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French Pavilion at Propak Event

Wilailak Lakdee - 05-juin-2017 04:39:01
  French Pavilion at Propak event Meet the French expertise Bangkok - Propak Asia 2017 - June 14 to June 17 Hall 102, Booth-BK 21-BK3 5   Business France will be running a French Pavilion at Propak Asia 2017, the 25 th International Processing and Packaging Technology Event for Asia. This event provides a not-to-be-missed annual meeting for the professionals of the Processing and Packaging industry.   Propak Asia 2017 will present 18 international groups with independent exhibitors from 45 countries. In this promising industry, France occupies a prominent position. French companies are particularly well known for their high standard quality service and their use of new technologies and innovations, which correspond to the current Thai market expectations. For the occasion, Business France will be running a French Pavilion with 16 French professionals specialized in the Processing and Packaging industry. They will bring their expertise from different areas, such as service provider, machine manufacturer and industrial integrator.   French innovation also concerns the manufacture of packaging machines, such as ANEOLIA - Manufacturer of instruments for packaging integrity, CLEXTRAL - Turnkey processing lines that integrate extruders, dryers and ancillary equipment and REVTECH - Specializes in custom-made industrial solutions for the heat treatment of dry ingredients.   This year French Pavilion is also hosting GEPPIA, a group of 85 of the most dynamic equipment manufacturers in France, which account for nearly 50% of their turnover in export.   GEPPIA presents an innovative animation at Propak Asia 2017 : a complete immersion of 3 minutes in virtual reality to follow the journey of a food product on a packaging line. This "serious game" is a playful way to highlight the ability of French manufacturers and equipment manufacturers to enforce and to integrate new technologies into their proposition at French Tech.   Virtual reality represents an incredible field of investigation: remote development of complete lines, multi-vendor design, maintenance and training. The French manufacturers intend to use these new technologies to maintain their level of excellence. All the innovations of GEPPIA can be found at http://www.virtual-packaging-line.com/index.php/en/press-kit         List of exhibitors in the Business France pavilion :   Aneolia: Gas instruments for packaging control Bipea : Provider of proficiency testing programs Boccard : Industrial integrator – Global process solutions Clextral: Turnkey processing lines that integrate extruders, dryers and ancillary equipment Gecitech : Hoses and fittings manufacturer Geppia : Packaging & Processing machinery – The French Trade Association Hydrolock : Continuous sterilizers for food, beverages and dairy industries Karlville Development: Pouch making & filling, shrink sleeve, tape handle & bundle equipment   Pakea : Converting and packaging machine manufacturer Quenard : Labelling – Coding – Identification – Filling – Capping Revtech : Heat treatment equipment for dry ingredient Sairem : Manufacturer of microwave & radio frequency equipment Scaime : Weighing and sensing for industry Socaps : Technical services providers United Caps : Development, production and sale of plastic caps and closures. I.C.E.  : water treatment solutions to the beverage industry   solutions to the beverage

