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COP21: Solutions Gallery

Romain Lonchambon - 02-déc.-2015 11:01:21
  From 2nd to 9th December in the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget, France   The Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) this December is intended to result in an international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. This agreement must be capable of driving forward the reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions so as to restrict the rise in the Earth’s mean temperature by the end of the century to 2°C above the pre-industrial level. Against this background, Reed Expositions France has been working with the General Secretariat of COP21 to organize the Galerie des Solutions [Solutions Gallery] from 2nd to 9th December in the Museum of Air and Space at Le Bourget. Intended to support the diplomatic negotiations, the Gallery will be an exhibition of low carbon solutions exclusively reserved for professionals, and its mission will be to demonstrate that solutions do exist and to accelerate their market uptake. Occupying an area of 10,000 m2, running for seven days, and accessible from the Blue Zone (COP negotiations zone), the Galerie des Solutions [Solutions Gallery] will present innovative solutions developed and applied by companies, industries or territories that are designed to reduce the impact of economic activities on the climate: equipment, technologies, new models of organization and reproducible best practices… Over twenty countries will be represented including: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, the United Kingdom,… More specifically, the Ivory Coast, one of the African countries most committed to climate questions, will have a strong presence through a stand presenting initiatives and projects in the country, a broadcast from the TV studio, and visits by numerous officials from the country. As host country, what France has to offer will take pride of place in a dedicated space at the heart of the exhibition. It is therefore planned to demonstrate solutions – including clean vehicles in a dedicated outdoor space – and to stage special events, such as themed days that are integrated into the schedule of COP21, broadcasts and interviews with companies in a TV studio (eg. daily transport programme with Fer de France), guided tours and site visits for UN delegations. Other highlights will be prestige events such as networking sessions in a dedicated lounge, business lunches, VIP receptions in the heart of Paris… It will also host the official awards ceremonies for two sets of awards. The first Climate Solutions Awards, which will carry the COP21 label. Organized by Orée, AdEME, C3D, Crédit Coopératif, Solutions COP21, the Shift Project and World Efficiency, these will provide recognition for innovative solutions put forward by French SMEs or major groups to reduce energy consumption, limit greenhouse gases and preserve resources. There will also be the ceremony for the international Green Building Solutions Awards, which will be presented for outstanding examples of sustainable construction (building, technical solutions or materials) undertaken in countries covered by Construction21 or in its partner countries. Over 20,000 professional visitors are expected: participants in COP21 (heads of state, ministers, UN delegations from 197 countries), professionals (private and public sector decision makers and specifiers, delegations invited by the organizers…) and representatives of the media (printed press, radio, television, blogs). Official website : http://www.lagalerie-cop21.com/  

ARAB HEALTH-MEDLAB

Romain Lonchambon - 02-déc.-2015 10:53:21
  130 French companies will be taking part in Arab Health-Medlab, from January 25-28, 2016. With 1,440 m 2 in exhibition space across 2 halls, 1 entirely dedicated to laboratory equipment and diagnostics, and expanding every year, the international trade show for medical systems offers a prime venue from them to show off their know-how. Business France – the National Agency for the Internationalization of French Business which supports them, has reported record-high registration levels for this years event.   The French medical equipment industry is powered by cutting-edge companies, 94% of which are SMEs, or even VSEs. French manufacturers are geared at diagnostic imaging tools, disposable systems, implants, prostheses and orthotics. Their innovative tools are used in two main growth markets: aging surgery and plastic surgery. They also enjoy wide recognition in the fields of technical assistance, minimally-invasive surgery and in-vitro diagnostics. On the international front, they are further borne by the French health systems positive image and leading authorities in medicine. This has brought about real cooperation between Frances manufacturers and medical-surgical teams, both in R&D and in actual use of the devices produced. Frances manufacturers are generally positioned on high-technology niche markets (IVD and implants). Highly dynamic, they also meet every ethical and regulatory requirement on safety and quality.   As the not-to miss event in the Near and Middle East, Arab Health-Medlab attracts more and more manufacturers each year, from all over France, with a uniquely innovative offer; one-third of them are participating for the first time. Exhibiting in both halls, they will be unveiling their latest in products for orthopedics (surgical implants for bone surgery, prosthetics, digestive surgery), diagnostics (biopsy tools, reactants and laboratory equipment, blood analyzers), consumables and equipment for health-care establishments, air treatment (air decontamination and filtering), waste treatment, hospital supplies (medical equipment and furniture: beds, carts) and in-home care (home stay, patient transfer).       With the help of regional partners such as CENTRECO, Lille Eurasanté, Biomédical Alliance and, for the first time, the Aquitaine Region, all on-site at the France Pavilion each with some ten companies of its own, Frances latest in innovation will be center-stage at the 2016 Arab Health Show. Their technical expertise perfectly aligns with a local market that is highly-demanding and currently burgeoning in these fields.       For further information :   Contact:   Malika HACHEMI Project Manager Business France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 35 70 Courriel : malika.hachemi@businessfrance.fr www.businessfrance.fr     Press:   Miryem Oukas miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr Mobile: +971 56 957 66 13  

