French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Harold MEURISSE - 21-oct.-2014 09:45:01
Véronique Cuziol, project head at Ubifrance, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector shows the best of the French manufacturing: “No, not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors are successful. For example, the mechanical engineering industry.” What exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in products and services, but broadly they service and produce valued added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries.   The French mechanical engineering industry has a turnover of 113 billion euros annually, of which 45.6 billion are exported. These figures rank sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Fives, Alstom, Areva and Air Liquide) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are  SMEs and start-ups.   Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations of French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore it’s not surprising that a great part of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.   French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters, some of the best in the world, into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the “Factory of the Future”: disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3d printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.   Some of these French start-ups are making big splashes with innovative products. For example the French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the world’s lightest seat while also offering an innovative and ergonomic design, the “Titanium Seat.” Expliseat has recently received certification from the FAA (Federal American Aviation Administration) and can therefore supply the US aircraft industry.   Another example of a successful subsector is the textile machinery manufacturing: French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products and an excellent customer service, as well as a highly skilled workforce.   The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over one billion euros. There are also a myriad of smaller but nevertheless very ambitious companies such as Manoir Industries: specializing in metal forging and foundry, their objective is to become the world’s leader in the production of metals for the nuclear, oil & gas, petro-chemistry and construction sectors.   One must remember that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking 4th in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between a French and a foreign company.   Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion, has 80 offices overseas. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.   More information about French companies : French exporters directory

Sustainable urban development : Vivapolis regroups French companies to meet the needs of cities all around the world

Lyslie Legendre - 27-mai-2014 06:33:50
  Interview Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager - UBIFRANCE Imagine the city for tomorrow. That’s the daily challenge many French companies are ready to meet today, all of them re-grouped under the brand Vivapolis. French know-how in providing solutions definitely has takers elsewhere in the world. Today, major cities throughout the world are searching for very specific expertise when it comes to developing, renewing and re-inventing themselves. France certainly has the high caliber players -- Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Alstom, Veolia, Egis – to go along with innumerable SME positioned on very technological niche markets that respond to crucial challenges for tomorrow. Initiated by French public authorities, Vivapolis regroups the wide range of expertise French companies have to offer to meet the needs of cities all around the world. “Simply because it is always easier to focus attention on a name everyone can recognize,” explains Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager at Ubifrance. More than 70 French enterprises focused on sustainable cities have risen to the challenge by joining Vivapolis. Certified know-how Demonstrations of their know-how abound: whether it’s the Grand Paris, Grand Lyon, the Euro-Mediterranean project in Marseille, the Urban Community of Bordeaux, among other initiatives. For all of these sites, there are several issues that need to be faced: mobility, managing energy, pollution… One common thread shared by all of these urban development projects involves improving the quality of life and social cohesion in these cities to make them more attractive. Several ambitious projects have been started to develop responses. One key example is the Auto-Lib system in Paris to reduce circulation in the city with non-polluting electrical cars. Bordeaux Euratlantique, an extensive construction endeavor, reveals the wide scope of action Vivopolis is capable of.   Relying especially on the development of eco-quarters, the project combines energetic efficiency, water recycling and a solar-energy plant. International markets lining up Vivapolis is ready for export. It’s already present in Morocco, where public authorities hope to benefit from French know-how to develop a new city of Chrafate in the region of Tanger-Tetouan. “They requested assistance from the French to help them carry out this ambitious project,” adds Caroline Olivier. The same thing is true for Turkey, with the youngest population in Europe. Turkish authorities expect French companies to help them integrate this youthful population more effectively in a cityscape that is constantly growing. As for China, its gigantic projects require showing up with turnkey proposals. Over the past 10 years, France has already carried out more than 200 projects in approximately fifty Chinese cities. Another highlight is the French eco-quarter that is going to be built in the Tiexi district in Shenyang. Alstom and its joint-venture, Satée, won a deal amounting to € 75 Million to provide locomotives for 550 wagons on Subway Lines 3 and 4 in Chengdu, the 5 th largest city in China. For Caroline Olivier, “Vivapolis involves a large number of French companies working on sustainable cities,” responding to key issues in urbanization for emerging countries as well as for renewal of major cosmopolitan areas worldwide. The latest scoop for Vivapolis ? France is getting cutting-edge, using state of the art technologies, proposing 3D simulations for these international projects to allow deciders to visualize different possibilities for a quarter or city. These virtual scale models showcase all of Vivapolis’ partners and their specializations. It is now being tested for initiatives in Astana and Santiago in Chile.