Invest in France Seminar

Jean-François Goumy - 23-janv.-2017 03:53:35
  PRESSRELEASE     Investin France Seminar, January 19 th   Uniqueinvestment and innovation partnerships opportunities   For the 2nd Edition of the Invest in France’s Month, the Embassy of France inThailand, Business France, Board of Trade of Thailand and the Franco-ThaiChamber of Commerce held a successful seminar at the French ambassador’sResidence to promote investment and innovation opportunities in France.   More than 100 participants coming from major Thai Companies attended the event andcould learn and exchange on how to invest in France thanks to key speakers fromBNP Paris bank and KPMG Thailand Consultancy Company. One panel on Frenchsectors in France and opportunities allowed Thai participants to better understandstrengths of France in key sectors like Tourism and Hospitality with AccorHotels, the food industry with French CEO of Central Food Retail, Energy withEngie Group and Innovation/Technology with Dassault Systemes. A second panel permittedto share experience with already Thai investors in France or linked to Francevia technological partnerships: PTTGC, Thai Union Group, Double A, Sea Value,Mitr Phol.   Thai investments in France represent more than 40% of ASEAN investments in France,that’s to say Thailand ranks second after Singapore.   France is the second European trade partner of Thailand and Thailand is the secondtrade partner in ASEAN for France. The two countries share a long relationshiphistory as this year will be celebrated 160 years of diplomatic relationshipbetween France and Thailand. More than 300 French companies have set up abusiness in Thailand and employ more than 30.000 people.   The French economy is opento foreign investors   More than 30,000 French companies have set up business in foreign countries, while more than 20,000foreign companies have made job-creating investments in France.   With over 960 investment decisions that created ormaintained nearly 33,700 jobs, in 2015 France was Europe’s second leading recipient of job-creating investment (source:Business France Europe Observatory) and has been the leading destination in Europe for job-creating foreign investment projectsin industry for the last 15 years (EY, 2016).   Foreign companies invested primarily in production/manufacturing operations, which accounted for 30% ofall foreign investments in France. The number of R&D, engineering anddesign projects remained high, amounting to 9% of all foreign investmentdecisions. Foreign-owned subsidiaries in France were responsible for 28% of allbusiness enterprise R&D expenditure nationwide, spending €8.6 billion, andmore than 30% of French exports.   Over 140 ASEAN companies are established in Franceincluding PTTGC, THAI UNION FROZEN, DOUBLE A and SEA VALUE. Investments fromASEAN come mainly from Singapore and Thailand. More than 4000 jobs created ormaintained since 2010, mainly decision-making centers, most of which were firsttime investments, and production/manufacturing operations. The agri-food sectorrepresented more than half of overall ASEAN investment in France in 2015.   France is an attractivecountry   France has a numerousadvantages for attracting foreign investment:   Market size and location: France was the world’s fifth largest economy in2015 after the United States, China, Japan, and Germany. France’s location,combined with first-class multimodal transport infrastructure, makes it anideal springboard to other countries, continents and world regions acrossEurope, Africa and the Middle East. A highly productiveworkforce: France is a country inwhich education is a key priority. Labor productivity is high in France on botha per-employee and hourly basis: France is ranked seventh in the world forhourly labor productivity. The competitiveness and tax credit (CICE) has helpedmanufacturers in France to enhance their cost-competitiveness. A land of innovation: France outstripped all its European counterparts inthe 2015 Technology Fast 500 de Deloitte for the number of fast-growingtechnology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. France was alsoranked first in Europe and third in the world in the Thomson Reuters Top 100Global Innovators. The French tax system offers the most generous R&D taxtreatment in the world, thanks to France’s research tax credit. A land of enterprise: France is a very buoyant market for net enterprisecreation. In 2015, a total of 526,060 companies were founded, including nofewer than 10,000 startups. In addition, France’s attractiveness as aninvestment location is also enhanced by its robust high-quality financialsystem, the strength and diversity of its industrial base, and high quality oflife.     CONTACT     Mrs.   Phutachart CHAIWATANA Senior Investment Advisor Tel. +66 2627 2185 phutachart.chaiwatana@businessfrance.fr    

