French aeronautical industry

LONCHAMBON Romain - 08-oct.-2015 10:53:12
  Airbus, headquartered in the French city of Toulouse, projects that the global number of in service passenger aircrafts will double by 2033, to 31,400. The usual suspects can explain this rise in demand: change in demographics in developing economies, and tastes and preferences of their emerging middle class. Who will benefit from this near certain doubling of the market? Certainly one of the strongest cases comes from Airbus and the rest of the 3,000 French companies working in the field of aerospace.       More than Airbus     The European aviation industry, the production, maintenance and support of civil aircraft, is currently second largest in the world following the US’s Boeing led sector. It is undeniably integral to France in producing jobs and growth, as it is the largest foreign looking sector with 22 billion euros in net exports. Many SMEs depend and service Airbus and these will directly benefit from the impending expansion of the giant’s aircraft deliveries, as for the A320 for example, rising from 42 to the target of 50 planes per month.       Aside Airbus’s presence, there are many smaller companies that have succeeded independently and are capturing attention abroad. For example, Mapaero produces paint for airplane interiors and exteriors, such as for aircraft’s wheels. They rapidly acquire new airlines as clients, the company being particularly innovative as its products are in line with recent EU regulations restricting chemicals in paint. The company’s attempts to limit impact on environment will also secure it a bright future.       Ready for Take Off       The French aviation industry is currently well diversified, mature and a world leader. What are its prospects for the future? It seems hard for things to get better, but it certainly looks this way. Brice Robin, Ubifrance’s project head explains that the industry is not lingering on its current successes: “Yes, over the last 100 years France has a history with aviation. This however is never enough, and we have to look to innovation for the future. For example French companies spend an average of 14% of their revenues on R&D.”       Innovation is incredibly important for France to extend its advantage in a market that requires the utmost quality in order to ensure the security and longevity of its very expensive products to its prospective clients. Mr. Robin adds that there is an industry pressure for firms to “deliver faster, perfect parts with high level of quality, and better products with new technology, such as lower weight.”       There are competitors arising in developing markets such as Brazil, China and Russia. However, they are likely to have difficulty in competing with France’s knowhow and completeness of services.   Mr. Robin explains, as an example, that the French maintenance’s market provides a one-stop shop for clients and this reduces costs as well as being convenient: “Today buyers don’t only look at the cost of aircraft, but also the maintenance and all else surrounding the aircraft since they will keep the aircraft for 25 to 35 years. They will also be renovating the aircraft interior every 5 to 10 years.” An airline doing business in France will not only purchase from Airbus but also look to other French companies, some located as near as the Toulouse metropolitan area, that provide maintenance and other support in usage such as refurbishment.         Mr. Robin puts this all in perspective of the emerging competition of the French industry: “Clients cannot supply all of their parts and components from a new player in an emerging market because some technologies, materials, designs, and new processes there will not be available and this is a French advantage.“ For example, for the maintenance of certain structural parts that are produced by Airbus, there is a requirement of special certification that can only be found amongst French engineers.       Ubifrance and French SMEs       Ubifrance helps French companies find clients and partners abroad. For example, Win MS participated with Ubifrance at trade shows in Dubai and was able to attain contacts with local airlines. Their aeronautical maintenance equipment were very impressive to Qatar Air, world’s second most preferred airline according to the World Airline Awards.         Aeroform provides repairing equipment for composite materials, much of which can be found in the structure of modern aircrafts. The company was looking for one distributor in Spain and Germany, and with help of Ubifrance was able to attain a list of seven to ten possible suitors in each of the markets. In three months they signed one distributor in each country and are now working with Ubifrance to achieve the same results in the Russian market.           For further information about French exporting companies, please go to:       Airbus :       Aeroform : /     Mapaero :  


Miryem Oukas Messidi - 19-mai-2014 09:40:32
In response to the invitation of the Saudi Authorities who have placed France as guest of honour for the 2nd edition of the Saudi Health show, about 20 French companies will be present at the show to be held in Riyad from the 19th to the 21st of May 2014. At the pavilion organized by UBIFRANCE -the French Agency for International Business Development- manufacturers, large industrial groups and large institutions will mix to highlight the french know-how in terms of quality of care, research and proposed products. A French ministerial delegation will be present at the opening of the exhibition. This french Pavilion at the Saudi Health will materialize the will of cooperation between the two countries in the field of health that has started in november 2013 during the meetings between the french and saudi’s Health authorities, headed by the Saudi Minister of Health and the French Minister of Foreign Trade, and that was carried on on the occasion of the visit of François Hollande, the President of the French Republic, last december. Moreover, cooperation agreements have been signed after these meetings. France is determined to be a partner in the present development of the Saudi healthcare market. France has a high quality internationally recognized medicine, and a large number of ideas in terms of innovation. France is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of sales, behind the United States, Germany and Japan. It also benefits of a rich ecosystem of technological, scientific and clinical perspective. Four major French groups are committed, through their respective subsidiaries,  to the development of the french know-how. SANOFI, followed by ORANGE, SCHNEIDER and AIRBUS GROUP will sponsor at the same time the French Pavilion and  the related events. AIRBUS GROUP will sponsor Carmat, the SME at the origin of the first artificial heart in the world to be implanted recently in a human being. The French Pavilion will highlight a diverse and innovative offer: from vans, to medical devices, molecular diagnostics, mobile devices, e-health, medical imaging or air treatment (AEDMAP, AIRINSPACE, COMEPA, EVOLUCARE, GENEWAVE, GRUAU, IGIENAIR INTEGRAL PROCESS, MAIDIS MEDIAN TECHNOLOGIES, SPENDLER and TOUTENKAMION.) Invited by the Saudi Health Authorities, the institutionals -IHU and the French institutes for reseach- will be present at the initiative in order to strengthen the relations they have established and  to achieve a certain number of projects already underway. We count on the presence of APHP (Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris), the Imagine Institute (Research Center for genetic diseases), ICAN (Cardiometabolic and Nutrition Institute) and IGR (Gustave Roussy Institute). Press contacts Tarek Solimane Head of Communication& press office +971 50 708 24 69    Miryem Oukas Press attaché +971 56 857 66 13
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. For further information, please visit: Saudi Arabia: Business France has two offices in KSA : the Head Office in Riyadh (within the French embassy), and a branch in Jeddah (within the French Consulate). Business France in Saudi Arabia supports between 100 and 150 French companies each year, through individual

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