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:   http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/companies.aspx?k=&z=&c=&ca=3&sca=75       Airbus : http://www.airbus.com/       Aeroform : http://www.aeroform-france.fr /     Mapaero : http://www.mapaero.com/en/  

French mechanical engineering sector

LONCHAMBON Romain - 08-oct.-2015 10:38:58
  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 mechanical engineering  

The French Nautical Industries Federation (FIN)

Romain Lonchambon - 29-juil.-2015 12:15:54
  The FIN currently has more than 600 members, representing more than 80% of the industry’s turnover.   In contact with the authorities at the regional, national, and European level, the French Nautical Industries Federation assists and advises companies in a number of domains: legal, social, economic and technical, and plays a role in providing information to the public and media. At the international level, the FIN is a founder of the European Boating Industry. Founded in June 2009 and based in Brussels (Belgium), European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and its members. The Federation owns the Paris International Boat show, Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show, and Maritima, the trade show dedicated to the maritime and coastal economies. The FIN also runs coordinated actions, in partnership with Ubifrance, to facilitate the presence of its members in major or rapidly growing international boat shows. In addition, the FIN supports the Grand Pavois de La Rochelle and is also behind events such as the National get afloat weekend (Fête du Nautisme), contributing to the development and practice of water-based recreational activities.   At environmental level, the FIN initiates several actions which objective is to insert environmental preoccupation throughout the boat life cycle, in particular through its Bateau bleu Program. At the start of 2009, the French Nautical industries Federation created the Association for eco responsible pleasure boating (APER) which mission is to organise and run the setting up of the French network for dismantling and recycling pleasure craft that have reached the end of their useful lives.     HEAD OFFICE   FEDERATION DES INDUSTRIES NAUTIQUES   FRENCH NAUTICAL INDUSTRIES FEDERATION   Port de Javel Haut • 75015 PARIS • France   Tel. +33 (0)1 44 37 04 00 • Fax. +33 (0)1 45 77 21 88   info@fin.fr   source : http://www.fin.fr/frameset.asp?langue=gb Clic here for more information about French companies 

French Excellence in the Healthcare and Medical Technology Industry

Romain Lonchambon - 29-juil.-2015 11:57:36
    The field of technical innovation for medical devices in France is made of hundreds of startup, small and medium companies. But not big ones yet. « Medium companies are today’s France real champions (like Vygon ), and we also have very innovative small companies (like Eos Imaging or Mauna Kea Technologies )», tells Florent Surugue, SMEs and economic development manager at Snitem in this interview with Business France Radio.   Founded in 1987, Snitem is the first professional organisation representing the French medical devices and technological innovation market, carrying between 85 and 100% of the market in terms of turnover, bringing all together more than 375 companies, defending their interests on the market and helping them develop abroad.   « This market is mostly made of small and medium companies (89% of companies are under 250 people within the members of Snitem) », as Florent Surugue recalls in this interview. And his dream is to see these startups grow into small then medium than large businesses.   How could they do that? French companies’ main assets are their capacity «to develop very innovative products » and Florent Surugue is convinced that they « have the ability to show that they can create a strong value » to the French and global market. But according to him, the French market is very hard to enter right now due to strong barriers in terms of market access and these startups should start looking for a development abroad very soon in their development process.     Further information :   SNITEM   French companies on You Buy France, sector of Health and medical device  