French smart grid experts at Asian Utility Week

Maël GUIHENEUF - 09-mai-2016 12:55:38
  French smart grid experts at Asian Utility Week   Bangkok – May 31 to June 1, 2016         Business France will be running a French Pavilion at Asian Utility Week, the Asian version of European Utility Week. Asian Utility Week is Asia’s biggest event dedicated to smart energy management systems . For two days, Bangkok will host experts and showcase innovation.       Over the next ten years, South Asian countries are set to invest around $13.6 billion in smart network infrastructure. Plans are in place to roll out more than 37 million smart meters in the region over the next decade, representing a total investment of $8.8 billion. There are also plans to invest $2.5 billion in monitoring and control of the distribution network through sensors and cutting-edge communication technologies, as well as in modernizing electricity transmission networks.       South Asian countries are only just beginning to modernize their electrical infrastructure. Strong growth in their GDP (almost 6% a year out to 2018) and their growth in general will lead to increased demand for electricity. Programs to increase electrification using renewable resources will also stimulate investment.       It is in this promising environment that French experts will offer their expertise and innovative products with the aim of identifying qualified partners in Thailand and South Asia more generally. France has global leaders at every level of the value chain as well as a base of innovative, high-performing SMEs and mid-tier enterprises in the energy technology industry and the digital and electronics sectors , including electrical network operators, telecoms operators, engineering firms, integrators, equipment suppliers, component manufacturers, ICT firms, etc.       France’s expertise in this field is well established. It is supported by a high-performance, competitive and stable electrical system: France already has an intelligent transmission network that offers a high level of observability and a smart medium-voltage power grid. Thanks to these advantages, France now has one of the highest quality supplies of electrical power in Europe and the world, while also delivering a high level of performance to consumers and a healthy balance between costs and benefits.       France is Europe’s leading country in terms of investment in smart grids. It has a high capacity to invest in R&D and innovation: more than 20 demonstration projects are currently underway as part of the National Investment Program. Over a hundred smart grid projects are currently in progress on French territory, as well as numerous export projects.       The experience of French operators is now highly valued by many international players. French network operators, notably RTE and ERDF, are now exporting their expertise in the form of support for foreign managers as they roll out smart grid technologies. Investment and supply-side dynamics make the French electricity supply network one of the most reliable in the world, offering a world-class level of availability.         The French electrical sector in figures:   - the world’s number eight producer of electricity - Europe’s leading exporter of electricity, ahead of Germany and the Czech Republic - the world’s seventh-largest exporter of electrical equipment         For more information:       BUSINESS FRANCE   Sophie Issovits, Project Manager   Tel: +33 (0) 1 4073 3985   E-mail: sophie.issovits@businessfrance.fr   Website: www.businessfrance.fr       List of exhibitors in the Business France pavilion:       ADEME: state operator supporting the ecological and energy transition. www.ademe.fr       AUGIER : one of the world’s leading specialists in medium-voltage energy transmission and management. www.augier.com       GRIDBEE COMMUNICATIONS: helps major players in the fields of production process optimization and smart grids develop their markets by supplying M2M communication solutions tailored to the demands of their end customers. www.gridbeecom.com       KERLINK : has developed a comprehensive offering for linking fixed equipment (energy meters etc.) or mobile equipment (public transport buses, rail coaches, etc.) to companies’ information systems. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication solutions for interconnecting remote equipment. www.kerlink.fr       SAGEMCOM: the Energy & Telecom division houses Sagemcom’s expertise in telecommunications and smart metering, allowing the group to supply personalized connected systems for utilities, telecoms operators and service operators worldwide. www.sagemcom.com       SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC: a global specialist in energy management and global leader in energy efficiency. www.schneider-electric.fr  

UBIFRANCE helps French IT startups plug into global opportunities

Viparda Sombatwachara - 08-déc.-2014 04:36:38
  France offers a mobilized IT ecosystem that is leveraging the best of France to not only satisfy the domestic market but also capture global customers. In fact the domestic market, a kind of reflection of the society’s focus on technology, has been following other developed countries in internet penetration and mobile usage: 54% of the French population uses the internet on their mobile and 74% of smartphone users research products and services on their phone.   Therefore, it should come as no surprise that France will be sending the biggest national delegation to 2015’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The size of delegation can be attributed to the quality of French engineers and the well-organized research clusters, many at a regional level, which offer incubation for a variety of independent ideas. For example take Systematic, a cluster from the Paris region, which has helped develop 379 projects and attracted investment of 2 billion euros over its brief history.  In fact, Mr. Majid explains that there are even further layers of organization that benefit the start up culture in France: “There are all startups which are very proud of their French roots but are looking globally. An initiative in collaboration with UBIFRANCE, La French Tech, helps them achieve this goal.”   La French Tech is a great collective project for the growth and influence of the French Start-ups and digital ecosystem and has been behind such firms as the award winning Citizen Sciences. Citizen Sciences is a prime example of a French company that is not only matching but also advancing the technological frontier. Citizen Sciences is pioneering application of the field of “the internet of things” – the connectivity of everyday items for the purpose of improving usage and limiting human involvement – towards the human staple of clothing. At the moment they are working on products that will gather multiples of data, from heart rate to specific movements, for athletes as to improve their performance. The company was recognized as a winner of an Innovation Award at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.   Ubifrance helps you reach your potential     Majid Mobile World Congress in spring of 2015 is the perfect springboard for French businesses for global markets. IT has become much more of a global phenomenon and Mr. Majid Oledcomm is an example of a company that will be joining Mr. Majid in Barcelona. They are doing something truly special. Their products leverage your lighting network into something many of us find unthinkable: wireless communication and Internet services.   Famoco is yet another French company that will be at the MWC in Barcelona and they are working on a problem that we all though would be solved by now – contactless payment. Such advancements require massive logistical coordination and Famoco is making this possible. Look to Famoco to improve your experience in stores all around the world.   Oledcomm Famoco The French Tech Pavilion @ Mobile World Congress

