolia has a global presence with offices in China, France, Russia, Switzerland, the U.K., the U.S.A. and further plans to expand its global footprint in 2017.   About Satelles   Satelles has developed and deployed the world’s first real-time PNT service based on Low Earth Orbit satellites. Satellite Time and Location (STL) signals are highly secure, penetrate deep indoors, and are available anywhere on Earth. These features make the service perfect as an independent augmentation for GPS/GNSS and other location-based technologies. With offices in Redwood City, California, and Fairfax, Virginia, Satelles works in partnership with recognized industry leaders to deliver these secure time and location capabilities to government and commercial users worldwide.       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.   Orolia and Satelles Press Contacts: Elodie Cally Orolia Communications Director Email: elodie.cally@orolia.com Mobile: +33(0)6.33.85.76.93       Bart Ferrell Satelles Communications Director Email: bferrell@satellesinc.com   Mobile: +1 618-920-9434       Business France India Press Contact:   Julian Hoarau-Bouaziz Marketing and Communication Trade Officer Email: Julian.hoarau@businessfrance.fr Mobile: +91 837 689 50 05  

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        

LOUVRE HOTELS GROUP BUYS INTO SAROVAR HOTELS AND BECOMES ONE OF THE LARGEST HOTEL GROUPS IN INDIA

Purva Marwaha - 19-janv.-2017 10:05:04
  Louvre Hotels Group buys into Sarovar Hotels and becomes one of the largest hotel groups in India       Louvre Hotels Group, 2 nd largest hotel group in Europe, announces its acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, the largest independent Indian hotel chain in terms of hotels and presence. The European hotel group continues to rollout its international expansion plans with this, its first investment of size in the Indian subcontinent. India, with its fast-growing economy, its global tourism potential and a significant under- penetration of branded hotel rooms, represents a new opportunity and a strategic market of more than 1.2 billion inhabitants for the group.       After launching a far-reaching scheme to strengthen its positions in China and South-East Asia, Louvre Hotels Group   continues to boost its presence in South Asia, keeping up with the region’s constantly growing leisure and business tourism. The group has decided to become a majority stakeholder in Sarovar Hotels, an Indian company made up of 75 hotels on the premium, mid -range and budget sectors, through 3 leading brands:   Sarovar Premiere  Sarovar Portico  Hometel    In addition to the above three brands, the group also has two well established F&B brands, The Geoffrey’s Pub and the Oriental Blossom, and manages the lodging and catering facilities of various institutions in India. Furthermore, the group manages 10 hotels under the Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn brands.   Sarovar Hotels was founded in 1994 by Anil Madhok, a hotel industry expert on India, Singapore and Sri Lanka markets. It is also run by Ajay K. Bakaya and Mansoor Adil who have built it into a robust and effective hotel platform combining marketing, human resources, operations, management and technical services.   Leveraging its hotel expertise and seasoned management staff, Sarovar has developed significantly over the past 5 years, growing from 4500 to nearly 6000 rooms in over 50 cities. Sarovar has a secured pipeline of over 20 hotels, most of which are due to join the network shortly.   Over the last few years, Sarovar also started to develop its brands outside its boundaries, targeting Africa, and more significantly Eastern Africa, which de facto also strengthens Louvre Hotels Group positioning as the largest hotel group in this part of the world.     This strong and experienced team will continue to provide its expertise and manage the hotels under its brands. Both hotel groups share the desire to continue developing Sarovar Hotels brands. This powerful platform will also sustain the development of Louvre Hotels Group brand which has been present in the Indian sub-continent since 2007 and currently manages 22 hotels under its Golden Tulip Umbrella brand.     This reconciliation between Louvre Hotels Group and Sarovar Hotels offers unprecedented synergies between strong local brands and the world’s 5 th largest hotel group. Respective hotel owners for both groups will benefit immediately from such synergies including local and international management expertise, world-wide distribution, loyalty programs, sales and marketing initiatives, and procurement services.       This deal clearly demonstrates the ambition of Louvre Hotels Group; boosting its development through strategic deals on high potential markets.   “Number 2 in Europe, Number 1 in China, and now a leader in India, we really are a major global player, present in all major markets, and in all the hospitality segments. Sarovar is a fantastic platform, very promising for the future, mostly due to the professionalism and the local expertise of its smart team.” emphasises Pierre-Frédéric Roulot, CEO Louvre Hotels Group "Over the last two decades, Sarovar Hotels has grown to be one of the fastest growing hospitality chains in India. The association with Louvre Hotels Group will help us to spread our wings further and we will continue to develop our brands. With local and international capabilities, we aim to be the leading brand in the business and bring in major benefits to our guests”, comments Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels       Source: http://bit.ly/2iEfBY6  

High level discussion on "Next Generation of Infection Prevention"

