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France remains a top country for investors

Magalie Fièvre - 29-mai-2017 10:02:44

The freshly released EY’s annual survey about the attractiveness of the European countries shows that France is a hot spot for FDI : • In 2016, France remains ranked 3rd in Europe in matter of the number of establishment creating jobs, with 779 projects. • France has held for over 15 years the 1st place in terms of receiving industrial establishment in Europe. • France is the 3rd best country in the world regarding the reception of Research and Development establishment. • According to EY’s Barometer, the improvement of the economic picture is becoming confirmed. Innovation is from now on the 1st competitive advantage of France. • France’s policy of promoting its economic picture is recognized. Find out more in the EY’s Attractiveness Survey https://go.ey.com/2qakfku


Launching the “Welcome to France – Helping you to settle in” service

Magalie Fièvre - 08-mai-2017 14:51:55

  The " Welcome to France " site, launched by Business France in februar 2017, is aimed at those who wish to set up business in France or move back to the country for their professional career.   This website offers a single service point for international talents, providing all the necessary information and details on administrative formalities to make for a smooth and successful move to France. This service provides customised assistance for all candidates seeking expatriation to the country.   Business France is setting up an information service for international talents and their families, who have moved for professional reasons. The Welcome to France site is designed to guide you through the various steps required for your expatriation to France. "Welcome to France" is a useful source of information for international talents and their families when dealing with the following administrative formalities:   - Visa, residence permit and work permit requirements   - Taxation   - Social protection   - Practical aspects of daily life: schools, finding accommodation, etc.   “Welcome to France”, a service to assist international talents in their move to France,   Potential expatriation candidates to France can contact the Welcome Office with any questions at any time via an online request form. They will receive an initial reply within three working days. Visit: www.welcometofrance.com  


Norske investeringer i Frankrike fortsatt høye i 2016

Magali VOISIN-RATELLE - 24-mars-2017 12:07:50

  I 2016 resulterte totalt syv norske investeringer i 166 nye eller opprettholdte stillinger i Frankrike. Disse investeringene var hovedsakelig rettet mot beslutningssentre i tillegg til industri - og produksjonsprosjekter. Selskapet Sapa Profiles, datterselskap til Orkla ASA, spesialist på innovative aluminiums løsninger, har investert to millioner euro for å utvid e selskapets fabrikk i Albi-Le Garric, i Occitanie-regionen.   Denne investeringen vil kunne resultere i av et tjuetalls nye arbeidsplasser. Sapa forblir den st ø rste norske arbeidsgiveren i Frankrike, med over 2 000 medarbeidere. Den franske filialen av Norske Skogindustrier AS, en av verdens ledende bedrifter innen produksjon av publikasjonspapir, har investert 7,1 millioner euro i et produksjonsanlegg for biogass i Golbey i nordøst i Frankrike. Investeringen ble gjort i samarbeid med Bio méthodes, datterselskap til det amerikanske selskapet Arbiom, som utvikler ny teknologi for bioraffinerier. «I dag ansetter norske selskaper mer enn 4 000 arbeidstakere p å fransk territorium. Frankrikes gode plassering hva gjelder norske bedrifters investeringsbeslutninger reflekterer en global trend, frukten av kontinuerlig reform- og forbedringsarbeid for å fremme landets attraktivitet (arbeidsmarkedsreform, gode forhold for utenlandske arbeidstakere, fleksible investeringsbetingelser, skattekutt..)» , sier Jean-François Dobelle, Frankrikes ambassadør til Norge. I 2016 ble det gjennomført 643 planlagte utenlandske investeringer, st ø ttet av Business France med lokale samarbeidspartnere (en økning fra 522 i 2015). De norske bedriftenes gode resultater føyer seg inn i bildet av Frankrikes som en stadig mer attraktiv destinasjon. I 2016 ble 1117 nye utenlandske investeringsbeslutninger foretatt i Frankrike, en ø kning p å 16 % fra 2015, med 30 108 nyetablerte arbeidsplasser.  