Silver Lining in French Economy

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 24-nov.-2014 05:18:36
Silver Lining in French Economy   France’s Silver Economy is turning into a precious commodity, growing at 4% during the past few years and projected to create 300,000 jobs by 2020. The high value resource behind the silver economy is expected to grow healthily, providing an abundant market for French and foreign business. However, the most shocking element of this market is that it has nothing to do with metals.   Products for consumers over the age of 65 In fact the silver economy is a term that refers to the economy that produces products for consumers over the age of 65, who require services tailored to their specific tastes and needs, from accommodation to health and leisure.   According to demographic projections, 23 million French people or simply one third of the population will be over 65 by 2030 . Many other European and Western countries are experiencing similar developments in their demographics and their retirees are searching for communities across the continents that are very specific. Furthermore, wealthy retirees from Eastern countries are also looking for lifestyles with a certain quality that they may not be able to find so readily back home.   In France : a focus on health and quality of living Amina Sambou, project manager of the Silver Economy at Ubifrance, is confident that France can excel in servicing the domestic and foreign market: “in France, we have a focus on health and quality of living which has already created a market with a strong infrastructure for retirees who are interested in quality of living.” Therefore it is not a surprise that French companies are experiencing interest from consumers in countries like Japan, South Korea, and China who, according to Mrs. Sambou, are “interested in the French way of ageing.”   New French companies are already popping up in anticipation of vast opportunities in the next decade. Silver Valley is the French answer of California’s Silicon Valley, combining technology and location to create a future for the Silver Economy.   Less than 10 kilometers from Paris, this collaboration of French businesses will create a nexus for all sides of the market: research facilities for innovation partners, a business park for product and service oriented businesses, and attractive real state for retirees.   The older market segments will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade Demographics, such as longer life expectancy, decrease in birthrate and retirement of the ‘baby boomer’ generation are certainly reasons why the older market segments will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade. However, this is not the only reason why businesses need to stay ahead of the market: seniors in France represent 43% of income, 60% of real estate and 72% of financial investments. Therefore, it’s not just the size of the market but also its focus on high value products, which make it a priority for all business strategists.   The French organization in this market is unparalleled.   Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France, with each producing its own nexus similar to that of Silver Valley. Another example is Toulouse’s aptly named campaign “So Toulouse.” The 4 th city in France has been recently made famous for being recession proof – a beacon of private sector growth in France over the last decade. Part of the success of this city and region has been its focus on education and technological innovation. This has translated into smart services for seniors, including smart homes, e-health services, and a hospital solely dedicated to the elderly. Also, the region’s status as the 2 nd most popular agro food region in France does not hurt its already fantastic pitch.   So far it seems that a large part of the French know-how has to do with elements rooted in France itself. However, much of the French advantage is exportable, and French companies have been finding successes in such events as last June’s Silver Economy connection in Atlanta.   Two pilot programs with two large senior living and homecare organizations… Sandrine Sauvage-Mack, Senior Trade Advisor at Ubifrance, recounts how the French multi product and service conglomerate La Valeriane was able to secure two pilot programs with two large senior living and homecare organizations:   “After a great first impression with Leading Age, the American Federation for the ageing populations, they were certain to add more pilots and clinical trials with American universities and research centers.” Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion with 80 offices over seas , will continue promote French companies at events dedicated to the French Silver Economy abroad and at home.   Clic here for more information about French companies http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/search.aspx  