15th annual Symposium of the French Renewable Energy Association

Rafizah MAZLAN - 06-janv.-2014 08:02:54
The SER (French Renewable Energy Association)  symposium is where the country gauges political commitment to the renewable energy field. A number of crucial decisions affecting the future of our sectors are announced at the event. Study results, surveys and experience feed into the development of the different industries. Political positions are affirmed and involve the market’s future. From the start, SER symposia have tackled strategic subjects for the sector’s future and made them the focus of debate. The next event will take place on Thursday 6 February 2014, just before the French parliament discusses the draft law on energy transition. Each year, more than a thousand participants attend the event, which is placed under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic and consistently supported by ADEME and the major French energy companies, ALSTOM, AREVA, EDF EN, GDF SUEZ, TOTAL, DALKIA… To register click  HERE To have a look at the program, click  HERE  They have confirmed their presence : Claude BARTOLONE, President of the french National Assembly, Laurent FABIUS, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arnaud MONTEBOURG, Minister of Industrial Renewal,  Philippe MARTIN, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy,  Pascal CANFIN, Deputy Minister for Development,  Edward DAVEY, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom,  Andrew GARRAD, President of EWEA,  Jean JOUZEL, climatologist and member of the IPCC...   

4th edition of the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2013

Caroline Pelaez-Hue - 29-oct.-2013 11:33:18
The Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) has organized the 4 th edition of IGEM which took place on 10 -13 October 2013 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia . The French Pavilion, organized by the FRENCH TRADE COMMISSION - UBIFRANCE under the European Pavilion, in partnership with the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was led by French World Group ALSTOM and has gathered 4 SMEs coming especially from France (Leosphere, Hocer, CTP Environment and Someflu), all experts in innovative solutions for green and sustainable development.   Throughout these 4 days, the French companies have been able to meet extensively with local decision makers and professionals through proactive BtoB sessions organized by UBIFRANCE team, allowing them to promote their expertise and showcase their products and solutions to Malaysian partners.   This French Pavilion has received the active support of H.E. Mrs. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France in Malaysia, and has been graces by the many official visits, including the Minister of KeTTHA and the the Prime Minister of Malaysia ( ) .   Once again, the 2013 IGEM edition has been a big hit for the French participants!

Malaysian-French Seminar on Railways and Public Transport

Magali Voisin-Ratelle - 10-mai-2012 09:10:08
A Malaysian-French Seminar on Railways and Public Transport organised by UBIFRANCE, French Trade Commission in Malaysia in partnership with the Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), have attracted much interest from the Malaysian public and private sector, which had mobilized senior level officials to attend the presentations and discussions: SPAD, MRT Co., Prasarana, KTMB, RapidKL, Scomi, MMC Gamuda, etc. The delegation of French companies highlighted the excellent skills of its rail and urban transport sector, which included the engineering technical aspects, track laying, maintenance, security, etc. Nine French companies, many of which have already started their current successful business in Malaysia, comprised of: ALCATEL-LUCENT, ALSTOM TRANSPORT, CATU S.A, COLAS RAIL, EGIS RAIL, ETF Eurovia Travaux Ferroviaires, SYSTRA, THALES, and VOSSLOH COGIFER. This event is a continuation of similar meetings held in Singapore the day before. For reference, Malaysia has embarked on numerous projects and urban rail line as part of its program of economic transformation. The country is preparing a complete restructure of public transport of Grand Kuala Lumpur, including among others 2 extensions and 3 new subway lines (100 stations for 150 km, for an approximate total amount of 10 billion €). In addition, the renovation and a second track of its national rail network should be completed around 2015 and the creation of a new high speed line is being seriously studied to connect Kuala Lumpur to the Malaysian border with Singapore.

French company Alstom will deliver a 1000 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant at Tanjung Bin, Malaysia

