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Colas Rail won Malaysia MRT2 package

Kim Hwa KHOO - 05-juil.-2016 09:28:19
MRT Corp has awarded the system work package SY205 of MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line (MRT2) to Colas Rail Consortium. The RM 693.03 million (152.46 million euro) package includes the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of power supply and distribution system. The decision was made following a One-Stop Procurement Committee Meeting (OSPC) chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak. Meanwhile, the system work page of commercial telecom and information technology has been awarded to local company Sapura – EVD Consortium, while another local company SN Akmida Holding Sdn Bhd has won the construction of Sungai Besi Police Quarters.   To be able to win the bidding process, foreign companies need to prove in their tender that they have created joint venture with local company, with the weightage of work undertaken by the local company to be no less than 30%.  MRT requires local companies to participate actively in the MRT Project to further encourage knowledge transfer into Malaysian economy .

LRT3 Tender – Pre-qualification of applicants for design and build for systems works package contractors is opened

Kim Hwa KHOO - 07-déc.-2015 07:36:49
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, the project owner of the Light Rail Transit Line 3 (LRT3) which connects Bandar Utama to Johan Setia, has issued a tender for the pre-qualification of applicants for design and build for systems works package contractors. For local and foreign contractors, 7 pre-qualification packages are opened for bid: 1) Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) 2) Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) 3) Telecommunication & System Integrator 4) Trackworks & Conductor Power Rail System 5) Depot Equipment + Track Maintenance Vehicles 6) Power Supply & Distribution System (PSDS) + Power Scada 7) Signalling & Train Control System Platform Screen Doors (PSD) & Intrusion Preventive System (IPS) The pre-qualification document could be purchased from 10 December 2015 until 22 December 2015, and the submission will be closed on 18 February 2016. The detail of the tender is available on Prasarana’s website: http://www.myrapid.com.my/sites/default/files/tenders/01122015_pre-q_eng.pdf

COMOS EV car-sharing program to launch in August – rent a Twizy, Zoe or Leaf in KL, by the hour

Caroline Pelaez-Hue - 08-sept.-2014 12:02:37
Beginning from August, Klang Valley residents will be able to rent electric vehicles on an hourly basis thanks to the country’s first EV car sharing program, called Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS) . Three models will be available: the Nissan Leaf , Renault Zoe and Renault Twizy. The initiative, which is also the first of its kind in the ASEAN region, is a private/public partnership between CMS Consortium, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia). Private company CMS Consortium operates under the care of NADI Manufacturing, which is controlled by Proton’s ex-chairman Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh. Ex-Proton MD Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin, meanwhile, is COMOS’ executive chairman. At the beginning, a total of 30-40 EV units will be made available in KL. In November, operation is set to expand to Langkawi, with around 25 EVs. As for public charging stations, 60 locations will be introduced in line with the program’s introduction this year. The network will make its way to Penang, Melaka and Johor Bahru as the phases unfold. Eventually, the aim is have 3,500 EVs in the COMOS loop nationwide by 2020. Travelling beyond the range scope of a single charge will also be a possibility – there are plans to have EV charging stations at every R&R along the North-South highway by the fifth year of the program. In essence, COMOS is set to provide a complete run of E-Mobility services by integrating various parts of the EV ecosystem, including EV users, charging providers, fleet/parking management operators and telecommunication network associates. Initial capital for the project is RM5-7 million. COMOS is an open system, which means that any OEM can participate in the program, subject to meeting COMOS’ standard requirements – the three vehicles in the first phase of the program aren’t likely to be the only models equipping the fleet down the line. A quick aside on the topic of parking space, which is a likely issue to develop in downtown KL – Syed Zainal said that the project was working with DBKL on that particular element; the idea is that every car should have double that number in terms of parking spaces, so for starters there should be 120 plots for the initial phase of the program. Current EV owners will be able to utilize the charging stations; they’ll have to sign up for a COMOS membership and pay for charging, of course. Concerning the rental process: first, you’ll have to sign up as a COMOS member (you can choose to go annual, or weekly, for membership), and in order to rent an EV, you’ll simply need to make a booking for it online through a mobile app. A grace period of around 20-30 minutes will be given for the reservation, at which point no one else can book the selected vehicle. Once at the particular COMOS station, the user simply ‘checks in’ to pick up the key for the vehicle, before proceeding to tap a fleet card or scan a QR code on the Master Kiosk for authentication, after which one is good to go. The EV can be returned at any COMOS outlet, parked back at an appropriate EV parking bay and lined back to recharge. The rental rate is a ‘pay as you use’ type, working on an hourly basis. According to Syed Zainal, there’s no limit to how long you can choose to hold on to a vehicle. As for the hourly rate itself, he didn’t disclose the final sum, only saying that it would be “affordable, a little more than what it would cost you for a taxi.” The actual rate is set to be announced before the programme begins (sometime next month, it was said), and further details on the rental process and scope will also be fleshed out further.  