Silver Lining in French Economy

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 24-nov.-2014 05:18:36
Silver Lining in French Economy   France’s Silver Economy is turning into a precious commodity, growing at 4% during the past few years and projected to create 300,000 jobs by 2020. The high value resource behind the silver economy is expected to grow healthily, providing an abundant market for French and foreign business. However, the most shocking element of this market is that it has nothing to do with metals.   Products for consumers over the age of 65 In fact the silver economy is a term that refers to the economy that produces products for consumers over the age of 65, who require services tailored to their specific tastes and needs, from accommodation to health and leisure.   According to demographic projections, 23 million French people or simply one third of the population will be over 65 by 2030 . Many other European and Western countries are experiencing similar developments in their demographics and their retirees are searching for communities across the continents that are very specific. Furthermore, wealthy retirees from Eastern countries are also looking for lifestyles with a certain quality that they may not be able to find so readily back home.   In France : a focus on health and quality of living Amina Sambou, project manager of the Silver Economy at Ubifrance, is confident that France can excel in servicing the domestic and foreign market: “in France, we have a focus on health and quality of living which has already created a market with a strong infrastructure for retirees who are interested in quality of living.” Therefore it is not a surprise that French companies are experiencing interest from consumers in countries like Japan, South Korea, and China who, according to Mrs. Sambou, are “interested in the French way of ageing.”   New French companies are already popping up in anticipation of vast opportunities in the next decade. Silver Valley is the French answer of California’s Silicon Valley, combining technology and location to create a future for the Silver Economy.   Less than 10 kilometers from Paris, this collaboration of French businesses will create a nexus for all sides of the market: research facilities for innovation partners, a business park for product and service oriented businesses, and attractive real state for retirees.   The older market segments will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade Demographics, such as longer life expectancy, decrease in birthrate and retirement of the ‘baby boomer’ generation are certainly reasons why the older market segments will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade. However, this is not the only reason why businesses need to stay ahead of the market: seniors in France represent 43% of income, 60% of real estate and 72% of financial investments. Therefore, it’s not just the size of the market but also its focus on high value products, which make it a priority for all business strategists.   The French organization in this market is unparalleled.   Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France, with each producing its own nexus similar to that of Silver Valley. Another example is Toulouse’s aptly named campaign “So Toulouse.” The 4 th city in France has been recently made famous for being recession proof – a beacon of private sector growth in France over the last decade. Part of the success of this city and region has been its focus on education and technological innovation. This has translated into smart services for seniors, including smart homes, e-health services, and a hospital solely dedicated to the elderly. Also, the region’s status as the 2 nd most popular agro food region in France does not hurt its already fantastic pitch.   So far it seems that a large part of the French know-how has to do with elements rooted in France itself. However, much of the French advantage is exportable, and French companies have been finding successes in such events as last June’s Silver Economy connection in Atlanta.   Two pilot programs with two large senior living and homecare organizations… Sandrine Sauvage-Mack, Senior Trade Advisor at Ubifrance, recounts how the French multi product and service conglomerate La Valeriane was able to secure two pilot programs with two large senior living and homecare organizations:   “After a great first impression with Leading Age, the American Federation for the ageing populations, they were certain to add more pilots and clinical trials with American universities and research centers.” Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion with 80 offices over seas , will continue promote French companies at events dedicated to the French Silver Economy abroad and at home.   Clic here for more information about French companies http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/search.aspx  

French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Chutima CHANKUNASUKA - 22-oct.-2014 12:57:48
  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 : mechanical engineering
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