Intro Bourgogne Franche Comté

Amelie Argenti - 04-févr.-2016 16:20:09

Intro Bourgogne Franche Comté


France in focus: ALPC’s large renewable energy sector

Amelie Argent - 29-janv.-2016 18:34:48

The ALPC region is an already well established and equipped area for companies in the renewable energy sector. The region has developed infrastructures and development projects in several important renewable energy sectors: -  Solar power : In Cestas, close to Bordeaux the ALPC region is host to the largest solar power complex in Europe, the size of over 300 football pitches. It contains 25 plants with a capacity of 300 megawatts. This has resulted in fast expansion of the sector and the cluster,  SYSOLIA rapidly growing and including new innovative groups and companies. -  Wind power : With over 34 wind farms and  376 megawatts produced annually, wind power is another highly developed area with lots of potential in the ALPC region. Hundreds of manufacturing, engineering, maintenance and R&D facilities have been developed in the region to meet the demand and investments pouring into the area. -  Biomass : This is a growing sector with projects using second generation biomass processes to produce energy such as ethanol. ALPC is well equipped in natural resources (wood, maize etc) and is able to accommodate numerous companies in the sector. -  Geosciences : France’s sole cluster in geosciences is located in the ALPC region.  AVENIA assembles numerous companies and large groups seeking to responsibly handle fossil fuels, storage of CO2 and industrial geothermal energy. There are numerous companies that can be highlighted for the purposes of article, three have been selected: VALOREM  was created in 1994 and quickly became a market leader in the green energy sector. With its head office in Bègles, ALCP, the group has extensive projects throughout France, and in parts of Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, offering services ranging from feasibility studies and assessments through to project development, construction and maintenance. Since its creation, VALOREM has created over 43 windfarms, installed 240 wind turbines and connected 500 megawatts. The company is continuously developing new projects and has a few underway in the nordic countries. FONROCHE ENERGIE   is a global green energy player with its headquarters in Roquefort, ALPC. The group was founded in 2008 and grew quickly to produce revenues of 200 million EUR and employ 190 people. FONROCHE offers clean energy solutions, specializing in solar (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems), biogas, geothermal and off-grid lighting systems. The group handles all levels of the project from sourcing to design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.  FONROCHE is today present in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.  HYD&AU is a national leader in the industrial and mobile hydraulics sector in France. The group has also expanded its services and developed numerous partnerships with operators and manufacturers of wind turbines to offer a range of services from supplying spare parts to maintenance and repair.  HYD&AU has 18 sites in Europe and in Africa. With their headquarters located in Vayres in the ALPC region, the group today employs over 300 people and has a global turnover of over 54 million EUR. For further information on the renewable energy sector in the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou Charentes region do not hesitate to contact Amelie Argenti, amelie.argenti(@)businessfrance.fr  


France in focus: Nordic companies in the ALPC region

Amelie Argenti - 29-janv.-2016 18:34:20

The Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes region is vast and rich in resources and solutions not only for local French companies, but also for the numerous international groups and organizations that set up in the area.  The region boasts of sub-surface resources from groundwater, limestone, oil & gas, to thermal springs, but also industrial complexes, clusters & centres of excellence, and high-tech facilities able to accommodate a range of organisations. Of note also is that ALPC has devoted an important part of their budget to innovation and R&D projects in the region. Over the years an increasing number of companies from the Nordic countries have bought, invested in or otherwise established themselves in the ALPC region. The sectors covered range from construction to pharmaceutical development, paper production and retail to name a few.        A selection of the Nordic companies and their activities in the ALPC region are included below: Yara International ASA , originally Hydro Norsk, was created in 1905 in Norway. The group specializes in agricultural products and environmental protection agents and is the leading provider of sustainable crop nutrition solutions. Yara has an annual turnover of around 15 billion USD and over 12 000 employees globally. The group has several facilities in France including the site in Pardies in the ALPC region, created in 1986 with the acquisition of AZOLACQ. The totally integrated plant is part of a large industrial complex and as Yara themselves illustrate the location is near the Spanish border and well served by daily flights, a speedways network, and connected to the national railway grid.   The Danish company Ambu is specialized in diagnostic and life-supporting procedures ranging from anesthesia to patient monitoring and emergency care devices. The company was created in 1937 and is today fully operational on a global scale, with exports accounting for over 98% of their sales. Ambu has an annual turnover of around 300 million USD and over 2200 employees globally, of which 29 are based in France. As part of the group’s strategy, activities on several markets were concentrated on one sole location per country. The French subsidiary Ambu SARL has been based in beautiful Bordeaux since 1988.     Stora Enso is a Finnish company with expertise in the biomaterials, paper, packaging industry, and wood products sectors. The group has a massive production capacity with 7,1 million tonnes of paper, million tonnes of board, 1.3 billion square metres of corrugated packaging and 5.6 million cubic metres of sawn wood . Stora Enso has over 26 000 employees in more than 35 countries and presented a result in 2014 of 11.4 billion USD in revenue. Stora Enso Bois in France has set up in two distribution centres, one of which is Rochefort in ALPC. Emphasis has been placed on product development, IT- and e-business development. Capio Group is a Swedish healthcare provider founded in 1994 operating in Sweden, Norway, Germany and France. The group offers a range of healthcare solutions through its hospitals, primary care facilities and specialist clinics. In 2014 Capio’s more than 12 000 employees treated 4, 6 million patients across the four countries. The French branch of the group represented the second-largest segment by net sales and number of patients visits in 2014 and employs over 5000 people in the country. Capio France was created in 2002 and has since established eight emergency hospitals, twelve local hospitals and three specialist clinics primarily for rehabilitation and psychiatry. The most recent opening in 2015 of the Belharra clinic in Bayonne will be able to accommodate around 50 000 patients a year and represents an investment of 80 million EUR by Capio in the region. For further information on the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes region or Nordic companies and investments there, please contact Amelie Argenti, Amelie.argenti(@)businessfrance.fr  


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