French cybersecurity firms increasingly successful in fast-growing market

Thomas SALZGEBER - 22-août-2014 12:40:17
  In 2013, there was a 12% year-on-year rise in cybersecurity attacks, with nearly 60% of them causing either brand damage or direct revenue loss to businesses. This, coupled with highly publicized commercial and government breaches of IT security, has increased the demand for cybersecurity services. French companies are strongly placed in this growing market and their advanced solutions are in demand.   The 12% year-on-year increase in cybersecurity attacks that affected businesses in 2013 (Source: IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index ), regrettable as it may be, translates into the fact that the IT-security sector is experiencing sustained growth in this segment of the market. High-profile cases, such as the cyber-attacks on US retail chain Target, have raised awareness among business executives.   While US-based and British companies dominate current business in this sector, client entities are looking for alternatives in order to alleviate their worries of government intrusion. In this respect, French specialist companies are a strong contender in the eyes of many professionals and executives working for SMEs and start-ups, but also at established, larger groups: these clients are leveraging the French know-how stemming from top R&D centres and universities.   In 2013, the French cybersecurity sector was valued at more than $2 billion. The French network-security sector offers a wide range of services, including B2B IT solutions meeting strategic challenges, and comprises many world champions such as Atos, Orange, Sogeti, Bull, Cassidian and the cybersecurity division at Thales.   Thanks to their advanced technical research laboratories, more particularly in cryptology and encryption, French players are recognized worldwide.   According to Thibaut Barde, UBIFRANCE’s Project Manager for Digital Trust & Cyber Security, “T he reason for cutting-edge technology [thriving in France] is the quality of French universities in the field of engineering, which is known globally.   Research laboratories associated with these universities train the best engineers of tomorrow.”     Secure IC SAS is a shining example of a company that has been working with top graduates having come out of the French educational system in order to become a thought leader in cybersecurity. Its platforms provide the highest level of security on a client entity’s embedded systems, preventing hacking and reverse engineering as well as protecting intellectual property and proprietary data. In 2013, Secure IC SAS won a Sesame Award for innovation in the manufacturing and testing of IT products.   French start-ups and SMEs have developed out of a strong domestic talent pool and many have decided to join forces under the HexaTrust label, which regroups 20 hi-tech SMEs that are keen to offer a co-ordinated, total service package to their clients.   T hese software vendors and integrators provide a full range of products and services dedicated to the protection of the critical infrastructure of businesses and institutions from cyber-attacks. The HexaTrust umbrella group’s portfolio of current and potential clients is diverse and growing, including businesses and public-sector agencies of all sizes.   Due to the dramatic increase in the level of sophistication and intensity of cyber-attacks, public- and private-sector investment in cybersecurity is growing fast and is expected to rise by nearly 10% per year between now and 2017. This trend illustrates the promising opportunities that exist for a large business looking for a new market, or for a dynamic SME scaling up a new product.   Thibaut Barde of UBIFRANCE Paris explains that, “France’s distance from recent scandals [involving the international and covert collection of data by various government agencies, as revealed in the media] is favourable for French players since awareness on the use of data takes place at a global level. This has helped to build the profile of the industry and has generated increasing concerns for [the security of] personal data, which is a real asset for the French in particular: it is important when it comes to ​​data-storage companies, among others.”   Many French companies in the sector are choosing to develop an international business outlook. French players have strong opportunities to seize in this market thanks to their technological expertise, combined with the diversity of products and services they can offer.   For further information about UBIFRANCE, please go to:   http://www.ubifrance.com/       Further information about French companies:   > Electronics and IT   > Telecommunications and Space

France shows the way to doing e-commerce!

Thomas SALZGEBER - 22-août-2014 12:20:51
We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013. With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe.   Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas! The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion of the year’s total results.   The Best in Class go international 15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe.   Cross-channel strategies Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways.   In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment.   The rules to play by With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site.     For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce sector:   > Electronics and IT > Telecommunications and Space > Trade and distribution > Services > Audiovisual content, Multimedia  

EADS Astrium’s designed & manufactured Measat-3B to be launched in mid-May

Rafizah MAZLAN - 20-févr.-2014 04:38:01
Measat Global Bhd will be launching its sixth satellite, the RM1.2 billion Measat-3B, in French Guiana, South America, in mid-May this year. As prime contractor for Measat-3B, EADS Astrium is responsible for the design and manufacture of the satellite, and the supply of both payload and platform. Measat-3B is built by EADS Astrium based on Eurostar 3000 platform. According to Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Measat-3B which covers Malaysia, Indonesia, South Asia and Australia will help to increase connectivity level up by between 10% to 20%, bridging the digital gaps in Malaysia. Currently, the connectivity level in Malaysia is around 65%, whereby rural areas still have limited access for communication. Measat-3B is a powerful satellite that will more than double the current Ku-Band capacity operated by Measat and allow the Malaysian operator to meet the increasing requirements of direct-to-home and telecommunications services in the region. Measat-3B is completed and being kept in France before it will be launch in May. Measat-3B is designed to have a launch mass of 5.8 tonnes, and electrical power of 16kW and is planned for an operational lifetime of over 15 years. For more details on the article, visit: http://themalaysianreserve.com/main/news/corporate-malaysia/5375-measat-3b-to-be-launched-in-mid-may   Source: Malaysian Reserve  

French company inauguration : ALTRAN opens a Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur

Zehra ABBAS - 20-févr.-2013 08:13:44
As part of the growth strategy to develop new business opportunities in Asia, Philippe Salle Chairman and Chief Executive of the Altran group has inaugurated on Febuary, 19th, the new regional office in Kuala Lumpur. Deputy International Trade, Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and the Ambassador of France Martine Dorance were specially present for this French company inauguration. With 30 years of experience in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, Altran has decided to set up an office in Malaysia where a young and growing population with increasing income in the SEA region has already attracted more multinational companies. Most of key players in the aerospace have now established operations to serve the growing demand. Malaysia is home to all of Altran’s significant technology solutions - Aviation, Healthcare, Telecoms and Transportation and delivering solutions to support Malaysia’s local infrastructure. The stage is set to transform Malaysia into a leading global economy with high value engineers and innovation.  Source :  The Star and EIN News
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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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