Arnaud DUPUIS - 24-févr.-2012 03:32:58
Alstom and its consortium partners have signed a contract worth globally over €1 billion with Tanjung Bin Energy Issuer Bhd , the wholly owned subsidiary of Malakoff Corporation Berhad, to provide a 1000 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant at Tanjung Bin, Johor, Malaysia. Alstom’s share in this contract amounts to €830 million. Alstom will supply all key power generation equipment and will be in charge of the overall engineering, project management and commissioning. Alstom will execute the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract together with its consortium partners Mudajaya and Shin Eversendai. Alstom will engineer, supply, construct and commission the 1000 MW supercritical steam turbine and generator, the supercritical boiler, power plant auxiliaries such as mills and air-preheaters as well as proprietary environmental control systems. The emissions at the plant will be significantly reduced through the use of low NOx burners, a highly efficient seawater flue gas desulphurisation facility and Fabric Filters to lower nitrous oxide, sulphur oxide and dust emissions. Additionally, Alstom will also supply and install its latest ALSPA® Series 6 Distributed Control System. Supercritical power plants operate at a higher temperature than regular coal-fired power plants. The high temperature improves their efficiency, increasing the amount of power output and decreasing emissions, particularly CO2 per unit of fuel burned. The Tanjung Bin power plant is to be commissioned in 2016. Combined with the new Manjung power plant also being constructed by Alstom and due to come online in 2015, the power plants will jointly provide an additional capacity of 2000 MW for Peninsular Malaysia. The Tanjung Bin power plant is Alstom’s second contract for a supercritical coal-fired unit in Malaysia, following the order to build the 1000 MW Manjung power plant in March 2011. Andreas Lusch, Senior Vice President of Alstom’s Steam business said that “ This success, following close on the heels of the contract to build the Manjung power plant, is a reinforcement of our Malaysian customers’ confidence in our supercritical technology as well as in our execution capabilities. Our market-leading technology will deliver additional capacity, while at the same time substantially reducing emissions, thus delivering cheaper, cleaner power to Malaysian consumers and businesses.” This contract further strengthens Alstom’s position as the largest original equipment manufacturer in Malaysia, having supplied key equipment for nearly 7.5 GW of the installed power generation capacity of the country. This includes the engineering, procurement and construction of the Malakoff owned 1,300 MW Segari and 650MW GB3 combined cycle power plants in Lumut, and the 3 x 700 MW coal fired plant at Manjung. The air quality control equipment installed at the existing 3 x 700 MW coal-fired plant at Tanjung Bin and the 2 x 700 MW Jimah plant were also supplied by Alstom in the past. Source: Asltom Press Center

Alstom to promote clean power for environmental sustainability

Arnaud DUPUIS - 02-sept.-2011 08:19:56
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for awide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,500 people in around 100 countries, and had sales of over €20.9 billion in 2010/11. Press Contacts Jerome Bridon (Alstom Power) – Tél. +33 1 41 49 38 78 – , Websites   Source : Alstom     Beverly Ho (Alstom Power East Asia ) – Tél. +60 3 2055 6129 -   About Alstom   Alstom will participate in the upcoming International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia from 7 - 9 September 2011. The company will showcase its renewable and fossil technologies that complement Malaysia’s fivefuel policy, especially the increase of renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency targets.   To date, Alstom has steadily invested in developing its renewable power portfolio, applying its experience as world leader in hydropower (25% of global installed base) and 100 years of expertise in steam turbines to develop emerging renewable technologies such as ocean energy (tidal stream and wave technology), geothermal, biomass (dedicated co-firing), concentrated solar power (tower-type) and wind, both on-shore and off-shore. Additional Alstom Renewable enhancements include pumped storage for Hydro plants that can transform oversupply during off-peak hours into valuable peak energy or help even out load variations on power grid to balance the network. Recognising the importance of renewable energy, Alstom recently announced the creation of a new renewable power sector dedicated exclusively to this market. Alstom is currently executing two renewable energy projects in Malaysia – the 3 x 400 MW Bakun hydroelectric dam for Sarawak Hydro Sdn Bhd, and the 2 x 125 MW Hulu Terengganu hydroelectric dam for Tenaga Nasional Berhad. Bakun’s first unit successfully entered commercial operation on 5 August 2011, a milestone which adds another success to Alstom’s list of references in Malaysia. “In addition to hydropower, Malaysia has other renewable energy resources to consider. Alstom looks forward to continue being a key supporter to Malaysia’s renewable energy development and the country’s targets for a balanced energy mix through its extensive technology portfolio and global experience. For instance, the recently awarded 1,000 MW Manjung coal plant will use Alstom’s latest state of the art technology for higher efficiency and lower emissions,” said Saji Raghavan, Alstom Country President Malaysia. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of Alstom, a benchmark across all its sectors. Growing energy needs, the race for low carbon energy mix and strong constraints on primary resources, results in network complexity and need for energy efficiency. The continuous innovations of Alstom Grid from Smart and Super grid solutions to renewable energy integration in emerging eco-cities address these needs, including Grid synergy for Power (Thermal and Renewable) and Transport. Alstom Transport has for 20 years placed environmental preservation at the heart of its development strategy and is creating the conditions necessary for the emergence of real sustainable mobility. This commitment implies the setting up of an “eco-protective” lifecycle for products (98% of materials used are easily recyclable) ; optimal use of energy for lower consumption thanks to lightening of trains and more efficient traction systems; the will to reduce the impact of trains on the environment in terms of footprint, noise pollution and particulate emission. In Malaysia, Alstom has established a commitment of 40 years with strong project references and a staff force of 800 employees who also serve the Asian Region.  
Welcome to the French Trade Commission – Business France office in Malaysia! “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.” As a member of the French diplomatic network in Malaysia, Business France’s three missions are: - Fostering export growth by French businesses. - Promoting and facilitating international investment in France.


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