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France in focus: the high-flying aerospace industry in ALPC

Amelie Argenti - 29-janv.-2016 18:33:57
Few regions in the world can truly boast of such a dynamic aerospace sector as Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (ALPC). The region has a long history in the aerospace industry which has resulted in it positioning itself as a global leader and reference point in several subsectors of the field. Key figures of this sector in ALPC include: - 700 active companies - 40 000 jobs in the sector - 4 billion EUR in revenue Areas in which the region is a world leader include: turbines for helicopters, top of the range corporate jets, landing and braking systems, launch vehicles and propulsion and deterrent weapon systems to name a few. As a result of this know-how two important clusters have been created in the region. The first, Aerospace Valley  was created in 2005 through the close collaboration between the Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyrenees regions, and represents roughly one third of Frances aerospace workforce. The cluster has received funding for 450 R&D projects, representing 1.1 billion Euros. The second cluster AEROTEAM  situated in the Poitou-Charentes area was created in 2008 and has diligently promoted the partnerships, R&D and collaborations in the area. With over 150 companies in Poitou-Charentes, including large groups such as Thales, Zodiac Aerospace and Dassault Aviation, the merger with the Aquitaine region has created one of the largest gatherings of companies in the aeronautics industry. With such a large and specialized aerospace sector, it was a little tough to select just 3 companies to profile in this article. Nevertheless a selection was made, so we begin with the giant: Airbus. Airbus Defense and Space , part of the Airbus employs over 14 000 people and has a revenue of 14 billion EUR globally. The group has wide ranging expertise developing technology and programs for everything from defense and security to telecommunications and manned space missions. The site in Aquitaine was built in the 1960s and is made up of 70 000 m² of offices and workshops. It specializes in subassemblies, high-performance filament-wound and woven structures, thermal protection, atmospheric re-entry systems and complex testing. Dassault Aviation  has 4 sites in the ALPC region and over 2900 employees, almost a quarter of the groups global workforce of 11 700. The group produces falcon jets and military aircrafts and created the famous Mirage jets series. There is currently a partnership with northern Europe for the Dassault group in the form of the established collaboration with Swedish Saab AB as well as EADS in the creation of the nEUROn, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle. Zodiac aerospace founded in 1896, has been active in the sector for over 100 years with its earliest designs focusing on hot-air balloons and airplanes. Today the group’s activities are focused in three core segments: comfort and life on board aircraft, onboard systems, and safety on the ground and in-flight. With over 100 sites and a global workforce of over 30,000 people, the group retains an important presence in France and has five sites in the ALPC region alone. For further information on the aerospace industry in the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes area, or to come into contact with the region to explore collaboration opportunities please contacte Amelie Argenti, amelie.argenti@businessfrance.fr Picture courtesy of Invest in Aquitaine

France in focus: ALPC textile design

Amelie Argenti - 27-janv.-2016 19:50:45
With the flurry of decoration, lifestyle and design fairs currently being held, Formex, and on the horizon, Formland & Oslo Design Fair, in the Nordic countries, and in conjunction with Maison & Objet in Paris, we will take a closer look at some of the decoration and design companies form the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (ALPC) region. There are of course numerous businesses in the region with wonderful products and a claim in the sector, but we will take a closer look at three companies located in the Basque country and specialized in textiles. The Basque country has a long history of weaving and textile production – historically it was an agricultural practice: in order protect the cattle from the sun during plowing and harvest seasons, a woven cover, called Saïal, was placed on the animals. Each Saïal had seven stripes woven into them representing the seven Basque Provinces. The practice evolved and the region now has a rich history in the production of linens ranging from table cloth to tea towels and numerous textiles in between.                                                                                             Images courtesy of Tissage Moutet The family business, Tissage Moutet , has been using tradition Basque weaving techniques since 1919. The company, located in Orthez, is a certified “Living Heritage Company” and has maintained traditional practices while modernizing their design and production, and prides itself on its innovation through style approach in the creation of their linen. With collections ranging from table and kitchen linens, homeware & decoration, and hospitality & restauration the group has a wide range of products to satisfy their growing national and international clients. Moutet exports to several countries around the world including Denmark and Finland!                                                                                Images courtesy of Creations Jean Vier Another Basque company in the textiles sector is Creations Jean Vier , a company with a 30 year history in the industry. The company produces a wide variety of table linen, bathroom linen and home furnishings, naming all their collections after Basque villages and towns (St Jean de Luz, Espelette, Biarritz, Sara, Arnaga, Abadia, Bilbao, etc.) or traditional Basque pastimes and traditions, Txilin Txalan (a children’s game), Aria le fil or Saïal.                                                                                                   Images courtesy of ARTIGA The last company we will look at in this article is ARTIGA ,  located in the town of Magescq. This company was created in 1999 and has since then gone from strength to strength, from opening their first store in 2001 to delivering an order of 5500 “sailor bags” for the G20 summit in 2011. Today, ARTIGA has 8 stores in France and is expanding internationally. With collections of bath towels, table linens, pillows and accessories, this company has no shortage of bright colourful Basque inspired products.  For more information on any of the companies featured, do not hesitate to contact Amelie Argenti, amelie.argenti(@)businessfrance.fr  

France in focus: The new region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes

Ulrikke Ørnholt - 22-janv.-2016 11:03:01
Since the first of January 2016, the 22 regions of France have become 13. Every month we will take a closer look at the new territories and explore the vast richness and diversity that each region presents, as well as the links many of the regions have with the Nordic countries.   First up, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes: This large new region in the southwest of the country covers 84,061km2 which represents approximately 1/8 of France. The territory has several large cities including Bordeaux, Bayonne, Limoges, Poitiers, Pau and La Rochelle and totals 5,8 million inhabitants (similar to Denmark, Finland or Norway). In terms of its economy, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes has a large agricultural sector, representing 9.4 billion euros in revenue. Naturally its expertise and know-how in viticulture is renowned (Bordeaux and Cognac), but the region also has numerous gastronomic delicacies and goods and boasts of the highest number of entities with labels of excellence in France (155).   (photos courtesy of :  http://laregion-alpc.fr/  ) Of note also are the regions’ globally renowned clusters and centres of excellence within the aerospace industry (Aeroteam and Aerospace Valley), home to companies such as Airbus which we will be taking a closer look at in a later article. The aerospace sector counts 700 companies and employs 40 000 people resulting in a revenue of 4 billion euros. Tourism is another important contributor to the territory’s economy, unsurprisingly, with its beautiful ranges from the sea to the mountains, bringing 12,2 billion euros. Numerous other sectors also benefit from the know-how and production sites in the region including the pharmaceutical, marine and wood industries, green and renewable energies, ceramics, and textiles to name a few. Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes is also an important region for innovation and research with five universities, several Grandes Ecoles and numerous important clusters. Over the coming weeks several of the regions’ industries and specialties will be highlighted and explored. Should you want any specific information about the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes region do not hesitate to contact Amelie Argenti: amelie.argenti@businessfrance.fr
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