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Sustainable city: the 3D-demonstrator Astainable®

Kim Hwa KHOO - 30-oct.-2015 03:13:30
The winner of the call for projects issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Treasury Department (DGT) in 2014, the consortium of Eiffage, Egis and Engie presented on Monday, October 19, the urban design digital tool "Astainable®" aimed at the export of the French knowhow in sustainable city development under the Vivapolis brand. Based on the 3D-model of the city of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Astainable® digital tool displays a wide range of the French solutions adapted to the needs of the city and contributing to reducing the ecological footprint while considering all the peculiarities of the local territory. Astainable® incorporates 350 French technical, industrial or engineering solutions in the areas, such as ecological transport, energy, smart city, responsible water and waste management and sustainable construction.     The pressure on sustainable city can be explained by three urgent needs: - environmental, as a consequence of global rapid urbanization with an additional 2.5 billion citizen dwellers by 2050 ; - social, derived from the urban migration triggered by the economic growth; - economic, which requires to build faster and cheaper.

L’Oréal to start 3D-printing skin

BioSpectrum, June 2015 - 22-juil.-2015 04:53:06
France-based cosmetic giant LOréal has joined hands with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin. Organovo, specializes in 3D-printing human organs and tissue and has partnered with many pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions in the past. LOréal said in its press release that the 3D printed skin will be used for new product testing, to ensure safety of products. LOréal currently grows skin samples from tissues donated by plastic surgery patients.

Petronas to scale down exploration

Caroline PELAEZ-HUE - 19-mai-2015 10:10:39
PETRONAS is scaling down its exploration activities by June in view of the soft crude oil prices, while maintaining its current production level. Petronas will be scaling down its exploration activities. Many companies who are involved in drilling have been notified that it (Petronas) will stop drilling activities come June this year. Petronas will not retract current jobs that are contracted with the national oil firm, but it will not start any new drilling jobs for the time being. In February, The Edge Financial Daily reported that Petronas was likely to postpone the second phase of the Balai Cluster marginal field risk service contract until crude oil prices recover to above US$80 (RM287.20) per barrel.  As at last Friday, Brent crude was trading at US$65 per barrel while Tapis was at US$71 per barrel. If the exploration halt drags on for long, it will be a major concern for drilling companies with assets nearing contract expiration, as well as those who have new assets under construction that are almost completed but yet to be contracted. Drllers like drillers like UMW Oil & Gas Corp Bhd (UMW-OG) , Perisai Petroleum Teknologi Bhd  or other oilfield service providers such as Scomi Energy Services Bhd , Deleum Bhd and Uzma Bhd may see a spillover effect from a scale-down in exploration activities.

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.

7 French companies on the EU Pavilion at IGEM 2012 in Kuala Lumpur

Zehra ABBAS - 29-oct.-2012 07:30:48
The third edition of the regional environment and green tech exhibition, IGEM, was held from 10 th to 13 th October at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. For the occasion, UBIFRANCE with EUMCCI ( European Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), had organized a French area under the European one, gathering 7 companies and 1 association, coming from both French metropolis and   French overseas territories (from New-Caledonia and La Réunion), specialized in various sectors such as chemicals, green IT, renewable energies and waste management. Ideally located,  the French Pavilion attracted both Malaysian Prime Minister and Energy, Water and Green Technology (KeTTHA) Minister’s attention - during the visit of Madame Martine Dorance, the French Ambassador. This pavilion had the largest media coverage in the local press (i.e. Malaysia can be a green model ).   More than a significant visibility on the  exhibition and the medias, the French companies and organizations have met, thanks to BtoB personalized  programme set by French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE Malaysia and Singapore, with both public and private local renewable energies and green-tech key players. Some of them might conclude business deals in the coming weeks…

Meeting with French companies - Ports Sector

Girija MENON - 03-oct.-2011 14:17:11
The French Trade Commission-Ubifrance Malaysia organised a Discovery Mission on Ports the 28th & 29th of September last which saw the participation of 8 French companies. On the 28 th , the event was held at the premises of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Gelang Patah with presentations from Johore Port Authority, Johor Port and PTP. The Malaysian audience consisted of relevant persons from the procurement, operations, HSE, corporate communications and business development. Towards the end of the afternoon, a visit to the PTP and Iskandar were organized.   On the 29 th , the event was organized at Hotel Selesa by Tanjung Langsat Port (TLP).  This venue was chosen as this particular hotel is under the auspice of Johore Corporation which is the parent company of TLP as well. This was followed by visits to TLP and Johor Port which are close to one another.   The following French participants got the opportunity to present their know how and expertise during these 2 days :   - Novalog : consultant/advisor to companies and research teams for their projects of R&D and innovation to increase their competitiveness (eg. labellisation and financing of projects, matching with research team experts in relevant fields: safety security, traceability, sustainable development) - Schneider Electric : Specialist in energy distribution capable of providing power management systems in the maritime sector, specifically onshore power systems for specific types of voltage. - CETMEF : French Institute for Inland and Maritime Waterways under the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development in research and development, engineering and methodology and technical supervision (managing programmes) with  five areas of expertise: port engineering, maritime and inland navigation safety, river engineering, coastal engineering, sea and river telecommunications. - Cubisystems :  Modular pontoons to create innovative floating solutions with a wide range of applications including harbor equipment and marinas - MGI : A team of  “infologisticiens” (logistics – IT experts) - Dassault Systèmes : a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions - AFNET : non-profit organisation which is known for its competecies in fields related to the interconnection of organizations (companies, government bodies) by means of electronic services - Université du Havre : In collaboration with Nov@log, this university will focus on the Axe Seine and mobilize the forces of the logistic research, thanks to an emphasizing of the interactions of socio-economico domains with technological fields, and to high level education and a transfer to the economic actors through a “market pull” logic.    This mission gave to the French participants a global view of Johore’s existing port facilities and its big development projects.   For further information, please contact: girija.menon@ubifrance.fr  
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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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