Julian HOARAU - 06-oct.-2016 06:59:43
  High level discussion on “ Next Generation of Infection Prevention” within the framework of the “Make in India” program   Business France has successfully organized two interactive sessions for the French company Schülke, 100% subsidiary of Air Liquide Group on “ Next Generation of Infection Prevention”. The seminar was held in the presence of H.E Mr Alexander ZIEGLER, Ambassador of France in India at the Residence of France in New Delhi on Tuesday, on 27 th September and the second one was held at the hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai on 29th September with the participation of the Consul General of France in Pondicherry.   This event shaped an Indo-French discussion & created awareness on important topics; nosocomial infections, health care guidelines, desired standards of hospital hygiene & infection control and efficiency & application of next generation products.   The discussion also highlighted french creativity via the launch of innovative products in the area of healthcare by Schülke and celebrated the success of their flagship brand Microshield, a product which is well known among healthcare professionals in India and has been in existence for 25 years. The interactive sessions gathered together more than a 100 participants; senior Indian government officials, medical directors & CEO’s from public and private hospitals, senior healthcare professionals and the Indian & French business communities respectively.     The dual seminars concretely demonstrated the initiatives taken by French companies to bring the most recent technologies available in Europe to India, to adapt them to the Indian context and manufacture them in India to benefit the larger interests of the healthcare sector in India.  

Schülke celebrates 25 years of Microshield® success in India

Julian HOARAU - 28-sept.-2016 12:07:10
    Schülke celebrates 25 years of Microshield® success in India   Schülke India Pvt Ltd, 100% subsidiary of the French groupe Air Liquide celebrated today, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in India, H.E. Alexander Ziegler, 25 successful years of Microshield. The company specializes in hygiene and preservation and their mission is to fight disease and contamination before they emerge.   Schulke welcomed Microshield® into its family of infection prevention products in February this year. For more than a century Schülke has been working towards fighting disease and contamination. This association promises to further bring innovation and new products to market and reduce the risk of infection.   “India is a strategic market for Schülke. We will continue to further develop the strong Microshield brand in India and we are committed to add value to our customers, whether it is through products or through services.   We have an excellent team in place. Customers can expect from Schülke innovative Hygiene Solutions from Experts – for Experts!” says Alexander Mueller, General Manager,Asia Pacific   Since India is such an important market for the company, Schulke has also launched a state of the art molecule called Octenidine which is a result of the company’sinvestment & commitment to R&D. Due to its excellent antimicrobial efficacy and tissue compatibility, Octenidine may be used for different topical applications applicationsin the field of infection prevention /product contamination in the form of Drugs, Medical devices & Cosmetic products, where fast action and a long lasting effect are required. Examples for such applications are the decontamination of skin of patients colonised with MRSA, the treatment of acute and chronic wounds heavily colonised or locally infected by pathogenic bacteria and the care of central venous catheter insertion sites. With octenidine a highly effective and compatible innovative antimicrobial compound for topical use is available.   Schulke currently has some products based on Octenidine available in India like Octenisan Wash Lotion, Octenisan Wash Mitts and Octenidol Mouthwash. The company plans to launch more products in the near future reaching out to more patients.   According to the World Health Organisation, hands are a major source that lead to the spreading of hospital acquired infections and in 2009 the WHO published guidelines on hand hygiene in Health Care. Therefore, a lot of emphasis and awareness has been placed on the importance of proper hand hygiene.   About Schülke India:   Schülke and Mayr GmbH wasfounded in 1889 by Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr. Since 1996, we have been a 100 % subsidiary of the *Air Liquide Group, world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. Our headquarters in Norderstedt near Hamburg are the focal point of all our activities. Here, all of our central divisions work hand in hand: from Research and Development, Management, Production and Marketing, to Sales and Logistics. As one of the market leaders in infection control, we provide major impetus from here: for our continuous global growth – and for successful hygiene solutions for our customers. The quality of a whole hygiene chain is equal only to that of each link within that chain. That is why we are uncompromising in our holistic approach. In this way, we create more than economic success: sustained value for the environment and society.   Schülke has been driving its transformation from a tradition-steeped chemical enterprise to a modern partner for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. With 15 international subsidiaries and a presence in more than 80 countries, the company generates an annual turnover of more than 250 million Euro. Disinfectants, antiseptics, preservatives, biocides, medical skin care products, active ingredients for deodorants and system cleaners form the main focus of the range of products that the company develops and produce.   They have a national presence in all the major cities in India to support Healthcare Professionals in Hospitals and Nursing Homes and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai”   For more about the history and heritage of the company, you can visit our website: http://www.schuelke.co.in/in-en/   *Air Liquide Healthcare Supplies medical gases, home healthcare services, hygiene products, medical equipment and specialty ingredients . In 2015, it served over 7,500 hospitals and more than 1.3 million patients at home throughout the world. The Group’s Healthcare business reached € 2,799 million in revenues in 2015 , with the support of its 13,500 employees . *These data do not include Airgas, whose acquisition was completed on May 23, 2016.       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 .   Company contacts:   Mr Deep Sharma   Managing Director   Schulke IndiaPvt Ltd   @: Deep.Sharma@schuelke.com       Press contact:   Ms. PurvaMarwaha   Business France, French Trade Commission in India   Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6306   @: purva.marwaha @businessfrance.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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