3 MAJOR FRENCH TRADE DELEGATIONS VISITING SAUDI ARABIA

Romain Lonchambon - 21-mai-2015 14:11:13
Press Release A high-level French trade delegation comprising of over 33 prominent companies, met with leading Saudi Groups to discuss potential partnerships and business opportunities in fast growing sectors: electricity, telecommunications and poultry. The 3 Delegations of French business men, led by the “Chargé d’Affaires” of the Embassy of France, Mr. Eric Giraud-Telme have been able to meet with all important decision makers during this business trip, organized by BUSINESS FRANCE , the French Trade Commission in Riyadh, in cooperation with SEC, AL FANAR, STC, ZAIN, Ministry of Agriculture, ADF and many other partners. The bilateral trade between France and Saudi Arabia has gone up significantly through the past few years but are still far below the excellent political relations built up between the two governments. Total bilateral trade reached more than 10 billion euro in 2014, Saudi imports from France amounting to 2.9 billion euro while Saudi exports to France accounted for more than 7 billion euro.   Over 70 French companies have been active in the Saudi market with an investment estimated at 15 billion USD.       France was the 2nd biggest exporter of Poultry products to Saudi Arabia in 2013, with more than 150 000 tons sold to the Kingdom’s market. Between 2009 and 2013, our exports of poultry products to Saudi Arabia have increased of 64%, showing the excellent performance of French breeders and exporters and the steady growth of KSA consumption as well. Our market shares have progressed of 3 points during the same years, representing nowadays almost 20% of total imports. The Saudi poultry sector is currently undertaking major expansions, following the objective of the Saudi Government to reach auto-sufficiency. French companies understand very well the new evolutions and came to work closely with local breeders and producers to share their know-how and support them in reaching the new objectives targeted by the Saudi authorities.   Telecommunications equipment exports from France was estimated at 69 Million Euros at the end of 2014, growing 5,3% compared to the previous year (2013), and representing 2,3% instead of 1,9% in 2013, of total French exports towards Saudi Arabia. The increase of the share of French Telecoms equipment exports to KSA shows the strong and steady growth of this sector in this country. Saudi Arabia counts for 50% of the population below 24 years old, more than 14.3 million internet users with 53% Internet penetration rate and estimated 88% smartphone penetration rate in 2015. Saudi telecom operators such as STC, Mobily and ZAIN, are considered as strategic partners for the French services and equipment suppliers.   France was exporting electrical equipment for a value estimated to 493 million USD in 2014, against 433 million USD in 2010, representing an increase of our bilateral trade in this sector, of 14% during the past 4 years. Those numbers are far below the total imports of Saudi Arabia for electrical equipment that have progressed of 72,6% during the same period of time, representing a total of more than 17,7 billion USD at the end of 2013. SEC estimates that electricity consumption should reach 100 GW by 2040. French suppliers want to grab further market shares through the future developments of new power plants and transmission networks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   France is actively involved in the Kingdom’s diversification, job creation and training for the direct benefit of Saudi youth and with the support of French groups and SME’s settled locally or willing to work within KSA in the near future. Schneider Electric, leading electrical equipment manufacturer, heading the 3 visiting delegations, together with Bank Saudi Fransi and Naos International Human Resources Cabinet have shown the way to the new companies, during the past 3 days.   With the last official visit of Mr. Francois Hollande, President of France, in Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of the GCC summit organized in Riyadh beginning of May, the bilateral relations between the two countries has reached a new stage, through the existing strategic partnership that will allow significant reinforcement of trade and industrial ventures, and will facilitate major projects to be developed jointly in the forthcoming years. The visit of those 3 important delegations in Saudi Arabia is a another achievement demonstrating the fruitful and trustful relationship existing between France and Saudi Arabia, taking place before the organization of the Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum to be held in Riyadh on October 12 th and 13 th with the support of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry.    
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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: www.businessfrance.fr 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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